Peters Gets Chance To Make Mark At OHL Cup Showcase

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Peters gets chance to make mark at OHL Cup Showcase

Tyler Peters is living the dream of every young hockey player — or at least answering the door as opportunity knocks.

Peters, of Powassan, is the only minor midget from this season’s North Bay Trappers ‘AAA’ midgets representing this region at the 2012 OHL Cup Showcase Tournament March 13-18.

“I’ve got to show the scouts what I can do,” Peters, 15, said shortly after his first midget ‘AAA’ season ended. “I have to show them my speed and my shot.”

The Trappers were swept from the Great North Midget Hockey League playoffs after losing three straight games to the Soo North Stars. It was a tough season with a regular season record of 9-22-3.

Peters said he learned a lot about how to deal with some of the challenges competitive hockey presents, as well as develop personally.

He finished second in team scoring with 39 points (14 goals, 25 assists) in 31 games, one point behind 16-year-old Jake Staples.

“I think I had a pretty good season,” Peters said, noting there were some ups and downs. “I had a couple of slumps, but got out of them focused with some good coaching to back me up through everything.”

Trappers head coach John Couch said Peters is “everything you want in a young hockey player . . . he’s done really well for himself.”

Couch didn’t have any trouble describing the skill set Peters offers.

“The first thing you think about with Tyler is that he’s strong, he has a hard work ethic, and he has hands, plus he’s tough and gritty,” he said. “He’s one of those hockey players who is extremely coachable and wants to win. He works hard every shift he’s out there.”

Couch has seen Peters’ progress over the past several years after coaching him while with the Nipissing ‘AAA’ peewee Trappers in its inaugural year 2008-09.

He said one of Peters’ biggest assets has become his skating, both speed and balance, mostly because he’s worked on his own with local skating coaches to improve offseason and between practices.

“I think he’s going to go down this OHL Cup and turn a lot of heads, I really do,” Couch said, adding Peters is quiet and modest, but never a pushover.

“He lets his actions talk for him and he never backs down from anyone.”

Peters said he’s going to spend the two weeks between his last game and the OHL Cup working on his shot and trying to keep in peak shape.

“I’ve got to work on a quick release with my head up,” he said, describing how major midget hockey is a lot different from bantam.

“It’s a lot faster, you don’t have as much time with the puck, you have to shoot quicker,” Peters said, “and you can’t shoot from outside, you have to bring the puck to the net.”


The 2012 OHL Showcase Cup tournament takes place March 13-18 and features 20 of the top minor midget teams in Ontario and the USA. The champions and finalists from minor hockey associations in Ontario, including the GTHL, OMHA, ODMHA and ALLIANCE are participating in the tournament. In addition, a team from Hockey Northwestern Ontario and the NOHA will compete.

A total of 147 players that competed in the 2011 OHL Cup Showcase Tournament were selected in the 2011 OHL draft, including 16 players chosen in the first round.

Three of the last four players selected first overall in the NHL draft are OHL Cup graduates including Taylor Hall, John Tavares and Steven Stamkos.


Nineteen players will make up the NOHA team at the OHL Cup:

Goaltenders— Jacob Kment (Soo), Jack Weston (New Liskeard)

Forwards — Anthony Stefano, Jarren Bellini, Michael Amadio (Soo), Dylan Callaghan and Connor Burgess (Sudbury), Olivier Chabot and Cam Etherington (Kapuskasing), Tanner Lafrance (New Liskeard), Tyler Romain (Kirkland Lake) and Tyler Peters (North Bay).

Defence — Nick Trecroce and Brandon Grandinetti (Soo), Josh Dejulio and Brennan Roy (Kapuskasing), Kyle Patterson (New Liskeard), Nevada Waindubence (Nickel City) and Tyler Cooper (Sudbury).

The coaching staff includes head coach Jason Young (Nickel City) and assistants John Couch (North Bay) and Glen Denny (Kapuskasing).

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