Steelheads’ Owen Tippett named OHL ‘On the Run’ Player of the Week

Toronto, ON – The Ontario Hockey League today announced that Florida Panthers prospect Owen Tippett of the Mississauga Steelheads is the OHL ‘On the Run’ Player of the Week for the regular season week ending November 18 after scoring five goals and three assists for eight points in three games with a plus-minus rating of plus-5.

Tippett’s week featured three game-winning goals and three first star performances helping the Steelheads extend their winning-streak to four as they stay locked atop the Central Division standings.  On Wednesday morning he scored a power play marker in a 4-1 School Day victory over the Guelph Storm, then scored twice with an assist on Friday as part of a 5-1 road win against the Kingston Frontenacs.  His week wrapped up Sunday where he matched a season-high with four points including two goals and two assists in a 5-3 triumph over the Sudbury Wolves.  The Steelheads currently hold a 14-6-2-0 record which is second behind the Ottawa 67’s in the Eastern Conference.

A 19-year-old from Peterborough, Ont., Tippett is playing in his fourth season with the Steelheads who chose him fourth overall in the 2015 OHL Priority Selection.  So far this season he’s averaged exactly a goal-per-game with 16 while adding 10 assists for 26 points which ranks 25th in overall league scoring.  The first round pick by the Panthers in 2017 has produced back-to-back 75-point campaigns and just represented Team OHL in the CIBC Canada Russia Series for the third straight season serving as an alternate captain in games played in Sarnia and Oshawa.

Watch video highlights of Tippett and the Steelheads against the Storm, Frontenacs, and Wolves.

Also considered for the award this week was Dallas Stars prospect Riley Damiani of the Kitchener Rangers who scored four goals and five assists for nine points in three games, and new OHL top scorer Kevin Hancock of the Owen Sound Attack who scored four goals and four assists for eight points in three games.  In goal, Los Angeles Kings prospect Jacob Ingham was between-the-pipes for all three Steelhead wins turning aside 75 shots with a goals-against-average of 1.67 and save percentage of .938.

2018-19 OHL ‘On the Run’ Players of the Week – Regular Season:

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)

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Attack’s Kevin Hancock named OHL ‘On the Run’ Player of the Week

Toronto, ON – The Ontario Hockey League today announced that Owen Sound Attack overage forward Kevin Hancock is the OHL ‘On the Run’ Player of the Week for the regular season week ending November 4 after leading the league with nine points in three games scoring four goals and five assists.

Hancock recorded a trio of multi-point performances over the weekend and is now tied for fourth in OHL scoring.  He matched a season high with four points on Friday scoring a pair plus two assists as part of a 6-4 road win against the Oshawa Generals, then earned first star honours on Saturday with two goals and an assist in a 6-5 shootout loss to the London Knights.  His week wrapped up Sunday registering assists on both Attack goals in a 5-2 loss to the defending champion Hamilton Bulldogs.  The Attack are now third in the Midwest Division standings with a 9-7-0-2 record.

A 20-year-old from Mississauga, Ont., Hancock is now a five-year veteran of the Attack after being selected by the club in the fifth round of the 2014 OHL Priority Selection.  This season the Attack alternate captain has produced 14 goals and 16 assists for 30 points in 18 games bringing his career totals to exactly a point-per-game rate with 82 goals and 132 assists for 214 points in exactly 214 games.

Watch video highlights of Hancock and the Attack against the Generals, Knights, and Bulldogs.

Also considered for the award this week was San Jose Sharks prospect Ryan Merkley of the Guelph Storm with eight assists in three games, and overage forward Tye Felhaber of the Ottawa 67’s who scored three goals and three assists for six points in three games of a weekend road sweep.  In goal, overager Joseph Raaymakers of the London Knights stopped 55 shots across two victories including one by shutout with a goals-against-average of 1.02 and save percentage of .965.

2018-19 OHL ‘On the Run’ Players of the Week – Regular Season:

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)

IceDogs’ Stephen Dhillon named OHL ‘On the Run’ Player of the Week

Toronto, ON – The Ontario Hockey League today announced that Niagara IceDogs goaltender Stephen Dhillon is the OHL ‘On the Run’ Player of the Week for the regular season week ending October 28 after posting a 3-0-0-0 record including one shutout for a goals-against-average of 0.97 and save percentage of .970.

