2007–08 OHL season

The 2007–08 OHL season was the 28th season of the Ontario Hockey League. Twenty teams played 68 games each during the schedule, that started on September 19, 2007, and concluded on March 16, 2008. The Mississauga IceDogs relocated to the Gatorade Garden City Complex in downtown St. Catharines after getting approval of the team's sale to Bill Burke by the Board of Governors on June 5, 2007. The team was renamed the Niagara IceDogs.[1] The Toronto St. Michael's Majors replaced the IceDogs in the Hershey Centre, renaming themselves, the Mississauga St. Michael's Majors. The Kingston Frontenacs moved late-season from the Kingston Memorial Centre to the new K-Rock Centre, which opened on February 22, 2008. On the afternoon of February 18, 2008, Windsor Spitfires team captain Mickey Renaud died after collapsing at his home, at age 19, of the rare heart condition hypertrophic cardiomyopathy.[2] The playoffs began March 20, with the Kitchener Rangers winning the J. Ross Robertson Cup as OHL champions. The Rangers were also chosen before the start of the season to host the 2008 Memorial Cup tournament.

2007–08 OHL season
LeagueOntario Hockey League
SportHockey
DurationRegular season
2007-09-19 – 2008-03-16
Playoffs
2008-03-19 – 2008-05-12
Number of teams20
TV partner(s)Rogers TV, TVCogeco
Finals championsKitchener Rangers
OHL seasons
2007–08 CHL season
LeagueCanadian Hockey League
SportHockey
DurationOHL
2007-09-19 – 2008-03-16
QMJHL
2007-09-13 – 2008-03-16
WHL
2007-09-20 – 2009-03-16
Number of teams60
TV partner(s)RDS
Rogers Sportsnet
Rogers TV
Shaw TV

Regular SeasonEdit

Final standingsEdit

Note: DIV = Division; GP = Games played; W = Wins; L = Losses; OTL = Overtime Losses; SL = Shootout Losses; GF = Goals For; GA = Goals Against; PTS = Points; x = clinched playoff berth; y = clinched division title; z = clinched conference title

Eastern conferenceEdit

Rank Team DIV GP W L OTL SL PTS GF GA
1 z-Belleville Bulls East 68 48 14 4 2 102 280 175
2 y-Brampton Battalion Central 68 42 22 1 3 88 259 187
3 x-Oshawa Generals East 68 38 17 6 7 89 290 262
4 x-Niagara IceDogs Central 68 42 25 0 1 85 272 222
5 x-Mississauga St. Michael's Majors Central 68 31 32 2 3 67 203 243
6 x-Ottawa 67's East 68 29 34 2 3 63 201 237
7 x-Barrie Colts Central 68 28 34 3 3 62 185 223
8 x-Peterborough Petes East 68 28 36 1 3 60 199 250
9 Kingston Frontenacs East 68 25 41 0 2 52 227 312
10 Sudbury Wolves Central 68 17 46 2 3 39 175 292

Western conferenceEdit

Rank Team DIV GP W L OTL SL PTS GF GA
1 z-Kitchener Rangers Midwest 68 53 11 1 3 110 289 174
2 y-Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds West 68 44 18 2 4 94 247 173
3 x-Windsor Spitfires West 68 41 15 7 5 94 279 205
4 x-London Knights Midwest 68 38 24 4 2 82 250 230
5 x-Guelph Storm Midwest 68 34 25 5 4 77 213 187
6 x-Sarnia Sting West 68 37 29 2 0 76 251 229
7 x-Saginaw Spirit West 68 33 25 8 2 76 234 231
8 x-Plymouth Whalers West 68 34 28 2 4 74 228 223
9 Owen Sound Attack Midwest 68 20 41 2 5 47 200 290
10 Erie Otters Midwest 68 18 46 2 2 40 206 343

Scoring leadersEdit

Note: GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; PIM = Penalty Minutes

Player Team GP G A Pts PIM
Justin Azevedo Kitchener Rangers 67 43 81 124 69
Brett MacLean Oshawa Generals 61 61 58 119 42
John Tavares Oshawa Generals 59 40 78 118 69
Luca Caputi Niagara IceDogs 66 51 60 111 107
Steven Stamkos Sarnia Sting 61 58 47 105 88
Chris Terry Plymouth Whalers 68 44 57 101 107
Jack Combs Saginaw Spirit 67 42 58 100 93
Michael Swift Niagara IceDogs 68 38 62 100 130
Dustin Jeffrey Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 56 38 59 97 30
Josh Bailey Windsor Spitfires 67 29 67 96 32

