Sting’s Brady Hinz named OHL ‘On the Run’ Player of the Week

Toronto, ON – The Ontario Hockey League today announced that forward Brady Hinz of the Sarnia Sting is the OHL ‘On the Run’ Player of the Week for the week ending October 15 with nine points in four games including six goals and three assists with a plus-minus rating of plus-6.

Hinz led the league in scoring last week as the Sting climbed atop the OHL standings winning all four of their games to extend their win-streak to eight and improve their overall record to 9-1-0-0.  He scored in all four contests and recorded a trio of multi-point performances including Thanksgiving Monday with a goal and an assist in the Sting’s 6-5 overtime win against the Hamilton Bulldogs.  Hinz then powered Sarnia’s offense to three straight weekend wins beginning Friday with two goals and an assist as second star of an 8-1 victory over the Mississauga Steelheads, Saturday with one goal as part of a 6-1 defeat of the Guelph Storm, and Sunday with two goals and an assist as first star of a 3-2 road triumph over the Windsor Spitfires.

Brady Hinz of the Sarnia Sting. Photo by Aaron Bell/OHL Images
Brady Hinz of the Sarnia Sting. Photo by Aaron Bell/OHL Images

A 17-year-old from Stratford, Ont., Hinz is playing in his second OHL season with the Sting who chose him in the third round of the 2016 OHL Priority Selection.  The former Huron-Perth Laker has already surpassed his rookie goal output of five with nine tallies through 10 games.  He finished 2016-17 with 25 points in 61 games and currently has 12 points through 10 contests to open 2017-18 play.  The 5’8’’, 160lb winger is eligible for the 2018 NHL Draft.

Watch video highlights of Hinz and the Sting against the Bulldogs, Steelheads, Storm, and Spitfires.Spitfires

Also considered for the award this week was defenceman Mac Hollowell of the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds with eight points in three games including three goals and five assists, while Bulldogs forward Brandon Saigeon scored four times with four helpers for eight points in four games.  In goal, Vancouver Canucks prospect Michael DiPietro backstopped the Spitfires to a 2-1-0-0 record making 106 saves with a goals-against-average of 1.69 and save percentage of .955.

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

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)

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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 week ending October 8 with seven points in two games including three goals and four assists with a plus-minus rating of plus-3.

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 recorded a pair of multi-point performances last week helping the Attack earn three of a possible four points.  On Wednesday night he scored two goals plus an assist and was named first star despite a 6-5 shootout loss to the Sarnia Sting, then scored once with three assists on Saturday as second star of a 9-2 win over the Windsor Spitfires.  Suzuki now has 10 points in five games as the Attack remain the league’s only team without a regulation loss carrying a record of 3-0-0-2 heading into a Thanksgiving Monday matchup against the Kitchener Rangers.

An 18-year-old from London, Ont., Suzuki is playing in his third OHL season with the Attack who chose him 14th overall in the 2015 OHL Priority Selection.  In 2016-17 he finished fifth in league scoring with 45 goals and 51 assists for 96 points in 65 games helping Owen Sound to their best season in franchise history with 49 wins and 102 points.  He was voted the OHL’s Most Sportsmanlike Player of the Year and was later recognized at the national level earning CHL Sportsman of the Year honours.  Suzuki was selected 13th overall by Vegas in the 2017 NHL Draft.

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

Also considered for the award this week was Calgary Flames prospect Adam Ruzicka of the Sarnia Sting with four goals and one assist for five points in two games, and 2018 NHL Draft top prospect Andrei Svechnikov of the Barrie Colts with five goals in three games.  In goal, Edmonton Oilers prospect Dylan Wells of the Peterborough Petes posted a 1-0-0-1 record with 84 saves for a goals-against-average of 1.92 and save percentage of .955.

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

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)

Petes’ Jonathan Ang named OHL ‘On the Run’ Player of the Week

Toronto, ON – The Ontario Hockey League today announced that Florida Panthers prospect Jonathan Ang of the Peterborough Petes is the OHL ‘On the Run’ Player of the Week for the week ending October 1 scoring three goals and four assists for seven points in three games with a plus-minus rating of plus-1.

Jonathan Ang of the Peterborough Petes. Photo by Aaron Bell/OHL Images
Jonathan Ang of the Peterborough Petes. Photo by Aaron Bell/OHL Images

Ang’s seven points led the league during the second week of 2017-18 regular season play and featured a pair of three-point performances that helped the Petes earn a pair of victories.  On Thursday night he scored a goal and two assists and was named second star of a 5-2 win over East Division rivals the Oshawa Generals.  On Saturday Ang scored the lone goal for the Petes in a 5-1 road loss at Niagara, but rebounded on Sunday in the second of a home-and-home set beginning October with another goal and two assists as second star of an 8-4 win against the IceDogs.

