2017 Toronto Marlboros Holiday Classic Report


It was once again a deep and talented field for the 2017 edition of the Toronto Marlboros Holiday Classic Tournament, one of the top tournaments of the year and certainly one of the busiest. Spending time over the Holiday season packed in cold arenas and moving around from one location to the next isn’t exactly ideal, but for teenagers chasing their dreams of being drafted into the Ontario Hockey League, it’s a prime opportunity to showcase themselves as the season moves towards the stretch drive.

A massive 56-team field resulted in many of the usual suspects advancing to the playoff round, but that is where things got very interesting. Having rolled through everyone like a locomotive, the Toronto Marlboros were upset by the Vaughan Kings in the quarterfinals just when it looked like they would dominate their way to their third tournament win of the year. Vaughan, who would have then been considered the tournament favourite, fell to the Toronto. Jr. Canadiens in the semis. After an all GTHL semifinal, the championship game between the Jr. Canadiens and Don Mills Flyers went to overtime and finished with a dazzling individual effort from JRC’s Dylan Robinson which will go down as one of the most memorable moments of the year. Even more memorable than the goal however is the fact that the Jr. Canadiens won all eight of their games with six of them incredibly coming via a shutout of their opponent.

It was a highly entertaining event that was proud to cover and produce the following report on. Director of Scouting Andrew Sykes and area scouts Mitch Avis and Jason Gray took in the exciting week of hockey and put down their thoughts to comment on a total of 153 players and combined their top performers to create our selections for the Top 20 performers of the tournament.

Please note and understand that due to such a big tournament spread out over several different locations and rinks, not all teams could be viewed equally.

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1. Shane Wright, Don Mills Flyers
2. Brennan Othmann, Don Mills Flyers
3. Brandt Clarke, Don Mills Flyers
4. Mason McTavish, Pembroke Lumberkings
5. Sasha Pastujov, Compuware 16U
6. Francesco Pinelli, Toronto Red Wings
7. Connor Lockhart, Kanata Lasers
8. Dylan Duke, Compuware 16U
9. Roman Schmidt, Don Mills Flyers
10. Jeremy Wilmer, North Jersey Avalanche 16U

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