Dhillon turned aside 97 shots last week which backstopped the IceDogs to a trio of victories to climb into first place in the Central Division standings with a 9-4-2-0 record.  He earned his first shutout of the season last Wednesday making 28 saves to blank the Peterborough Petes claiming first star honours in the 3-0 home ice decision.  Dhillon then won back-to-back games in Michigan to wrap up the weekend including a 3-2 victory Saturday night in Saginaw where he made 36 saves plus two in the shootout to edge the Spirit, then Sunday afternoon in Flint where his 33-save performance earned him third star honours in the 7-1 win over the Firebirds.

A 20-year-old from Buffalo, New York, Dhillon is now a five-year veteran of the IceDogs who chose him in the third round of the 2014 OHL Priority Selection.  He’s now played in exactly 150 career OHL games amassing 67 wins with a cumulative goals-against-average of 3.27 and save percentage of .907.  His totals so far this season better those marks as he carries a 2.59 goals-against-average and .921 save percentage through 11 games with both figures among the top-five across the league.

Watch video highlights of Dhillon and the IceDogs against the Petes, Spirit, and Firebirds.

Also considered for the award this week was last week’s recipient Justin Brazeau of the North Bay Battalion who once again led the league in scoring with eight points in three games including four goals and four assists.  His teammate Matthew Struthers also had a strong week with three goals and four assists for seven points in three games, while Jonathan Yantsis of the Kitchener Rangers scored three goals and three assists for six points in two games.

2018-19 OHL ‘On the Run’ Players of the Week – Regular Season:

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)

Battalion’s Justin Brazeau named OHL ‘On the Run’ Player of the Week

Toronto, ON – The Ontario Hockey League today announced that North Bay Battalion captain Justin Brazeau is the OHL ‘On the Run’ Player of the Week for the regular season week ending October 21 with nine points in two games scoring four goals and five assists with a plus-minus rating of plus-3.

Brazeau took over sole possession of the OHL’s scoring lead on Sunday while tying a Battalion single-game record with a seven point performance.  He scored his second hat-trick of the season accounting for the club’s first three goals in 11:31 of the first period then added four assists to earn first star honours in an 8-3 win over the Kingston Frontenacs.  The seven points equals franchise great Wojtek Wolski who had four goals and three assists in a 9-4 decision over the Erie Otters in Brampton on January 22, 2006.  Brazeau also scored once with an assist on Thursday as second star of a 4-3 loss to the Mississauga Steelheads in the Troops’ annual Pink in the Rink game.

A 20-year-old from New Liskeard, Ont., Brazeau is playing in his fourth season with the Battalion who chose him in the 13th round of the 2014 OHL Priority Selection.  So far this season he’s scored 12 goals and 13 assists for 25 points in 12 games to reach the 150 career point milestone which ranks 15th on the club’s all-time list.  In September the overage forward was appointed the club’s fifth captain in their North Bay tenure after leading the OHL pre-season in scoring.  Brazeau attended San Jose Sharks Training Camp as a Free Agent invite.

Watch video highlights of Brazeau and the Battalion against the Steelheads and Frontenacs.

Also considered for the award this week were a trio of players with nine points in three games led by Kevin Hancock of the Owen Sound Attack who scored five goals and four assists, plus a pair of Philadelphia Flyers prospects including Morgan Frost of the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds and Matthew Strome of the Hamilton Bulldogs both recording three goals and six assists.

In goal, Boston Bruins prospect Kyle Keyser posted a 3-0-0-0 record between-the-pipes for the Oshawa Generals making 88 saves for a goals-against-average of 1.33 and save percentage of .957.

2018-19 OHL ‘On the Run’ Players of the Week – Regular Season:

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)

Spirit’s Damien Giroux named OHL ‘On the Run’ Player of the Week

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.

Watch video highlights of Giroux and the Spirit against the Battalion and Rangers.

