Overview of the O: Grimes gets head coaching job; four OHL goalies named to the Program of Excellence camp; feel-good story of the week

Even though it’s the off-season, there has been no shortage of news in the OHL as teams are starting to make changes for next season, and an OHL player is recognized for an award inspired by a former Humboldt Bronco.


Jakes Grimes is the new Head Coach for Cape Breton:

After being an Assistant for the OHL champions Guelph Storm, Jakes Grimes is ready to take on another challenge with the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles as they looked to progress from their strong season last year. Grimes inherits a team that was bounced from the second round of the QMJHL playoffs a Rimouski Océanic led by star Alexis Lafreniere. Grimes will have a young and deep team in Cape Breton with the expectation surely to be a deep-run in the playoffs next season for the Eagles.

Greaves, Jones, Cranley, and Lennox participate in the Program of Excellence goaltending camp:

After strong season’s for Jet Greaves and Hunter Jones, and breakout years by Will Cranley and Tristan Lennox they were all invited to the Program of Excellence camp to demonstrate and improve on their skills in the crease. These camps are used as preliminary trials for national team camps, so all the goalies selected will have to impress if they want to be considered for the U-18 and U-20 Team Canada camps later in the year.

OHL trio named to U-17 coaching pool:

Ex-NHLer Jody Hull leads the list of OHL coaches who are on double duty with the U-17 coaches for the U-17 world championship accompanied by Dylan Hunter and Kurtis Foster. Foster is the head coach for the Kingston Frontenacs, Hunter, an assistant for the ever-successful London Knights and Hull, an assistant for the Niagra Ice-Dogs. These veteran coaches allow these young players the opportunity to be led by former NHLers and the coaches the chance to scout young talent that they may want to look at for their rosters in the upcoming season. This is an extraordinary opportunity for everyone involved, and we wish them the best as their teams battle each other at the all-Canadian U-17 event.


Alumni Classic golf tournament:

Former opponents from across the league gathered together on Monday to raise $14,500 for the Steve Ludzik foundation. The foundation is devoted to Parkinson’s research and support as they look to aid people with this debilitating disease. Congratulations are to the foursome of Nathan Martine, Brendan Taylor, Stefan Legein along with Erik Hann as they take top prize with a score of 13-under.


Steelhead wins inaugural Dayna Brons Award:

The award recognizes a member of Canada’s hockey community who is dedicated to giving blood and stem cell products and was awarded to Mississauga Steelhead goaltender Jacob Ingham for raising $5600 towards the cause and being a regular at the blood clinic.

The award is named after the Humboldt Broncos’ athletic therapist, who was one of 16 people killed when the team bus crashed into a semi-trailer in the tragedy which rocked the hockey world. Ingham has the skill to match his benevolence as he was drafted to the Los Angeles Kings last summer and looks to perform at their prospect camp in a couple of months.