FIREBIRDS’ TYLER TUCKER NAMED OHL ‘ON THE RUN’ PLAYER OF THE WEEK

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Toronto, Ont. – The Ontario Hockey League today announced that St. Louis Blues prospect Tyler Tucker of the Flint Firebirds is the OHL ‘On the Run’ Player of the Week with 11 points in four games including three goals and eight assists along with a plus/minus rating of plus-4.

Tucker joins Firebirds teammate Riley McCourt as the second defenceman to claim the honour this season, marking the fifth different occasion that a Flint player has been recognized. Tucker’s 11 points over an extended week that included a Family Day holiday on Monday led the League as Flint’s club record-setting winning streak reached 15 games. Tucker set a new Firebirds record for points by a defenceman in a single game on Monday, racking up seven consisting of two goals and five assists in a 12-7 road win over the Sarnia Sting. He chipped in with an assist in Thursday’s 4-0 road win over the Niagara IceDogs before scoring his 16th goal of the season and picking up a helper in Friday’s 6-3 victory over the Mississauga Steelheads. Tucker and the Firebirds saw their 15-game winning streak snapped back at home on Saturday as the defender collected an assist in a 4-1 loss to the Kitchener Rangers.

A 19-year-old product of Longlac, Ont., Tucker sits seventh among OHL defencemen with 53 points (16-37–53) over 49 games between Flint and Barrie this season. The fourth-year veteran has registered 24 points (8-16–24) over 21 games since being acquired by the Firebirds on January 7th. A former first round (14th overall) pick of the Barrie Colts in the 2016 OHL Priority Selection, Tucker has recorded 149 points (34-115–149) over 238 career regular season contests. He was a seventh round (200th overall) pick of the St. Louis Blues in the 2018 NHL Draft. Tucker made his professional debut last spring, appearing in two regular season games with the AHL’s San Antonio Rampage.

Two goaltenders were also in the running for this week’s award including Guelph Storm netminder Nico Daws who went 3-0 with a 1.88 goals-against average and .932 save percentage along with Oshawa Generals puckstopper Zachary Paputsakis who won a pair of games while posting a 1.50 goals-against average and .951 save percentage.

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2019-20 OHL ‘On the Run’ Players of the Week – Regular Season:
Feb. 17 – Feb. 23: Tyler Tucker (Flint Firebirds)
Feb. 10 – Feb. 16: Cole Perfetti (Saginaw Spirit)
Feb. 3 – Feb. 9: Evgeniy Oksentyuk (Flint Firebirds)
Jan. 27 – Feb. 2: Connor McMichael (London Knights)
Jan. 20 – Jan. 26: Ty Dellandrea (Flint Firebirds)
Jan. 13 – Jan. 19: Mitchell Hoelscher (Ottawa 67’s)
Jan. 6 – Jan. 12: Philip Tomasino (Oshawa Generals)
Dec. 30 – Jan. 5: Jacob Ingham (Kitchener Rangers)
Dec. 16 – Dec. 29: Joseph Garreffa (Ottawa 67’s)
Dec. 9 – Dec. 15: Jacob Ingham (Kitchener Rangers)
Dec. 2 – Dec. 8: Ty Dellandrea (Flint Firebirds)
Nov. 25 – Dec. 1: Marco Rossi (Ottawa 67’s)
Nov. 18 – Nov. 24: Riley McCourt (Flint Firebirds)
Nov. 11 – Nov. 17: Jan Jenik (Hamilton Bulldogs)
Nov. 4 – Nov. 10: Cam Hillis (Guelph Storm)
Oct. 28 – Nov. 3: Connor McMichael (London Knights)
Oct. 21 – Oct. 27: Nico Daws (Guelph Storm)
Oct. 14 – Oct. 20: Hunter Jones (Peterborough Petes)
Oct. 7 – Oct. 13: Mack Guzda (Owen Sound Attack)
Sept. 24 – Oct. 6: Philip Tomasino (Niagara IceDogs)
Sept. 23 – Sept. 29: Connor McMichael (London Knights)
Sept. 19 – Sept. 22: Semyon Der-Arguchintsev (Peterborough Petes)

OHL THIS WEEK: FEBRUARY 20 TO 23, 2020

OHL This Week

Toronto, Ont. – The Flint Firebirds are red hot on a 13-game winning streak and we’ve got lots to cover in and outside of the rinks this week. Get primed for another weekend with the latest edition of OHL This Week.

OSHAWA GENERALS AND SOO GREYHOUNDS BID TO HOST 2021 MEMORIAL CUP PRESENTED BY KIA:
The Oshawa Generals and Soo Greyhounds will each have the opportunity to make formal bid presentations to host the 2021 Memorial Cup presented by Kia.
READ MORE

GENERALS AND BULLDOGS CLASH SATURDAY ON SPORTSNET:
East Division opponents the Oshawa Generals and host Hamilton Bulldogs hit the ice Saturday afternoon at 4:00pm on Sportsnet. The Generals currently sit third in the East Division with a 28-18-4-4 record while Hamilton hovers in the fourth place spot, carrying a season record of 23-25-6-1.

WOLVES GRADUATE SHANDOR ALPHONSO SHARES JOURNEY INTO NHL’S OFFICIATING RANKS:
Sudbury Wolves graduate Shandor Alphonso takes tremendous pride in being an official of colour in the National Hockey League. The 35-year-old shares his journey into the NHL’s officiating ranks.
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67’s, KNIGHTS AND FIREBIRDS IN KIA CHL TOP 10:
The Ottawa 67’s remain the top-ranked team in the CHL while the London Knights rise to eighth and the Flint Firebirds return for the second time this season.
FULL RANKINGS

SPIRIT’S PERFETTI NAMED OHL ‘ON THE RUN’ PLAYER OF THE WEEK:
Draft eligible Saginaw Spirit forward Cole Perfetti is the OHL ‘On the Run’ Player of the Week with 10 points in three games including four goals and six assists along with a plus/minus rating of plus-6.
READ MORE

