2008–09 OHL season

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2008–09 OHL season
League Ontario Hockey League
Duration Preseason
2008-08-29 – 2008-09-14
Regular season
2008-09-17 – 2009-03-15
Playoffs
2009-03-18 – 2009-05-08
Champions Windsor Spitfires
Number of teams 20
Commissioner David Branch
Television Rogers TV, TVCogeco
OHL seasons

 2007–08

2009–10 

The 2008–09 OHL season was the 29th season of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL). Twenty teams played 68 games each during the regular season schedule, which started on September 17, 2008 and concluded on March 15, 2009.

The playoffs began on March 18, 2009, and ended on May 8, 2009 with the Windsor Spitfires winning the J. Ross Robertson Cup, and a berth in the 2009 Memorial Cup which was held in Rimouski, Quebec. Windsor went on to win the Memorial Cup.

Team changes[edit]

The Windsor Spitfires played their last game at Windsor Arena on December 4, defeating the Guelph Storm 2-1. The Spitfires played their first game at the WFCU Centre on December 11 against the Belleville Bulls, losing the game 4-0.

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 47 17 2 2 98 258 176 1
x-Ottawa 67's 68 40 21 5 2 87 272 231 3
x-Peterborough Petes 68 28 37 1 2 59 210 266 7
Oshawa Generals 68 25 35 2 6 58 213 283 9
Kingston Frontenacs 68 18 40 6 4 46 200 278 10
Central Division GP W L OTL SL Pts GF GA Rank
y-Brampton Battalion 68 47 19 1 1 96 264 184 2
x-Mississauga Majors 68 39 26 1 2 81 229 208 4
x-Barrie Colts 68 30 33 3 2 65 214 207 5
x-Niagara IceDogs 68 26 32 4 6 62 213 264 6
x-Sudbury Wolves 68 26 35 3 4 59 227 282 8

Western Conference[edit]

Midwest Division GP W L OTL SL Pts GF GA Rank
y-London Knights 68 49 16 1 2 101 287 194 2
x-Guelph Storm 68 35 26 4 3 77 226 209 6
x-Erie Otters 68 34 29 3 2 73 231 239 7
x-Owen Sound Attack 68 26 27 7 8 67 226 258 8
Kitchener Rangers 68 26 37 3 2 57 208 254 9
West Division GP W L OTL SL Pts GF GA Rank
z-Windsor Spitfires 68 57 10 0 1 115 311 171 1
x-Saginaw Spirit 68 36 24 4 4 80 235 219 3
x-Plymouth Whalers 68 37 26 5 0 79 253 244 4
x-Sarnia Sting 68 35 26 4 3 77 216 210 5
Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 68 19 45 2 2 42 172 290 10

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Scoring leaders[edit]

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

Player Team GP G A Pts PIM
John Tavares Oshawa/London 56 58 46 104 54
Chris Terry Plymouth Whalers 53 39 55 94 75
Justin DiBenedetto Sarnia Sting 62 45 48 93 85
Cody Hodgson Brampton Battalion 53 43 49 92 33
Matt Caria Sault Ste. Marie/Plymouth 67 34 58 92 91
Taylor Hall Windsor Spitfires 63 38 52 90 60
Ryan Ellis Windsor Spitfires 57 22 67 89 57
Eric Tangradi Belleville Bulls 55 38 50 88 61
Logan Couture Ottawa 67's 62 39 48 87 46
Chris MacKinnon London/Kitchener 67 26 59 85 56

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; SV% = Save percentage; GAA = Goals against average

Player Team GP Mins W L OTL SL GA SO SV% GAA
Mike Murphy Belleville Bulls 54 3169 40 9 2 2 110 5 0.941 2.08
Thomas McCollum Guelph/Brampton 54 3192 34 16 2 2 112 7 0.927 2.11
Andrew Engelage Windsor Spitfires 54 3086 46 4 0 1 121 5 0.914 2.35
Trevor Cann Peterborough/London 52 3027 35 15 0 1 132 6 0.919 2.62
Dan Spence Sarnia Sting 54 3151 29 19 4 2 146 2 0.914 2.78