A 19-year-old from Markham, Ont., Ang is playing in his fourth OHL season with the Petes who chose him ninth overall in the 2014 OHL Priority Selection.  The speedy forward has now played in 198 games during his OHL tenure tallying 135 points including a career-high 59 with 27 goals and 32 assists in 67 games last season.  The fourth round pick of the Panthers in the 2016 NHL Draft was among 20 OHL players who attended Canada’s World Junior Summer Showcase in Plymouth.

Watch video highlights of Ang and the Petes against the Generals, on the road against the IceDogs, and at home against the IceDogs.IceDogs

Also considered for the award this week was St. Louis Blues prospect Alexey Toropchenko of the Guelph Storm who earned first star honours twice in a pair of victories recording three goals and three assists, and 2018 NHL Draft prospect Akil Thomas of the Niagara IceDogs who picked up four goals and two assists for six points over three games.  In goal, Kaden Fulcher of the Hamilton Bulldogs posted a 2-0-0-1 record including a shutout victory with 82 saves for a goals-against-average of 1.26 and save percentage of .953.

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

Sept. 25 – Oct. 1: Jonathan Ang (Peterborough Petes)

Sept. 21 – Sept. 24: Michael DiPietro (Windsor Spitfires)

Spitfires’ Michael DiPietro named OHL ‘On the Run’ Player of the Week

Toronto, ON – The Ontario Hockey League today announced that Vancouver Canucks prospect Michael DiPietro of the Windsor Spitfires is the OHL ‘On the Run’ Player of the Week following the first week of 2017-18 regular season action ending September 24.

Michael DiPietro of the Windsor Spitfires. Photo by Terry Wilson / OHL Images.
Michael DiPietro of the Windsor Spitfires. Photo by Terry Wilson / OHL Images.

DiPietro backstopped the defending MasterCard Memorial Cup champions to a perfect 3-0 record making 86 saves and earning one shutout victory along with a goals-against-average of 1.00 and save percentage of .966.  In his return to WFCU Centre ice for the first time since hoisting the Memorial Cup in May as a tournament all-star and top goaltender, DiPietro began the season with a 26-save performance as the Spitfires celebrated #OHLOpeningWeek with a 3-1 victory over the Saginaw Spirit.  DiPietro continued his solid play between-the-pipes with back-to-back first star efforts including 30 saves on Friday in a 5-2 road win over the London Knights, and on Sunday with 30 stops at home blanking the Guelph Storm by a 4-0 score for the league’s first shutout of the new campaign.

An 18-year-old from Amherstburg, Ont., DiPietro is playing in his third OHL season with the Spitfires who chose him in the second round of the 2015 OHL Priority Selection.  In 51 regular season appearances a year ago he posted a 30-12-4-2 record with a team record six shutouts along with a 2.35 goals-against-average and .917 save percentage.  Last year’s six shutouts were not only a franchise mark, but contributed to setting a new career mark for Spits netminders which now stands at nine following Sunday’s win.  DiPietro was a third round pick of the Canucks in the 2017 NHL Draft.

Watch video highlights of DiPietro and the Spitfires against the Spirit, Knights, and Storm.

Also considered for the award this week was Luke Burghardt who helped the North Bay Battalion open the season with a 2-0 record scoring five goals and one assist for six points while earning first star recognition twice.  2018 NHL Draft prospect Allan McShane of the Oshawa Generals led the league with seven assists in a pair of road wins, and Tampa Bay Lightning prospect Taylor Raddysh of the defending OHL champion Erie Otters scored once with five assists for six points in three games.

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

Sept. 21 – Sept. 24: Michael DiPietro (Windsor Spitfires)

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Otters’ Dylan Strome named Pioneer Energy OHL Player of the Week

Toronto, ON – The Ontario Hockey League today announced that Arizona Coyotes prospect Dylan Strome of the Erie Otters is the Pioneer Energy OHL Player of the Week for the final playoff week ending May 14 scoring twice with five assists for seven points in three games with a plus-minus rating of plus-3.

Dylan Strome of the Erie Otters. Photo by Terry Wilson / OHL Images.
Dylan Strome of the Erie Otters. Photo by Terry Wilson / OHL Images.

Strome captained the Otters to their first Robertson Cup title since 2002 defeating the Mississauga Steelheads in five games to clinch the Rogers OHL Championship Series delivering a trio of multi-point performances down the stretch.  In Friday’s Game 5 victory on home ice, Strome’s playmaking ability helped the Otters erase a 2-0 deficit chipping in three assists in the 4-3 triumph including a pass to Anthony Cirelli in overtime for the series-winning goal at 2:41 of the extra frame.  Strome also scored a goal and an assist in Monday’s Game 3 despite a 4-3 loss, then contributed another goal and assist in Game 4 on Wednesday helping the Otters claim a 5-2 win.

