Former Oakville Blade Adam Dennis Named OHL Director of Player Development

Adam Dennis (goaltender) seen here with the Italian National Team at the 2013 World Championships.
Former Oakville Blade Adam Dennis Named OHL Director of Player Development
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Steven Ellis

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Steven Ellis is an Oakvillian, who fell in love with Hockey journalism. He covered the Oakville Blades from 2013 to 2017. He will graduate from Ryerson School of Journalism in 2018. He has so far contributed to RogersTV, Metroland's Oakville Beaver, Euro Hockey, Daily Hive, The Scout House and Champions Hockey League. His next move is to the North York Rangers.

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Former Oakville Blades goaltender Adam Dennis has been named the Ontario Hockey League’s new Director of Player Recruitment.

Dennis, 29, played one season in the OJHL back in 2001-02 as a 16-year old, playing on a Blades team that featured current Edmonton Oilers forward Steve Pinizzotto. As the starting goalie of the Blades, Dennis posted a 3.48 goals against average in 32 regular season games to help the team finish third place in the West Division standings. From there, Dennis made the jump to the OHL, winning the league championship with the Guelph Storm in 2004.

Dennis later joined the London Knights in 2005 where he won both an OHL title and MasterCard Memorial Cup title in 2005. The success wasn’t finished just then, as he then finished off his OHL career by winning the league’s Goaltender of the Year award in 2006. His play in juniors caught the eye of the Buffalo Sabres, who chose Dennis in the sixth round of the 2005 NHL Entry Draft.

After three seasons in the American Hockey League with the Rochester Americans and Portland Pirates, Dennis moved overseas, where he would play in both Italy and Germany. His 2012-2013 season was a year to remember, as the Toronto, Ontario native goalie finished with the Italian league’s Best SVS% (.932) with Alleghe. To top that off, Dennis had quite the international stint with the Italian National Team, helping the team win a silver medal at the 2013 Division 1A World Championship’s, getting named the tournament’s Best Goaltender after laying down a .963 in four tournament contests. His play at the tournament helped the Italians earn a place in the top division for the 2014 World Championships in Minsk, Belarus.

Academically, Dennis has taken courses at the University of Guelph and Western Ontario before pursuing a degree in Psychology with Athabasca University.

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