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.

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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)

Greyhounds’ Boris Katchouk named OHL ‘On the Run’ Player of the Week

Toronto, ON – The Ontario Hockey League today announced that Tampa Bay Lightning prospect Boris Katchouk of the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds is the OHL ‘On the Run’ Player of the Week for the playoff week ending April 22 after scoring five goals and three assists for eight points in three games with a plus-minus rating of plus-8. 

Katchouk’s performance last week helped the Greyhounds eliminate the Owen Sound Attack in second round playoff action and take a 2-0 series lead against the Kitchener Rangers in the Western Conference Championship Series.  In a wild Game 7 against the Attack last Tuesday, Katchouk stepped up with the best game of his post-season career scoring his second hat-trick of the playoffs and adding an assist as first star of a 9-7 win on home ice.  The West Final opened on Friday night with Katchouk contributing an assist in a thrilling 3-2 victory, then earned first star honours in Game 2 on Saturday with two goals and an assist as part of the 4-2 triumph over the Rangers.  Katchouk and the Greyhounds continue their Western Conference battle for the Wayne Gretzky Trophy with Game 3 on Monday night in Kitchener followed by Game 4 on Wednesday. 

Boris Katchouk of the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds. Photo by Terry Wilson / OHL Images.
Boris Katchouk of the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds. Photo by Terry Wilson / OHL Images.

A 19-year-old from Waterloo, Ont., Katchouk is now the leading scorer in the 2018 OHL Playoffs with 13 goals and 10 assists for 23 points in 13 games.  The four-year Greyhound was chosen by the club in the second round of the 2014 OHL Priority Selection and produced career-high offensive numbers during the 2017-18 campaign including 42 goals and 43 assists for 85 points in 58 games.  He was selected by the Lightning in the second round of the 2016 NHL Draft and won gold with Canada at the 2018 IIHF World Junior Championship. 

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

Also considered for the award this week was fellow Greyhound and Lightning prospect Taylor Raddysh who scored twice with six assists for eight points in three games, and St. Louis Blues prospect Robert Thomas of the Hamilton Bulldogs who scored once with six assists for seven points in three games of the Eastern Conference Championship Series against the Kingston Frontenacs.  In goal, Detroit Red Wings prospect Kaden Fulcher of the Bulldogs posted a 3-0 record against Kingston making 75 saves for a goals-against-average of 1.33 and save percentage of .949.  

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

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)

Frontenacs’ Jeremy Helvig named OHL ‘On the Run’ Player of the Week

Toronto, ON – The Ontario Hockey League today announced that Carolina Hurricanes prospect Jeremy Helvig of the Kingston Frontenacs is the OHL ‘On the Run’ Player of the Week for the playoff week ending April 15 after posting a 3-0 record with a goals-against-average of 1.33 and save percentage of .958. 

Helvig turned aside 91 shots in a trio of victories over the Barrie Colts last week backstopping the Frontenacs to a 4-2 series triumph and a berth in the Eastern Conference Final.  His week included 30 saves in Tuesday’s 4-2 win in Game 4, followed by 32 saves in Thursday’s 7-1 road decision in Game 5 where he earned third star honours.  On Friday night back on home ice for Game 6 Helvig made 29 saves including 15 in the third period alone to earn first star honours in the 2-1 series clinching victory.  This marks the first time the Frontenacs have advanced to the third round of an OHL post-season since 1993 where they’ll face the Hamilton Bulldogs for the Bobby Orr Trophy beginning Wednesday night. 

A 20-year-old from Markham, Ont., Helvig is playing in his fourth OHL season with the Frontenacs since chosen by the club in the third round of the 2013 Priority Selection.  Through two rounds of playoffs he holds an 8-2-1 record with a goals-against-average of 2.61 and save percentage of .921 which better his regular season marks of 2.68 and .916 recorded across 56 appearances in 2017-18.  Helvig’s tenure with the Frontenacs includes a pair of all-time franchise marks including 81 regular season wins and 10 shutouts.  On March 27 the fifth round pick of the Hurricanes in the 2016 NHL Draft signed his entry-level contract with the club.  This is Helvig’s second league honour having been recognized for his play during the final week of January. 