As OHL champions the Otters advance to the 2017 Mastercard Memorial Cup in Windsor where they join the host Spitfires, QMJHL champion Saint John Sea Dogs, and WHL champion Seattle Thunderbirds in the 99th edition of the Canadian Hockey League’s prestigious national championship.  The Otters open competition against the Thunderbirds on Saturday.

A 20-year-old from Mississauga, Ont., Strome played four full seasons in Erie after being chosen by the Otters second overall in the 2013 OHL Priority Selection.  His 2016-17 campaign included 75 points in just 35 games played followed by a post-season where he scored 14 goals and 20 assists for 34 points in 22 playoff contests.  The third overall pick of the Coyotes in the 2015 NHL Draft is the leading scorer in Otters franchise history producing 354 points in 219 regular season games and 86 points over 69 playoff games that included a stretch of four straight appearances in the Western Conference Final.

Watch video highlights of Strome and the Otters in Game 4 and Game 5 of the Rogers OHL Championship Series, along with Strome’s post-game interview moments after hoisting the Robertson Cup.

Also considered for the award this week was Carolina Hurricanes prospect Warren Foegele who earned the Wayne Gretzky ‘99’ Award as OHL Playoff MVP scoring three goals and three assists for six points in the final three games of the series, and Tampa Bay Lightning prospects Taylor Raddysh (3g, 2a) and Anthony Cirelli (2g, 3a) who each recorded five points in three games highlighted by heroic Game 5 performances that included a hat-trick for Raddysh and Cirelli’s overtime winner.  In goal, Troy Timpano made 72 saves in three games for the Otters posting a 2-1 record with a goals-against-average of 2.99 and save percentage of .889.

2016-17 Pioneer Energy OHL Playoff Players of the Week:

May 8 – May 14: Dylan Strome (Erie Otters)
May 1 – May 7: Warren Foegele (Erie Otters)
Apr. 24 – Apr. 30: Anthony Cirelli (Erie Otters)
Apr. 17 – Apr. 23: Matthew Mancina (Mississauga Steelheads)
Apr. 10 – Apr. 16: Dylan Wells (Peterborough Petes)
Apr. 3 – Apr. 9: Joseph Raaymakers (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds)
Mar. 27 – Apr. 2: Michael McLeod (Mississauga Steelheads)
Mar. 20 – Mar. 26: Anthony Cirelli (Erie Otters)

2016-17 Pioneer Energy OHL Regular Season Players of the Week:

Mar. 13 – Mar. 19: Jacob Ingham (Mississauga Steelheads)
Mar. 6 – Mar. 12: Petrus Palmu (Owen Sound Attack)
Feb. 27 – Mar. 5: Gabriel Vilardi (Windsor Spitfires)
Feb. 20 – Feb. 26: Michael McLeod (Mississauga Steelheads)
Feb. 13 – Feb. 19: Joseph Murdaca (Erie Otters)
Feb. 6 – Feb. 12: Spencer Watson (Mississauga Steelheads)
Jan. 30 – Feb. 5: Alex DeBrincat (Erie Otters)
Jan. 23 – Jan. 29: Jeremy Helvig (Kingston Frontenacs)
Jan. 16 – Jan. 22: Hayden Hodgson (Saginaw Spirit)
Jan. 9 – Jan. 15: Kole Sherwood (Flint Firebirds)
Jan. 2 – Jan. 8: Santino Centorame (Owen Sound Attack)
Dec. 26Jan. 1: Michael McNiven (Owen Sound Attack)
Dec. 12 – Dec. 18: Dylan Wells (Peterborough Petes)
Dec. 5 – Dec. 11: Michael DiPietro (Windsor Spitfires)
Nov. 28 – Dec. 4: Alex DeBrincat (Erie Otters)
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)

Otters’ Warren Foegele named Pioneer Energy OHL Player of the Week

Toronto, ON – The Ontario Hockey League today announced that Carolina Hurricanes prospect Warren Foegele of the Erie Otters is the Pioneer Energy OHL Player of the Week for the playoff week ending May 7 after scoring two goals in two games with a plus-minus rating of plus-1.

Foegele scored a timely goal in each of the first two games of the Rogers OHL Championship Series helping the Western Conference champion Otters take a 2-0 lead against the Eastern Conference champion Mississauga Steelheads.  In Thursday’s Game 1, Foegele earned first star honours by scoring the game’s first goal early in the second period propelling the club to a 2-1 victory.  He then earned second star honours in Sunday’s Game 2 by breaking a 1-1 tie late in the third period with a breakaway goal as the Otters prevailed by a 3-2 score.  The Rogers OHL Championship Series for the J. Ross Robertson Cup continues Monday night with Game 3 and Wednesday night with Game 4 both in Mississauga.

