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Team GTHL Blue wins 2015 OHL Gold Cup

By Brendon Crossman
Photo via @OHLGoldCup

Team GTHL Blue skated to a 6-2 win over Team ALLIANCE on Sunday – and an unblemished 5-0 record – en route to winning the 2015 OHL Gold Cup in Kitchener.

Tied 1-1 after 40 minutes, GTHL Blue roared to victory with five goals in the third period, including back-to-back shorthanded tallies by Matthew Strome and Brett Neumann.

Strome and Neumann – who captained the Toronto Marlboros and Don Mills Flyers, respectively, to the 2015 OHL Cup championship game in March – each notched two points in Sunday’s final (1-1—2).

Robbie Burt (2-0—2), C.J. Clarke (1-1—2) and Joseph Garreffa (0-2—2) also recorded multiple points for GTHL Blue, while Ben Garagan provided the sixth goal late in the third period.

Neumann (3-4—7) and Garreffa (3-4—7) tied for the team lead with seven points in five games. Clarke and Garagan paced the club with four goals apiece.

Marlboros netminder Jacob McGrath was in net for the gold medal victory, finishing the tournament with a perfect 3-0 record. Toronto Titans goaltender Brendan Bonello was 2-0 in his two appearances.

Team GTHL Blue opened the tournament with victories over Team HNO (4-1 W) and Team HEO (4-3 W) on Thursday and also defeated Team OMHA White (6-4 W) on Friday morning. In the semi-final on Saturday afternoon, Neumann (2-1—3) and Markus Phillips (1-2—3) each tallied three points in the team’s 8-5 victory over Team OMHA Navy. 

Overall, GTHL Blue outscored opponents 28-15 in the tournament (5.6 GF per game, 3.0 GA per game).

The tournament features Ontario’s top under-16 talent and is an opportunity for Hockey Canada staff to evaluate potential players for Canada’s three teams that will compete in the Under-17 World Hockey Challenge.

BY THE NUMBERS
160 – Players that participated in the 2015 OHL Gold Cup.
37 – GTHL Gold Cup players selected in the 2015 OHL Priority Selection.
14 – Players that represented the Mississauga Rebels, Toronto Jr. Canadiens, Mississauga Reps and Toronto Red Wings (combined).
10 – Players that represented the Kraft Cup champion Toronto Titans.
9 – Players that represented the Scotiabank GTHL Playoffs and OHL Cup champion Toronto Marlboros.
5 – Players that represented the Scotiabank GTHL Playoffs and OHL Cup finalist Don Mills Flyers.
1 – Players that represented the Vaughan Kings and North York Rangers, respectively.

2015 OHL GOLD CUP CHAMPIONS – TEAM GTHL BLUE
* denotes players selected in 2015 OHL Priority Selection. Click here to see a list of GTHL players drafted.
Click here to see the Team GTHL Red roster.

 No.

Name

 Position

DOB

Hometown

GTHL Club

1

*Brendan Bonello

G

Apr 01, 1999

Mississauga

Toronto Titans

2

*Markus Phillips

D

Mar 21, 1999

Mississauga

Toronto Titans

3

*Elijah Roberts

D

Jan 23, 1999

Brampton

Toronto Marlboros

4

*Noel Hoefenmayer

D

Jan 06, 1999

Willowdale

Don Mills Flyers

5

*Samuel Duchesne

D

May 29, 1999

Brampton

Toronto Marlboros

6

*Robert Proner

D

Mar 12, 1999

Oakville

Toronto Titans

7

*Michael Mannara

D

Mar 20, 1999

Vaughan

Jr. Canadiens

8

Nicolas Hatzikiriakos

D

Jan 30, 1999

Mississauga

Mississauga Rebels

9

*Ryan McLeod

F

Sep 21, 1999

Mississauga

Toronto Marlboros

10

*Brett Neumann

F

Feb 15, 1999

Toronto

Don Mills Flyers

11

*Joseph Garreffa

F

Aug 9, 1999

Toronto

Toronto Titans

12

*C.J. Clarke

F

Aug 2, 1999

Mississauga 

Toronto Marlboros

13

*Zachary Jackson

F

Jan 11, 1999

Toronto

Toronto Titans

14

*Ben Garagan

F

Jan 6, 1999

Markham

North York Rangers

15

*Matthew Strome

F

Jan 6, 1999

Mississauga

Toronto Marlboros

16

*Robbie Burt

F

May 29, 1999

Mississauga

Mississauga Rebels

17

*Finn Evans

F

Aug 21, 1999

Toronto

Mississauga Rebels

18

*Nicholas Isaacson

F

Nov 8, 1999

Mississauga

Mississauga Reps

19

*Deviln Shanahan

F

Feb 20, 1999

Mississauga

Mississauga Reps

30

*Jacob McGrath

G

Jan 7, 1999

Mississauga

Toronto Marlboros

 

Staff

Name

Director of Operations

Tony Visca

Head Coach

Angelo Catenaro

Associate Coach

C.J. Bollers

Associate Coach

Joey Simon

Trainer

Dr. Johanna Carlo

POE Evaluator

John Souilliere

Strength and Conditioning

Mike Fruman

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