The Ottawa 67’s fortified an already strong lineup prior to this year’s trade deadline. A lot has happened this week so in case you didn’t catch all of it, here’s everything you need to know.
Monday, January 7th
5:00pm – First Trade
James Boyd and crew kicked off their week of transactions with a minor exchange with the Oshsawa Generals that saw the Barber Poles receive Hamilton’s second-rounder in 2020 and Oshawa’s fourth-round pick in 2021 and sent back London’s second-round selection in in this year’s OHL Priority Selection (2019).
Tuesday, January 8th
1:00pm – 67’s acquire Kyle Maksimovich
The following afternoon the 67’s made their first of two big deadline acquisition.
The Barber Poles acquired Erie Otters captain, J. Ross Robertson Cup Champion and Top 10 scorer Kyle Maksimovich from Erie. In return the 67’s sent Niagara’s second-round pick in 2019, Ottawa’s second-round pick in 2020, a conditional second-round pick in 2024, a 13th round pick in 2019, and the rights to 17 year old prospect Austen Swankler who currently has 19 points in 29 games in the USHL this season.
In a phone interview with TSN 1200 67’s GM James Boyd said that Kyle is “the best guy to fit into Coach Tourigny’s system” and was excited at the experience the overager brings into the dressing room having won an OHL title and been to a Memorial Cup with the Otters in 2017.
Maksimovich joins the Barber Poles with the third most points on the team with 23 goals and 33 assists for 56 points in 39 games this season.
10:30PM – Kyle Maksimovich arrives in Ottawa
Not longer having out he’d been traded to Ottawa, Kyle raced to his billets to pack up his things, jump in the car and head from Erie to Toronto to catch a flight to the Nation’s Capital. Kyle was greeted by the entire coaching staff and members of the team as soon as he got off the plane.
Wednesday, January 9th
8:30am – Maksimovich practices with 67’s for the first time
It was a quick turn around for Maksimovich. 10 hours after arriving in Ottawa he stepped onto the ice at TD Place for the first time as a member of the home team.
10:15 AM – Kyle meets with media
Following practice Kyle quickly got changed and came out to meet the local Ottawa media to chat about joining the Barber Poles.
10:45 – Photo with Welcome Sign
After meeting the media Kyle then ran outside with the social media team to grab a photo with the welcome sign letting everyone on bank know about 613’s newest resident. Kyle would then head out to off ice training with the boys at Canadian Strength Institute.
1:00PM – Lucas Chiodo acquired by 67’s
While everyone was focused on the acquisition of Kyle Maksimovich, James Boyd, Andre Tourigny and the rest of the 67’s staff we’re still inside a board room taking calls and exactly 24 hours after announcing the trade for Maksimovich it was announced the 67’s had acquired Lucas Chiodo from the Barrie Colts, making four of the Top 15 scorers in the league members of the 67’s.
The 67’s sent back Sault Ste. Marie’s third-round pick in 2021, Kingston’s second-rounder in 2024 and the rights to overage forward Shaw Boomhower.
67’s head coach Andre Tourigny said he liked “a lot of things about Lucas; he’s a hardworking and relentless player who has playoff experience and that has been successful in the playoffs”.
Prior to joining the 67’s Chiodo had 19 goals and 31 assists in 39 games played for the Barrie Colts.
1:15 PM – James Boyd reacts to new look 67’s
Following the trade members of the 67’s video and communications team caught up with 67’s GM James Boyd for comments on the two trades he’d made in the last 24 hours.
3:30 PM – Lucas Chiodo departs for Ottawa
Less than three hours after finding out he’d been sent to Ottawa Lucas begins the journey by car from Barrie to Ottawa.
Thursday, January 10
8:45 AM – Chiodo arrives at TD Place
Lucas gets to The Arena at TD Place for the first time as a member of the 67’s.
10:00 AM – Lucas’ first practice
Lucas would participate in his first practice with his new team prior to leaving for the weekend’s road trip.
11:00 AM – Lucas discusses the trade to Ottawa
Lucas would chat with members of the 67’s video and communications team about joining the OHL’s top team.
11:45 AM – Photo with Welcome Sign
Lucas joins the social media team outside to get a photo with his welcome sign.
12:00 PM – Trade Deadline
The Ottawa 67’s make no further rules and their final roster for the remainder of the season is set.
12:30 PM – Bus departs for Sarnia
The new look 67’s hit the road for a 3 in 3 weekend that will see the club face a couple tough tests in the West leading London Knights on national TV on Saturday and then a match up against Guelph on Sunday who were also busy at the deadline.
Lucas and Kyle will make their home debuts next Friday night when the 67’s host the Peterborough Petes for Dunder Mifflin Night at 7:00pm. You can get tickets here.