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As of March 13th our Ontario spring events and programs are scheduled to move forward as planned. (a separate announcement will be made for International teams and events)


We want to ensure you that the health and safety of our program and event participants and families are of paramount importance to us here at Draftday International Athletics and that we will continue to monitor the COVID-19 virus situation closely. We will also look to the expertise of the local Health units of our host events for their input and guidance.


Should the situation call for an event cancellation or postponement we will immediately and with full transparency reach out to Draftday participants and/or external tournament team organizers.


We encourage everyone to continue to execute on the basic protective measures as laid out by the World Health Organization World Health Organization COVID-19 information link  so that we can resume all activities without restrictions or boundaries.


We will release additional statements on a weekly basis (every Friday) and we thank you for your patience, understanding and support.

2019 Draftday International and Regional Spring Team Tryout Schedule

2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005

Date: FRIDAY, DECEMBER 21, 2018


2018 Tryout Information (European Team and Regional Spring Team)

Tryout cost will be $60 and the format will be 2 hours in which the first hour will be 4 on 4, 3 on 3 etc. There will then be a break and the players will go back on the ice for a full 1 hour regular 5 on 5 game. This will allow us the opportunity to see individual skills, individual creativity and in the final game, positional and team play. Each evaluation team will have no more than 14 skaters so they will get lots of ice and we will get lots of opportunity for viewing.

We at Regional pride ourselves on providing you with a great environment in which to improve your hockey skills and team play by competing with other high level players from your age group all while developing friendships with players from many other communities.

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Please make $60 payment payable to:

Regional Express Hockey
19 Westlake Blvd
Brantford, Ontario
N3T 0C9

Regional Alumni’s Mitchell Brewer making his mark on and off the ice

OHL 20 in 20 Summer Spotlight: Brewer making an impact on the ice and in the community

While most 16-year-old rookies spend the bulk of their first OHL season just trying to feel their way around the league, Mitchell Brewer did that and more.

A hard-nosed 6-foot, 205Ib. defenceman, Brewer held his own after being Oshawa’s first round (15th overall) pick in the 2017 OHL Priority Selection, posting the team’s second-highest plus/minus rating of plus-14 while registering eight points (2-6–8) over 60 contests. The Halton Hurricanes graduate also represented Canada at the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge and was named to the OHL’s Second All-Rookie Team as a result of his steady, dependable play on the back end.

Just as impressively, Brewer was a presence off the ice throughout his first season, partnering with Camp F.A.C.E.S. (Families and Children of Emergency Services) to raise more than $10,000 for charity.

Brewer, whose father Mark has been a Brampton firefighter for nearly 20 years, felt drawn to support the Orillia-based camp that provides emergency service families dealing with the loss of a loved one free access to counselling and mental wellness resources.

“With him being part of the service, it’s always in the back of your mind that he might not come home,” Brewer told Durham Region’s Brian McNair this past week. “To be able to help families that have had that tragic loss just feels good.”

Brewer’s Camp F.A.C.E.S. fundraiser came with a big hand from the Hamilton Bulldogs, who supported the cause by donating a portion of their ticket sales from a January 27th game between Oshawa and Hamilton at FirstOntario Centre. Generals president and governor Rocco Tullio was happy to donate an additional $2,000 from Rock Developments and the Oshawa Generals organization to the initiative.

While he’s been hard at work this summer, Brewer is back on the fundraising trail. He’ll be hosting a charity golf tournament on August 16th at Kedron Dells Golf Club in Oshawa with proceeds donated to Camp F.A.C.E.S.

“Playing in the OHL and moving away from home, going to a new school and living with a new family is challenging enough, but to balance all that and give back to a charitable cause close to his heart is an incredible endorsement to what kind of people Mitchell and his family are,” said Generals GM Roger Hunt. “We couldn’t be happier with his rookie season, both in the way he has played on the ice and how he has conducted himself off of it.”

Looking ahead to his sophomore season, Brewer will be eligible for the 2019 NHL Draft and playing under a familiar face in newly named Generals head coach Greg Walters. The two won an OJHL Championship together with the Georgetown Raiders in 2017 as Brewer collected five points (1-4–5) in 13 playoff games in the lead up to the OHL Priority Selection.