Watch video highlights of Helvig and the Frontenacs against the Colts in Game 4, Game 5, and Game 6. 

Also considered for the award this week was Ottawa Senators prospect Logan Brown of the Kitchener Rangers who scored one goal with five assists for six points in the final four games of their second round series victory over the Sarnia Sting, Frontenacs forward Linus Nyman with one goal and five assists for six points in three games against the Colts, and defenceman Sean Durzi of the Owen Sound Attack with six assists in four games against the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 

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

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)

Colts’ Andrei Svechnikov named OHL ‘On the Run’ Player of the Week

Toronto, ON – The Ontario Hockey League today announced that top 2018 NHL Draft prospect Andrei Svechnikov of the Barrie Colts is the OHL ‘On the Run’ Player of the Week for the playoff week ending April 8 after recording four points in three games including three goals and one assist with a plus-minus rating of plus-3.

Svechnikov extended his playoff point-streak to four and helped the Colts win two of their first three games in the Eastern Conference Semi-Finals against the Kingston Frontenacs.  Last week on home ice he picked up an assist in Wednesday’s Game 1 overtime contest won 6-5 by the Colts, then scored twice in Friday’s 4-1 victory in Game 2 including a late insurance marker to earn third star honours.  He also scored once in Sunday’s Game 3 on the road despite the 4-2 loss.  Svechnikov and the Colts will look to take a commanding 3-1 lead in the series when they resume play on Tuesday night in Kingston. 

Andrei Svechnikovof the Barrie Colts. Photo by Terry Wilson / OHL Images.
Andrei Svechnikov of the Barrie Colts. Photo by Terry Wilson / OHL Images.

A 17-year-old from Barnaul, Russia, Svechnikov is playing in his first OHL season after being selected first overall by the Colts in the 2017 CHL Import Draft.  He led all rookies in scoring with 40 goals and 32 assists for 72 points in 44 games and has been voted a finalist for the OHL’s Rookie of the Year award.  In just five games so far this post-season he’s tallied five goals and four assists for nine points.  Svechnikov represented Russia at the 2018 IIHF World Junior Championship and was ranked first by NHL Central Scouting in their Midterm list for the 2018 NHL Draft.  

Watch video highlights of Svechnikov and the Colts against the Frontenacs in Game 1, Game 2, and Game 3

Also considered for the award this week was Dallas Stars prospect Jason Robertson of the Frontenacs with two goals and three assists for five points in three games against the Colts, and Vegas Golden Knights prospect Nick Suzuki of the Owen Sound Attack with two goals and one assist for three points in two games against the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds.  In goal, Mario Culina of the Kitchener Rangers has one win and an overtime loss in their second round series against the Sarnia Sting making 61 saves to date for a goals-against-average of 2.30 and save percentage of .924. 

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

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)

Frontenacs’ Gabriel Vilardi named OHL ‘On the Run’ Player of the Week

Toronto, ON – The Ontario Hockey League today announced that Los Angeles Kings prospect Gabriel Vilardi of the Kingston Frontenacs is the OHL ‘On the Run’ Player of the Week for the playoff week ending April 1 scoring 10 points in three games including five goals and five assists with a plus-minus rating of plus-4. 

Vilardi recorded a trio of multi-point performances last week featuring an historic triple overtime goal to lead the Frontenacs to a 4-1 first round series victory over the North Bay Battalion.  With the series tied 1-1 heading into Tuesday’s Game 3 in North Bay, Vilardi scored twice including the game-winner and added an assist for second star honours in the 4-1 win.  He continued his strong play in Thursday’s Game 4 triumph scoring once with two assists as third star of the 6-3 decision.  The hometown hero saved his best for last in Saturday’s Game 5 finale delivering four points including the game’s first goal at 1:44 and last goal at 114:05 ending the third longest battle in OHL playoff history where he was awarded first star praise in the 6-5 home ice celebration. 

