Ontario Hockey League grad Tobias Whelan has begun his second season with the Allen Americans of the Central Hockey League. Like a growing number of OHL alumni, Whelan complimented his career in the OHL with a stint in the Canadian university system before entering the world of professional hockey.
Whelan played four seasons in the Ontario Hockey League from 2000-01 to 2003-04, all with the Oshawa Generals. His offensive numbers got consistently better as the years went by, culminating in a 51 point performance over 68 games in his final season in the OHL.
Undrafted, Whelan became a member of the Lakehead Thunderwolves in 2004-05. The team was just in it’s fourth year of existence and under the leadership of captain, and OHL alumnus, Joel Scherban. Whelan played five seasons with Lakehead and accumulated a few accolades:
1) 2007 OUA First Team All Star
2) 2007 Lakehead Most Improved Player
3) 2006 Queens Cup Champion
4) 2006 CIS National Championships Silver Medalist
As a rookie in the Central Hockey League during the 2009-10 season with the Allen Americans, Whelan put up great numbers with 33 points in 57 games. He helped the team to the Ray Miron President’s Cup Finals where the bowed out to league champion, Rapid City Rush, in six games.
He returns to Allen this season and is joined by goaltender Chris Whitley. Whitley and Whelan were teammates with the Oshawa Generals in 2000-01 when Whitley played his one and only Ontario Hockey League game. They were reunited at Lakehead and were teammates there for four seasons.
Four other OHL Alumni that have gone on to play for the Lakehead Thunderwolves have previously been featured at OHL Alumni Central:
All these players (except Joel Scherban) can be found on the OHL Alumni Big List.