Leading goaltendersEdit

Note: GP = Games Played; Mins = Minutes Played; W = Wins; L = Losses: OTL = Overtime Losses; SL = Shootout Losses; GA = Goals Allowed; SO = Shutouts; GAA = Goals Against Average

Player Team GP Mins W L OTL SL GA SO Sv% GAA
Mike Murphy Belleville Bulls 49 2942 36 7 3 1 110 3 0.929 2.24
Kyle Gajewski Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 60 3562 39 16 1 3 145 3 0.913 2.44
Josh Unice Kitchener Rangers 42 2376 30 6 1 2 97 4 0.908 2.45
Thomas McCollum Guelph Storm 51 2978 25 17 3 3 124 4 0.914 2.50
Steve Mason London / Kitchener 42 2530 32 7 1 2 106 3 0.916 2.51

PlayoffsEdit

Conference quarterfinals Conference semifinals Conference finals OHL championship
            
1 Belleville 4
8 Peterborough 1
1 Belleville 4
7 Barrie 0
2 Brampton 1
7 Barrie 4
1 Belleville 4
Eastern
3 Oshawa 1
3 Oshawa 4
6 Ottawa 0
3 Oshawa 4
4 Niagara 2
4 Niagara 4
5 Mississauga 0
E1 Belleville 3
W1 Kitchener 4
1 Kitchener 4
8 Plymouth 0
1 Kitchener 4
6 Sarnia 0
3 Windsor 1
6 Sarnia 4
1 Kitchener 4
Western
2 Sault Ste. Marie 1
2 Sault Ste. Marie 4
7 Saginaw 0
2 Sault Ste. Marie 4
5 Guelph 1
4 London 1
5 Guelph 4

Conference quarterfinalsEdit

Eastern conference
Belleville vs. Peterborough
Date Away Home
March 19 Peterborough 1 4 Belleville
March 20 Belleville 4 5 Peterborough (OT)
March 22 Peterborough 3 4 Belleville
March 24 (OT) Belleville 3 2 Peterborough
March 25 Peterborough 1 7 Belleville
Belleville wins 4–1
Brampton vs. Barrie
Date Away Home
March 20 Barrie 3 1 Brampton
March 22 Brampton 2 3 Barrie (OT)
March 23 Barrie 1 5 Brampton
March 25 Brampton 1 2 Barrie (OT)
March 27 Barrie 2 0 Brampton
Barrie wins 4–1
Oshawa vs. Ottawa
Date Away Home
March 21 Ottawa 2 3 Oshawa
March 23 Ottawa 2 5 Oshawa
March 25 Oshawa 2 1 Ottawa
March 27 Oshawa 4 1 Ottawa
Oshawa wins 4–0
Niagara vs. Mississauga
Date Away Home
March 20 Mississauga 0 4 Niagara
March 21 Niagara 3 1 Mississauga
March 23 Mississauga 0 5 Niagara
March 25 Niagara 6 3 Mississauga
Niagara wins 4–0
Western conference
Kitchener vs. Plymouth
Date Away Home
March 21 Plymouth 2 9 Kitchener
March 22 Kitchener 6 4 Plymouth
March 24 Plymouth 3 7 Kitchener
March 26 Kitchener 7 4 Plymouth
Kitchener wins 4–0
Sault Ste. Marie vs. Saginaw
Date Away Home
March 21 Saginaw 4 5 S.S. Marie
March 24 Saginaw 1 2 S.S. Marie
March 26 S.S. Marie 6 2 Saginaw
March 27 S.S. Marie 4 2 Saginaw
S.S. Marie wins 4–0
Windsor vs. Sarnia
Date Away Home
March 20 Sarnia 3 0 Windsor
March 21 Windsor 2 5 Sarnia
March 23 Sarnia 2 4 Windsor
March 25 Windsor 4 5 Sarnia
March 27 (OT) Sarnia 4 3 Windsor
Sarnia wins 4–1
London vs. Guelph
Date Away Home
March 21 (OT) Guelph 3 London 2
March 22 London 1 4 Guelph
March 25 Guelph 5 3 London
March 27 London 2 1 Guelph
March 28 Guelph 5 0 London
Guelph wins 4–1