An 18-year-old from Kingston, Ont., Vilardi is playing in his third OHL season and first with the Frontenacs after being acquired from the Mastercard Memorial Cup champion Windsor Spitfires in January.  The second overall pick in the 2015 OHL Priority Selection and 11th overall pick in the 2017 NHL Draft is currently second in playoff scoring with 12 points through five games.  In 32 regular season games this season he tallied 22 goals and 36 assists for 58 points giving him the second highest points-per-game mark in the league at 1.81.   The Frontenacs will open their Eastern Conference Semi-Final series on Wednesday night on the road against the Barrie Colts. 

Watch video highlights of Vilardi and the Frontenacs against the Battalion in Game 3, Game 4, and Game 5. 

Also considered for the award this week were Ottawa Senators prospects Logan Brown of the Kitchener Rangers and Aaron Luchuk of the Barrie Colts who both scored 10 points including two goals and eight assists.  Brown’s points came in the final four games of Kitchener’s first round series win over the Guelph Storm, while Luchuk spread his production across five games in Barrie’s first round series win against the Mississauga Steelheads.  In goal, newly signed Carolina Hurricanes prospect Jeremy Helvig went 3-0 for the Fronts with 105 saves for a goals-against-average of 2.32 and save percentage of .921.

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

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)

67’s Noel Hoefenmayer named OHL ‘On the Run’ Player of the Week

Toronto, ON – The Ontario Hockey League today announced that Arizona Coyotes prospect Noel Hoefenmayer of the Ottawa 67’s is the OHL ‘On the Run’ Player of the Week for the first week of playoff action ending March 25 scoring twice with four assists for six points in two games. 

Noel Hoefenmayer of the Ottawa 67's. Photo by Aaron Bell/OHL Images
Noel Hoefenmayer of the Ottawa 67’s. Photo by Aaron Bell/OHL Images

Hoefenmayer recorded back-to-back three-point performances for the Eastern Conference’s eighth place 67’s who opened the 2018 OHL Playoffs with a split on the road against the first place Hamilton Bulldogs.  The defenceman played a role in 75% of the 67’s scoring last week tying for the league lead in points through two post-season games.  In Game 1 on Thursday he scored twice and added an assist receiving second star honours despite a 6-3 loss, then recorded three assists in Game 2 on Sunday including a helper on Sam Bitten’s game-winner as the 67’s grinded out a 5-4 victory.  The series shifts to the nation’s capital for Game’s 3 and 4 on Tuesday and Wednesday. 

A 19-year-old from North York, Ont., Hoefenmayer is playing in his third OHL season with the 67’s since chosen by the club in the second round of the 2015 Priority Selection.  He led the 67’s blue line in scoring for the second straight season producing seven goals and 26 assists for 33 points in 65 games.  Hoefenmayer was a fourth round pick by the Coyotes in the 2017 NHL Draft. 

Watch video highlights of Hoefenmayer and the 67’s against the Bulldogs in Game 1 and Game 2. 

Also considered for the award this week was St. Louis Blues prospect Robert Thomas of the Hamilton Bulldogs who equaled Hoefenmayer’s six points in two games by also scoring twice with four assists.  Ottawa Senators prospect Alex Formenton of the London Knights scored five goals in two games against the Owen Sound Attack, and goaltender Mario Culina of the Kitchener Rangers posted a 2-0 record against the Guelph Storm stopping 77 shots for a goals-against-average of 1.50 and save percentage of .963.

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

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)

Attack’s Nick Suzuki named OHL ‘On the Run’ Player of the Week

Toronto, ON – The Ontario Hockey League today announced that Vegas Golden Knights prospect Nick Suzuki of the Owen Sound Attack is the OHL ‘On the Run’ Player of the Week for the final week of regular season action ending March 18 after scoring six goals and one assist for seven points in three games with a plus-minus rating of plus-5. 

Nick Suzuki of the Owen Sound Attack. Photo by Terry Wilson / OHL Images.
Nick Suzuki of the Owen Sound Attack. Photo by Terry Wilson / OHL Images.