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)

Wolves’ Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen named OHL ‘On the Run’ Player of the Week

Toronto, ON – The Ontario Hockey League today announced that Buffalo Sabres prospect Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen of the Sudbury Wolves is the OHL ‘On the Run’ Player of the Week for the regular season week ending October 7 posting a 3-0-0-0 record with a goals-against-average of 1.66 and save percentage of .952.

Luukkonen turned aside 99 shots in a trio of road games last week for the Wolves who are now winners of five straight with him in the crease and sit atop the league’s overall standings with 12 points.  On Thursday night Luukkonen had a first star performance between-the-pipes with a season-high 46 saves in a 3-2 win over the Niagara IceDogs.  He made 23 saves as part of a 4-1 victory over the Erie Otters on Friday night, then wrapped up the road trip with 30 stops in a 3-2 overtime triumph against the Kitchener Rangers on Sunday afternoon.

A 19-year-old from Espoo, Finland, Luukkonen was chosen third overall by the Wolves in the CHL Import Draft and marks the first European goaltender to be selected since 2013.  His perfect start has situated him among the league’s goaltending leaders with a goals-against-average of 1.78 and save percentage of .944 while his five wins are a top mark.  The Sabres picked Luukkonen in the second round of the 2017 NHL Draft and signed him to an entry-level contract in June.

Watch video highlights of Luukkonen and the Wolves against the IceDogs, Otters, and Rangers.

Also considered for the award this week were Guelph Storm forwards Isaac Ratcliffe (Philadelphia Flyers) and Nate Schnarr (Arizona Coyotes) who both scored three goals with two assists for five points in a pair of weekend wins.  Joseph Garreffa of the Kitchener Rangers and Austen Keating of the Ottawa 67’s each had six points in three games with Garreffa tallying two goals and four assists to Keating’s one goal and five assists.

2018-19 OHL ‘On the Run’ Players of the Week – Regular Season:

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)

Colts’ Lucas Chiodo named OHL ‘On the Run’ Player of the Week

Toronto, ON – The Ontario Hockey League today announced that Lucas Chiodo of the Barrie Colts is the OHL ‘On the Run’ Player of the Week for the regular season week ending September 30 after recording seven points in two games including three goals and four assists with a plus-minus rating of plus-6.

Chiodo produced a pair of multi-point performances for the Colts who earned three of a possible four points last week in a home-and-home series against the Sudbury Wolves.  He tallied his first career hat-trick and added two assists to match a career-high five points on Thursday night earning first star honours in a 10-3 victory.  He also contributed assists on both Colts goals on Sunday afternoon despite a 3-2 overtime loss in Sudbury.  The chemistry between Chiodo and teammate Ryan Suzuki was on point in both games as the pair combined for six goals and eight assists.  All three of Chiodo’s assists were on Suzuki tallies helping the 2019 NHL Draft prospect overtake the OHL’s scoring lead with 11 points in four games.

A soon-to-be 20-year-old from Churchill, Ont., Chiodo is playing in his fourth full season with the Colts after being chosen in the 15th round of the 2014 OHL Priority Selection.  The overage forward has eight points through four games this season bringing his career total to 150 points including 57 goals and 150 assists in 192 games.

Watch video highlights of Chiodo and the Colts against the Wolves.

In addition to Suzuki, other award consideration went to a pair of Florida Panthers prospects including Serron Noel of the Oshawa Generals and Owen Tippett of the Mississauga Steelheads.  Noel scored five goals and one assist for six points in three games while Tippett made the most of his return to the league with a hat-trick and two assists across his two game debut.  In goal, Luke Richardson of the undefeated Kitchener Rangers posted a 2-0-0-0 record making 64 saves for a goals-against-average of 1.00 and save percentage of .970.

2018-19 OHL ‘On the Run’ Players of the Week – Regular Season:

Sept. 24 – Sept. 30: Lucas Chiodo (Barrie Colts)
Sept. 19 – Sept. 23: Akil Thomas (Niagara IceDogs)

IceDogs’ Akil Thomas named OHL ‘On the Run’ Player of the Week

Toronto, ON – The Ontario Hockey League today announced that Los Angeles Kings prospect Akil Thomas of the Niagara IceDogs is the OHL ‘On the Run’ Player of the Week for the opening week ending September 23 scoring a goal with four assists for five points along with a plus-minus rating of plus-3 recorded in just one game played.