OHL WEEKEND NOTEBOOK: FEBRUARY 19, 2020:
The OHL Weekend Notebook recaps the weekend that was with news, information and interesting facts from both on and off the ice. Here are 10 of the leading stories from this past weekend.
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WAWANESA OHL PLAYS OF THE WEEK – FEB. 19, 2020:
Wawanesa OHL Plays of the Week is back with another mashup of magnificent moves! North Bay’s Simon Rose comes up big in overtime, Sault Ste. Marie’s Nick Malik keeps things going with a massive save off the left skate, Hamilton’s Jan Mysak skates through his opponents for another highlight reel marker, Kingston’s Christian Propp makes a desperation dive for the books and Oshawa’s Phil Tomasino creates opportunity with a nifty spin.
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VAUGHN SAVES OF THE WEEK – FEB. 18, 2020:
Double toe saves and a whole whack of highlight reel stops are featured in another exciting Vaughn Saves segment. Check out the moves from North Bay’s Joe Vrbetic, Hamilton’s Zachary Roy, Oshawa’s Zachary Paputsakis, Windsor’s Kari Piiroinen, Peterborough’s Tye Austin, Oshawa’s Jordan Kooy, Kingston’s Ryan Dugas, Barrie’s Arturs Silovs, Kingston’s Christian Propp, and Sault Ste. Marie’s Nick Malik.
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GOALTENDERS CAMPBELL, VRBETIC FEATURED IN OHL MILESTONE MOMENTS:
Rookie netminders Aidan Campbell of the Erie Otters and Joe Vrbetic of the North Bay Battalion each posted their first career OHL shutout last week. See all of those saves in OHL Milestone Moments.
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GENERALS’ TOMASINO REPRESENTS OHL IN CHL SHOWDOWN:
Oshawa Generals forward Philip Tomasino is the OHL’s representative in this week’s CHL Showdown featuring one great play from all three leagues.
WATCH & VOTE AT CHLSHOWDOWN.CA

OHL CUP POWERED BY UNDER ARMOUR WEEK 12 TOP-10 RANKINGS:
The Toronto Jr. Canadiens are the new number one team in the OHL Cup Powered by Under Armour Minor Midget Top-10, returning to where they began back in late November.
FULL RANKINGS

PETES ARE PLAYOFF BOUND:
A Niagara IceDogs loss on Sunday vaulted the Peterborough Petes into the 2020 OHL Playoffs. They’d solidify their standing with a 5-2 win over the Sudbury Wolves on Family Day.
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SPITFIRES HONOUR THE MEMORY OF MICKEY RENAUD:
The Windsor Spitfires honoured late captain Mickey Renaud prior to puck drop on Tuesday. Parents Mark and Jane Renaud joined Spitfires billet families in a special Family Day Weekend celebration of the former Calgary Flames draft pick who tragically passed away on February 18, 2008.
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FORMER TEAMMATES PERFETTI AND O’ROURKE ENJOY COMPETITIVE FRIENDSHIP:
Saginaw Spirit forward Cole Perfetti and Soo Greyhounds defenceman Ryan O’Rourke were two-time OHL Cup teammates but now square off several times a year. They share all about their competitive friendship.
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DRESSING ROOM DJ’S OF THE OHL: THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE ONES YOU DIDN’T EXPECT:
Who runs the tunes in the room? Rap or country? Who’s got it figured out, and who needs some work? Find out here!
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PETES’ THOMAS RECORDS 300TH CAREER POINT:
Los Angeles Kings prospect Akil Thomas of the Peterborough Petes recorded his 300th career point and 200th career assist on Saturday.
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FIREBIRDS’ OTHMANN ENTERS CLUB RECORD BOOK FOR ROOKIE GOALS, POINTS:
One of several records set in Monday’s 12-7 win over the Sarnia Sting, Flint Firebirds forward Brennan Othmann set a new marks for both points and goals by a rookie in a single season. The second overall pick of the 2019 OHL Priority Selection had a goal and two assists on Monday to reach the 30-point mark, surpassing teammate Vladislav Kolyachonok‘s 29 points in a Firebirds uniform last season. His 14th goal put him ahead of Ty Dellandrea‘s mark set during the 2016-17 campaign.
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FIVE QUESTIONS WITH SHANE WRIGHT:
Shane Wright of the Kingston Frontenacs leads all CHL rookies in scoring and is showing exactly why he was granted exceptional player status.
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MITCHELL MARTIN COMMITS TO RANGERS:
The Kitchener Rangers have announced that left-winger Mitchell Martin has committed to an Ontario Hockey League standard player agreement with the club. The 17-year-old from Sudbury, Ont. was a fourth round pick in the 2019 OHL Priority Selection and is currently playing with the NOJHL’s Rayside-Balfour Canadians.
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2020 OHL GOLD CUP HIGH PERFORMANCE OFFICIATING CAMP APPLICATIONS BEING ACCEPTED:
Applications are now being accepted for the 2020 OHL Gold Cup High Performance Officiating Camp that runs May 6-10 at the Activa Sportsplex in Kitchener, ON.
DETAILS

BEYOND THE BOARDS:

CMHA Talk Today 50-50 Raffle: A reminder that the Talk Today 50-50 Raffle in partnership with the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) and Teachers Life will run until Feb. 29. A winner will be drawn on Mar. 2, and all proceeds will go toward support mental health awareness and the Talk Today program in partnership with CMHA and Teachers Life. The Talk Today games continue with North Bay hosting theirs tonight.

Kingston’s Salute to Military Families: Friday will see another classic division rivalry matchup between the Oshawa Generals and Kingston Frontenacs, with the Fronts decked out in their CAPDAT jerseys as a salute to Military Families.

Frontenacs raising money for Prostate Cancer Research: The Kingston Frontenacs players are seeking donations toward prostate cancer research. You can donate to the individual players’ campaigns HERE.

