The 2012-13 Get-Ligaen hockey season in Norway is well underway and the list of scoring leaders is being dominated by Ontario Hockey League alumni. Six of the top 17 point-getters are OHL grads and none are on NHL lockout contracts.
The Donati twins, Tyler and Justin, are taking the Get-Ligaen by storm. Tyler sits in first with 25 points on six goals and 19 assists. Justin is in fourth, converting 14 of his brother’s passes and assisting on seven more for 21 points. Each has done this over the first 14 games of the season with Valerenga.
Tyler Donati played four years in the OHL from 2003-04 to 2006-07 with the Oshawa Generals, Toronto St. Michael’s Majors and Belleville Bulls. His soft hands put him at just over an assist per game in 2011-12 with the Chicago Express of the ECHL. Tyler led the ECHL with 114 points in 2009-10 as a member of the Elmira Jackals.
Justin Donati was producing at well over two points per game in 2011-12 with Valerenga before injuries took their toll. In his first season with Valerenga, Donati had 51 points in just 21 games. The previous season, he took over the title of ECHL scoring leader from his brother with 94 points with the Elmira Jackals in 2010-11. Justin played four years in the Ontario Hockey League from 2003-04 to 2006-07 with the Oshawa Generals, Toronto St. Michael’s Majors and Sudbury Wolves. He was the ECHL rookie of the years in 2009-10 with Elmira.
Lou Dickenson of Rosenborg is currently tied for fifth, three points behind Justin Donati. Dickenson played five years in the OHL from 1998-99 to 2002-03 with the Mississauga IceDogs, London Knights, Kingston Frontenacs, Guelph Storm and Ottawa 67’s. Lou was a fourth round pick of the Edmonton Oilers in 2000, 113th overall. He has yet to play in the NHL but literally has a world of hockey experience. Dickenson has played in Italy, Sweden, Scotland, Slovenia, Finland and Denmark, along with North America and Norway. This is first year in Norway for Lou after splitting 2011-12 between Denmark and Italy.
Kenny Corupe is in eighth, a point behind Lou Dickenson. Corupe is in his second season with Lorenskog. Kenny played three years in the Ontario Hockey League from 1997-98 to 1999-00 with the Toronto St. Michael’s Majors and Owen Sound Platers. He led Italy’s LIHG in 2008-09 with Bolzano.
Mike Ramsay of Sarpsborg sits in 12th, one point behind Corupe with 16 points. Ramsay played two years in the OHL with the Peterborough Petes, 2001-02 and 2002-03, before moving on to the QMJHL for two seasons. Mike played 2011-12 in Great Britain’s EIHL with the Sheffield Steelers.
Ryan Martinelli is tied for 17th with 15 points. Martinelli plays the point behind Lou Dickenson with Rosenborg. This is Ryan’s first year in Norway after two years playing for Valpellice in Italy’s LIHG. This season is a sharp contrast to last. With Rosenborg, Martinelli is a point better than a point per game so far. With Valpellice in 2011-12, Ryan totalled just ten points in 46 games. Martinelli played three years in the Ontario Hockey League from 2004-05 to 2006-07, all with the London Knights.