Akil Thomas of the Niagara IceDogs. Photo by Terry Wilson / OHL Images.
Akil Thomas of the Niagara IceDogs. Photo by Terry Wilson / OHL Images.

Thomas and the IceDogs waited until Sunday afternoon for their highly anticipated #OHLOpeningWeek debut after being appointed the Canadian Hockey League’s fifth ranked team in pre-season.  They made the most of the outing picking up an 8-6 road win over the Mississauga Steelheads with the third year centre earning first star honours with a consistent presence from start to finish against their Central Division rivals.  Three of his four helpers contributed to the club’s first three goals including two finishes by the recently acquired Ivan Lodnia, while his lone goal provided insurance in the victory.  The five points by Thomas matches a career-high dating back to his rookie season where he also scored a goal and four assists on March 12, 2017, against the North Bay Battalion.

An 18-year-old born in Brandon, Florida, Thomas joined the IceDogs as the club’s first round pick in the 2016 OHL Priority Selection.  His totals to date include 134 points in 130 career games with an appropriate 44 goals to match his sweater.  Last season his 22 goals surpassed his rookie total by one and he finished second in team scoring with 81 points playing a full 68 games.  The alternate captain was selected by the Kings in the second round of the 2018 NHL Draft and recently returned from his first pro camp.

Watch video highlights of Thomas and the IceDogs against the Steelheads.

Also considered for the award this week was Colorado Avalanche prospect Brandon Saigeon of the defending champion Hamilton Bulldogs who scored twice with five assists for seven points in two games, and Peterborough Petes overage forward Christopher Paquette who scored four goals with one assist for five points in a pair of opening week wins.  In goal, Hunter Jones backstopped the Petes in both of their wins picking up his first career shutout in the process while amassing a goals-against-average of 1.50 and save percentage of .962 from an overall #OHLOpeningWeek high of 75 saves.

Greyhounds’ Morgan Frost named OHL ‘On the Run’ Player of the Week

Toronto, ON – The Ontario Hockey League today announced that Philadelphia Flyers prospect Morgan Frost of the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds is the OHL ‘On the Run’ Player of the Week for the playoff week ending May 6 after scoring three goals and four assists for seven points in three games with a plus-minus rating of plus-1. 

Frost helped the Greyhounds capture the Wayne Gretzky Trophy in a thrilling double overtime victory against the Kitchener Rangers in Game 7 of the Western Conference Final, then earn a two-game split against the Hamilton Bulldogs to open the 2018 Rogers OHL Championship Series.  In Game 7 last Monday, Frost contributed to all three Greyhound goals in regulation scoring once and adding two assists before Jack Kopacka buried the series winner at the 84:00 mark lifting the Hounds to a 4-3 triumph and a berth in the OHL final for the first time since 1993.  He picked up an assist despite the 4-3 overtime loss in Game 1 of the Championship Series on Thursday, then scored two goals and one assist in Game 2 on Saturday leading the Greyhounds to a 4-2 win over the Bulldogs.  The Rogers OHL Championship Series continues with Game 3 set for Monday night in Hamilton followed by Game 4 on Wednesday. 

Morgan Frost of the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds. Photo by Terry Wilson / OHL Images.
Morgan Frost of the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds. Photo by Terry Wilson / OHL Images.

An 18-year-old from Aurora, Ont., Frost is currently tied for fifth in OHL playoff scoring with 26 points including nine goals and 17 assists through 20 games.  The fourth round pick of the Greyhounds in the 2015 OHL Priority Selection finished his third campaign in Sault Ste. Marie second overall in regular season scoring with a career-high 112 points in 67 games including 42 goals and 70 assists.  This marks the second weekly honour for the Flyers prospect chosen in the first of the 2017 NHL Draft after his recognition for play during the week ending December 17. 

Watch video highlights of Frost and the Greyhounds in Game 7 against the Rangers, and Game 1 and Game 2 against the Bulldogs.