Conference semifinalsEdit

Eastern conference
Belleville vs. Barrie
Date Away Home
April 2 Barrie 2 7 Belleville
April 3 Belleville 5 1 Barrie
April 5 Barrie 1 2 Belleville
April 8 Belleville 3 2 Barrie
Belleville wins 4–0
Oshawa vs. Niagara
Date Away Home
April 3 Niagara 1 6 Oshawa
April 5 Oshawa 3 5 Niagara
April 6 Niagara 1 4 Oshawa
April 8 Oshawa 6 4 Niagara
April 11 Niagara 8 3 Oshawa
April 13 Oshawa 5 2 Niagara
Oshawa wins 4–2
Western conference
Kitchener vs. Sarnia
Date Away Home
April 4 Sarnia 0 3 Kitchener
April 5 (3OT) Kitchener 3 2 Sarnia
April 8 Sarnia 2 6 Kitchener
April 9 Kitchener 6 2 Sarnia
Kitchener wins 4–0
Sault Ste. Marie vs. Guelph
Date Away Home
April 3 Guelph 4 1 S.S. Marie
April 4 Guelph 1 3 S.S. Marie
April 7 S.S. Marie 2 1 Guelph
April 8 S.S. Marie 3 2 Guelph
April 10 Guelph 1 4 S.S. Marie
S.S. Marie wins 4–1

Conference finalsEdit

Eastern conference Western conference
Belleville vs. Oshawa
Date Away Home
April 16 Oshawa 2 3 Belleville
April 18 Belleville 4 3 Oshawa
April 19 Oshawa 2 5 Belleville
April 21 Belleville 1 2 Oshawa
April 23 Oshawa 0 11 Belleville
Belleville wins 4–1
Kitchener vs. Sault Ste. Marie
Date Away Home
April 16 S.S. Marie 1 3 Kitchener
April 17 S.S. Marie 3 1 Kitchener
April 20 Kitchener 6 3 S.S. Marie
April 21 Kitchener 7 3 S.S. Marie
April 23 S.S. Marie 0 5 Kitchener
Kitchener wins 4–1

J. Ross Robertson CupEdit

Kitchener vs. Belleville
Date Away Home
April 30 Belleville 2 5 Kitchener
May 2 Kitchener 5 2 Belleville
May 4 Belleville 3 5 Kitchener
May 6 Kitchener 4 5 Belleville (OT)
May 8 Belleville 2 1 Kitchener
May 10 Kitchener 3 6 Belleville
May 12 Belleville 1 4 Kitchener
Kitchener wins 4-3

J. Ross Robertson Cup Champions RosterEdit

2007-08 Kitchener Rangers[3]
Goaltenders

Defencemen

Wingers

Centres

Playoff scoring leadersEdit

Note: GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; PIM = Penalty Minutes

Player Team GP G A Pts PIM
Justin Azevedo Kitchener Rangers 20 10 26 36 33
Mikkel Boedker Kitchener Rangers 20 9 26 35 2
Matt Beleskey Belleville Bulls 21 12 21 33 23
Matthew Halischuk Kitchener Rangers 20 16 16 32 0
Nick Spaling Kitchener Rangers 20 14 16 30 9
Nazem Kadri Kitchener Rangers 20 9 17 26 26
Jan Mursak Belleville Bulls 21 9 15 24 10
P. K. Subban Belleville Bulls 21 8 15 23 28
Mike Duco Kitchener Rangers 20 16 6 22 37
Michael Swift Niagara IceDogs 10 9 9 18 22

Playoff leading goaltendersEdit

Note: GP = Games Played; Mins = Minutes Played; W = Wins; L = Losses: OTL = Overtime Losses; SL = Shootout Losses; GA = Goals Allowed; SO = Shutouts; GAA = Goals Against Average

Player Team GP Mins W L GA SO Sv% GAA
Bryan Pitton Brampton Battalion 5 333 1 4 10 0 0.938 1.80
Thomas McCollum Guelph Storm 10 596 5 5 19 1 0.937 1.91
Steve Mason Kitchener Rangers 5 313 5 0 10 1 0.946 1.92
Mike Murphy Belleville Bulls 19 1085 14 4 42 1 0.927 2.32
Josh Unice Kitchener Rangers 16 948 11 4 38 1 0.915 2.41

