The Guelph Storm announced today that they had to cancel their exhibition game that was supposed to take place on September 6th against the Mississauga Steelheads. The reason may intrigue you.
The Storm can’t ice a team as they have 11 players reporting to various National Hockey League training camps. 8 of those players were draftees (between the 2012 and 2013 draft) and are returning to the squad this season along with 3 forwards who were invited to camps as free agents.
The 2012 draftee class included Matt Finn, who will report to the Toronto Maple Leafs, Brock McGinn, who will report to the Carolina Hurricanes are spending some time with their AHL affiliate the Charlotte Checkers, Scott Kosmachuk, who will report to the Winnipeg Jets and Tanner Richard who will report to the Tampa Bay Lightning and unfortunately will not return to the Storm as he has signed on with the organization. The other three will return to Guelph for another season.
The 2013 draftee class included Jason Dickinson who will report to the Dallas Stars, Tyler Bertuzzi who will report to the Detroit Red Wings, Ben Harpur who will report to the Ottawa Senators, and Justin Auger and Zac Leslie who will both be headed to the west coast with the Los Angeles Kings. All five will be back on the Storm’s roster.
The final three who were invited to camps as free agents are Ryan Horvat who will report to the Anaheim Mighty Ducks, and Hunter Garlent and Zack Mitchell who both will join Soo Greyhound Sergey Tolchinsky with the Carolina Hurricanes.
The Guelph Storm has a history of developing strong players over the years. Notable Storm alumni include Drew Doughty, Craig Anderson, Ryan Callahan, Todd Bertuzzi, Cam Janssen and Dustin Brown just to name a few.
With this kind of young talent calibre on hand, the rest of the Midwest division better get out their rain coats and be ready for a wild Storm this upcoming OHL season.