An Ontario Hockey League alumnus, John Hughes, led Austria’s Erste Bank Eishockey Liga (EBEL) in points during the 2011-12 regular season. The OHL was also represented quite well between the pipes. Three OHL alumni were among the top ten goaltenders in the EBEL for GAA.
Just the facts:
- Michael Ouzas and Adam Munro finish in the top 10 in their first season in Austria’s EBEL.
- Ouzas replaced Chiodo with the 2003-04 Toronto St. Michael’s Majors.
- Munro and Chiodo have NHL experience.
- 2002-03 was the only year that all three played in the OHL at the same time.
Michael Ouzas finished third in the EBEL with a GAA of 2.31 while playing 21 of Medvescak Zagreb’s games. Michael’s partner with Zagreb, Robert Kristan, was first overall with a 2.21 GAA over 27 games. Zagreb finished second in the eleven team EBEL, a distant nine points behind first place EHC Linz. Zagreb was a semi-final exit from the playoffs while Linz won the championship.
Ouzas played four years in the Ontario Hockey League from 2002-03 to 2005-06. He was well-travelled in the OHL, beginning his career with the Barrie Colts and playing with the Toronto St. Michael’s Majors and Mississauga IceDogs before finishing with the Owen Sound Attack. He was OHL Goaltender of the Year in 2004-05 with Mississauga. This is Ouzas’ first year in the EBEL after two years with the University of New Brunswick and three years in the ECHL.
Adam Munro placed seventh with a 2.76 GAA, playing 38 games with Szekesfehervar. Munro’s team finished the regular season in third, seven points behind Zagreb. Szekesfehervar was an early quarter-final exit from the post season.
Munro played five years in the Ontario Hockey League from 1998-99 to 2002-03. Most of his OHL career was spent with the Erie Otters but a trade sent him to the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds early in his final season. Adam was the 29th overall pick at the 2001 NHL Entry Draft, going to the Chicago Blackhawks. He played 17 games with the Blackhawks over a three year span from 2003-04 to 2005-06. His European journey has taken Munro to Switzerland, Russia and Italy with this being the first year in the EBEL.
Andy Chiodo rounded out the top 10, finishing in tenth with a 2.89 GAA over 24 games with Klagenfurter AC. Chiodo’s partner with Klagenfurter, Rene Swette, placed sixth with a 2.51 GAA over 25 games. The team finished fifth during the regular season and lost in the playoff finals to EHC Linz.
Andy played three years with the Toronto St. Michael’s Majors from 2000-01 to 2002-03. Twice entered in the NHL Entry Draft, Chiodo went 166th overall to the New York Islanders in 2001 and 199th overall to the Pittsburgh Penguins in 2003. His only NHL experience to date comes in the form of eight games played with the Penguins in 2003-04. 2011-12 was Andy’s second year with Klagenfurter and he will return for the 2012-13 EBEL season.