OHL Grads Spend a lot of Time in AHL Penalty Boxes in 2012-13

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american hockey league logoThe Ontario Hockey League was represented well in 2012-13 when it came to Penalty Minutes leaders in the American Hockey League. For OHL grads were among the top ten.

2. Nathan McIver – Bridgeport Sound Tigers

McIver finished second with 287 PIM while playing 62 of 76 regular season games for the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. It was his first year in Bridgeport. Nathan spent three years in the OHL from 2002-03 to 2004-05 with the Toronto Majors.

Drafted in the eighth round of the 2003 NHL Entry Draft by the Vancouver Canucks, 254th overall. McIver has 36 games under his belt in the NHL with the Canucks and Anaheim Ducks.

4. Zach Stortini – Hamilton Bulldogs

Stortini placed fourth in the AHL with 241 PIM in 73 games with the Hamilton Bulldogs. Zach was drafted the same year as McIver, going in the third round to the Edmonton Oilers, 94th overall. He played four years in the OHL from 2001-02 to 2004-05, all with the Sudbury Wolves.

In 2002-03, Stortini placed second in the OHL with 222 PIM. In 2007-08, he was fifth in the NHL with 201 PIM with the Oilers. He has appeared in 257 NHL games with Edmonton and the Nashville Predators.

5. Matt Pelech – Worcester Sharks

Pelech placed just behind Stortini with 238 PIM but played just 58 games for the Worcester Sharks. Matt played four years in the OHL from 2003-04 to 2006-07 with the Sarnia Sting, London Knights and Belleville Bulls.

Pelech was a first round pick of the Calgary Flames at the 2005 NHL Entry Draft, going 26th overall. He played five games with the Flames and also appeared in two games with the San Jose Sharks this season.

10. Michael Latta – Milwaukee Admirals / Hershey Bears

Latta played 67 games for the Admirals and nine with the Bears in 2012-13. He placed tenth with 198 PIM over 76 games in his second year of pro hockey. He also produced a combined 38 points. Michael played four years in the OHL from 2007-08 to 2010-11 with the Ottawa 67’s and Guelph Storm.

In 2009-10, Latta placed eighth in the OHL with 157 PIM, tied with Rob Flick of the Mississauga Majors. The following year, his final season in the OHL, Michael plaed fourth with 158 PIM. However, he also placed ninth in the Ontario Hockey League with 89 points.

Latta was a third round pick of the Nashville Predators in 2009, 72nd overall. Unlike the other three, Michael has yet to play a regular season game in the National Hockey League.

 

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