Jr. Bulldogs send 8 to OHL combine

Sports Mar 31, 2016 by Teri Pecoskie The Hamilton Spectator

The Hamilton Jr. Bulldogs are well represented at this year's OHL combine.

The minor midget AAA squad is sending eight players — three forwards, four defencemen and a goalie — to the three-day showcase, which kicks off Friday morning at Oshawa's General Motors Centre.

The event takes place annually in advance of the OHL draft.

In total, 96 players from across Ontario were invited to the combine. On top of on- and off-ice testing, the teens — all born in 2000 — will take part in seminars on sport vision training, mental performance and nutrition, and compete in a series of 4-on-4 games.

Hamilton Bulldogs assistant coach Ron Wilson and scout Matt Turek will manage the bench for one of four teams. Joining them is a slew of other guest coaches, including former NHLers Darcy Tucker and Wayne Primeau.

Last year's combine featured six players chosen in the first round of the draft, including Hamilton native Hayden Davis and Bulldogs forward Matthew Strome. Bulldogs defenceman Reilly Webb was one of 11 current OHLers who played for the combine cup-winning team.

"The Ontario Hockey League is looking forward to working with an elite group of players," Joe Birch, the OHL's senior director of hockey development and special events, said in a statement. He also said the combine "provides every player with the opportunity to showcase himself one final time prior to the draft in addition to gathering information that will assist him in future development."

The Jr. Bulldogs dominated the South Central loop this season, with eight double-digit scorers. Goalie Tanner Sheppard, one of the eight invitees, backstopped the club to the OMHA finals and quarter-finals of the OHL Cup.

On top of Sheppard, forwards Marino Moro, Jack Wismer, Wesley Weir also made cut for Oshawa, along with defencemen Dante Tesoro, Adrien Beraldo, Alex Jerome and Trevor LeDonne. Last year, just a single Jr. Bulldog — Liam Stevens, who was selected by Guelph in the second round of the 2015 draft — earned an invite.

Derek Seguin is the lone Hamilton Huskies player heading to the combine. Coach Mike Spadafora called the 5-foot-8, 150-pound forward a "highly skilled player," who led the Alliance in points for most of the season.

He finished second in league scoring with 29 goals and 19 assists in 33 games.

The Jr. Bulldogs didn't return phone calls or emails for comment. Wilson, the Bulldogs coach, couldn't be reached.

Notes: The Bulldogs have named Jeff Elia their new senior director of business development. The Laurentian University grad spent the past three seasons working as the OHL club's director of corporate partnerships ... The Huskies are hosting the Ontario Hockey Federation Atom AA and AAA championships next weekend. The tournament takes place at Chedoke Twin Pad Arena from April 8 to 10 ... The Bulldogs are auctioning off game-worn jerseys from their inaugural 2015-16 season. The auction, which supports the Bulldogs Foundation, wraps up Saturday at 5 p.m. Visit bulldogsauction.ca to place a bid.

tpecoskie@thespec.com

905-526-3368 | @TeriatTheSpec

Jr. Bulldogs send 8 to OHL combine

Sports Mar 31, 2016 by Teri Pecoskie The Hamilton Spectator

The Hamilton Jr. Bulldogs are well represented at this year's OHL combine.

The minor midget AAA squad is sending eight players — three forwards, four defencemen and a goalie — to the three-day showcase, which kicks off Friday morning at Oshawa's General Motors Centre.

The event takes place annually in advance of the OHL draft.

In total, 96 players from across Ontario were invited to the combine. On top of on- and off-ice testing, the teens — all born in 2000 — will take part in seminars on sport vision training, mental performance and nutrition, and compete in a series of 4-on-4 games.

Hamilton Bulldogs assistant coach Ron Wilson and scout Matt Turek will manage the bench for one of four teams. Joining them is a slew of other guest coaches, including former NHLers Darcy Tucker and Wayne Primeau.

Last year's combine featured six players chosen in the first round of the draft, including Hamilton native Hayden Davis and Bulldogs forward Matthew Strome. Bulldogs defenceman Reilly Webb was one of 11 current OHLers who played for the combine cup-winning team.

"The Ontario Hockey League is looking forward to working with an elite group of players," Joe Birch, the OHL's senior director of hockey development and special events, said in a statement. He also said the combine "provides every player with the opportunity to showcase himself one final time prior to the draft in addition to gathering information that will assist him in future development."

The Jr. Bulldogs dominated the South Central loop this season, with eight double-digit scorers. Goalie Tanner Sheppard, one of the eight invitees, backstopped the club to the OMHA finals and quarter-finals of the OHL Cup.

