5 Ontario Hockey League Alumni Played In France's Ligue Magnus In 2009-10

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Ligue Magnus is the elite hockey league in France. A number of Canadians play in the league, however, most are from Quebec and played their junior hockey in the QMJHL. There are five Ontario Hockey League alumni that played in the Ligue Magnus during the 2009-10 season.

Shawn Snider currently plays for the Neuilly Sur Marne Bisons. Shawn played his OHL career from 1998-99 ot 2001-02 on three different teams. He played for the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds in 1998-99 and part of 1999-00. He then moved on to the Owen Sound Attack to finish the 1999-00 season and played with them until midway through the 2001-02 season. He finished off the 2001-02 season with the Sudbury Wolves.

Snider’s best season in the OHL was with Owen Sound in 2000-01 when he totalled 76 points in 61 games. He played Canadian University hockey for three years followed by a few years in the North American minors before heading to France in 2008-09.

Matt Reynolds is Currently with Les Ducs de Dijon. Matt played in the OHL with the Brampton Battalion from 1998-99 to 1999-00.

Stephane Gervais only played 12 games in the OHL over two seasons, but that still qualifies him as an OHL alumnus. In 2000-01, he played 6 games with the Plymouth Whalers. In 2001-02, he played 6 games with the Windsor Spitfires. Stephane went on to play 4 seasons of university hockey in British Columbia before heading to France. He played 2007-08 and 2008-09 with Epinal and is currently playing with Briancon.

Tomas Skvaridlo is currently with Les Rapaces de Gap. Tomas played in the OHL with the Kingston Frontenacs from 1999-00 to 2000-01. A Pittsburgh Penguin draft pick, he immediately went back to Europe after the OHL and played in the Slovak league until swithing to France this season.

Matthew Puntureri is currently with the Morzine-Avoriaz Pingouins. He played in the OHL from 2001-02 to 2004-05. Matthew started out with the Guelph Storm and played there until being traded to the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds in 2002-03. He split the 2004-05 season between the Greyhounds and the Oshawa Generals. This is his first season in the Ligue Magnus.


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