For some reason, the other day I was tracking down an OHL grad and it led me to the University of Waterloo Warriors website. The team’s 2013-14 roster was already up on the site and I was struck by the number of familiar names in the lineup. It turns out, 12 Ontario Hockey League alumni could see icetime with the Warriors this OUA season. Another OHL grad who had his promising playing career come to a screeching halt during the 2012 off-season will be behind the bench for Waterloo this year.
Hanes played five years in the Ontario Hockey League from 2008-09 to 2012-13 with the Ottawa 67’s, Sudbury Wolves, Kitchener Rangers and Kingston Frontenacs. Originally a third round pick of the 67’s in 2008, Ryan split 2012-13 between the Rangers and Frontenacs. 2013-14 will be his first year with Waterloo.
Mackie played four years in the OHL from 2008-09 to 2011-12 with the Belleville Bulls and Brampton Battalion. Brett was a fourth round pick by the Bulls at the 2007 OHL Priority Selection. 2012-13 was his first year with the Warriors.
Larson played five years in the OHL from 2006-07 to 2010-11 with the Sudbury Wolves, Mississauga Majors and Peterborough Petes. The Wolves took him in the second round of the 2006 OHL Priority Selection, 31st overall. Justin is going into his third year with Waterloo but first has a tryout with the Washington Capitals to deal with.
Underwood played five years in the OHL from 2006-07 to 2010-11 with the Guelph Storm, Saginaw Spirit and Belleville Bulls. He was a seventh round pick by the Storm in 2006. This will be Joe’s third year with the Warriors.
Chappell played four years in the OHL from 2005-06 to 2008-09, all with the Saginaw Spirit. He was team captain in his final year. Chris came a long way from being an eleventh round pick by Saginaw at the 2004 OHL Priority Selection, 202nd overall. Chappell played three years of pro hockey from 2009-10 to 2011-12 in the ECHL, AHL and CHL. After a year off, this will be his first year with Waterloo.
Allicock played three years in the OHL from 2007-08 to 2009-10 with the Saginaw Spirit and Sudbury Wolves. Like Chris Chappell, Kain was a fairly late round pick by the Spirit, going in the seventh round in 2006. This will be Allicock’s fourth year in the OUA. He started out with the Laurier Golden Hawks and played his first year with Waterloo in 2012-13.
Behenna played four years with the Barrie Colts from 2008-09 to 2011-12. Colin was a fifth round pick by Barrie in 2007 and was team captain in his final year. 2012-13 was Behenna’s first year with the Warriors.
Silas played five years in the OHL from 2008-09 to 2012-13, all with the Belleville Bulls. He was a first round pick by Belleville in 2008, going 19th overall. In 2010, the Colorado Avalanche took him in the fourth round of the NHL Entry Draft, 95th overall. This will be Stephen’s first year with Waterloo.
Morrison played five years between the pipes in the Ontario Hockey League from 2008-09 to 2012-13 with the Kitchener Rangers, Peterborough Petes and Kingston Frontenacs. Mike played in 56 of Kingston’s 68 regular season games in 2012-13. Back in 2008, he was a sixth round pick by the Rangers. 2013-14 will be Morrison’s first year with Waterloo.
Sonnenburg played two non-consecutive years in the OHL, 2008-09 with the Ottawa 67’s and 2010-11 with the Guelph Storm. Riley was a deep tenth round pick by Ottawa at the 2007 OHL Priority Selection. 2012-13 was his first year with Waterloo.
Tapper played four years in the OHL from 2005-06 to 2008-09 with the Toronto/Mississauga Majors. He was a seventh round pick by the Majors in 2005. Anthony last played in 2010-11 with the University of Windsor Lancers.
Lynes played four years with the Brampton Battalion from 2004-05 to 2007-08. He was a third round pick by the Troops in 2004. Two years later, Luke was a fourth round pick of the Washington Capitals at the 2006 NHL Entry Draft, 122nd overall. Lynes played with the University of New Brunswick from 2008-09 to 2012-13, appearing in just seven games over the past two years. This will be his first year with Waterloo.
Brett MacLean – Assistant Coach
After his career was struck down by a sudden cardiac arrest while on the ice during the off-season in 2012, Brett MacLean makes the jump to the coaching world in his first year as assistant coach of the Warriors. Brett played four years in the OHL from 2004-05 to 2007-08 with the Erie Otters and Oshawa Generals. He was the eleventh overall pick at the 2004 OHL Priority Selection by the Otters.
He took the OHL by storm in 2007-08, playing alongside John Tavares in Oshawa. Over just 61 regular season games, MacLean led the league with 61 goals and finished second in the race for the Eddie Powers Trophy with 119 points, behind just Justin Azevedo of the Kitchener Rangers.
The Phoenix Coyotes selected MacLean in the second round of the 2007 NHL Entry Draft, 32nd overall. He appeared in 18 National Hockey League games with the Coyotes and Winnipeg Jets. Brett last played in 2011-12, appearing with the NHL Jets and the Portland Pirates of the American Hockey League.