OHL Playoffs[edit]

Overview[edit]

Conference Quarter-finals Conference Semi-finals Conference Finals OHL Championship
                       
1 Belleville 4
8 Sudbury 2
1 Belleville 4
6 Niagara 1
3 Ottawa 3
6 Niagara 4
1 Belleville 2
Eastern
2 Brampton 4
2 Brampton 4
7 Peterborough 0
2 Brampton 4
4 Mississauga 2
4 Mississauga 4
5 Barrie 1
E2 Brampton 1
W1 Windsor 4
1 Windsor 4
8 Owen Sound 0
1 Windsor 4
4 Plymouth 2
4 Plymouth 4
5 Sarnia 1
1 Windsor 4
Western
2 London 1
2 London 4
7 Erie 1
2 London 4
3 Saginaw 0
3 Saginaw 4
6 Guelph 0

Conference Quarterfinals[edit]

Eastern Conference[edit]

Belleville vs Sudbury
Date Away Home
March 18 Sudbury 1 3 Belleville
March 19 Sudbury 2 1 Belleville
March 22 Belleville 3 1 Sudbury
March 24 Belleville 2 1 Sudbury
March 25 Belleville 2 6 Sudbury
March 30 Sudbury 1 6 Belleville
Belleville wins series 4-2
Brampton vs. Peterborough
Date Away Home
March 20 Peterborough 2 5 Brampton
March 22 Peterborough 4 5 Brampton (OT)
March 24 Brampton 4 2 Peterborough
March 26 Brampton 3 2 Peterborough
Brampton wins series 4-0
Ottawa vs. Niagara
Date Away Home
March 20 Niagara 5 3 Ottawa
March 22 Niagara 2 6 Ottawa
March 24 Ottawa 3 5 Niagara
March 26 Ottawa 6 4 Niagara
March 28 Ottawa 3 4 Niagara
March 30 Niagara 0 4 Ottawa
March 31 (OT) Niagara 4 3 Ottawa
Niagara wins series 4-3
Mississauga vs. Barrie
Date Away Home
March 20 Barrie 3 4 Mississauga
March 21 Mississauga 7 4 Barrie
March 23 Barrie 3 7 Mississauga
March 26 Mississauga 2 3 Barrie (OT)
March 28 (3OT) Mississauga 4 3 Barrie
Mississauga wins series 4-1

Western Conference[edit]

Windsor vs. Owen Sound
Date Away Home
March 18 Owen Sound 4 7 Windsor
March 20 Windsor 7 5 Owen Sound
March 22 Owen Sound 1 6 Windsor
March 25 Windsor 6 3 Owen Sound
Windsor wins series 4-0
London vs. Erie
Date Away Home
March 20 Erie 2 5 London
March 21 Erie 1 8 London
March 25 London 0 4 Erie
March 26 London 4 2 Erie
March 28 Erie 2 6 London
London wins series 4-1
Saginaw vs. Guelph
Date Away Home
March 21 Guelph 5 6 Saginaw (2OT)
March 22 Saginaw 3 2 Guelph
March 24 Guelph 6 7 Saginaw (2OT)
March 26 Saginaw 4 1 Guelph
Saginaw wins series 4-0
Plymouth vs. Sarnia
Date Away Home
March 21 Sarnia 2 0 Plymouth
March 22 (OT) Plymouth 3 2 Sarnia
March 24 Sarnia 1 5 Plymouth
March 26 Plymouth 5 0 Sarnia
March 28 Sarnia 1 8 Plymouth
Plymouth wins series 4-1

Conference Semifinals[edit]

Eastern Conference[edit]

