Toronto, ON – The Ontario Hockey League today announced that NHL Draft prospect Arthur Kaliyev of the Hamilton Bulldogs is the OHL ‘On the Run’ Player of the Week for the regular season week ending January 6 recording 11 points in four games which included scoring seven goals and four assists with a plus-minus rating of plus-2.
Kaliyev produced four straight multi-point performances including three multi-goal efforts to help the Bulldogs earn seven of a possible eight points in a busy second week following the league’s holiday break. He scored two goals on New Year’s Eve as the defending champions celebrated the end of a special 2018 in style defeating the Erie Otters 4-3 in a shootout. His week continued Wednesday with a goal and an assist as part of a 7-1 win over the Kingston Frontenacs, then Saturday when he scored two goals including the OT winner while adding an assist as first star of 4-3 triumph over the Sarnia Sting. On Sunday he matched a season-high with four points tallying twice with two assists earning third star honours despite a 6-5 shootout loss to the Niagara IceDogs. The recent success has brought Hamilton’s record back up to .500 where they stand 18-18-3-1 holding onto eighth place in the Eastern Conference standings.
A 17-year-old from Staten Island, New York, Kaliyev is playing in his second season with the Bulldogs who chose him in the second round of the 2017 OHL Priority Selection. He’s currently fourth in league scoring with 63 points in 40 games featuring 31 goals to match his rookie total that set a franchise record for most goals by a 16-year-old. Eligible for the 2019 NHL Draft, Kaliyev was given an ‘A’ rating by NHL Central Scouting in their December ‘Players to Watch’ list identifying first round candidates.
Also considered for the award this week was Alan Lyszczarczyk of the Mississauga Steelheads who also recorded 11 points in four games including four goals and seven assists, and Anthony Salinitri of the Oshawa Generals who scored six goals and four assists for 10 points in four games. In goal, Arizona Coyotes prospect Ivan Prosvetov of the Saginaw Spirit posted a 3-0-0-0 record including a shutout victory with a goals-against-average of 1.00 and save percentage of .969. His Sunday shutout against the Wolves featured 54 saves which is the most in a shutout by an OHL goaltender since Sudbury’s Alain Valiquette made 57 saves back in March, 2011.
2018-19 OHL ‘On the Run’ Players of the Week – Regular Season:
Dec. 31 – Jan. 6: Arthur Kaliyev (Hamilton Bulldogs)
Dec. 24 – Dec. 30: Kyle Maksimovich (Erie Otters)
Dec. 10 – Dec. 16: Andrew MacLean (Owen Sound Attack)
Dec. 3 – Dec. 9: Brett Neumann (Kingston Frontenacs)
Nov. 26 – Dec. 2: Jason Robertson (Niagara IceDogs)
Nov. 19 – Nov. 25: Morgan Frost (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds)
Nov. 12 – Nov. 18: Owen Tippett (Mississauga Steelheads)
Nov. 5 – Nov. 11: Jason Robertson (Kingston Frontenacs)
Oct. 29 – Nov. 4: Kevin Hancock (Owen Sound Attack)
Oct. 22 – Oct. 28: Stephen Dhillon (Niagara IceDogs)
Oct. 15 – Oct. 21: Justin Brazeau (North Bay Battalion)
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)