OHL teams release locals


Paul Stewart and Brett Catto will not be starting the season in the Ontario Hockey League (OHL).
Stewart and Catto were released by Belleville and Sault Ste. Marie, respectively, last week.
Stewart survived the first round of cuts with the Soo Greyhounds Thursday, when the team trimmed its roster to 26 players. He played in a pair of exhibition games against the Sudbury Wolves, but was released from the team Saturday.
In Belleville, the Bulls cut the roster to 22 skaters early last week, and Brett Catto was not on it, despite having a good training camp.

The 16‑year‑old had a goal and an assist in three intrasquad games at the Bulls training camp before being released.
"He played on a line with some of our other young players," said Bulls coach George Burnette Thursday morning. "I was quite impressed with all of our 2008 draft picks. '92 has been the deepest draft I've seen in five years."
Catto will now decide where he will play this season. Several Junior B and Tier II Junior A clubs have expressed interest in the forward.

Meanwhile, Stewart said Sunday he will return to play for the Collingwood Junior A Blues of the Ontario Provincial Junior Hockey League (OPJHL).

The Blues will be happy to have the big forward return, as the team was trounced 9‑1 Friday night in its first game of the regular season.

He expected to be in the line‑up this weekend for a home‑and‑home series against the Sequin Bruins.