1997–98 OHL season

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The 1997–98 OHL season was the 18th season of the Ontario Hockey League. Eighteen teams each played 66 games. The Guelph Storm won the J. Ross Robertson Cup, defeating the Ottawa 67's. The Toronto St. Michael's Majors name is re-activated when they are awarded a franchise, they would play in the Eastern Division. The Detroit Whalers become the Plymouth Whalers.

Regular season[edit]

Final standings[edit]

East Division GP W L T Pts GF GA
z-Ottawa 67's 66 40 17 9 89 286 172
x-Belleville Bulls 66 41 22 3 85 315 239
x-Kingston Frontenacs 66 35 27 4 74 330 275
x-Oshawa Generals 66 26 32 8 58 214 247
x-Peterborough Petes 66 20 36 10 50 212 273
Toronto St. Michael's Majors 66 15 42 9 39 154 265
Central Division GP W L T Pts GF GA
z-Guelph Storm 66 42 18 6 90 263 189
x-Barrie Colts 66 38 23 5 81 236 215
x-Kitchener Rangers 66 27 29 10 64 224 239
x-Owen Sound Platers 66 27 34 5 59 270 312
x-Sudbury Wolves 66 25 34 7 57 257 268
North Bay Centennials 66 15 45 6 36 213 291
West Division GP W L T Pts GF GA
y-London Knights 66 40 21 5 85 301 238
x-Plymouth Whalers 66 37 22 7 81 279 223
x-Sarnia Sting 66 32 22 13 77 253 227
x-Erie Otters 66 33 28 5 71 261 252
Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 66 20 39 7 47 232 296
Windsor Spitfires 66 19 42 5 43 261 340

Scoring leaders[edit]

Player Team GP G A Pts PIM
Peter Sarno Windsor Spitfires 64 33 88 121 18
Jeremy Adduono Sudbury Wolves 66 37 69 106 40
David Legwand Plymouth Whalers 59 54 51 105 56
Maxim Spiridonov London Knights 66 54 44 98 52
Colin Chaulk Kingston Frontenacs 64 34 62 96 118
Robert Mailloux Kingston Frontenacs 65 55 40 95 53
Jay Legault London Knights 61 39 56 95 87
Jonathan Sim Sarnia Sting 59 44 50 94 95
Justin Papineau Belleville Bulls 66 41 53 94 34
Jeff Martin Windsor Spitfires 65 40 54 94 48

OHL Playoffs[edit]

  Division Quarter-Finals Quarter-Finals Semi-Finals Finals
                                     
C1  Guelph bye  
        
  C1  Guelph 4  
    C5  Sudbury 0  
C2  Barrie 2
C5  Sudbury 4  
  C1  Guelph 4  
  W2  Plymouth 0  
E2  Belleville 4  
E5  Peterborough 0  
  E2  Belleville 2
    W2  Plymouth 4  
W2  Plymouth 4
W3  Sarnia 1  
  C1  Guelph 4
  E1  Ottawa 1
E1  Ottawa bye  
        
  E1  Ottawa 4
    C4  Owen Sound 1  
C3  Kitchener 2
C4  Owen Sound 4  
  E1  Ottawa 4
  W1  London 0  
W1  London 4  
W4  Erie 3  
  W1  London 4
    E3  Kingston 1  
E3  Kingston 4
E4  Oshawa 3  

Division Quarterfinals[edit]

Belleville (E2) vs. Peterborough (E5)
Date Away Home
March 14 Peterborough 0 10 Belleville
March 15 Belleville 5 1 Peterborough
March 17 Peterborough 0 8 Belleville
March 18 Belleville 7 4 Peterborough
Belleville wins series 4–0
Kingston (E3) vs. Oshawa (E4)
Date Away Home
March 15 Oshawa 2 3 Kingston OT
March 17 Kingston 3 2 Oshawa
March 20 Oshawa 4 3 Kingston OT
March 22 Kingston 3 5 Oshawa
March 24 Oshawa 6 7 Kingston
March 25 Kingston 4 5 Oshawa OT
March 26 Oshawa 1 3 Kingston
Kingston wins series 4–3
Barrie (C2) vs. Sudbury (C5)
Date Away Home
March 15 Sudbury 3 4 Barrie
March 17 Barrie 4 3 Sudbury OT
March 19 Sudbury 6 3 Barrie
March 20 Barrie 3 4 Sudbury OT
March 22 Sudbury 3 2 Barrie
March 24 Barrie 1 4 Sudbury
Sudbury wins series 4–2
Kitchener (C3) vs. Owen Sound (C4)
Date Away Home
March 15 Owen Sound 1 6 Kitchener
March 17 Kitchener 1 8 Owen Sound
March 19 Owen Sound 2 7 Kitchener
March 21 Kitchener 0 4 Owen Sound
March 22 Owen Sound 6 2 Kitchener
March 24 Kitchener 3 4 Owen Sound OT
Owen Sound wins series 4–2
London (W1) vs. Erie (W4)
Date Away Home
March 15 Erie 0 2 London
March 18 London 5 4 Erie OT
March 20 Erie 1 2 London OT
March 21 London 0 7 Erie
March 23 Erie 3 1 London
March 24 London 3 4 Erie OT
March 26 Erie 2 3 London
London wins series 4–3
Plymouth (W2) vs. Sarnia (W3)
Date Away Home
March 14 Sarnia 1 3 Plymouth
March 17 Plymouth 4 6 Sarnia
March 19 Sarnia 1 7 Plymouth
March 21 Plymouth 7 2 Sarnia
March 22 Sarnia 2 3 Plymouth OT
Plymouth wins series 4–1