Also considered for the award this week was Tampa Bay Lightning prospect Boris Katchouk of the Greyhounds who scored three goals and one assist for four points in three games, and Arizona Coyotes prospect MacKenzie Entwistle of the Bulldogs who scored three goals in the first two games of the Championship Series.  In goal, Los Angeles Kings prospect Matthew Villalta of the Greyhounds posted two wins and an overtime loss making a total of 95 saves for a goals-against-average of 2.62 and save percentage of .913.

2017-18 OHL ‘On the Run’ Players of the Week – Playoffs:

Apr. 30 – May 6: Morgan Frost (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds)
Apr. 23 – Apr. 29: Joseph Garreffa (Kitchener Rangers)
Apr. 16 – Apr. 22: Boris Katchouk (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds)
Apr. 9 – Apr. 15: Jeremy Helvig (Kingston Frontenacs)
Apr. 2 – Apr. 8: Andrei Svechnikov (Barrie Colts)
Mar. 26 – Apr. 1: Gabriel Vilardi (Kingston Frontenacs)
Mar. 19 – Mar. 25: Noel Hoefenmayer (Ottawa 67’s)

2017-18 OHL ‘On the Run’ Players of the Week – Regular Season:

Mar. 12 – Mar. 18: Nick Suzuki (Owen Sound Attack)
Mar. 5 – Mar. 11: Dmitry Sokolov (Barrie Colts)
Feb. 26 – Mar. 4: Robert Thomas (Hamilton Bulldogs)
Feb. 19 – Feb. 25: Jordan Kyrou (Sarnia Sting)
Feb. 12 – Feb. 18: Aaron Luchuk (Barrie Colts)
Feb. 5 – Feb. 11: Liam Foudy (London Knights)
Jan. 29 – Feb. 4: Kenny Huether (Oshawa Generals)
Jan. 22 – Jan. 28: Jeremy Helvig (Kingston Frontenacs)
Jan. 15 – Jan. 21: Jordan Kyrou (Sarnia Sting)
Jan. 8 – Jan. 14: Taylor Raddysh (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds)
Jan. 1 – Jan. 7: Owen Tippett (Mississauga Steelheads)
Dec. 25 – Dec. 31: Ben Jones (Niagara IceDogs)
Dec. 11 – Dec. 17: Morgan Frost (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds)
Dec. 4 – Dec. 10: Justin Brazeau (North Bay Battalion)
Nov. 27 – Dec. 3: Joseph Garreffa (Kitchener Rangers)
Nov. 20 – Nov. 26: Serron Noel (Oshawa Generals)
Nov. 13 – Nov. 19: Cliff Pu (London Knights)
Nov. 6 – Nov. 12: Ryan Merkley (Guelph Storm)
Oct. 30 – Nov. 5: Albert Michnac (Mississauga Steelheads)
Oct. 23 – Oct. 29: Aaron Luchuk (Windsor Spitfires)
Oct. 16 – Oct. 22: Jordan Kyrou (Sarnia Sting)
Oct. 9 – Oct. 15: Brady Hinz (Sarnia Sting)
Oct. 2 – Oct. 8: Nick Suzuki (Owen Sound Attack)
Sept. 25 – Oct. 1: Jonathan Ang (Peterborough Petes)
Sept. 21 – Sept. 24: Michael DiPietro (Windsor Spitfires)

Rangers’ Joseph Garreffa named OHL ‘On the Run’ Player of the Week

Toronto, ON – The Ontario Hockey League today announced that Joseph Garreffa of the Kitchener Rangers is the OHL ‘On the Run’ Player of the Week for the playoff week ending April 29 after scoring one goal with seven assists for eight points in four games. 

Joseph Garreffa of the Kitchener Rangers. Photo by Aaron Bell/OHL Images
Joseph Garreffa of the Kitchener Rangers. Photo by Aaron Bell/OHL Images

Garreffa helped the Rangers win three of four games played last week in the Western Conference Championship Series against the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds forcing a Game 7 to decide the Wayne Gretzky Trophy winner on Monday night.  Down 2-0 in the series after a pair of weekend road games, the Rangers countered with home ice success of their own including a 3-0 shutout in Game 3 last Monday followed by a 7-4 triumph in Game 4 on Wednesday where Garreffa earned first star honours with four assists.  The forward turned defenceman chipped in an assist despite a 7-3 loss in Game 5 on Friday, then finished the week with a goal and two assists in Sunday’s Game 6 thriller won 4-3 by the Rangers in overtime to lock the series at three wins apiece. 