Crossover Week in Sudbury: The Sudbury Wolves and local basketball team Sudbury FIVE of the National Basketball League of Canada are switching jerseys for a cause. The FIVE sported jerseys with the Wolves’ logo during their Wednesday matchup, and this Friday when the Saginaw Spirit come to play, the Wolves will be doing the same: wearing Sudbury FIVE-themed jerseys. Jerseys from both of those games are up for auction and will benefit Jumpstart, where proceeds will go towards youth participation in minor sports.
FULL DETAILS AT SUDBURYWOLVES.COM

Mississauga Helps Fight the Cold: The Mississauga Steelheads are teaming up with A1 Air Conditioning and Heating for their first annual “Fight the Cold Coat Drive” on Friday as they take on the flint Firebirds. The Fight the Cold Coat Drive ensures that everyone in Mississauga has a coat to keep them warm throughout the winter and also aims to ensure that coats stay out of landfills. Fans are encouraged to bring a gently used or new coat for donation, and will receive a voucher for a complimentary ticket to the Steelheads game on Friday, Feb. 28.
LEARN MORE AT MISSISSAUGASTEELHEADS.COM

Making Local Issues #UNIGNORABLE: United Way Guelph Wellington Dufferin have teamed up with the Storm for their #UNIGNORABLE game on Feb. 21. The purpose of the #UNIGNORABLE campaign is to make local issues like poverty, hunger and mental health just that: unignorable. Information about these local issues, as well as the work United Way and other community partners to in striving for solutions, will be highlighted during the game. Fans are encouraged to bring or purchase a pair of mittens that can then be donated to community members in need.
MORE INFORMATION AT GUELPHSTORM.COM

United Auto Workers/United Way Night in Flint: The Flint Firebirds are proud to be hosting their fifth annual United Auto Workers/United Way Night. Fans can use promo code UAW on ticketmaster.com to have $5 from their tickets donated to a local United Way branch, and, ahead of the game’s 7pm puck drop, Team United Auto Workers will face off against Team United Way in a pre-game matchup that fans who’ve purchased can also attend. There will also be a silent auction for both teams’ special jerseys, along with some other items.
READ MORE AT FLINTFIREBIRDS.COM

Pride Night in Oshawa: On Sunday, Feb. 23, the Oshawa Generals will be hosting their first ever Pride Night in partnership with You Can Play, PFLAG Canada Durham Region, and Pride Durham. There will be LGBTQ organizations will be onsite, rainbow Gens T-shirts will be for sold, and there will be a Pride Flag flown outside the Tribute Communities Centre.
LEARN MORE AT OSHAWAGENERALS.COM

Battalion host School Bus Safety Day on Sunday, play three home games in seven days:
The Troops host the Saginaw Spirit for I Stop, You Stop School Bus Safety Day. This season’s school bus safety day is in recognition of the 20th anniversary of the accident that killed 5 year old Adam Ranger when a transport truck failed to stop for his school bus’ flashing lights.
READ MORE AT BATTALIONHOCKEY.COM

ALUMNI NOTES:

Vilardi recalled by Kings: Kingston Frontenacs graduate and former Windsor Spitfires Memorial Cup champion Gabriel Vilardi has been summoned by the Los Angeles Kings. The 20-year-old forward, who has overcame injury obstacles dating back to his final OHL season in 2017-18, put up 25 points (9-16–25) over 32 games with the AHL’s Ontario Reign prior to the call-up. Vilardi was Los Angeles’ first round (11th overall) pick in the 2017 NHL Draft. The former second overall OHL Priority Selection choice recorded 157 points (68-89–157) over 143 career regular season contests between Kingston and Windsor from 2015-18. He’s expected to make his NHL debut on Thursday.

Toffoli named NHL’s third star of the week, dealt to Canucks: Ottawa 67’s graduate and back-to-back 50-goal OHL scorer Tyler Toffoli had an eventful week, becoming the first player in NHL history to notch a hat-trick in an outdoor game before being named the league’s third star of the week. Toffoli was then dealt from the Los Angeles Kings to the Vancouver Canucks, making his debut with his new team on Wednesday. Originally a second round pick by LA in the 2010 NHL Draft, Toffoli spent parts of eight seasons with the Kings, registering 34 points (18-16–34) over 58 games prior to the trade this season. A 27-year-old product of Scarborough, Ont., Toffoli was a career 333-point scorer over four seasons in Ottawa from 2008-12, recording 163 goals and 170 assists over 252 career regular season contests.

DeMelo joins Jets: Mississauga Steelheads graduate Dylan DeMelo joined the Winnipeg Jets in a trade from the Ottawa Senators on Wednesday. The 26-year-old from London, Ont. had posted 10 assists over 49 games with the Sens this season and joins his third NHL club after breaking in with the San Jose Sharks who selected him in the sixth round of the 2011 NHL Draft. The 6-foot defenceman played four OHL seasons in Mississauga, recording 125 points (25-100–125) over 218 career regular season outings.

OHL grads Archibald, Bourque swap AHL clubs: A pair of OHL graduates in Niagara IceDogs alumnus Darren Archibald and Owen Sound Attack blue line grad Trent Bourque were involved in a one-for-one swap on Wednesday. Archibald was dealt from the Toronto Marlies to the Belleville Senators in exchange for Bourque. A 30-year-old native of Newmarket, Ont., Archibald played four OHL seasons between Barrie and Niagara from 2008-11. He recorded 12 points (5-7–12) in 34 games with the Marlies this season. Bourque, 21, played five OHL seasons between Sudbury and Owen Sound from 2014-19 and was a sixth round pick of the St. Louis Blues in 2017. Bourque has spent most of the season with the ECHL’s Brampton Beast, recording 20 points (3-17–20) over 42 games while appearing in five games with the Belleville Senators.

Marchment dealt to Panthers: Mississauga Steelheads graduate Mason Marchment was dealt to the Florida Panthers on Wednesday. The Toronto Maple Leafs received forward Denis Malgin in exchange. Marchment, 24, is in his fourth pro season in 2019-20 and has 13 goals and five assists for 18 points in 24 games with the AHL’s Toronto Marlies this year. The winger won a Calder Cup title with the Marlies in 2018. He played two OHL seasons between Erie, Hamilton and Mississauga, recording 77 points (28-49–77) over 115 career regular season contests.

Williams named ECHL Goaltender of the Week: Erie Otters graduate Devin Williams of the Tulsa Oilers has been named the ECHL Goaltender of the Week. The 24-year-old went 3-0-0 with a 2.01 goals-against average and a save percentage of .935 in three appearances last week. A native of Saginaw, Michigan, Williams is 15-11-1 in 28 appearances with the Oilers this season with a 2.63 goals-against average and a save percentage of .909. Williams played parts of five seasons in Erie from 2011-16, winning a franchise record 106 career contests while posting a career goals-against average of 3.03 and a save percentage of .900.

