Premier League Set To Open On Wednesday Night

Seven teams will compete for the ultimate prize this winter in the 2018-19 Premier League.

Five teams return this winter and two new teams will compete for the right to represent the league at the 2019 OBHF Men's 'A' Summer Provincials. Games will be played on Wednesday nights inside the friendly confines of The Hangar. Don't miss your chance to see the best athletes at the highest level of play.

The Niagara War Pigs return as the reigning Summer Champions and will be the team to beat this season. They are led by Playoff MVP Iain Downs who has blossomed into a superstar and speedster Andrew Jegg who is always dangerous when he touches the ball. This team relies heavily on great defensive play and are led by Team Canada defenseman Brian Szolga. Also anchoring the blueline is Mike Neilson and newly acquired Adam Carreira who add stability to a potent backend. And in goal they have a formidable tandem in Paul Zarnett and Bram Leggatt.

The Vaughan Red Wings have won the Winter season two of the last three years and must be considered a contender. After a semi-final loss in the summer to the Richmond Hill Falcons this group is ready for redemption. Up front the team has three legitimate scoring lines led by Frankie Giustini and Robbie Mentis. Anthony Flores mines the net and is tested nightly.

The Richmond Hill Falcons return to the winter league after a one year hiatus. They had a magnificent summer season finishing in second place and losing in the final to the War Pigs. They have lots of depth and Daniel Ponce emerged into a scoring machine leading the league in scoring. Rookie of the Year Karter Donnelly will supply lots of offense as well. Ryan Leal and Mike Fiorillo will man the backline in tight situations.

Brampton Express return to the floor after a subpar summer season. They did win the winter league two years ago so they figure to be a threat. They have infused some youth with the acquisition of Michael Vitro who had a great rookie season. As always Shawn Hannon and Marcel Mallais will lead the charge up front. Their defense will be led by the veteran Gurjeet Gill.

North York Hitmen hope to regroup after two straight disappointing seasons. For that to happen they will need to get their all star Vic Azevedo some help. Jon Pulicicchio needs to get back to his goal scoring ways and newcomer Tyler Laframboise has to be a factor this year. Goaltender Dave Clark is steady between the pipes.

Two new teams giving Premier a try are the Toronto Titans and The Big Bastone. Both teams have been a staple in the Tier 2 division for many years. The Big Bastone are coming off a Winter Tier 2 Championship and are also the OBHF Tier 2 Winter Provincials Champions. Mario Ventullo of The Big Bastone and Remo Settimo of the Toronto Titans and are both veteran managers who are well respected in our league. We would like to wish them and all the teams the best of luck in the upcoming season!

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