Los Angeles Kings vs. Phoenix Coyotes in the NHL’s Western Conference final. Why would anyone in Canada, especially east of Manitoba, watch this series? The teams are based thousands of miles from the centre of hockey (Orangeville, Ontario) and the games start after most of our bedtimes.
If you’re reading this article on this site, chances are high that the Ontario Hockey League is dear to your heart. It turns out that this Western Conference final series is pretty significant to OHL fans. 16 players between the two teams have at one time played in the OHL. These 16 players have played at least a game in the Stanley Cup playoffs over the first two rounds.
I have a personal interest in Los Angeles winning this series, solely on the $120 I will make when the Kings win the Stanley Cup. However, if OHL fans are undecided on which of these two teams to cheer for, Los Angeles out-OHLs the Coyotes 10-6.
Just the Facts:
- 10 OHL grads from the Los Angeles Kings have seen action in the 1st two rounds of the 2012 playoffs.
- 6 OHL grads from the Phoenix Coyotes have seen action in the 1st two rounds of the 2012 playoffs.
- 12 OHL teams are represented in this Western Conference final series.
- Even though Raffi Torres won’t play in the series, him and Klesla were teammates in Brampton for two years.
The Players (only players that have appeared in at least one game in the 2012 playoffs thus far):
Dustin Brown – Played with the Guelph Storm for three years from 2000-01 to 2002-03.
Mike Richards – Played four years with the Kitchener Rangers from 2001-02 to 2004-05.
Justin Williams – Played with the Plymouth Whalers for two seasons, 1998-99 and 1999-00.
Drew Doughty – Played for the Guelph Storm for three years from 2005-06 to 2007-08.
Jeff Carter – Played four years with the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds from 2001-02 to 2004-05.
Trevor Lewis – Played one year for the Owen Sound Attack in 2006-07.
Brad Richardson – Played four years with the Owen Sound Attack from 2001-02 to 2004-05.
Jordan Nolan – Played five years in the Ontario Hockey League from 2005-06 to 2009-10 with the Erie Otters, Windsor Spitfires and Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds.
Andrei Loktionov – Played one year with the Windsor Spitfires in 2008-09.
Kyle Clifford – Played three years with the Barrie Colts from 2007-08 to 2009-10.
Rostislav Klesla – Played two years with the Brampton Battalion, 1999-00 and 2000-01.
Mikkel Boedker – Played one year with the Kitchener Rangers in 2007-08.
Taylor Pyatt – Played three seasons with the Sudbury Wolves from 1997-98 to 1999-00.
Raffi Torres – Played three years with the Brampton Battalion from 1998-99 to 2000-01.
Paul Bissonnette – Played in the OHL for four years from 2001-02 to 2004-05 with the North Bay Centennials, Saginaw Spirit and Owen Sound Attack.
Mike Smith – Played three years in the OHL from 1999-00 to 2001-02 with the Kingston Frontenacs and Sudbury Wolves.