Rangers grad Maaskant earns AUS Community Service Award: Kitchener Rangers graduate Liam Maaskant has earned The AUS’ Godfrey Award and been nominated for the prestigious Dr. Randy Gregg Award. The Acadia Axemen defenceman claims the award given annually to the player who best represents the spirit of intercollegiate hockey by his leadership both on and off the ice by his conduct throughout the season. A fifth-year engineering student from Clinton, Ont., Maaskant has served as team captain for two consecutive seasons. He played in 28 games this season, anchoring the Acadia defence and scoring 15 points (4-11–15). The 25-year-old played four OHL seasons between Erie, Barrie and Kitchener from 2011-15.

KEY MATCHUPS:

Windsor Spitfires at Barrie Colts
Saturday, February 22nd

Both the Windsor Spitfires (33-16-5-0) and Barrie Colts (25-23-3-2) have put on respectable performances as of late, and since they only face off twice a year, we’re anticipating a big game on Saturday.

The Spits skated away from last weekend’s three-game roadie with all six points in the bank before falling at home to the Sarnia Sting. It’s worth mentioning they were able to edge the top seeded Ottawa 67’s in a 3-2 decision thanks to Will Cuylle’s shootout winner, handing the Barber Poles their first loss at home since early November as well as their season’s only loss past regulation.

The Colts’ recent accolades include surpassing the Mississauga Steelheads for second in the Central Division. They’re now seated just four points behind the leading Sudbury Wolves. The squad took home six out of a possible eight points over last week’s four-game stint, and have a 7-2-1-0 tally to their names over their last 10 matchups. NHL Draft prospect Tyson Foerster continues to lead the charge, landing his 70th point with a respectable 30 goals and 40 assists on the season. Evan Vierling, a deadline addition from the Flint Firebirds, will suit up fresh off his first career hat-trick that has helped vault him to 10 goals and 22 points in the 18 games he’s played with the Colts.

Looking toward Windsor, Nashville Predators pick Egor Afanasyev and Columbus Blue Jackets prospect Tyler Angle have both put up 12 points each in their last six games.

Saturday’s visit will be the Spits’ one and only trip to Barrie. It comes at the forefront of back-to-back road games that will see them land in Oshawa the following evening. Windsor claimed their first tangle with the Colts in a 3-2 shootout.

Owen Sound Attack at Erie Otters
Saturday, February 22nd / Sunday, February 23rd

We’re no stranger to seeing the Owen Sound Attack (26-21-4-3) and Erie Otters (23-20-4-7) square off in a classic Midwest matchup, but as the Western Conference playoff cushion continues to tighten with both squads vying for that coveted eighth place spot, we’re sure to keep our eyes on these back-to-back contests.

The Attack are currently holding on to eighth place, but the Otters currently sit only two points behind. Both have played an even 54 games up to this point, keeping the race as tight as can be.

The Attack are led by top scorers Sergey Popov (16-46—62) and league veteran Brady Lyle (18-39—57). Netminder Mack Guzda posts a 21-17-4-2 with a 3.05 goals-against average and a .903 save percentage.

Maxim Golod leads the charge in Erie, boasting 67 points (21-46—67), followed by teammate Chad Yetman’s 33 goals and 58 points.

Owen Sound will skate in with the 3-1-0-0 season series advantage over the host Erie Otters. Following Saturday’s tilt, both clubs will be right back at it the following afternoon.

UPCOMING SCHEDULE:

Thursday February 20th:
Flint at Niagara – 7:00pm
Ottawa at North Bay – 7:00pm
Hamilton at Peterborough – 7:05pm
London at Windsor – 7:05pm
Saginaw at Barrie – 7:30pm

Friday February 21st:
Oshawa at Kingston – 7:00pm
Flint at Mississauga – 7:00pm
Saginaw at Sudbury – 7:05pm
Ottawa at Soo – 7:07pm
London at Guelph – 7:30pm
Erie at Kitchener – 7:30pm

Saturday February 22nd:
Oshawa at Hamilton – 4:00pm (Live on Sportsnet)
Kitchener at Flint – 7:00pm
Windsor at Barrie – 7:30pm
Erie at Owen Sound – 7:30pm

Sunday February 23rd:
Niagara at Guelph – 2:00pm
Barrie at Mississauga – 2:00pm
Saginaw at North Bay – 2:00pm
Erie at Owen Sound – 2:00pm
Ottawa at Sudbury – 2:05pm
Sarnia at Soo – 2:07pm
Windsor at Oshawa – 6:05pm

OSHAWA GENERALS AND SOO GREYHOUNDS BID TO HOST 2021 MEMORIAL CUP PRESENTED BY KIA

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Toronto, Ont. – The Ontario Hockey League today announced that two clubs will have the opportunity to make formal bid presentations to host the 2021 Memorial Cup presented by Kia.

The Oshawa Generals and Soo Greyhounds each submitted their Memorial Cup presented by Kia Standard Application Forms prior to the February 10 deadline, and have advanced to the next stage of the bid process for the right to host the 103rd edition of the Canadian Hockey League’s prestigious National Championship.

The Generals are in the running to host the event for the first time since 1987, a year that saw the WHL’s Medicine Hat Tigers win their second of back-to-back titles with a 6-2 win over the host Generals at the Oshawa Civic Auditorium. The Generals have won a total of five Memorial Cup championships in addition to an OHL record 13 Robertson Cup titles in franchise history. They last raised the Memorial Cup in 2015 following a 2-1 overtime win over the WHL’s Kelowna Rockets in Quebec City.

The Greyhounds are vying to host for the first time since 1993, a year that saw them cap back-to-back OHL Championships in 1991 and 1992 with a Memorial Cup crown on home ice following a 4-2 win over the Peterborough Petes at the Sault Memorial Gardens. The Greyhounds also served as joint hosts with the Sudbury Wolves for the 1978 Memorial Cup that was won by the WHL’s New Westminster Bruins.

Both clubs will present before a 2021 Memorial Cup Site Selection Committee in mid-April.

The successful host centre for the 2021 Memorial Cup Presented by Kia will be announced in early May, following which the delegates of the successful bid applicant will travel to Kelowna, British Columbia in time for the 2020 Memorial Cup presented by Kia which takes place May 21-31.

The 2021 Memorial Cup presented by Kia will take place May 20-30 featuring the League champions from the Ontario Hockey League, the Western Hockey League and the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, along with a host team from the OHL.

2021 Memorial Cup Presented by Kia Key Dates:

Mid-April 2020: Formal bid presentations to be made to the 2021 Memorial Cup Site Selection Committee.

