4 Ontario Hockey League Alumni in the Federal Hockey League’s Top 10

federal hockey league fhlThe other day, we featured some Ontario Hockey League grads that were among the top 20 scorers in the Southern Professional Hockey League (SPHL). A little further to the northeast is a league of similar calibre, the Federal Hockey League (FHL). The FHL regular season is nearing the end at there are four OHL alumni in the top 10. The four might not be the most remembered OHL players, but they’re doing just fine a league that is mostly filled with NCAA and OPJHL players but is led by Pierre Dagenais, someone with NHL experience.

Travis Kauffeldt is in the number two spot, 24 points behind Dagenais. Kauffeldt has 83 points in 41 games with the New Jersey Outlaws. Travis played just five games in the Ontario Hockey League during the 2004-05 season with the Oshawa Generals. After four years in the SPHL, Kauffeldt took the 2010-11 season off before moving to the FHL.

Brad Smulders, who’ve we’ve featured at OHL Alumni Central in the past, played with the Sarnia Sting for 17 games in 2001-02. Smulders called the Netherlands his hockey home for the past seven seasons before returning to North America to play for the 1000 Islands Privateers. Smulders sits sixth in FHL scoring with 73 points.

Matt Puntureri, a teammate of Travis Kauffeldt’s on the New Jersey Outlaws, is in eighth spot with 59 points. Puntureri played in the Ontario Hockey League from 2001-02 to 2004-05 with the Guelph Storm, Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds and Oshawa Generals. This is Matt’s second sesaon in the FHL, spending 2010-11 with the Brooklyn Aviators.

Justin Levac played in the OHL from 2005-06 to 2008-09 with the Brampton Battalion and Kingston Frontenacs. Justin sits in the 10th spot on the scoring list with 53 points. It seems that this will be his final total for the season. As of February 16, Levac is now a member of the Augusta RiverHawks of the SPHL. This had been Justin’s second season with the 1000 Islands Privateers.

An interesting side note on a player that had a cup of coffee in the Ontario Hockey League and sits just outside the top 20 FHL scorers. Billy Tibbetts played 14 games with the London Knights in 1993-94. Billy played 82 games in the National Hockey League with the Pittsburgh Penguins, Philadelphia Flyers and New York Rangers. Tibbetts played just 15 games with the Cape Cod Bluefins but totalled 40 points. He was scoring at nearly the pace of the league leader, Dagenais. Of course, along with the offense also came 109 PIM, a 7.3 PIM per game pace  equal to a 596 PIM season in the NHL.



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