The Ontario Hockey League, entering in it's 33rd year, announced its 2012-13 regular season schedule on Thursday morning as 680 games will be played.
The puck will drop on September 20 with four games, including the Bobby Orr Trophy winners, the Niagara Ice Dogs hosting the Erie Otters and Connor McDavid, who will play his first OHL regular season game. Other games that night will involve the Eastern Conference Semi-Final rematch between the Barrie Colts against the Host, Ottawa 67's, the Oshawa Generals visiting the Peterborough Petes and the Windsor Spitifres hosting the Owen Sound Attack with the Spitfires' Josh Ho-Sang making his OHL regular season debut.
On Friday September 21, the rest of the teams will start their regular season with eight games played, including the OHL Champion, London Knights hosting the Otters.
Another key regular season matchup will include the Ice Dogs hosting the Knights in a rematch of the OHL championship. They will do battle again at St. Catharines on Sunday, February 17.
Two OHL cities will host the 2012 Subway Super Series as Guelph will host the series on Thursday, November 8, while Sarnia will follow suit on
Monday, November 12. It is a yearly six-game series in which the top Russian junior players go up against all-star teams representing the OHL, WHL and QMJHL.
All eyes will be on Detroit's Comerica Park on December 29 as the OHL will be a part of the 2012 Hockeytown Winter Festival with a doubleheader. At 1:00pm, the Windsor Spitfires will face off against the Saginaw Spirit followed by the London Knights and Plymouth Whalers at 5:00pm.
The top prospects across the Canadian Hockey League will showcase their talents as the 2013 Home Hardware CHL/NHL Top Prospects game will be held on January 16 in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
The 2012-13 regular season ends on Sunday, March 20, leading to 16 teams heading to the playoffs and competing for the Robertson Cup. From there, the OHL Champions will travel to Saskatoon, Sasketchewan for the 2013 Mastercard Memorial Cup and will compete against champions from the QMJHL, WHL and the host Saskatoon Blades.