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Championship Primer: Jr. Canadiens and Senators clash in Game #47

NOTE: Fans interested in attending Monday’s Championship Final are able to do so free of charge. Per Ryerson University’s current Covid-19 protocols, please be prepared to show proof of vaccination and abide by the University’s masking protocols while inside the Mattamy Athletic Centre. Visit ryerson.ca/covid-19 for full details

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It’s Game #47, the culmination of an exciting week in Toronto, and a season of hard work and determination through stoppages and the unpredictable nature of what we’ve all been faced with these past two years.

The Mississauga Senators and Toronto Jr. Canadiens have emerged as the last teams standing on the quest for OHL Cup supremacy. Here are some facts and figures ahead of tonight’s game at the Mattamy Athletic Centre:

  • Tonight marks the 18th Championship Final since the introduction of the showcase tournament’s modern format in 2003.
  • Since 2005, a total of 176 players have come through the OHL Cup powered by Under Armour to develop in the Ontario Hockey League and play at least one game in the National Hockey League, headlined by such names as Connor McDavid, John Tavares, Steven Stamkos, Drew Doughty, Ryan Ellis, Taylor Hall, Tyler Seguin, P.K. Subban and Alex Pietrangelo. Full list
  • A total of 178 current OHL players played in the OHL Cup Showcase, with the Hamilton Bulldogs leading the way with 13 players on their current roster followed by the Mississauga Steelheads, Kingston Frontenacs and Windsor Spitfires with 11 each. Full list
  • Tonight is the sixth meeting of the season between the two clubs, with the Jr. Canadiens having won four past encounters. JRC defeated the Senators in both the Sylvia Jacobs Memorial Fall Classic Championship Final in October as well as the Whitby Silver Stick Championship Final in November.
  • The Jr. Canadiens defeated the Senators 5-3 in the opening game of the round robin. JRC trailed 3-1 midway through the first period, responding with four unanswered goals while outshooting Mississauga 29-15. Recap

Jr. Canadiens Notes:

  • The Toronto Jr. Canadiens are chasing their third OHL Cup title following past victories in 2018 and 2008. It marks their fourth trip to the Final, having lost in 2014, falling to the Toronto Marlboros.
  • Since 2005, the Jr. Canadiens have produced 12 players that have played in the OHL Cup, developed in the OHL and gone on to play at least one game in the National Hockey League. That list includes: Stefan Della Rovere, Spencer Martin, John McFarland, Ryan Merkley, Victor Mete, Ryan O’Reilly, Alex Pietrangelo, Alan Quine, Drake Rymsha, Devante Smith-Pelly, Tyler Toffoli and Tom Wilson.
  • The Jr. Canadiens finished as the top-ranked team in the weekly OHL Cup Top 10 Rankings after winning the organization’s second consecutive GTHL U16 AAA championship, defeating the Markham Majors 6-2. The Jr. Canadiens placed third in the regular season, going 23-4-1.
  • The Jr. Canadiens are coached by Daniel Sisca, who led the 2018 Jr. Canadiens to an OHL Cup championship. Sisca played five OHL seasons between Owen Sound, Mississauga and Sarnia from 1999-2004, graduating as a 100-point producer in his final season. Assistant coach Anthony Nigro played four OHL seasons between Guelph and Ottawa from 2006-10 and was a draft pick of the St. Louis Blues.
  • The Jr. Canadiens feature one underage player on the roster in 2007-born forward Caden Taylor.
  • The JRC roster features a few family ties elsewhere in the game including:
    • Forward Porter Martone, the son of former Peterborough Petes defenceman Mike Martone (1994-98), who scored one of the biggest goals in Petes franchise history. Martone scored the OT winner in Game 7 of the 1996 OHL Championship Series, helping the Petes defeat the Guelph Storm 8-7. The series is a unique one, as the road team won every single game.
    • Forward Jack Van Volsen is the son of former OHL blueliner Mike Van Volsen who played for Niagara Falls, Detroit and Belleville from 1994-97. Uncle Joe Van Volsen played for Sault Ste. Marie and Belleville from 1992-96.
    • Defenceman Andoni Fimis is the younger brother of Niagara IceDogs forward Pano Fimis, the second overall pick of the 2019 OHL Priority Selection who won a GTHL championship with the Jr. Canadiens in 2019.

Senators Notes:

  • The Mississauga Senators are making their first-ever appearance in the OHL Cup Championship Final.
  • Since 2005, the Senators have produced five players that have played in the OHL Cup, developed in the OHL and gone on to play at least one game in the National Hockey League. That list includes: Jordan Kyrou, Nick Paul, Michael Pezzetta, Givani Smith and Scott Wedgewood.
  • The Senators finished as the third-ranked team in the weekly OHL Cup Top 10 Rankings after spending the entire season in one of the top two slots. The Senators found themselves outside of the GTHL Final Four playoff finishers, gaining entry to the showcase by way of an 8-2 Wild Card Play-In victory over the Ajax-Pickering Raiders that saw forward Gabriel Frasca score five goals. The Senators placed second in the GTHL regular season, going 24-3-1.
  • The Senators are coached by Chris Stevenson, who played Tier II Jr. A and Junior B between 2003-08, playing his final three seasons with the St. Catharines Falcons where he registered over a point-per-game. The son of parents born and raised in Ireland, Stevenson grew up in a soccer family. Stevenson has been coaching in the Senators organization since 2010.
  • The Senators feature some sensational underage talent in 2007-born forwards Michael Misa and William Moore. Misa sits tied for the showcase scoring lead, putting up 15 points (7-8–15) through six games. Moore also has seven goals to his credit.
  • The Senators roster includes a few family relationships elsewhere in the game:
    • Michael Misa is the younger brother of Mississauga Steelheads forward and 2019 first round OHL Priority Selection choice Luke Misa who was a member of the powerhouse Oakville Rangers U16 team in 2020-21.
    • Gabriel Frasca is the younger brother of Kingston Frontenacs overage winger and Pittsburgh Penguins signee Jordan Frasca, as well as Barrie Colts forward Jacob Frasca, both are Mississauga Senators alumni. Jordan Frasca suited up for the Sens in the 2016 and 2017 OHL Cup.

Ontario Hockey League notes of interest:

  • The 2022 OHL Priority Selection presented by Real Canadian Superstore will take place on Friday, April 29th and Saturday, April 30th. Rounds 1-3 will be aired live for free on CHL TV beginning at 7:00pm before Rounds 4-15 will take place beginning at 9:00am on Saturday with complete coverage at ontariohockeyleague.com.
  • The 2022 OHL Development Combine takes place on April 23rd and 24th at the Tribute Communities Centre in Oshawa. A total of 76 prospects will be in attendance for a combination of on an off-ice testing, as well as on-ice scrimmages in front of OHL scouts and general managers.
  • The inaugural U14 OHL Cup presented by Dairy Farmers of Ontario takes place April 14-16 at Joshua Creek Arena in Oakville. The event features 12 of the top U14 AAA teams from across the province. The OHL is proud to continue its support of minor hockey at the grassroots level.
  • The OHL is a leader in producing NHL talent, but also develops players for the U SPORTS Men’s Hockey ranks as well as they pursue an education through use of their OHL scholarship. Eight OHL graduates with the StFX University X-Men earned U SPORTS Men’s Hockey bronze medals at this past week’s University Cup in Wolfville, Nova Scotia. A total of 20 OHL grads placed fourth as members of the Ryerson Rams men’s hockey team. 60 OHL graduates competed in the tournament. Full list
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