On top of Sheppard, forwards Marino Moro, Jack Wismer, Wesley Weir also made cut for Oshawa, along with defencemen Dante Tesoro, Adrien Beraldo, Alex Jerome and Trevor LeDonne. Last year, just a single Jr. Bulldog — Liam Stevens, who was selected by Guelph in the second round of the 2015 draft — earned an invite.

Derek Seguin is the lone Hamilton Huskies player heading to the combine. Coach Mike Spadafora called the 5-foot-8, 150-pound forward a "highly skilled player," who led the Alliance in points for most of the season.

He finished second in league scoring with 29 goals and 19 assists in 33 games.

The Jr. Bulldogs didn't return phone calls or emails for comment. Wilson, the Bulldogs coach, couldn't be reached.

Notes: The Bulldogs have named Jeff Elia their new senior director of business development. The Laurentian University grad spent the past three seasons working as the OHL club's director of corporate partnerships ... The Huskies are hosting the Ontario Hockey Federation Atom AA and AAA championships next weekend. The tournament takes place at Chedoke Twin Pad Arena from April 8 to 10 ... The Bulldogs are auctioning off game-worn jerseys from their inaugural 2015-16 season. The auction, which supports the Bulldogs Foundation, wraps up Saturday at 5 p.m. Visit bulldogsauction.ca to place a bid.

tpecoskie@thespec.com

905-526-3368 | @TeriatTheSpec

Jr. Bulldogs send 8 to OHL combine

Sports Mar 31, 2016 by Teri Pecoskie The Hamilton Spectator

The Hamilton Jr. Bulldogs are well represented at this year's OHL combine.

The minor midget AAA squad is sending eight players — three forwards, four defencemen and a goalie — to the three-day showcase, which kicks off Friday morning at Oshawa's General Motors Centre.

The event takes place annually in advance of the OHL draft.

In total, 96 players from across Ontario were invited to the combine. On top of on- and off-ice testing, the teens — all born in 2000 — will take part in seminars on sport vision training, mental performance and nutrition, and compete in a series of 4-on-4 games.

Hamilton Bulldogs assistant coach Ron Wilson and scout Matt Turek will manage the bench for one of four teams. Joining them is a slew of other guest coaches, including former NHLers Darcy Tucker and Wayne Primeau.

Last year's combine featured six players chosen in the first round of the draft, including Hamilton native Hayden Davis and Bulldogs forward Matthew Strome. Bulldogs defenceman Reilly Webb was one of 11 current OHLers who played for the combine cup-winning team.

"The Ontario Hockey League is looking forward to working with an elite group of players," Joe Birch, the OHL's senior director of hockey development and special events, said in a statement. He also said the combine "provides every player with the opportunity to showcase himself one final time prior to the draft in addition to gathering information that will assist him in future development."

The Jr. Bulldogs dominated the South Central loop this season, with eight double-digit scorers. Goalie Tanner Sheppard, one of the eight invitees, backstopped the club to the OMHA finals and quarter-finals of the OHL Cup.

On top of Sheppard, forwards Marino Moro, Jack Wismer, Wesley Weir also made cut for Oshawa, along with defencemen Dante Tesoro, Adrien Beraldo, Alex Jerome and Trevor LeDonne. Last year, just a single Jr. Bulldog — Liam Stevens, who was selected by Guelph in the second round of the 2015 draft — earned an invite.

Derek Seguin is the lone Hamilton Huskies player heading to the combine. Coach Mike Spadafora called the 5-foot-8, 150-pound forward a "highly skilled player," who led the Alliance in points for most of the season.

He finished second in league scoring with 29 goals and 19 assists in 33 games.

The Jr. Bulldogs didn't return phone calls or emails for comment. Wilson, the Bulldogs coach, couldn't be reached.

Notes: The Bulldogs have named Jeff Elia their new senior director of business development. The Laurentian University grad spent the past three seasons working as the OHL club's director of corporate partnerships ... The Huskies are hosting the Ontario Hockey Federation Atom AA and AAA championships next weekend. The tournament takes place at Chedoke Twin Pad Arena from April 8 to 10 ... The Bulldogs are auctioning off game-worn jerseys from their inaugural 2015-16 season. The auction, which supports the Bulldogs Foundation, wraps up Saturday at 5 p.m. Visit bulldogsauction.ca to place a bid.

tpecoskie@thespec.com

905-526-3368 | @TeriatTheSpec