Six OHL Vets Added To Mustangs Men’s Hockey Roster

LONDON, Ont. – The OUA men’s hockey season is just around the corner and the Western Mustangs are gearing up for the 2018-19 campaign by adding six OHL veterans to the roster for this fall.

“The coaching staff is very excited about our 2018-19 recruiting class both in terms of character, competitiveness and skill,” said Mustangs head coach Clarke Singer. “We had some very specific needs that were identified after last season and I think we have addressed them all with this group.”

Ethan Szypula, Kyle Langdon, Kenny Huether, Alex Di Carlo, William Lochead, and David Ovsjannikov are set to join the Mustangs roster this fall, when they will be looking to make an impact when the season officially opens on October 4.

Langdon, Szypula, and Huether are all right shot forwards while Lochead and Di Carlo will line up on the blueline. Ovsjannikov will patrol the crease for Western and help give the Mustangs a strong tandem in net with returning goaltender Luke Peressini.

Szypula’s move to the Mustangs is a homecoming for the forward, who grew up in London but spent the past five seasons with the Owen Sound Attack playing in 320 games. His most recent season was the most successful statistically speaking, scoring 19 goals and 37 assists over 67 games as he wrapped up his career as the franchise’s second all-time leader in total games.

The move to Western will also reunite him with former teammate Cordell James, who earned OUA West All-Rookie honours after joining the Mustangs last season.

“Ethan had an outstanding final year in Owen Sound and will make an impact in the OUA West next season with both his playmaking and scoring ability,” said Singer. “He can contribute on both sides of the special teams game, and provide offence from the middle or right wing.”

Also returning home to the Forest City is Lochead, who comes to the Mustangs by way of the Niagara IceDogs. The 6-0 defender split time between Ridley College and the IceDogs in the 2015-16 season, and then remained in Niagara for the following two years.

In just over two seasons in the OHL, Lochead played in 156 games, racking up 221 penalty minutes and finishing with a career +11 rating.

“Willy is a great defender with a mean and physical style that will be able to match-up against the other team’s top forwards. It has been a role he played well the past two years with the Ice Dogs and can translate at the U SPORTS level.”

Langdon, however, is leaving behind his hometown IceDogs after four seasons to make the move to London. The Thorold, Ont., resident won’t be in completely new territory however, as he’ll again play alongside former teammates Lochead and Mitchell Fitzmorrris. Langdon skated in 174 regular season contests for the IceDogs, tallying 17 goals and 26 assists, along with recording 199 minutes in penalties.

“Kyle is a very dynamic player who is good on faceoffs, physical, and with a good touch around the net. I think he will make an immediate impact with our forward group.

Kenny will be the second Huether on the purple and white roster, joining brother and veteran presence Ray Huether. Kenny Huether comes to the Mustangs by way of the Oshawa Generals, with whom he won a Memorial Cup in 2015. The skilled forward will be an asset to the purple and white offence, after recording 83 goals and 77 assists in 252 regular season games with the Generals.

“Kenny is an incredibly gifted offensive player, scoring 30 goals last year in Oshawa, he will really help us on the powerplay and be a real threat at 5-on-5 to score at any time,” said Singer.

Heading to London alongside the younger Huether brother is his Generals teammate of two years, Alex Di Carlo.

Di Carlo began his OHL career in the 2013-14 season with the Plymouth Whalers. He remained in Plymouth for the following season and stayed with the team as it headed to Flint, before eventually going to Oshawa where he finished up his OHL career this year with a total of 206 regular season games played.

“Alex is a very consistent player who can be a factor in all three zones. I believe with his skating ability and skill he can develop into an elite defenceman in our league.”

Rounding out the incoming class is veteran netminder Ovsjannikov.

Standing at 6-6, he offers an imposing frame in addition to his OHL experience. He played 87 games between the Saginaw Spirit and Barrie Colts before spending this past season with the London Nationals of the GOJHL. Ovsjannikov shined with the Nationals, earning GOJHL goalie of the month honours in September and October, finishing the year with an 18-9-4 regular season record. He also earned four shutouts and recorded a .915 save percentage to go along with a 2.12 goals-against-average.

“David is an imposing figure in net and led the Nationals to the Sutherland Cup Final this past season,” said Singer. “He will be a great addition between the pipes.”

Fans will have their first opportunity to see the newest Mustangs in action on home ice on October 26, when they host the Concordia Stingers.

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