Cup gushes future Oilers
The Edmonton Oilers lead the NHL pack with four draft picks participating in this week's tournament. The Oilers' prospects include Knights sniper Rob Schremp, former first-rounder Marc-Antoine Pouliot of the Rimouski Oceanic, and Kelowna forwards Tyler Spurgeon and big Troy Bodie.
"It's something for the team to hang their hat on within this year of inactivity," said Edmonton GM Kevin Lowe. "In recent years we've taken some criticism as to the drafting, so this has been good."
OHL a Hunter family affair
As far as anyone can recall, the Hunter family is the only one to have four brothers play in the OHL.
Knights coach Dale and brother Dave played for the Sudbury Wolves (Dale spent his first year with the Kitchener Rangers). Knights general manager Mark was with the Brantford Alexanders and Ron was with Kitchener. All but Ron went on to play in the NHL.
The Conacher brothers in the late 1920s and early 1930s have to be considered. Charlie played for the Toronto Marlboros, Lionel with the Toronto Canoe Club and Roy with the West Toronto Nationals. Brother Bert played a few games with the Nationals but never had a junior career after he was blinded in one eye.
There have been a number of three-brother acts in the OHL. It's not likely any family will surpass the Sutters at the national level. Six played in the Western Hockey League and all six went on to play in the NHL.
Raffle for Special Olympics
In case you haven't been able to find the booth, Special Olympics volunteers are operating a hockey raffle on the third floor of the John Labatt Centre during tournament games. The first prize is a framed Knights jersey. Tickets can be obtained at the booth in the arena.