Hometown Heroes...Ontario

With one of the largest hockey populations in the world, the province of Ontario has served as a breeding ground for some of the best athletes in our sport.

Hockey greats with the likes of Wayne Gretzky (Brantford), Boddy Orr (Parry Sound) and Brett Hull (Belleville) were born in Ontario, and they are just the beginning of an all-time list of heroes who have graced this game for decades.

Named after Lake Ontario, the province holds the highest population of any other in Canada. Ontario is typically referred to as having two regions – Northern Ontario and Southern Ontario – with the vast majority of its population residing in the latter.

The capitol of the province, Toronto, as well as the nation’s capital, Ottawa, lie in Southern Ontario.

Boasting the highest population of any city in the country, Toronto is home to one of the NHL’s Original Six organizations: the Toronto Maple Leafs. The Leafs’ primary affiliate, the Toronto Marlies, compete as a North-Division rival to our Lake Erie Monsters while sharing the city with their parent club.

Ottawa is home to the NHL’s Ottawa Senators. The Senators have been particularly successful over the course of the last 14 years, as they’ve qualified for the Stanley Cup playoffs 12 times, while capturing four division titles and one Presidents’ Trophy. The fans in Ottawa have provided much support for their team, as they’ve averaged over 18,000 fans per game since the 2005-06 campaign.

While hockey at all levels makes a strong representation throughout Ontario, there are other notable facets of the province.

One of North America’s most prominent natural structures, Niagara Falls, forms the border between the United States and Canada. Draining Lake Erie into Lake Ontario, Niagara Falls flows 75 miles south of Toronto and 17 miles north of Buffalo, New York.

Tourists from both the U.S. and Canada enjoy Niagara Falls, and the scenery it provides for both countries.

Cleveland has been fortunate to see many successful hockey players cross the permeable boarder of Niagara Falls, welcoming Ontario natives Cameron Gaunce (Sudbury), Trevor Cann (Oakville), David Liffiton (Windsor) and Harrison Reed (Newmarket) to last season’s Monsters’ lineup.


Search Archive »

  Bookmark and Share

Browse by Year »


Browse by Month »

September 2014
August 2014
July 2014
June 2014
May 2014
April 2014
March 2014
February 2014
January 2014
December 2013
November 2013
October 2013
September 2013
August 2013
July 2013
June 2013
May 2013
April 2013
March 2013
February 2013
January 2013
December 2012
November 2012
October 2012
September 2012
August 2012
July 2012
June 2012
May 2012
April 2012
March 2012
February 2012
January 2012
December 2011
November 2011
October 2011
September 2011
August 2011
July 2011
June 2011
May 2011
April 2011
March 2011
February 2011
January 2011
December 2010
November 2010
October 2010
September 2010
August 2010
July 2010
June 2010
May 2010
April 2010
March 2010
February 2010
January 2010
December 2009
November 2009
October 2009
September 2009
August 2009
July 2009
June 2009
May 2009
April 2009
March 2009
February 2009
January 2009
December 2008
November 2008
October 2008
September 2008
August 2008
July 2008
June 2008
May 2008
April 2008
March 2008
February 2008
January 2008
December 2007
November 2007
October 2007
September 2007
August 2007
July 2007
June 2007
May 2007
March 2007
January 2007
December 2006
May 2006