An 18-year-old from Toronto, Ont., Garreffa is playing in his third season with the Rangers after being chosen by the club in the third round of the 2015 OHL Priority Selection.  This marks the second Player of the Week honour for Garreffa who was also recognized for his play for the week ending December 3.  This season was his most productive offensively with 65 points in 68 games which included 12 goals, a career-high 53 assists, and just eight penalty minutes as a finalist for Most Sportsmanlike Player of the Year.  His post-season figures to date include eight goals and 11 assists for 19 points in 18 games which ranks fourth on the team.   

Watch video highlights of Garreffa and the Rangers against the Greyhounds in Game 3, Game 4, Game 5, Game 6. 

Also considered for the award this week was Columbus Blue Jackets prospect Kole Sherwood who scored four goals and two assists for six points in four games for the Rangers, and Anaheim Ducks prospect Jack Kopacka of the Greyhounds with three goals and two assists for five points in four games.  In goal, Mario Culina made 136 saves across four games for the Rangers posting a 3-1 record including one shutout for a goals-against-average of 3.10 and save percentage of .913. 

2017-18 OHL ‘On the Run’ Players of the Week – Playoffs:Game 6

Apr. 23 – Apr. 30: Joseph Garreffa (Kitchener Rangers)
Apr. 16 – Apr. 22: Boris Katchouk (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds)
Apr. 9 – Apr. 15: Jeremy Helvig (Kingston Frontenacs)
Apr. 2 – Apr. 8: Andrei Svechnikov (Barrie Colts)
Mar. 26 – Apr. 1: Gabriel Vilardi (Kingston Frontenacs)
Mar. 19 – Mar. 25: Noel Hoefenmayer (Ottawa 67’s)

2017-18 OHL ‘On the Run’ Players of the Week – Regular Season:

Mar. 12 – Mar. 18: Nick Suzuki (Owen Sound Attack)
Mar. 5 – Mar. 11: Dmitry Sokolov (Barrie Colts)
Feb. 26 – Mar. 4: Robert Thomas (Hamilton Bulldogs)
Feb. 19 – Feb. 25: Jordan Kyrou (Sarnia Sting)
Feb. 12 – Feb. 18: Aaron Luchuk (Barrie Colts)
Feb. 5 – Feb. 11: Liam Foudy (London Knights)
Jan. 29 – Feb. 4: Kenny Huether (Oshawa Generals)
Jan. 22 – Jan. 28: Jeremy Helvig (Kingston Frontenacs)
Jan. 15 – Jan. 21: Jordan Kyrou (Sarnia Sting)
Jan. 8 – Jan. 14: Taylor Raddysh (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds)
Jan. 1 – Jan. 7: Owen Tippett (Mississauga Steelheads)
Dec. 25 – Dec. 31: Ben Jones (Niagara IceDogs)
Dec. 11 – Dec. 17: Morgan Frost (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds)
Dec. 4 – Dec. 10: Justin Brazeau (North Bay Battalion)
Nov. 27 – Dec. 3: Joseph Garreffa (Kitchener Rangers)
Nov. 20 – Nov. 26: Serron Noel (Oshawa Generals)
Nov. 13 – Nov. 19: Cliff Pu (London Knights)
Nov. 6 – Nov. 12: Ryan Merkley (Guelph Storm)
Oct. 30 – Nov. 5: Albert Michnac (Mississauga Steelheads)
Oct. 23 – Oct. 29: Aaron Luchuk (Windsor Spitfires)
Oct. 16 – Oct. 22: Jordan Kyrou (Sarnia Sting)
Oct. 9 – Oct. 15: Brady Hinz (Sarnia Sting)
Oct. 2 – Oct. 8: Nick Suzuki (Owen Sound Attack)
Sept. 25 – Oct. 1: Jonathan Ang (Peterborough Petes)
Sept. 21 – Sept. 24: Michael DiPietro (Windsor Spitfires)