Quarter Finals[edit]

Guelph (1) vs. Sudbury (8)
Date Away Home
March 27 Sudbury 3 6 Guelph
March 31 Guelph 4 1 Sudbury
April 2 Sudbury 1 8 Guelph
April 3 Guelph 4 1 Sudbury
Guelph wins series 4–0
Ottawa (2) vs. Owen Sound (7)
Date Away Home
March 28 Ottawa 4 5 Owen Sound
March 31 Owen Sound 2 4 Ottawa
April 2 Ottawa 4 2 Owen Sound
April 3 Owen Sound 3 7 Ottawa
April 5 Owen Sound 2 8 Ottawa
Ottawa wins series 4–1
London (3) vs. Kingston (6)
Date Away Home
March 29 Kingston 1 4 London
March 31 London 6 9 Kingston
April 2 Kingston 5 8 London
April 4 London 4 3 Kingston OT
April 6 Kingston 2 5 London
London wins series 4–1
Belleville (4) vs. Plymouth (5)
Date Away Home
March 28 Belleville 5 6 Plymouth
March 31 Plymouth 3 2 Belleville
April 1 Plymouth 4 3 Belleville OT
April 3 Belleville 3 2 Plymouth
April 5 Plymouth 3 4 Belleville
April 7 Belleville 2 6 Plymouth
Plymouth wins series 4–2

Semi-Finals[edit]

Guelph (1) vs. Plymouth (5)
Date Away Home
April 10 Plymouth 1 2 Guelph
April 13 Guelph 5 1 Plymouth
April 16 Plymouth 1 5 Guelph
April 17 Guelph 5 2 Plymouth
Guelph wins series 4–0
Ottawa (2) vs. London (3)
Date Away Home
April 10 London 0 3 Ottawa
April 11 London 2 3 Ottawa
April 14 Ottawa 4 2 London
April 16 Ottawa 5 2 London
Ottawa wins series 4–0

J. Ross Robertson Cup Finals[edit]

Guelph (1) vs. Ottawa (2)
Date Away Home
April 22 Ottawa 2 5 Guelph
April 24 Guelph 3 2 Ottawa
April 25 Guelph 1 8 Ottawa
April 27 Ottawa 1 2 Guelph
April 29 Ottawa 3 4 Guelph
Guelph wins series 4–1

All-Star teams[edit]

First team[edit]

Second team[edit]

Third team[edit]

OHL awards[edit]

J. Ross Robertson Cup: Guelph Storm
Hamilton Spectator Trophy: Guelph Storm
Red Tilson Trophy: David Legwand, Plymouth Whalers
Eddie Powers Memorial Trophy: Peter Sarno, Windsor Spitfires
Matt Leyden Trophy: Gary Agnew, London Knights
Jim Mahon Memorial Trophy: Maxim Spiridonov, London Knights
Max Kaminsky Trophy: Chris Allen, Kingston Frontenacs
OHL Goaltender of the Year: Bujar Amidovski, Toronto St. Michael's Majors
Jack Ferguson Award: Jay Harrison, Brampton Battalion
Dave Pinkney Trophy: Craig Hillier and Seamus Kotyk, Ottawa 67's
OHL Executive of the Year: Paul McIntosh, London Knights
Emms Family Award: David Legwand, Plymouth Whalers
F.W. 'Dinty' Moore Trophy: Seamus Kotyk, Ottawa 67's
Dan Snyder Memorial Trophy: Jason Metcalfe, London Knights
William Hanley Trophy: Matt Bradley, Kingston Frontenacs
Leo Lalonde Memorial Trophy: Bujar Amidovski, Toronto St. Michael's Majors
Bobby Smith Trophy: Manny Malhotra, Guelph Storm

See also[edit]

References[edit]

Preceded by
1996–97 OHL season
OHL seasons Succeeded by
1998–99 OHL season