“Coming down the stretch to that draft, our director of scouting Mike Kelly really felt strongly that Mitch was our guy and what we saw from him in Georgetown really solidified that,” noted Hunt.

“He embraces his role and he’s an unbelievable teammate. If we go back a few years he probably blocks shots at close to the rate of Josh Brown. His defensive game is really solid and I’m excited to get Mitch back here and on the ice in Oshawa.”

For Brewer’s part, he came away pleased with his rookie performance and seeks to work on some of his offensive attributes in 2018-19.

“I was pretty happy with everything,” he reflected. “Obviously the defensive aspect of my game improved a lot and it showed in the numbers. I would love to improve my offensive game, but I think it will come as I grow into the league.”

Over 20 days in August will shine a summer spotlight on storylines from all 20 OHL clubs.  See more from the OHL 20 in 20 series.


by Josh Sweetland / OHL ~ Article located here:

Canada wins Gold at the U18 2018 Hlinka Gretzky Cup

Newly rebranded as the Hlinka Gretzky Cup, the annual tournament is one of the only true, best-on-best competitions in international men’s hockey and it was hosted on Canadian ice under a new partnership struck between Hockey Canada, the Czech Ice Hockey Association, and the Slovak Ice Hockey Federation that will see it return to Alberta in 2020 and 2022.

Congratulations to Draftday Hockey Alumni Jamieson Rees and Ryan Suzuki who first met at age 8 participating with the 2001 Regional Gold team. Together the pair have 12 years of Regional participation and are shining examples of 2 great young hockey players who are also 2 great character people. During the on ice celebrations the 2 posed for a pic together and we were very proud to receive it at the Draftday office.

OHF Announces Exceptional Player Status for Aaron Ekblad

Toronto, ON – The Ontario Hockey Federation today announced the results of the review by Hockey Canada in consideration of the application by Aaron Ekblad, determining that the player is to be granted “exceptional player” status and therefore is eligible for the Ontario Hockey League Priority Selection on Saturday May 7, 2011. The process was administered by Hockey Canada with a Special Evaluation Panel assembled to evaluate Ekblad’s hockey and academic documentation and assess his level of maturity in reaching their decision.

“The process established for the exceptional player is an extensive evaluation of the player in all aspects of life,” said OHF Executive Director Phillip McKee.  “Aaron should be very proud, just as the OHF is of him, for achieving the exceptional player status.”

Born February 7, 1996, the 15-year-old Ekblad is a 6’03, 200 pound defenceman.  This season he played for the Sun County Panthers Minor Midget AAA program recording 34 points in 30 regular season games before producing 21 points in 18 playoff games.  Last season at 14-years-old, he was named a First-Team All-Star at the 2010 All Ontario Bantam AAA Championships after leading Sun County to an ALLIANCE Championship title.

Ekblad becomes the first player since John Tavares in May, 2005, to be granted “exceptional player” status.  Tavares was later selected first overall by the Oshawa Generals in the 2005 OHL Priority Selection and played four OHL seasons recording 433 points in 247 career games before being selected with the first overall pick in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft by the New York Islanders.

Aaron started as a member of Regional Express as an 8 year old and and enjoyed the next 6 seasons as a member of a powerhouse Regional 96 Gold team. He was part of their 4 year run as Prospects Champions.


What a birth year! This group dominated spring hockey for almost 6 years at their age group and we will no doubt be watching many of them at the next level in years to come. Winners of 4 straight Prospects Championships and multiple other Championships over the years this group was a treat to watch. Most recently the team won the Nike Bauer Championship in April going 5 and 0 and again made it through to Sunday at Prospects but unfortunately dropped a 2-1 decision to Skillz after leading 1-0 the whole game until our opponent scored twice in the final 2 minutes to secure the victory. We have received many great emails from parents and players who have participated with this team and you are correct, great hockey and many great memories that we will all share forever. Great job 96 Gold!