Early May 2020: Announcement of the host site for the 2021 Memorial Cup presented by Kia.

May 21-31, 2020: 2020 Memorial Cup presented by Kia in Kelowna, BC.

May 20-30, 2021: 2021 Memorial Cup presented by Kia.

For more information please visit chlmemorialcup.ca.

Kia CHL Top 10 Rankings – Week 22

Toronto, ON – The Canadian Hockey League today announced the week twenty-two edition of the Kia CHL Top-10 Rankings for the 2019-20 season.  The weekly rankings of the CHL’s Top-10 teams are selected by a panel of National Hockey League scouts.

Kia CHL Top 10 Rankings – Week 22

Rank: Team: Last Week Ranked: Total Weeks Ranked:
1 Ottawa 67’s (42-9-0-1) 1 20
2 Sherbrooke Phoenix (43-8-3-1) 2 22
3 Portland Winterhawks (39-8-3-4) 3 12
4 Moncton Wildcats (41-12-1-0) 5 16
5 Edmonton Oil Kings (37-9-6-3) 4 19
6 Chicoutimi Sagueneens (37-11-4-1) 6 22
7 Everett Silvertips (36-12-3-1) 7 16
8 London Knights (37-14-1-1) 9 8
9 Rimouski Oceanic (35-14-3-4) 2
10 Flint Firebirds (35-17-1-1) 2
Honourable Mention:
Kitchener Rangers (34-14-5-2) 8 3
Lethbridge Hurricanes (34-14-2-5) 10 1
Saginaw Spirit (34-16-2-2) 2

Vaughn CHL Team of the Week

The Canadian Hockey League today announced the 21st edition of the Vaughn CHL Team of the Week for the 2019-20 season based on individual performances from Feb. 10-16.

Headlining the group is Rimouski Oceanic captain and 2020 NHL Draft favourite Alexis Lafreniere who amassed 10 points counting two goals and eight assists across a pair of appearances. Against the Quebec Remparts on Sunday, Lafreniere pushed his point streak to five games as he put up a dominant, career-best performance of seven points including one goal and six assists en route to an 11-2 victory and first-star honours. For his efforts, Lafreniere was recognized as the Ultramar QMJHL Player of the Week.

Also up front is fellow 2020 NHL Draft hopeful Cole Perfetti of the Saginaw Spirit who wrapped up the week with 10 points counting four goals and six assists over a trio of contests. Registering at least one point in 10 of his past 11 appearances, Perfetti matched a season high of five points – all coming as helpers – in Wednesday’s 7-5 road win over the Soo Greyhounds, helping him earn recognition as the game’s first star in addition to OHL ‘On the Run’ Player of the Week honours.

Rounding out the forward ranks is another top NHL Draft prospect in Portland Winterhawks centre Seth Jarvis whose week counted three goals and six assists for nine points over three games. A projected early selection come June, Jarvis put his offensive skills on display in Sunday’s 11-2 win over the Moose Jaw Warriors in which he finished with one goal and four assists for five points to match a season high and wrap up the night with second-star recognition. The successful showing also helped Jarvis garner WHL ‘On the Run’ Player of the Week honours.

On the blue line, Spirit veteran rearguard D.J. Busdeker continues to build on an incredible season as he tallied six points counting two goals and four assists through three appearances. Facing the Soo Greyhounds on Wednesday, Busdeker put up a pair of tallies plus an assist to match a season high of three points en route to a 7-5 victory.

Also on the back end is San Jose Sharks first-round pick Ryan Merkley of the London Knights who earns a spot on the Vaughn CHL Team of the Week for the fourth time this season after collecting six assists through three contests. Riding a nine-game point streak, the stretch saw Merkley register a season high of four points in Friday’s 6-3 win over the rival Kitchener Rangers in which he took home first-star honours.

Between the pipes, top-ranked North American netminder Nico Daws of the Guelph Storm continued his dominant play in coming away with a pair of victories in which he combined for 77 saves to finish with a 0.50 goals-against average and .987 save percentage. Versus the Owen Sound Attack on Friday, Daws turned aside 40 shots to help guide his club to a 2-0 win that saw him record his fifth shutout of the season.

 

OHL CUP POWERED BY UNDER ARMOUR MINOR MIDGET TOP-10 RANKINGS

OHL Cup Top 10

Toronto, Ont. – The Ontario Hockey League today announced the 12th edition of the weekly minor midget rankings for the 2020 OHL Cup Showcase Tournament powered by Under Armour and hosted by the Greater Toronto Hockey League.

The 2020 OHL Cup powered by Under Armour and hosted by the GTHL is scheduled for March 17-23 and will feature 20 teams from across Ontario and the United States showcasing many of the top players eligible for the 2020 OHL Priority Selection.  All games will be played at Scotiabank Pond in Toronto until the Championship Final moves to the Mattamy Athletic Centre on Monday, March 23.

The weekly rankings are determined by a panel of OHL Central Scouting staff and represent the top teams that are competing to play in the annual year-end championship tournament.

Minor Midget Rankings for the 2020 OHL Cup Powered by Under Armour – Week 12

RANK TEAM LEAGUE LAST WEEK WEEKS RANKED
1 Toronto Jr. Canadiens GTHL 2 12
2 Toronto Titans GTHL 1 12
3 Toronto Nationals GTHL 4 12
4 Quinte Red Devils OMHA 3 12
5 Elgin-Middlesex Chiefs ALLIANCE 5 12
6 Toronto Marlboros GTHL 6 12
7 Vaughan Kings GTHL 8 8
8 Hamilton Huskies ALLIANCE 7 10
9 Southern Tier Admirals OMHA 9 12
10 Whitby Wildcats OMHA 1
Honourable Mention:
Ajax-Pickering Raiders OMHA
Mississauga Reps GTHL 1
Waterloo Wolves ALLIANCE 10 6

The Toronto Jr. Canadiens are the new number one team in the OHL Cup Powered by Under Armour Minor Midget Top-10, returning to where they began back in late November. The Jr. Canadiens swept the Markham Majors in the first round of the GTHL Playoffs and have taken a 2-0 (pts.) second round series lead over the Toronto Marlboros. The Toronto Titans fall one spot to number two on the list as they find themselves deadlocked in a 4-4 (pts.) first round series with the seventh-ranked Vaughan Kings. The Toronto Nationals also climbed one spot to sit third, advancing to the second round following a 6-0 (pts.) series sweep of the Mississauga Reps. The Whitby Wildcats are making their first appearance on the list coming in at 10th after advancing to the OMHA ETA semi-finals with a 7-1 (pts.) series triumph over the Kingston Jr. Gaels. Also semi-finalists, the Ajax-Pickering Raiders earned an honourable mention for the first time this season.