All-Star teamsEdit

First teamEdit

Second teamEdit

Third teamEdit

All-Star ClassicEdit

The OHL All-Star Classic was played February 6, 2008 at the Steelback Centre in Sault Ste. Marie, won 8–7 in a shootout by the Eastern Conference.[4] The skills competition was held the previous night on February 5, with the Eastern Conference winning 19–18.[5]

AwardsEdit

J. Ross Robertson Cup: Kitchener Rangers
Hamilton Spectator Trophy: Kitchener Rangers
Bobby Orr Trophy: Belleville Bulls
Wayne Gretzky Trophy: Kitchener Rangers
Emms Trophy: Brampton Battalion
Leyden Trophy: Belleville Bulls
Holody Trophy: Kitchener Rangers
Bumbacco Trophy: Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds
Red Tilson Trophy: Justin Azevedo, Kitchener Rangers
Eddie Powers Memorial Trophy: Justin Azevedo, Kitchener Rangers
Matt Leyden Trophy: Bob Boughner, Windsor Spitfires
Jim Mahon Memorial Trophy: John Hughes, Brampton Battalion
Max Kaminsky Trophy: Drew Doughty, Guelph Storm
OHL Goaltender of the Year: Mike Murphy, Belleville Bulls
Jack Ferguson Award: John McFarland, Sudbury Wolves
Dave Pinkney Trophy: Kyle Gajewski, Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds
OHL Executive of the Year: Denise Burke, Niagara IceDogs
Bill Long Award: Don Brankley, London Knights & Gil Hughes, Oshawa Generals
Emms Family Award: Taylor Hall, Windsor Spitfires
F. W. "Dinty" Moore Trophy: Josh Unice, Kitchener Rangers
Dan Snyder Memorial Trophy: Pete Stevens, Kingston Frontenacs
William Hanley Trophy: Nick Spaling, Kitchener Rangers
Leo Lalonde Memorial Trophy: Michael Swift, Niagara IceDogs
Bobby Smith Trophy: Ryan Ellis, Windsor Spitfires
Roger Neilson Memorial Award: Scott Aarssen, London Knights
Ivan Tennant Memorial Award: Alex Friesen, Niagara IceDogs
Tim Adams Memorial Trophy: John McFarland, Toronto Jr. Canadiens
Wayne Gretzky 99 Award: Justin Azevedo, Kitchener Rangers

2008 OHL Priority SelectionEdit

On May 3, 2008, the OHL conducted the 2008 Ontario Hockey League Priority Selection. The Sudbury Wolves held the first overall pick in the draft, and selected John McFarland from the Toronto Jr. Canadiens. McFarland was awarded the Jack Ferguson Award, awarded to the top pick in the draft.

Below are the players who were selected in the first round of the 2008 Ontario Hockey League Priority Selection. [6]

# Player Nationality OHL Team Hometown Minor Team
1 John McFarland (RW)   Canada Sudbury Wolves Richmond Hill, Ontario Toronto Jr. Canadiens
2 Greg McKegg (C)   Canada Erie Otters St. Thomas, Ontario Elgin-Middlesex Chiefs
3 Steven Shipley (C)   Canada Owen Sound Attack Ilderton, Ontario Elgin-Middlesex Chiefs
4 Erik Gudbranson (D)   Canada Kingston Frontenacs Orleans, Ontario Ottawa Jr. 67's
5 Ryan Spooner (C)   Canada Peterborough Petes Kanata, Ontario Ottawa Jr. Senators
6 Ryan O'Connor (D)   Canada Barrie Colts Hamilton, Ontario Toronto Jr. Canadiens
7 Tyler Toffoli (RW)   Canada Ottawa 67's Scarborough, Ontario Toronto Jr. Canadiens
8 Devante Smith-Pelly (RW)   Canada Mississauga St. Michael's Majors Scarborough, Ontario Toronto Jr. Canadiens
9 Tyler Seguin (C)   Canada Plymouth Whalers Brampton, Ontario Toronto Nationals
10 Brandon Saad (LW)   United States Saginaw Spirit Gibsonia, Pennsylvania Pittsburgh Hornets
11 Gregg Sutch (RW)   Canada Sarnia Sting Newmarket, Ontario York-Simcoe Express
12 Cody McNaughton (RW)   Canada Guelph Storm Etobicoke, Ontario Toronto Jr. Canadiens
13 Christian Thomas (LW)   Canada London Knights Toronto, Ontario Toronto Marlboros
14 Freddie Hamilton (RW)   Canada Niagara IceDogs St. Catherines, Ontario Toronto Marlboros
15 Sam Carrick (C)   Canada Brampton Battalion Goodwood, Ontario Toronto Red Wings
16 Kevin Bailie (G)   Canada Oshawa Generals Belleville, Ontario Quinte Red Devils
17 Cam Fowler (D)   United States Windsor Spitfires Farmington Hills, Michigan USA U17
18 Brock Beukeboom (D)   Canada Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds Port Perry, Ontario Central Ontario Wolves
19 Stephen Silas (D)   Canada Belleville Bulls Georgetown, Ontario Halton Hills Hurricanes
20 Jeff Skinner (LW)   Canada Kitchener Rangers Markham, Ontario Toronto Nationals

