Cambridge, ON – On Saturday Oct. 21, 2017, the Provincial Junior Hockey League (PJHL)
and Ontario Hockey Association (OHA) will be holding the first-ever PJHL Prospects
Day at the Wilmot Recreation Complex, home of the New Hamburg Firebirds of the PJHL's
Eight teams have been assembled from the top 16 and 17 year old players (2000's
and 2001's) from across the PJHL with players representing all eight PJHL Divisions,
totaling nearly 160 players. Six of the league's eight Divisions are sending full
teams, and while the two East Conference Divisions (Orr and Tod) were unable to
send enough players for full teams, two all-star squads (Red and Black) have been
formed from players from all eight Divisions to ensure every Division is represented.
PJHL Prospects Day will feature four full-length games between the eight teams beginning
at 10:30 AM. Participating for the Yeck Division from the Port Stanley Sailors will be Austin Muscutt and Tyler Simon.
Full rosters and games will be scored live on Pointstreak and the PJHL website
Doug Kennedy, Chair of the PJHL Committee, and the General Manager of the Kincardine
Bulldogs, believed this idea would work as it was something they had previously
done between the old Western Junior C Hockey League (now the PJHL Pollock Division)
and the Georgian Bay Mid-Ontario Junior C Hockey League (now the PJHL Carruthers
Division). Kennedy said, "We always had luck showcasing 16 and 17 year olds and
we knew it could be done on a bigger scale. This is a great showcase for the players
and for the league."
The OHA is extremely pleased that the PJHL has implemented this initiative league-wide,
as OHA President Karen Phibbs explained, "This is an excellent opportunity for the
league's top young players to be exposed to scouts from higher levels of hockey
and learn about future opportunities in hockey from the guest speakers. This will
be a great day of hockey for everyone involved and will be a fantastic lifelong
memory for our young players. The OHA is committed to player and program development
and supports the teams of the PJHL as they continue to pursue excellence at the
The 2017 PJHL Prospects Day is hosted by the New Hamburg Firebirds and Firebirds'
President Bernie Shantz is excited for the opportunity and is really looking forward
the event, saying: "We are honoured and elated that the PJHL has decided to come
to our facility, we know our great local fans are in for a real treat." Shantz added,
"When you get the top 16 and 17 year olds from across the entire PJHL, there are
a lot of really good hockey players out there, the fans will be impressed at the
calibre of play and the players in our league."
PJHL PROSPECTS DAY WEBSITE:
About the PJHL
The Provincial Junior Hockey League (PJHL) was formed in 2016 when the Ontario Hockey
Association's eight Junior C leagues merged. The PJHL is the third tier of junior
hockey in the OHA and is sanctioned by the Ontario Hockey Federation and Hockey
Canada. Each year 63 PJHL teams compete for the OHA's Clarence Schmalz Cup.
About the OHA
The Ontario Hockey Association (OHA) was founded on November 27, 1890 and is the
governing body for the majority of Junior and Senior hockey in the Province of Ontario.
The OHA is a Member Partner of the Ontario Hockey Federation (OHF), which is one
of thirteen Provincial and Regional Branches of Hockey Canada. The OHA consists
of three Junior hockey leagues, Junior A - Ontario Junior Hockey League (OJHL);
Junior B - Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League (GOJHL); Junior C - Provincial Junior
Hockey League (PJHL); and one Senior hockey league, Senior AAA - Allan Cup Hockey