Belleville vs. Niagara
Date Away Home
April 2 Niagara 3 4 Belleville (OT)
April 3 (OT) Belleville 5 4 Niagara
April 5 Niagara 2 0 Belleville
April 7 Belleville 5 2 Niagara
April 9 Niagara 2 5 Belleville
Belleville wins series 4–1
Brampton vs. Mississauga
Date Away Home
April 2 Mississauga 0 3 Brampton
April 3 Brampton 2 1 Mississauga
April 5 Mississauga 5 1 Brampton
April 7 Brampton 3 4 Mississauga (OT)
April 9 Mississauga 2 4 Brampton
April 10 Brampton 3 Mississauga 2
Brampton wins series 4-2

Western Conference[edit]

Windsor vs. Plymouth
Date Away Home
April 2 Plymouth 6 3 Windsor
April 4 Windsor 8 2 Plymouth
April 5 Plymouth 1 8 Windsor
April 7 Windsor 2 3 Plymouth
April 9 Plymouth 2 5 Windsor
April 11 Windsor 4 2 Plymouth
Windsor wins series 4–2
London vs. Saginaw
Date Away Home
April 2 Saginaw 3 7 London
April 4 London 4 3 Saginaw
April 5 Saginaw 1 4 London
April 7 London 5 3 Saginaw
London wins series 4–0

Conference Finals[edit]

Eastern Conference Western Conference
Belleville vs. Brampton
Date Away Home
April 15 Brampton 4 2 Belleville
April 17 Belleville 2 7 Brampton
April 19 Brampton 2 6 Belleville
April 21 Belleville 3 4 Brampton
April 23 Brampton 2 3 Belleville (2OT)
April 24 Belleville 4 7 Brampton
Brampton wins series 4-2
Windsor vs. London
Date Away Home
April 15 London 3 4 Windsor (OT)
April 17 Windsor 5 6 London (OT)
April 19 London 4 5 Windsor (OT)
April 20 (OT) Windsor 5 London 4
April 22 London 3 4 Windsor (OT)
Windsor wins series 4-1

League Final[edit]

Windsor vs. Brampton
Date Away Home
April 29 Brampton 1 10 Windsor
May 1 Windsor 5 3 Brampton
May 4 Brampton 4 2 Windsor
May 6 Windsor 4 1 Brampton
May 8 Brampton 1 2 Windsor (OT)
Windsor wins series 4-1

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Playoff scoring leaders[edit]

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

Player Team GP G A Pts PIM
Taylor Hall Windsor Spitfires 15 11 16 27 10
Cody Hodgson Brampton Battalion 16 9 18 27 12
Ryan Ellis Windsor Spitfires 15 8 19 27 14
Dale Mitchell Windsor Spitfires 15 12 14 26 14
Evgeny Grachev Brampton Battalion 16 11 13 24 4
Andrei Loktionov Windsor Spitfires 15 6 18 24 2
Matt Duchene Brampton Battalion 16 13 10 23 12
John Carlson London Knights 14 7 15 22 16
John Tavares London Knights 14 10 11 21 8
Nazem Kadri London Knights 14 9 12 21 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
J. P. Anderson Mississauga St. Michael's Majors 11 697 6 4 29 0 0.928 2.50
Thomas McCollum Brampton Battalion 16 1007 11 2 44 1 0.899 2.62
Andrew Loverock Sudbury Wolves 6 360 2 4 16 0 0.929 2.67
Mike Murphy Belleville Bulls 17 1007 10 6 45 0 0.912 2.68
Trevor Cann London Knights 13 805 9 1 38 0 0.912 2.83

All-Star teams[edit]

First team[edit]

Second team[edit]

Third team[edit]

All-Star Classic[edit]

The 2009 Subway OHL All-Star Classic[3] was played February 4, 2009 at the WFCU Centre in Windsor, won 11-6 by the Eastern Conference. Cody Hodgson of the Brampton Battalion won the player of the game award, as he scored three goals and added two assists. The skills competition was held the previous night on February 3, with the Western Conference winning. Honorary captains for the event were former Peterborough Petes player Steve Yzerman for the Eastern Conference, while former Windsor Spitfires player Adam Graves represented the Western Conference.