History:
Last season the Don Mills Flyers overcame a 4-1 deficit to defeat the Toronto Red Wings 6-5 as Shane Wright (Kingston Frontenacs) set up Brennan Othmann (Flint Firebirds) for the overtime winning goal. The Flyers added both OHL Cup and GTHL Championships to their incredible season that saw them lose just once. An exceptional status player who was selected by the Kingston Frontenacs with the first overall pick of the 2019 OHL Priority Selection, Wright was named Tournament MVP with 18 points over seven contests, one shy of Connor McDavid’s 2012 event record.

The 2019 OHL Priority Selection featured 15 players chosen in the first round who competed for the OHL Cup including Shane Wright (Don Mills Flyers – 1st overall Kingston Frontenacs), Brennan Othmann (Don Mills Flyers – 2nd overall Flint Firebirds), Brandt Clarke (Don Mills Flyers – 4th overall Barrie Colts), Wyatt Johnston (Toronto Marlboros – 6th overall Windsor Spitfires), Benjamin Gaudreau (Team NOHA – 7th overall Sarnia Sting), Ryan Winterton (Whitby Wildcats – 8th overall Hamilton Bulldogs), Liam Arnsby (Don Mills Flyers – 9th overall North Bay Battalion), Ethan Del Mastro (Toronto Marlboros – 12th overall Mississauga Steelheads), Francesco Pinelli (Toronto Red Wings – 13th overall Kitchener Rangers), Danny Zhilkin (Toronto Marlboros -14th overall Guelph Storm), Landon McCallum (Brantford 99’ers – 15th overall Sudbury Wolves), Brett Harrison (London Jr. Knights – 16th overall Oshawa Generals), Jacob Holmes (York-Simcoe Express – 18th overall Soo Greyhounds), Connor Punnett (North Central Predators – 19th overall Saginaw Spirit) and Jack Matier (Team NOHA – 21st overall Ottawa 67’s).

Notable OHL Cup graduates currently playing in the NHL include Dylan Strome (Toronto Marlboros/Chicago Blackhawks), Travis Konecny (Elgin-Middlesex Chiefs/Philadelphia Flyers), Mitch Marner (Vaughan Kings/Toronto Maple Leafs), Connor McDavid (Toronto Marlboros/Edmonton Oilers), Max Domi (Don Mills Flyers/Montreal Canadiens), Sean Monahan (Mississauga Rebels/Calgary Flames), Taylor Hall (Greater Kingston Frontenacs/Arizona Coyotes), Tyler Seguin (Toronto Nationals/Dallas Stars), John Tavares (Toronto Marlboros/Toronto Maple Leafs), P.K Subban (Markham Islanders/New Jersey Devils), and Steven Stamkos (Markham Waxers/Tampa Bay Lightning).

For more information, please visit ohlcup.ca.

Antonio Stranges – London Knights – Player Profile

Height: 5’10”

Weight: 178 pounds

Date of birth: February 5, 2002

Hometown: Plymouth, Michigan

Position: Left Wing

Shoots: Left

OHL Draft: Round 2, 21st overall, 2018 Priority Selection

NHL Central Scouting Rankings

Pre-season November Mid-term Final

A Prospect

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Antonio Stranges played for both Little Caesars Under-16 and Under-18 squads during the 2017-2018 season and there was a lot of promise heading into the 2018 Ontario Hockey League Priority selection where the London Knights selected him with the first pick in the second round of the draft.

The promise that was tagged to Stranges was so high, that OHL Central Scouting had this to say about him prior to the draft:

Antonio is one of the most skilled players in this year’s Priority Selection. He is a player that has the ability to take over a game and he did this on numerous occasions this season. He is an electric skater with breakaway speed. His skill set and his ability to read the play allow him to create scoring chances almost at will. He is a natural playmaker that makes everyone around him better. He sees the play developing well before others and he is very creative with the puck on his stick.

Stranges broke into the OHL a season ago and appeared in 66 games scoring 13 goals and adding 21 assists. He would add 2 helpers in the Knights 11 playoff contests.

Antonio Stranges of the London Knights. Photo by Terry Wilson / OHL Iimages.

To date this season, Stranges has appeared in 51 games scoring 18 goals and 20 assists. And despite being a second-year player and truly an offensively gifted player, he doesn’t get the prime minutes with the Knights because of the depth they have. And that is almost always the motto of a Dale Hunter coached team: learn the 200-foot game.

The first thing you notice about Stranges is his skating. While OHL Central Scouting called it electric, I call it elite. He has superb edgework, and uncanny ability to slow down and speed up and has top level speed and first steps. However, if there is one knock I have on his skating, it’s that he uses the 10-2 that we seen the likes of Ryan Spooner and others use way too often. While he can get away with using it as often as he does at this level, he’s going to have to pick his spots at the next level.

The next thing you notice is his puck handling skills. It’s almost as though he has the puck on a string and he can work magic with it. Once he’s in possession, it is difficult to separate him from the puck. But I do have a small knock on him there as well. He too often plays the game on the outside, looking to make plays from the outside rather then going into the high scoring areas. He’s capable of it, but I think to be successful at the next level, he has to be near elite to do so, and he’s not quite there. He’ll need to find a balance and maybe the confidence to drive to danger areas will come once he adds to his 5’10”, 178-pound frame.

Stranges has very good vision and playmaking abilities, and he can play patiently. He has the ability to slow things down, draw people to him and use his patience to allow a play to develop and dish the puck with accuracy.

Playing a 200ft game is something Stranges is going to have to develop. Too often I find the lack of effort to backcheck and defend frustrating. And may be a reason Coach Hunter doesn’t give him prime minutes. It’s not something to be overly concerned about as many a player has shown to find that part of their game as they mature. But it is something that will make your draft stock drop in the meantime.

The last issue is consistency. I haven’t seen it enough to date, but if he can find it through the end of the season and through the playoffs, it could go a long way in maintaining his draft position.

