A History of the Petes’ Third Overall Picks

In recent Petes history, the maroon and white have four times held the third overall pick in the Ontario Hockey League draft process.

27 Matthew SpencerMost recently selected in the third overall slot was Matt Spencer in the 2013 OHL Priority Selection. Drafted from the Oakville Rangers Minor Midget AAA, the right-handed rearguard went on to play four seasons with the Petes, serving as an alternate captain for the 2015-16 and 2016-17 campaigns. In 251 games, Spencer totaled 19 goals, 79 assists, 98 points, and 103 penalty minutes.

During his time with the Petes, Spencer won a gold medal with Team Canada at the 2015 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Cup, a bronze medal with Team Canada at the 2015 IIHF World Under-18 Championships, and was an alternate captain of Team Ontario at the 2014 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge. He was also named to the 2015 CHL Top Prospects roster.

Spencer was selected by the Tampa Bay Lightning in the 2nd round, 44th overall in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft. He is currently playing in his first professional season, spending time with both Tampa’s AHL affiliate Syracuse Crunch, and ECHL affiliate Adirondack Thunder.

Spencer received the 2015 Don Marsh Award as the team’s most dedicated player, and was co-recipient of the 2014 Black’s Family Trophy as rookie of the year.

10 Eric CornelIn 2012, Peterborough selected Eric Cornel from the Upper Canada Cyclones Minor Midget AAA. The right-shot centre played four seasons with the Petes, and was the team’s captain in 2015-16. He amassed 70 goals, 143 assists, 213 points, and 91 penalty minutes in 265 games.

The Kemptville, Ontario native was selected to represent the OHL in the 2015 Canadian Hockey League Canada-Russia Series, played for Team Ontario at the 2012 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge, and represented Canada at the 2012 Youth Olympic Games in Austria.

Cornel was also the recipient of many team awards in his team as a Pete. For the 2015-16 season, he received the Don Marsh Award, the Mark Teevens Trophy for most assists (56), and the Outboard Marine Veterans Trophy for combined sportsmanship and playing ability. He again received the Mark Teevens Trophy in 2015 with 38 assists, the OMC Veterans Trophy in 2014, and the 2013 Ed Redmond Memorial Trophy for combined scholastic and hockey ability.

Like Spencer, Cornel was selected in the 2nd round, 44th overall, but by the Buffalo Sabres in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft. He’s presently in his second season with the Sabres’ AHL affiliate Rochester Americans.

Jordan StaalJordan Staal was picked by the Petes in the 2004 OHL Priority Selection. The second Staal brother to don the Petes logo after his brother, Eric, played with the club from 2000-2003, he was drafted from the Thunder Bay Kings Minor Midget AAA. The left-handed centre spent two seasons with Peterborough, appearing in 134 games and registering 37 goals, 59 assists, 96 points, and 98 penalty minutes. He played at a point per game pace in the 2005-06 season, and helped lead the Petes to an OHL Championship and Memorial Cup berth.

In that Championship season, Staal was chosen to take part in the 2006 CHL Top Prospects game. A year earlier, he was named to the OHL’s Second All-Rookie Team.

Staal would be selected by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the 1st round, 2nd overall in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft. He played for the Penguins right out of junior, and spent six years with the team that included two visits to the Stanley Cup Finals in back to back seasons, and a Stanley Cup victory in 2008-09. He was traded to the Carolina Hurricanes in 2012-13 and played alongside his brother Eric, until Eric was traded in 2016 to the New York Rangers. Jordan is currently in his 12th NHL season.

Internationally, Staal represented Team Ontario at the 2005 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge, won a gold medal with Team Canada at the 2006 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Cup, won a gold medal with Team Canada at the 2007 IIHF World Championships, and finished fifth as a member of Team Canada at the 2013 Worlds.

Kevin Bolibruck hoisting OHL Champs trophyIn 1994, Peterborough native Kevin Bolibruck was selected third overall by the Petes in the OHL Draft. He spent three seasons in maroon and white from 1994 to 1997. He was a member of the 1996 OHL Championship team, and captained the 1996-97 team. In 169 games, Bolibruck recorded 12 goals, 63 assists, 75 points, and 256 penalty minutes.

As a Pete, Bolibruck was the co-recipient of the 1995 Black’s Family Trophy, and in 1997 was the co-recipient of the Don Marsh Award.

Originally selected by the Ottawa Senators in the 4th round, 89th overall in the 1995 NHL Entry Draft, he never signed with the club but was then picked by the Edmonton Oilers in the 7th round, 176th overall in 1997. He would never play an NHL game, but appeared in over 300 AHL games with the Hamilton Bulldogs, Rochester Americans, Houston Aeros, and Bridgeport Sound Tigers. Bolibruck then made his way to Europe to play in the DEL, EIHL, and others, and retired following the 2010-11 season.

Fans are reminded that there will be a player introduction press conference open to the public following the fifth round of Saturday, April 7’s draft, located in the Peterborough and District Sports Hall of Fame at the North-East corner of the arena. Fans can follow the draft live by downloading the free Petes Mobile App for iPhone or Android (use rewards code “DraftReady2018” to earn loyalty points). Results can be tracked live here.

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