Toronto, ON – The Ontario Hockey League today announced that Minnesota Wild prospect Damien Giroux of the Saginaw Spirit is the OHL ‘On the Run’ Player of the Week for the regular season week ending October 14 after recording seven points including four goals and three assists in two games with a plus-minus rating of plus-7.
Giroux produced a pair of multi-point performances that helped the West Division leading Spirit extend their winning-streak to five games bringing their first place record to 6-2-1-0. Giroux had a hand in seven of the team’s eight goals last week highlighted by a career-high five points on Saturday earning first star honours in a 6-2 home ice win over the North Bay Battalion. His first career hat-trick in that contest was scored entirely in the third period and included the game-winning goal erasing an early 2-0 deficit. On Sunday Giroux scored another third period game-winner after assisting on Nick Porco’s eighth goal of the season and was named second star of a 2-1 victory over the visiting Kitchener Rangers.
An 18-year-old from Hanmer, Ont., Giroux is playing in his third season with the Spirit after being chosen by the club in the third round of the 2016 OHL Priority Selection. The recently appointed Spirit captain has six goals and five assists for 11 points through nine games after scoring 19 goals and 24 assists for 43 points in 68 games last season. Giroux was picked by the Wild in the fifth round of the 2018 NHL Draft in June.
Also considered for the award this week was Dallas Stars prospect Jason Robertson of the Kingston Frontenacs with five goals and three assists for eight points in three games, and Los Angeles Kings prospect Akil Thomas of the Niagara IceDogs who scored twice with six assists for eight points in three games. In goal, 2019 NHL Draft prospect Hunter Jones of the Peterborough Petes posted a 4-0-0-0 record making 122 saves for a goals-against-average of 1.19 and save percentage of .968.
2018-19 OHL ‘On the Run’ Players of the Week – Regular Season:
Oct. 8 – Oct. 14: Damien Giroux (Saginaw Spirit)
Oct. 1 – Oct. 7: Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen (Sudbury Wolves)
Sept. 24 – Sept. 30: Lucas Chiodo (Barrie Colts)
Sept. 19 – Sept. 23: Akil Thomas (Niagara IceDogs)