SPIRIT’S COLE PERFETTI NAMED OHL ‘ON THE RUN’ PLAYER OF THE WEEK

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Toronto, Ont. – The Ontario Hockey League today announced that draft eligible Saginaw Spirit forward Cole Perfetti is the OHL ‘On the Run’ Player of the Week with 10 points in three games including four goals and six assists along with a plus/minus rating of plus-6.

Perfetti becomes the first Spirit player to claim the honour this season, stringing together three straight first star performances as the Spirit maintained their standing atop the West Division with a pair of victories. His five assists in Sault Ste. Marie on Wednesday equal a past single game mark recorded by Vincent Trocheck (March 2012) and Marcus Crawford (January 2017) as the Spirit defeated the Greyhounds 7-5. Perfetti followed up on his career high-matching five point effort with his first hat-trick of the season on Friday as the Spirit were edged by the visiting Flint Firebirds 5-4. He rounded out the weekend with a goal and an assist on Saturday as Saginaw bounced back to defeat the Kitchener Rangers 8-2 on home ice. Perfetti became the fastest player in Spirit history to reach the 100 career assist mark in the weekend finale, bringing him to within three points of the century mark in his sophomore season.

An 18-year-old native of Whitby, Ont., Perfetti sits one point back of Ottawa’s Marco Rossi for the OHL scoring lead, boasting 97 points (34-63–97) over 53 games this season. The sharpshooting winger has collected four consecutive multi-point efforts and sits tied with teammate Damien Giroux for the team lead with 34 goals. The fourth-ranked North American skater on NHL Central Scouting’s Midterm Draft Rankings, Perfetti recently competed in the 2020 Kubota CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game in Hamilton, Ont. He was a key member of Canada’s silver medal-winning National Under-18 Team at the Hlinka Gretzky Cup last summer, recording 12 points (8-4–12) over five contests. He was Saginaw’s first round (5th overall) pick in the 2018 OHL Priority Selection from the Vaughan Kings Minor Midgets.

A pair of goaltenders were also considered for the award this week including Guelph Storm netminder Nico Daws who stopped 77 of the 78 shots he faced, posting a 0.50 goals-against average, .987 save percentage and one shutout in wins over London and Owen Sound. North Bay Battalion rookie Joe Vrbetic was also outstanding, stopping 79 of the 81 shots that came his way to post a 2-0 record with a 0.96 goals-against average, .975 save percentage and one shutout to defeat Barrie and Mississauga.

• HIGHLIGHTS: Perfetti’s five assists in the Soo
• HIGHLIGHTS: Perfetti records hat-trick against Flint
• HIGHLIGHTS: Perfetti’s goal and assist against Kitchener

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2019-20 OHL ‘On the Run’ Players of the Week – Regular Season:
Feb. 10 – Feb. 16: Cole Perfetti (Saginaw Spirit)
Feb. 3 – Feb. 9: Evgeniy Oksentyuk (Flint Firebirds)
Jan. 27 – Feb. 2: Connor McMichael (London Knights)
Jan. 20 – Jan. 26: Ty Dellandrea (Flint Firebirds)
Jan. 13 – Jan. 19: Mitchell Hoelscher (Ottawa 67’s)
Jan. 6 – Jan. 12: Philip Tomasino (Oshawa Generals)
Dec. 30 – Jan. 5: Jacob Ingham (Kitchener Rangers)
Dec. 16 – Dec. 29: Joseph Garreffa (Ottawa 67’s)
Dec. 9 – Dec. 15: Jacob Ingham (Kitchener Rangers)
Dec. 2 – Dec. 8: Ty Dellandrea (Flint Firebirds)
Nov. 25 – Dec. 1: Marco Rossi (Ottawa 67’s)
Nov. 18 – Nov. 24: Riley McCourt (Flint Firebirds)
Nov. 11 – Nov. 17: Jan Jenik (Hamilton Bulldogs)
Nov. 4 – Nov. 10: Cam Hillis (Guelph Storm)
Oct. 28 – Nov. 3: Connor McMichael (London Knights)
Oct. 21 – Oct. 27: Nico Daws (Guelph Storm)
Oct. 14 – Oct. 20: Hunter Jones (Peterborough Petes)
Oct. 7 – Oct. 13: Mack Guzda (Owen Sound Attack)
Sept. 24 – Oct. 6: Philip Tomasino (Niagara IceDogs)
Sept. 23 – Sept. 29: Connor McMichael (London Knights)
Sept. 19 – Sept. 22: Semyon Der-Arguchintsev (Peterborough Petes)

OHL CUP POWERED BY UNDER ARMOUR MINOR MIDGET TOP-10 RANKINGS

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Toronto, Ont. – The Ontario Hockey League today announced the 11th edition of the weekly minor midget rankings for the 2020 OHL Cup Showcase Tournament powered by Under Armour and hosted by the Greater Toronto Hockey League.

The 2020 OHL Cup powered by Under Armour and hosted by the GTHL is scheduled for March 17-23 and will feature 20 teams from across Ontario and the United States showcasing many of the top players eligible for the 2020 OHL Priority Selection.  All games will be played at Scotiabank Pond in Toronto until the Championship Final moves to the Mattamy Athletic Centre on Monday, March 23.

The weekly rankings are determined by a panel of OHL Central Scouting staff and represent the top teams that are competing to play in the annual year-end championship tournament.

Minor Midget Rankings for the 2020 OHL Cup Powered by Under Armour – Week 11

RANK TEAM LEAGUE LAST WEEK WEEKS RANKED
1 Toronto Titans GTHL 2 11
2 Toronto Jr. Canadiens GTHL 3 11
3 Quinte Red Devils OMHA 1 11
4 Toronto Nationals GTHL 4 11
5 Elgin-Middlesex Chiefs ALLIANCE 5 11
6 Toronto Marlboros GTHL 8 11
7 Hamilton Huskies ALLIANCE 9 9
8 Vaughan Kings GTHL 6 7
9 Southern Tier Admirals OMHA 7 11
10 Waterloo Wolves ALLIANCE 10 6
Honourable Mention:
Mississauga Senators GTHL 6
Mississauga Reps GTHL 1
Whitby Wildcats OMHA

The 11th edition of the weekly Top-10 Rankings got interesting as the Toronto Titans became the top-ranked team for the first time this season, unseating the Quinte Red Devils after nine consecutive weeks in the lead. The Titans lead the eighth-ranked Vaughan Kings 2-0 (pts.) in their first round GTHL Playoff series while the Toronto Jr. Canadiens, who climb one spot up to second, lead the Markham Majors by a similar tally. The formerly first-ranked Red Devils sunk down to number three on the list. The Toronto Marlboros are back up into sixth as they’re off to a winning start in their playoff series against the Mississauga Senators. The Hamilton Huskies rose two spots from ninth to seventh after taking a 4-0 (pts.) series lead over the 10th ranked Waterloo Wolves in their ALLIANCE semi-final clash.

