At the conclusion of the 2008-2009 season the Oakville Blades moved 12 players on to play university hockey beginning in the Fall of 2009 - the most of any team in the Ontario Junior Hockey League (OJHL). Their player profiles can be viewed below.
Braden Birch (6'4, 205 lbs., 1989)
A 2008 NHL draft pick of the Chicago Blackhawks, Braden will attend Cornell in September of 2009. Braden played in 94 regular season and playoff games for the Blades between 2007-2009 and registered 42 points. He was a member of the 2008 Dudley Hewitt Cup championship team and wore the "A" for the 2008-2009 team that returned to the 2009 Buckland Cup championship series. In addition, he also suited up for Team Canada East at the 2008 World Junior "A" Championships in Camrose, AB.
Jeremy Welsh (6'3, 200 lbs., 1988)
Jeremy will attend Union College in September of 2009. He was a complete all-around player and tallied 189 points in 146 career regular season and playoff games. Jeremy was a member of the Blades 2008 Dudley Hewitt Cup championsip team and earned the 2008 Royal Bank Cup Top Forward Award at the National Championships in Cornwall, ON. This past season, 2008-2009, he captained the hockey club back to the Buckland Cup OJHL championship series.
Kellan Lain (6'4, 195 lbs., 1989)
Kellan will attend Lake Superior State University in September of 2009. He dressed for 117 games over two seasons and put up 95 points. In 2007-2008 he was a member of the Blades Dudley Hewitt Cup championship team and Royal Bank Cup team. This past spring he unfortunately suffered a season-ending injury against Wellington in the 2009 OJHL semi-final series.
Lindsay Sparks (5'9, 170 lbs., 1990)
Lindsay will be attending the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor starting September of 2009. He played in 156 career regular season and playoff games, tallying 145 points. He was a member of the Dudley Hewitt Cup championship team in 2008, played for Team Canada East at the World Junior "A" Challenge in Camrose, AB this year and was the 2nd star the CJHL Top Prospects event held in Summerside, PE last December.
Luke Moodie (6'1, 200 lbs., 1988)
Luke will be attending Oswego State, NCAA Division III, in September of 2009. He leaves the organization as one of the highest scoring Blades of all-time, registering 274 points in 194 career regular season and playoff games - including 108 goals. He was part of the 2008 Dudley Hewitt Cup championship team and will join one of the top Division III programs in the NCAA, the Lakers were 2003 finalists and 2007 National Champions.
Chris Muise (5'9, 165 lbs., 1988)
Chris will be attending Oswego State as well, starting in September of 2009. He joined the Blades in January of 2009 and was a big part of the Buckland Cup finalist team. Chris played 4 seasons of Provincial Junior "A" hockey, putting up big numbers - 239 career points in 232 career regular season and playoff games. As well, he posted 435 PIMs during that time.
Tyler Leimbrock (6'2, 200 lbs., 1988)
Tyler joins Chris Muise and Luke Moodie as recruits to Oswego State, starting in September of 2009. He came the Blades in the same deal that brought Chris Muise to Oakville and provided much needed depth for a long playoff run. Over four seasons in the league, Tyler registered 210 points in 240 career regular season and playoff games. He also captained the Brampton Capitals prior to joining the Blades.
Taylor Farris (6'1, 195 lbs., 1988)
Taylor is also attending Oswego State, starting in September of 2009. The Blades signed Taylor to provide depth at the defensive position in January 2008, picking him up as a 'free agent,' unsigned by all other OJHL teams. Over the past year-and-a-half he developed into an excellent two-way defencemen, finishing 11th in scoring by OJHL defencemen in 2008-2009. As well, he led the Blades in +/- with a +60 rating in the regular season and +9 in the playoffs. He played in 156 career games in the league, notching 76 points along the way, also winning a Dudley Hewitt Cup with Oakville last season. He picked up 181 PIMs in that time as well.
Jordan Smith (6'1, 190 lbs., 1988)
Jordan will attend Utica College in September of 2009 and will be joining the Utica Pioneers program, playing out of the ECAC West division at the NCAA Division III level. He came to the Blades over the holiday break during the 2008-2009 season and added depth on the back end during the lengthy playoff run. Jordan dressed for 42 regular season and playoff games, tallying 4 goals and 19 assists during that time.
Sean Ryan (6'0, 185 lbs., 1988)
Sean will be joining the Nipissing Univeristy Lakers for their inaugural Canadian University (CIS) hockey season in 2009-2010, playing out of North Bay, ON and the North Bay Memorial Gardens. He came to the Blades after playing 197 Ontario Hockey League (OHL) games, all with the Ottawa 67s. Sean dressed for 41 regular season and playoff games as a Blade, scoring a goal and adding 11 assists. He was a huge part of the defensive core that brought the Blades back to the OJHL final in 2008-2009.
Matt Hache (6'2, 191 lbs., 1988)
Matt has committed to Nipissing University and the Nipissing Lakers of Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) for September of 2009. He came to the Blades after starting the season with the Sarnia Sting of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) and posted a 23-5-0 regular season record with a 2.32 GAA, .920 SV%, and 2 shutouts in Oakville. In the playoffs, he battled an injury from Game 2 of the division finals onward and put up a 13-8 record with a 2.72 GAA and .909 SV%. Matt was in net for both of Oakville's Game 7 wins in the 2009 playoffs - March 18th in a 3-2 win on the road against the Georgetown Raiders and March 31st in a 3-0 shutout of the Wellington Dukes in Oakville. He also played 33 OHL games for the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds and Sarnia Sting during his junior career.
Adam Simms (6'2, 205 lbs., 1988)
Adam is the 3rd Blade committed to Nipissing University and the 'expansion' Nipissing Lakers of Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) for September of 2009. After missing the 2007-2008 season due to an injury, he played 51 regular season and playoff games in 2008-2009, notching 15 points on 5 goals and 10 assists. He also piled up 120 PIMs, including 10 fighting majors as he established himself as one of the heavyweights in the OJHL. In his career he played 108 games putting up 35 points on 14 goals and 21 assists with 259 minutes in penalties. He'll head to Nipissing after attending McMaster University in Hamilton, ON while playing in Oakville. Adam was the 2008-2009 Unsung Hero award winner for the Blades.