2008 CHL Import DraftEdit

On June 29, 2008, the Canadian Hockey League conducted the 2008 CHL Import Draft, in which teams in all three CHL leagues participate in. The Sudbury Wolves held the first pick in the draft by a team in the OHL, and selected Nikita Filatov from Russia with their selection.

Below are the players who were selected in the first round by Ontario Hockey League teams in the 2008 CHL Import Draft. [7]

# Player Nationality OHL Team Hometown Minor Team
1 Nikita Filatov (LW)   Russia Sudbury Wolves Moscow, Russia Moscow HC CSKA-2
4 Edgar Rybakov (C)   Lithuania Erie Otters Vilnius, Lithuania Moscow HC CSKA-2
7 Andrei Loktionov (C)   Russia Windsor Spitfires Voskresensk, Russia Yaroslavl Lokomotiv-2
10 Richard Panik (RW)   Slovakia Windsor Spitfires Martin, Slovakia Trinec HC Zelenzarny Jr.
13 Adam Sedlak (D)   Czech Republic Peterborough Petes Ostrava, Czech Republic Vitkovice Ostrave Jr.
16 William Wallén (RW)   Sweden Mississauga St. Michael's Majors Stockholm, Sweden Djurgarden IF Jr.
19 Tomas Rachunek (RW)   Czech Republic Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds Zlin, Czech Republic Vsetin Jr.
22 Sergei Sheleg (D)   Belarus Sudbury Wolves Minsk, Belarus Minsk Junost 2
25 Phillip Grubauer (G)   Germany Belleville Bulls Rosenheim, Germany Starbulls Rosenheim Jr.
28 Jakub Svoboda (LW)   Czech Republic Saginaw Spirit Prerov, Czech Republic Brno Kometa Jr.
31 Miroslav Preisinger (C)   Slovakia Sarnia Sting Bratislava, Slovakia Bratislava Slovan Jr.
34 Robert Kousal (LW)   Czech Republic Oshawa Generals Pardubice, Czech Republic Pardubice Jr.
37 Sergei Korostin (RW)   Russia London Knights Prokopievsk, Russia Texas Tornado
40 Evgeny Grachev (LW)   Russia Brampton Battalion Yaroslavl, Russia Yaroslavl Lokomotiv-2
43 Maximilian Englbrecht (G)   Germany Niagara IceDogs Landshut, Germany Landshut EV Jr.
46 Evgeny Molotilov (D)   Russia Guelph Storm Moscow, Russia Moscow Dynamo-2
49 Richard Jarusek (RW)   Czech Republic Saginaw Spirit Brno, Czech Republic Brno Kometa Jr.
52 Kirill Polozov (RW)   Russia Barrie Colts Ufa, Russia Ufa Salavat Yulayev-2
55 Jan Latal (D)   Czech Republic Plymouth Whalers Stredokluky, Czech Republic Kladno Jr.
57 Simon Groenvaldt (D)   Denmark Kitchener Rangers Rodovre, Denmark Rodovre Mighty Bulls

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ [1][permanent dead link]
  2. ^ "The Globe and Mail 2008/02/18"
  3. ^ https://ontariohockeyleague.com/roster/10/34
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2008-03-17. Retrieved 2008-02-07.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2008-02-08. Retrieved 2008-02-07.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  6. ^ https://ontariohockeyleague.com/draft/2008
  7. ^ https://chl.ca/draft/2008

External linksEdit

Preceded by
2006–07 OHL season
OHL seasons Succeeded by
2008–09 OHL season