TORONTO - The Ontario Hockey League, in association with the Canadian Hockey League, today announced the players that will serve as captains and alternates for Team OHL competing in the 2016 CIBC Canada Russia Series.
Tampa Bay Lightning prospect Mitchell Stephens of the Saginaw Spirit will captain Team OHL in both contests against the Russian National Junior Team on Thursday November 10 in North Bay, and on Monday November 14 in Hamilton. The 19-year-old from Peterborough was a member of Canada's National Junior Team at the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship and has 11 points in 12 games so far this season where he serves as captain for the Spirit in his fourth campaign with the club.
Alternate captains for Team OHL in Game 3 of the series in North Bay include Anthony Cirelli of the Oshawa Generals, and Matthew Spencer of the Peterborough Petes.
All three members of Team OHL's leadership group in North Bay are Lightning prospects from the 2015 NHL Draft where Stephens and Spencer were chosen in the second round and Cirelli in the third. A 19-year-old from Woodbridge, Cirelli also serves as captain for the Generals playing in his third OHL season where he has 23 points in 14 games so far in 2016-17. Spencer, a 19-year-old defenceman from Oakville is in his fourth season with the Petes and has four points through nine games. The trio were part of a group of 13 OHL players who participated in Canada's National Junior Team Summer Development Camp.