Toronto, ON – The Ontario Hockey League today announced that Tampa Bay Lightning prospect Boris Katchouk of the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds is the Pioneer Energy OHL Player of the Week for the week ending November 27 after scoring four goals and two assists for six points in three games with a plus-minus rating of plus-2.
Katchouk extended his personal point-streak to seven games which aligns with the Greyhounds current winning-streak of seven that includes a trio of road victories last week. On Thursday night Katchouk earned first star honours with two goals and an assist in a 6-1 win over the North Bay Battalion. His week continued Friday in Mississauga scoring the insurance marker for the Hounds who erased a 3-1 third period deficit to emerge victorious by a 5-3 count over the Steelheads before a national audience in this season’s regular season debut of the CHL on Sportsnet. Katchouk finished the week Sunday with a goal and an assist as third star of an 8-3 win over the Eastern Conference leading Oshawa Generals. The Greyhounds now lead the OHL’s West Division standings with an 18-7-1-0 record.
An 18-year-old from Waterloo, ON, Katchouk is playing in his third career season with the Greyhounds after being chosen by the club in the second round of the 2014 OHL Priority Selection. The second round pick of the Lightning in the 2016 NHL Draft currently has 11 goals and 11 assists for 22 points in 24 games after recording 24 goals and 27 assists for 51 points in 63 games last season. Earlier this month in Hamilton, Katchouk represented Team OHL in Game 4 of the CIBC Canada Russia Series and scored a goal in the 5-2 victory.
Also considered for the award this week was defenceman Ryan Mantha and forward Alex DeBrincat. The Niagara IceDogs captain scored four goals and two assists for six points in three games, while the Chicago Blackhawks prospect netted three goals and two assists for five points in two games for the Erie Otters. In goal, the IceDogs’ Stephen Dhillon made 59 saves in two games where he earned two victories while posting a goals-against-average of 1.00 and save percentage of .967.
2016-17 Pioneer Energy OHL Players of the Week:
Nov. 21 – Nov. 27: Boris Katchouk (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds)
Nov. 14 – Nov. 20: Jeremy Bracco (Kitchener Rangers)
Nov. 7 – Nov. 13: Jonathan Ang (Peterborough Petes)
Oct. 31 – Nov. 6: Alex DeBrincat (Erie Otters)
Oct. 24 – Oct. 30: Troy Timpano (Erie Otters)
Oct. 17 – Oct. 23: Max Jones (London Knights)
Oct. 10 – Oct. 16: Jeremy Bracco (Kitchener Rangers)
Oct. 3 – Oct. 9: Logan Brown (Windsor Spitfires)
Sept. 26 – Oct. 2: Joseph Raaymakers (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds)
Sept. 21 – Sept. 25: Matt Luff (Hamilton Bulldogs)