Suzuki extended his point-streak to eight and reached the century mark in season points while helping the Attack win three games last week securing fourth overall in the Western Conference standings with a 38-22-3-5 record.  On Wednesday night Suzuki picked up an assist in a 7-1 road win over the Flint Firebirds, then earned first star honours on Thursday with his third hat-trick of the season contributing to a 9-2 road win over the Windsor Spitfires.  Back home on Saturday, Suzuki wrapped up his season in style with two goals and one assist in a 9-4 victory against the Sarnia Sting becoming the Attack’s first 100-point scorer since Bobby Ryan in 2006-07.  The week included an impressive 25 goals scored by the Attack who are among the league’s hottest teams with six wins and an overtime loss in their last seven as they prepare for a first round playoff series matchup with the London Knights beginning Friday at home.

An 18-year-old from London, Ont., Suzuki is playing in his third season in Owen Sound since he was a first round choice by the Attack in the 2015 OHL Priority Selection.  His 100 points in 64 games were fourth best in the league this season and represent a new career-high.  This marks the second straight season Suzuki has hit the 40-goal plateau finishing with 42 after scoring 45 in 2016-17.  After three full seasons with the Attack, Suzuki has 107 career goals and 127 assists for 234 points in 192 games.  The first round pick of the Golden Knights in the 2017 NHL Draft also earned the league’s weekly honour for his play to start October. 

Watch video highlights of Suzuki and the Attack against the Firebirds, Spitfires, and Sting. 

Also considered for the award this week were Tye Felhaber of the Ottawa 67’s with three goals and five assists for eight points in three games, and Lucas Chiodo of the Barrie Colts with two goals and six assists for eight points in three games.  In goal, Stephen Dhillon helped the Niagara IceDogs finish the season with seven straight wins posting a 2-0-0-0 record while making 72 saves for a goals-against-average of 2.45 and save percentage of .935.

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

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)

Bulldogs’ Robert Thomas named OHL ‘On the Run’ Player of the Week

Toronto, ON – The Ontario Hockey League today announced that St. Louis Blues prospect Robert Thomas of the Hamilton Bulldogs is the OHL ‘On the Run’ Player of the Week for the week ending March 4 recording seven assists in three games along with a plus-minus rating of plus-2. 

Thomas produced a trio of multi-assist efforts last week helping the Bulldogs extend their winning-streak to six to clinch the OHL’s East Division title with a 41-16-3-3 record.  On Thursday night he contributed two helpers including one on rookie Arthur Kaliyev’s game-winner that lifted the Bulldogs to a 5-4 overtime triumph against the Niagara IceDogs.  Then on Friday night, Thomas contributed to the entire Bulldogs offense with three assists in a 3-1 win over the Ottawa 67’s earning first star honours.  His week wrapped up Saturday with another two assists as part of a 4-1 victory over the Oshawa Generals where he was named the game’s second star.  The win secured the first ever Leyden Trophy for the Bulldogs, symbolic of the East Division crown, and represents Hamilton’s first OHL division title since the 1976 Fincups.  

An 18-year-old from Aurora, Ont., Thomas is playing in his third OHL season and first with the Bulldogs since being acquired by the club in January.  Originally a second round pick of the London Knights in the 2015 OHL Priority Selection, Thomas has two goals and 20 assists in his 18 games played for Hamilton bringing his total 2017-18 production to a career-high 68 points in 45 games.  The first round pick of the Blues in the 2017 NHL Draft helped Canada win gold at the 2018 IIHF World Junior Championship in Buffalo. 

Watch video highlights of Thomas and the Bulldogs against the IceDogs, 67’s, and Generals. 

Also considered for the award this week was Philadelphia Flyers prospect Isaac Ratcliffe of the Guelph Storm who scored five goals and two assists for seven points in three games, and 2018 NHL Draft prospect Liam Foudy of the London Knights who scored three goals and three assists for six points in three games.  In goal, Leo Lazarev of the Barrie Colts posted a 2-0-0-0 record making 66 saves for a goals-against-average of 2.50 and save percentage of .930.

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

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)