67’s Prospect Update: OHL Gold Cup
This past weekend the top U-16 players in Ontario competed in the annual OHL Gold Cup. This tournament serves as an evaluation in the selection process for the World Under-17 hockey championships. Nine Ottawa 67’s draft picks participated this year.
The standout amongst 67’s draft picks was defenceman Alec Belanger (3rd round, 44th overall). The 5’11”, two-way blueliner showcased his offensive abilities in the tournament. After being held pointless in the first game, Belanger exploded for back to back three assist games, and capped it off with a two-point performance (1G, 1A) that helped Team OMHA White bring home the bronze medal. Also winning bronze alongside Alec, were 67’s draft pick Will Cranley (G) and first overall selection Quinton Byfield (Sudbury Wolves). Belanger finished the tournament leading his team in points as well tournament assist leader with seven and second overall in points with eight.
67’s first round pick Cameron Tolnai also had a solid tournament, with four points (1G, 3A) in as many games. Fifth round pick Matt Maggio (86th overall) demonstrated his goal scoring ability by collecting a hat-trick in Team ALLIANCE’s final game of the tournament. Maggio would finish the tournament with four goals, tied for third overall.
|Alec Belanger||OMHA BLACK||D||4||1||7*||8**|
|Cameron Tolnai||OMHA WHITE||F||4||1||3||4|
|Anthony Costantini||GTHL RED||D||4||0||0||0|
|Owen Luik||OMHA BLACK||D||4||0||0||0|
**Second overall in tournament scoring
^Tied for third overall in goals.
|Will Cranley||OMHA Black||Goalie||2||2||1||0||1||4.41||0.845|