Awards[edit]

J. Ross Robertson Cup: Windsor Spitfires
Hamilton Spectator Trophy: Windsor Spitfires
Bobby Orr Trophy: Brampton Battalion
Wayne Gretzky Trophy: Windsor Spitfires
Emms Trophy: Brampton Battalion
Leyden Trophy: Belleville Bulls
Holody Trophy: London Knights
Bumbacco Trophy: Windsor Spitfires
Red Tilson Trophy: Cody Hodgson, Brampton Battalion
Eddie Powers Memorial Trophy: John Tavares, London Knights
Matt Leyden Trophy: Bob Boughner, Windsor Spitfires
Jim Mahon Memorial Trophy: Justin DiBenedetto, Sarnia Sting
Max Kaminsky Trophy: Ryan Ellis, Windsor Spitfires
OHL Goaltender of the Year: Mike Murphy, Belleville Bulls
Jack Ferguson Award: Daniel Catenacci, Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds
Dave Pinkney Trophy: Mike Murphy, Belleville Bulls
OHL Executive of the Year: Warren Rychel, Windsor Spitfires
Emms Family Award: Evgeny Grachev, Brampton Battalion
F.W. "Dinty" Moore Trophy: J.P. Anderson, Mississauga Majors
Dan Snyder Memorial Trophy: Chris Terry, Plymouth Whalers
William Hanley Trophy: Cody Hodgson, Brampton Battalion
Leo Lalonde Memorial Trophy: Justin DiBenedetto, Sarnia Sting
Bobby Smith Trophy: Matt Duchene, Brampton Battalion
Roger Neilson Memorial Award: Tim Priamo, Guelph Storm
Ivan Tennant Memorial Award: Freddie Hamilton, Niagara IceDogs
Mickey Renaud Captain's Trophy: Chris Terry, Plymouth Whalers
Tim Adams Memorial Trophy: Lucas Lessio, Toronto Marlboros
Bill Long Award: Bert O'Brien and Sam Sisco
Wayne Gretzky 99 Award: Taylor Hall, Windsor Spitfires

OHL Priority Selection[edit]

The OHL conducted its annual draft, known as the OHL Priority Selection, starting at 9:00 AM on Saturday May 3, 2008 via internet.

No. OHL Team Player Previous Team
1 Sudbury Wolves John McFarland Toronto Jr. Canadiens
2 Erie Otters Gregg McKegg Elgin-Middlesex Chiefs
3 Owen Sound Attack Steven Shipley Elgin-Middlesex Chiefs
4 Kingston Frontenacs Erik Gudbranson Ottawa Jr. 67's
5 Peterborough Petes Ryan Spooner Ottawa Jr. Senators
6 Barrie Colts Ryan O'Connor Toronto Jr. Canadiens
7 Ottawa 67's Tyler Toffoli Toronto Jr. Canadiens
8 Mississauga Majors Devante Smith-Pelly Toronto Jr. Canadiens
9 Plymouth Whalers Tyler Seguin Toronto Young Nationals
10 Saginaw Spirit Brandon Saad Pittsburgh Hornets Major Midget
11 Sarnia Sting Gregg Sutch York-Simcoe Express
12 Guelph Storm Cody McNaughton Toronto Jr. Canadiens
13 London Knights Christian Thomas Toronto Marlboros
14 Niagara IceDogs Freddie Hamilton Toronto Marlboros
15 Brampton Battalion Sam Carrick Toronto Red Wings
16 Oshawa Generals Kevin Bailie Quinte Red Devils
17 Windsor Spitfires Cam Fowler Detroit Honeybaked 91's
18 Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds Brock Beukeboom Central Ontario Wolves
19 Belleville Bulls Stephen Silas Halton Hurricanes
20 Kitchener Rangers Jeff Skinner Toronto Young Nationals

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