History:
Last season the Don Mills Flyers overcame a 4-1 deficit to defeat the Toronto Red Wings 6-5 as Shane Wright (Kingston Frontenacs) set up Brennan Othmann (Flint Firebirds) for the overtime winning goal. The Flyers added both OHL Cup and GTHL Championships to their incredible season that saw them lose just once. An exceptional status player who was selected by the Kingston Frontenacs with the first overall pick of the 2019 OHL Priority Selection, Wright was named Tournament MVP with 18 points over seven contests, one shy of Connor McDavid’s 2012 event record.

The 2019 OHL Priority Selection featured 15 players chosen in the first round who competed for the OHL Cup including Shane Wright (Don Mills Flyers – 1st overall Kingston Frontenacs), Brennan Othmann (Don Mills Flyers – 2nd overall Flint Firebirds), Brandt Clarke ( Don Mills Flyers – 4th overall Barrie Colts), Wyatt Johnston (Toronto Marlboros – 6th overall Windsor Spitfires), Benjamin Gaudreau (Team NOHA – 7th overall Sarnia Sting), Ryan Winterton (Whitby Wildcats – 8th overall Hamilton Bulldogs), Liam Arnsby (Don Mills Flyers – 9th overall North Bay Battalion), Ethan Del Mastro (Toronto Marlboros – 12th overall Mississauga Steelheads), Francesco Pinelli (Toronto Red Wings – 13th overall Kitchener Rangers), Danny Zhilkin (Toronto Marlboros -14th overall Guelph Storm), Landon McCallum (Brantford 99’ers – 15th overall Sudbury Wolves), Brett Harrison (London Jr. Knights – 16th overall Oshawa Generals), Jacob Holmes (York-Simcoe Express – 18th overall Soo Greyhounds), Connor Punnett (North Central Predators – 19th overall Saginaw Spirit) and Jack Matier (Team NOHA – 21st overall Ottawa 67’s).

Notable OHL Cup graduates currently playing in the NHL include Dylan Strome (Toronto Marlboros/Chicago Blackhawks), Travis Konecny (Elgin-Middlesex Chiefs/Philadelphia Flyers), Mitch Marner (Vaughan Kings/Toronto Maple Leafs), Connor McDavid (Toronto Marlboros/Edmonton Oilers), Max Domi (Don Mills Flyers/Montreal Canadiens), Sean Monahan (Mississauga Rebels/Calgary Flames), Taylor Hall (Greater Kingston Frontenacs/Arizona Coyotes), Tyler Seguin (Toronto Nationals/Dallas Stars), John Tavares (Toronto Marlboros/Toronto Maple Leafs), P.K Subban (Markham Islanders/New Jersey Devils), and Steven Stamkos (Markham Waxers/Tampa Bay Lightning).

For more information, please visit ohlcup.ca.

Vaughn CHL Team of the Week

The Canadian Hockey League today announced the 20th edition of the Vaughn CHL Team of the Week for the 2019-20 season based on individual performances from Feb. 3-9.

Leading the way is the WHL’s top point producer in Minnesota Wild prospect Adam Beckman of the Spokane Chiefs who continues to build on a spectacular season following a week in which he tallied four goals and five assists for nine points across a trio of contests helping the Chiefs extend their winning-streak to five. Registering at least one point in 24 of his last 25 appearances, that stretch includes Tuesday’s 7-6 overtime thriller versus the Portland Winterhawks in which Beckman finished with two goals and two assists to earn third-star recognition.

Also up front is Vancouver Giants right-wing Tyler Preziuso who wrapped up the week with eight points counting five goals and three assists in the most recent three wins during the club’s six-game streak. Added from the Medicine Hat Tigers in early December, Preziuso is producing just shy of a point-per-game pace since joining his new club, with recent performances including Sunday’s 7-3 win over the Kamloops Blazers where he recorded two goals and two assists to finish with a season high of four points in addition to first-star honours.

Rounding out the forward ranks is Flint Firebirds left-wing and 2020 NHL Draft hopeful Evgeniy Oksentyuk whose week counted two goals and six assists for eight points over three games as the Firebirds record win-streak reaches 10. Against the Oshawa Generals on Sunday, Oksentyuk matched a season high of four points as he came away with two goals and two assists to help guide his squad to a 5-3 road victory that saw him recognized as the game’s third star. For his efforts, Oksentyuk was also honoured as the OHL ‘On the Run’ Player of the Week.

On the blue line, Florida Panthers prospect Johnny Ludvig of the WHL leading Portland Winterhawks impressed with nine points counting two goals and seven assists over three contests. Facing the Spokane Chiefs on Tuesday, Ludvig was among the top performers as he finished with one goal and a trio of assists for a season high of four points in a 7-6 overtime decision that saw him earn second-star honours and the club clinch a post-season berth despite the loss. In all, Ludvig’s successful showing also saw him recognized as the WHL ‘On the Run’ Player of the Week.

Partnering on the back end is Everett Silvertips veteran rearguard Jake Christiansen who finished with five goals and three assists for eight points over a trio of appearances. Against the Seattle Thunderbirds on Saturday, Christiansen shined with a season high of four points including two goals and two assists that counted a helper on the eventual game-winning goal in the 5-2 road victory that kept the Tips hot with eight wins in their last 10 games.

Between the pipes, Red Deer Rebels netminder Ethan Anders impressed over two appearances as he came away with a 1-1-0-0 showing coupled with a .974 save percentage and 1.00 goals-against average. In all, Anders wrapped up the week with a combined 76 saves, a stretch that included Saturday’s 3-0 win over the Calgary Hitmen in which he turned aside 41 shots to record his first shutout of the season. For his efforts, Anders was recognized as the WHL Eli Wilson Goaltending Goaltender of the Week.