The 2001-02 Erie Otters weren’t the best team during the Ontario Hockey League’s regular season, although close. However, in the Robertson Cup playoffs, the Otters won 16 games while losing just five in capturing the championship. Erie took out the Sarnia Sting, London Knights and Windsor Spitfires before facing the Barrie Colts in the Robertson Cup finals. Erie took out Barrie in five games and earned a berth at the Memorial Cup tournament. The Otters lost in the semi-final to Victoriaville in overtime. The Kootenay Ice of the WHL were crowned Memorial Cup champions in the tournament held in Guelph, Ontario.
Ten members of the 2001-02 Erie Otters are still actively playing in professional hockey today. Three were originally first round picks at the NHL Entry Draft and three are currently still playing in the National Hockey League.
Tommy Lee played goal for the Otters in 2001-02 and with the Barrie Colts in 2002-03 and 2003-04. He is currently playing for the Brooklyn Aviators of the Federal Hockey League (FHL).
Adam Munro played goal for Erie from 1998-99 to midway through 2002-03 when he was traded to the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds to complete his final OHL season. Munro was a first round pick of the Chicago Blackhawks at the 2001 NHL Entry Draft, 29th overall. Adam is currently playing for Székesfehérvár in Austria’s Erste Bank Eishockey Liga (EBEL).
Chris Campoli played defense for the Otters from 2000-01 to 2003-04. Campoli was a seventh round pick of the New York Islanders at the 2004 NHL Entry Draft, 227th overall. Chris is currently playing for the NHL’s Montreal Canadiens.
Carlo Colaiacovo was a member of the Erie Otters from 1999-00 to 2002-03. Colaiacovo was a first round pick of the Toronto Maple Leafs at the 2001 NHL Entry Draft, 17th overall. Carlo is currently playing for the St. Louis Blues.
Brian Lee played defense for Erie from 2000-01 to 2004-05. Lee was a third round pick of the Anaheim Ducks at the 2002 NHL Entry Draft, 71st overall. Brian is playing in Italy’s Lega Italiana Hockey su Ghiaccio (LIHG) for Vipiteno.
Brad Boyes played with the Otters for four seasons, his final being the 2001-02 season. Brad was a first round pick of the Toronto Maple Leafs at the 2000 NHL Entry Draft, 24th overall. Boyes is now a member of the Buffalo Sabres.
Scott Dobben started his Ontario Hockey League career with the Otters in 2000-01. He was traded to the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds during the 2002-03 season and finished off his OHL career with the Hounds in 2003-04. Scott was a fourth round pick of the Ottawa Senators at the 2002 NHL Entry Draft, 113th overall. Dobben is currently playing for the Cardiff Devils in Great Britain’s EIHL.
Olexander Karaulshuk played for the Otters from 2001-02 to 2003-04. Karaulshuk is playing in the Ukraine for Berkut Kiev.
Michal Kokavec played just one season in the Ontario Hockey League, 2001-02. Kokavec is currently playing for HC Banska Bystrica in Slovakia.
Corey Pecker began his Ontario Hockey League career with the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds in 1997-98 and came over to the Erie Otters during the 2000-01 season. 2001-02 was his final season in the OHL. Pecker was a sixth round pick of the Calgary Flames at the 1999 NHL Entry Draft, 166th overall. Cory is in Switzerland, playing for Olten of the Swiss National League ‘B’.