2007–08 OHL season

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2007–08 OHL season
League Ontario Hockey League
Duration Regular season
2007-09-19 – 2008-03-16
Playoffs
2008-03-19 – 2008-05-12
Champions Kitchener Rangers
Number of teams 20
Commissioner David Branch
Television Rogers TV, TVCogeco
OHL seasons

 2006–07

2008–09 

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.

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.[1]

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.

Team changes[edit]

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.[2] 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.

Final standings[edit]

Note: 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 Conference[edit]

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

Western Conference[edit]

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

Scoring leaders[edit]

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 goaltenders[edit]

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

OHL playoffs[edit]

Overview[edit]

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 quarterfinals[edit]

Eastern Conference[edit]

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[edit]

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 semifinals[edit]

Eastern Conference[edit]

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[edit]

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 finals[edit]

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

OHL finals[edit]

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

Playoff scoring leaders[edit]

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
Matt 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 goaltenders[edit]

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 teams[edit]

First team[edit]

Second team[edit]

Third team[edit]

All-Star Classic[edit]

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.[3] The skills competition was held the previous night on February 5, with the Eastern Conference winning 19–18.[4]

Awards[edit]

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:
OHL Executive of the Year: Denise Burke, Niagara IceDogs
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

OHL Priority Selection[edit]

The OHL conducted its annual draft, known as the OHL Priority Selection, starting at 9:00 AM on Saturday May 5, 2007 via internet.

No. OHL Team Player Previous Team
1 Erie Otters Ryan O'Reilly Toronto Jr. Canadiens
2 Windsor Spitfires Taylor Hall Greater Kingston
3 Toronto St. Michael's Majors Casey Cizikas Mississauga IceDogs
4 Peterborough Petes Zack Kassian Windsor
5 Brampton Battalion Matthew Duchene Central Ontario Wolves
6 Ottawa 67's Michael Latta Waterloo Wolves
7 Sudbury Wolves Daniel Maggio Windsor
8 Owen Sound Attack Joey Hishon Stratford Warriors AA
9 Kingston Frontenacs Ethan Werek Toronto Marlboros
10 Oshawa Generals Justin Shugg Niagara Falls
11 Guelph Storm Peter Holland Brampton Battalion
12 Sarnia Sting Colton Kennedy Ajax-Pickering
13 Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds Jordan Mayer Greater Kingston
14 Belleville Bulls Tyler Randell Brampton Battalion
15 Mississauga IceDogs Andrew Agozzino Mississauga IceDogs
16 Saginaw Spirit Daniel Pachis Whitby Wildcats
17 Barrie Colts Mitch Lebar Toronto Young Nationals
18 Kitchener Rangers Cam Fowler Detroit Honeybaked 91's
19 Plymouth Whalers Beau Schmitz Detroit Belle Tire U16's
20 London Knights Michael Zador Toronto Marlboros

CHL Import Draft[edit]

The 2007 CHL Import Draft was held via the internet, starting at 9:00 AM on Wednesday, June 27, 2007. Teams from the OHL, QMJHL, and WHL drafted players in reverse order of their finish in the combined CHL standings. All CHL teams are awarded one draft pick in each of the two rounds, although not all CHL teams use both picks. Some teams chose not to participate in the draft.

This list includes drafts picks made by OHL teams in the 2007 draft.

No. OHL Team Player Previous Team / Country
2 Erie Otters Jaroslav Janus HC Slovan Bratislava, Slovakia
5 Kitchener Rangers Mikkel Boedker Frolunda Jrs, Sweden
8 Windsor Spitfires Michal Jordan HC Zlin, Czech Republic
11 London Knights Vladimir Roth HC Slavi, Czech Republic
14 Brampton Battalion Alexander Eriksson Bjorkloven, Sweden
17 Ottawa 67's Radim Ostrcil HC Vsetin, Czech Republic
20 Brampton Battalion Jaroslav Hertl HC Slavia Prague, Czech Republic
23 Owen Sound Attack Milan Doczy HC Trinec, Czech Republic
26 Kingston Frontenacs Andris Dzerins Lukko Rauma Jrs, Finland
29 Oshawa Generals Jakub Kovar C.Budegovice, Czech Republic
32 Guelph Storm Denis Hollenstein Kloten Jrs, Switzerland
35 Sarnia Sting Tomi Karhunen Karpa, Finland
38 Ottawa 67's Martin Paryzek HC Ceska Budejovice, Czech Republic
41 Sarnia Sting Marek Indra HC-Slavia Praha, Czech Republic
44 Niagara IceDogs Dalimir Jancovic HC Martimex, Slovakia
47 Toronto St. Michael's Majors Andre Petersson HK 71 Jonkoping, Sweden
50 Barrie Colts Jaroslav Kruzik HC Kladno, Czech Republic
53 Owen Sound Attack Ondrej Pekarik Sparta Praha, Czech Republic
56 Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds Simon Fischhaber EC Bad Tolz, Germany
58 London Knights Heikki Hyvonen Jokerit Jr, Finland
68 Sudbury Wolves Roman Schlagenhauf Koten Flyers, Switzerland
72 Niagara IceDogs Richard Fiala MHK 32 Liptovsky, Czech Republic

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OHL seasons Succeeded by
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