Multitude of CJHL alumni on NHL rosters

CJHL Media Update

Release Date: Monday, January 10, 2022

Multitude of CJHL alumni on NHL rosters

CALGARY, Alta. – A glance at the rosters of National Hockey League clubs you’ll find a multitude of Canadian Junior Hockey League alumni among them.

Under the criteria of those that played 10, or more, games in the CJHL during their Jr. A career, you’ll find 69 former CJHLers on lineups that make up NHL teams.

Each of the nine leagues that comprise the CJHL has at least one alumnus on a NHL roster, while eight boast multiple alums competing.

Headlining this CJHL alumni list is Colorado Avalanche defenceman Cale Makar, who starred for the Brooks Bandits (AJHL) from 2015 through 2017.

In his time with Brooks, he was named the CJHL’s Top Rookie, Top Defenceman and Player of the Year while twice being named MVP at the National Jr. A Championship, as well as earning a pair of best defenceman laurels.

He was also a two-time World Junior A Challenge All-Star Team honouree and helped Canada West win a gold medal at the 2015 event in Cobourg, Ont.

Makar, the 2019-20 recipient of the Calder Trophy as the NHL’s Top Rookie, currently tops all league defencemen in goals with 15 and sits fifth in points with 30.

Meanwhile back in 2018-19, he was named the recipient of the annual Hobey Baker Award, emblematic of being selected the top player in all of U.S. College hockey that season.

The following are the names of those, who competed in at least 10 CJHL games, who are presently on a NHL roster:

(10, or more, games played in CJHL)
Brandon Baddock LW Montreal Canadiens Lloydminster Bobcats AJHL
Drake  Batherson RW Ottawa Senators Valley Wildcats MHL
Jay Beagle C Arizona Coyotes Calgary Royals AJHL
Alex Belzile RW Montreal Canadiens Cougars du Collège Champlain LHJAAAQ
Matt Benning D Nashville Predators Spruce Grove Saints AJHL
Jacob Bernard-Docker D Ottawa Senators Okotoks Oilers AJHL
Mark Borowiecki D Nashville Predators Smiths Falls Bears CCHL
Robert Bortuzzo D St. Louis Blues Fort William North Stars SIJHL
Josh Brown D Ottawa Senators Whitby Fury OJHL
Connor Brown RW Ottawa Senators St. Michael’s Buzzers OJHL
Brent Burns D San Jose Sharks Couchiching Terriers OJHL
Drake Caggiula C Buffalo Sabres Stouffville Spirit OJHL
Andrew Cogliano C San Jose Sharks St. Michael’s Buzzers OJHL
Kevin Connauton D Philadelphia Flyers Spruce Grove Saints AJHL
Fort Saskatchewan Traders AJHL
Justin Danforth RW Columbus Blue Jackets Cobourg Cougars OJHL
Calvin de Haan D Chicago Blackhawks Kemptville 73s CCHL
Dylan DeMelo D Winnipeg Jets Mississauga Chargers OJHL
Travis Dermott D Toronto Maple Leafs Newmarket Hurricanes OJHL
Phil Di Guiseppe LW Vancouver Canucks Villanova Knights OJHL
Brian Elliott G Tampa Bay Lightning Ajax Axemen OJHL
Jake Evans C Montreal Canadiens St. Michael’s Buzzers OJHL
Mario Ferraro D San Jose Sharks Toronto Patriots OJHL
Alex Formenton LW Ottawa Senators Aurora Tigers OJHL
Mark Friedman D Pittsburgh Penguins North York Rangers OJHL
Sam Gagner C Detroit Red Wings Milton Icehawks OJHL
Mark Giordano D Seattle Kraken Brampton Capitals OJHL
Claude Giroux C Philadelphia Flyers Cumberland Grads CCHL
Brandon Hagel LW Chicago Blackhawks Whitecourt Wolverines AJHL
Travis Hamonic D Vancouver Canucks Winnipeg Saints MJHL
Joel Hanley D Dallas Stars Newmarket Hurricanes OJHL
Scott Harrington D Columbus Blue Jackets Kingston Voyageurs OJHL
Nick Holden D Ottawa Senators Camrose Kodiaks AJHL
Sherwood Park Crusaders AJHL
Carter Hutton G Arizona Coyotes Fort William North Stars SIJHL
K&A Golden Hawks SIJHL
Ben Hutton D Vegas Golden Knights Kemptville 73s CCHL
Nepean Raiders CCHL
Zach Hyman LW Edmonton Oilers Hamilton Red Wings OJHL
Ross Johnston LW New York Islanders Summerside Western Capitals MHL
Boris Katchouk LW Tampa Bay Lightning Soo Thunderbirds NOJHL
Brady Keeper D Vancouver Canucks OCN Blizzard MJHL
Zach MacEwen RW Philadelphia Flyers Amherst Ramblers MHL
Cale Makar D Colorado Avalanche Brooks Bandits AJHL
Mason Marchment LW Florida Panthers Cobourg Cougars OJHL
Mitchell Marner RW Toronto Maple Leafs St. Michael’s Buzzers OJHL
Jordan Martinook LW Carolina Hurricanes Drayton Valley Thunder AJHL
Colin Miller D Buffalo Sabres Soo Thunderbirds NOJHL
Brett Murray LW Buffalo Sabres Carleton Place Canadians CCHL
James Neal RW St. Louis Blues Bowmanville Eagles OJHL
Colton Parayko D St. Louis Blues Fort McMurray Oil Barons AJHL
Matthew Peca C St. Louis Blues Pembroke Lumber Kings OJHL
David Perron RW St. Louis Blues Panthères de St-Jérôme LHJAAAQ
Buddy Robinson RW Anaheim Ducks Hamilton Red Wings OJHL
Nepean Raiders CCHL
Evan Rodriques C Pittsburgh Penguins Georgetown Raiders OJHL
Carter Rowney RW Detroit Red Wings Grande Prairie Storm AJHL
Jaden Schwartz LW Seattle Kraken Notre Dame Hounds SJHL
Devin Shore C Edmonton Oilers Whitby Fury OJHL
Wayne Simmonds RW Toronto Maple Leafs Brockville Braves CCHL
Brendan Smith D Carolina Hurricanes St. Michael’s Buzzers OJHL
Mike Smith G Edmonton Oilers Kingston Voyageurs OJHL
Reilly Smith RW Vegas Golden Knights St. Michael’s Buzzers OJHL
Carson Soucy D Seattle Kraken Spruce Grove Saints AJHL
Riley Stillman D Chicago Blackhawks Cobourg Cougars OJHL
Cam Talbot G Minnesota Wild Hamilton Red Wings OJHL
Chris Tanev D Calgary Flames Markham Waxers OJHL
Durham Fury OJHL
Stouffville Spirit OJHL
Brandon Tanev LW Seattle Kraken Markham Waxers OJHL
John Tavares C Toronto Maple Leafs Milton Icehawks OJHL
Logan Thompson G Vegas Golden Knights Grande Prairie Storm AJHL
Sean Walker D Los Angeles Kings Newmarket Hurricanes OJHL
Jake Walman D St. Louis Blues Toronto Jr. Canadiens OJHL
MacKenzie Weegar D Florida Panthers Nepean Raiders CCHL
Zach Whitecloud D Vegas Golden Knights Virden Oil Capitals MJHL
Portage Terriers MJHL

For more information

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Canadian Junior Hockey League (Email)

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