NHL rosters well represented with NOJHL/CJHL alumni

CALGARY, Alta. – With the National Hockey League season now underway, you’ll find a solid contingent of Canadian Junior Hockey League alumni solidifying clubs there to begin the 2022-23 campaign.

Presently there are 65 players on NHL rosters, who played in 10, or more, CJHL contests in their respective junior careers.

Highlighting that group is former CJHL standout Cale Makar, of the defending Stanley Cup champion Colorado Avalanche.

Makar, the 2022 Conn Smythe Trophy winner as NHL Playoff MVP, starred for the Brooks Bandits (AJHL) from 2015-17 and went on to capture multiple CJHL accolades such as Most Valuable Player, Top Defenceman and Top Rookie.

Of the number of CJHL alums currently in the NHL, each of its nine-member leagues has at least one alumnus competing.

Also, among the 32 NHL clubs, 26 of them have a former CJHLer on their squad.

The Ottawa Senators and Vegas Golden Knights boast the highest number of CJHL alumni on the their teams with five apiece.

Listed below are the CJHL alumni currently on NHL team rosters:

(10, or more, games
played in the CJHL)
Drake Batherson F Ottawa Senators Valley Wildcats MHL
Matt Benning D San Jose Sharks Spruce Grove Saints AJHL
Nick Blankenburg D Columbus Blue Jackets 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 Arizona Coyotes Whitby Fury OJHL
Connor Brown F Washington Capitals St. Michael’s Buzzers OJHL
Brent Burns D Carolina Hurricanes Couchiching Terriers OJHL
Andrew Cogliano F Colorado Avalanche St. Michael’s Buzzers OJHL
Justin Danforth F Columbus Blue Jackets Cobourg Cougars OJHL
Calvin de Haan D Carolina Hurricanes Kemptville 73’s CCHL
Dylan DeMelo D Winnipeg Jets Mississauga Chargers OJHL
Travis Dermott D Vancouver Canucks Newmarket Hurricanes OJHL
Brian Elliott G Tampa Bay Lightning Ajax Axemen OJHL
Jake Evans F Montreal Canadiens St. Michael’s Buzzers OJHL
Mario Ferraro D San Jose Sharks Toronto Patriots OJHL
Sam Gagner F Winnipeg Jets Milton Icehawks OJHL
Mark Giordano D Toronto Maple Leafs Brampton Capitals OJHL
Claude Giroux F Ottawa Senators Cumberland Grads CCHL
Brandon Hagel F Tampa Bay Lightning Whitecourt Wolverines AJHL
Travis Hamonic D Ottawa Senators Winnipeg Saints MJHL
Joel Hanley D Dallas Stars Newmarket Hurricanes OJHL
Scott Harrington D San Jose Sharks Kingston Voyageurs OJHL
Adin Hill G Vegas Golden Knights Calgary Canucks AJHL
Nick Holden D Ottawa Senators Camrose Kodiaks AJHL
Sherwood Park Crusaders AJHL
Dylan Holloway F Edmonton Oilers Okotoks Oilers AJHL
Ben Hutton D Vegas Golden Knights Kemptville 73’s CCHL
Nepean Raiders CCHL
Zach Hyman F Edmonton Oilers Hamilton Red Wings OJHL
Ross Johnston F New York Islanders Summerside Western Capitals MHL
Boris Katchouk F Chicago Blackhawks Soo Thunderbirds NOJHL
Johnny Kovacevic D Montreal Canadiens Ottawa Jr. A Senators CCHL
Hawkesbury Hawks CCHL
Zack MacEwen F Philadelphia Flyers Amherst Ramblers MHL
Cale Makar D Colorado Avalanche Brooks Bandits AJHL
Mason Marchment F Dallas Stars Cobourg Cougars OJHL
Mitchell Marner F Toronto Maple Leafs St. Michael’s Buzzers OJHL
Jordan Martinook F Carolina Hurricanes Drayton Valley Thunder AJHL
Jack McBain F Arizona Coyotes Toronto Jr. Canadiens OJHL
Colin Miller D Dallas Stars Soo Thunderbirds NOJHL
Ian Mitchell D Chicago Blackhawks Spruce Grove Saints AJHL
Colton Parayko D St. Louis Blues Fort McMurray Oil Barons AJHL
David Perron F Detroit Red Wings Panthères de St-Jérôme LHJAAAQ
Jack Quinn F Buffalo Sabres Kanata Lasers CCHL
Evan Rodriques F Colorado Avalanche Georgetown Raiders OJHL
Jaden Schwartz F Seattle Kraken Notre Dame Hounds SJHL
Devin Shore F Edmonton Oilers Whitby Fury OJHL
Wayne Simmonds F Toronto Maple Leafs Brockville Braves CCHL
Mike Smith G Edmonton Oilers Kingston Voyageurs OJHL
Cole Smith F Nashville Predators Steinbach Pistons MJHL
Brendan Smith D New Jersey Devils St. Michael’s Buzzers OJHL
Reilly Smith F Vegas Golden Knights St. Michael’s Buzzers OJHL
Carson Soucy D Seattle Kraken Spruce Grove Saints AJHL
Riley Stillman D Vancouver Canucks Cobourg Cougars OJHL
Cam Talbot G Ottawa Senators Hamilton Red Wings OJHL
Chris Tanev D Calgary Flames Markham Waxers OJHL
Chris Tanev D Calgary Flames Stouffville Spirit OJHL
Durham Fury OJHL
Brandon Tanev F Seattle Kraken Markham Waxers OJHL
John Tavares F 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 Detroit Red Wings Toronto Jr. Canadiens OJHL
MacKenzie Weegar D Calgary Flames Nepean Raiders CCHL
Zach Whitecloud D Vegas Golden Knights Virden Oil Capitals MJHL

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