A 21-year-old from Markham, Ont., Foegele is playing in his second OHL season and first with the Otters after being acquired midseason from the Kingston Frontenacs.  The third round pick of the Hurricanes in the 2014 NHL Draft finished the 2016-17 campaign with 63 points in 61 games including 16 goals and 16 assists in 33 games with the Otters.  So far this post-season he ranks ninth in league scoring with 10 goals and 10 assists for 20 points in 19 games.  Foegele signed his entry-level contract with the Canes in late March.

Watch video highlights of Foegele and the Otters against the Steelheads in Game 1 and Game 2 of the Rogers OHL Championship Series.

Also considered for the award was last week’s recipient Anthony Cirelli, a Tampa Bay Lightning prospect with the Otters who contributed three assists in two games, and Chicago Blackhawks prospect Alex DeBrincat who picked up two goals in Sunday’s Game 2 win.  In goal, the Steelheads’ Matthew Mancina has been outstanding despite two losses making 57 saves for a goals-against-average of 2.04 and save percentage of .934.

2016-17 Pioneer Energy OHL Playoff Players of the Week:

May 1 – May 7: Warren Foegele (Erie Otters)
Apr. 24 – Apr. 30: Anthony Cirelli (Erie Otters)
Apr. 17 – Apr. 23: Matthew Mancina (Mississauga Steelheads)
Apr. 10 – Apr. 16: Dylan Wells (Peterborough Petes)
Apr. 3 – Apr. 9: Joseph Raaymakers (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds)
Mar. 27 – Apr. 2: Michael McLeod (Mississauga Steelheads)
Mar. 20 – Mar. 26: Anthony Cirelli (Erie Otters)

2016-17 Pioneer Energy OHL Regular Season Players of the Week:

Mar. 13 – Mar. 19: Jacob Ingham (Mississauga Steelheads)
Mar. 6 – Mar. 12: Petrus Palmu (Owen Sound Attack)
Feb. 27 – Mar. 5: Gabriel Vilardi (Windsor Spitfires)
Feb. 20 – Feb. 26: Michael McLeod (Mississauga Steelheads)
Feb. 13 – Feb. 19: Joseph Murdaca (Erie Otters)
Feb. 6 – Feb. 12: Spencer Watson (Mississauga Steelheads)
Jan. 30 – Feb. 5: Alex DeBrincat (Erie Otters)
Jan. 23 – Jan. 29: Jeremy Helvig (Kingston Frontenacs)
Jan. 16 – Jan. 22: Hayden Hodgson (Saginaw Spirit)
Jan. 9 – Jan. 15: Kole Sherwood (Flint Firebirds)
Jan. 2 – Jan. 8: Santino Centorame (Owen Sound Attack)
Dec. 26Jan. 1: Michael McNiven (Owen Sound Attack)
Dec. 12 – Dec. 18: Dylan Wells (Peterborough Petes)
Dec. 5 – Dec. 11: Michael DiPietro (Windsor Spitfires)
Nov. 28 – Dec. 4: Alex DeBrincat (Erie Otters)
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)

Otters’ Anthony Cirelli named Pioneer Energy OHL Player of the Week

Toronto, ON – The Ontario Hockey League today announced that Tampa Bay Lightning prospect Anthony Cirelli of the Erie Otters is the Pioneer Energy OHL Player of the Week for the playoff week ending April 30 after recording nine points in four games scoring four goals and five assists with a plus-minus rating of plus-6.

Anthony Cirelli of the Erie Otters. Photo by Aaron Bell/OHL Images
Anthony Cirelli of the Erie Otters. Photo by Aaron Bell/OHL Images

Cirelli earns the award for a second time this post-season after producing three straight multi-point performances in three wins for the Otters who captured the Wayne Gretzky Trophy with a 4-2 series win against the Owen Sound Attack in the Western Conference Championship Series.  Cirelli chipped in with one assist despite a 6-3 loss in last Monday’s Game 3, then earned first star honours in Wednesday’s Game 4 with a goal and an assist as the Otters tied the series 2-2 with a 4-3 triumph in Owen Sound.  His strong play continued with two assists in Friday’s Game 5 leading to a 4-2 victory, then peaked in Sunday’s Game 6 series finale delivering a hat-trick plus an assist as first star of the 7-2 win.  This marks the third Wayne Gretzky Trophy for the Otters following Western Conference titles in 2015 and 2002.  They now advance to the Rogers OHL Championship Series against the Mississauga Steelheads for the J. Ross Robertson Cup beginning Thursday in Erie.

A 19-year-old from Woodbridge, ON, Cirelli is playing in his third OHL season and first with the Otters after being acquired from the Oshawa Generals in January.  In 17 playoff games he ranks fifth in scoring with 23 points including 13 goals and 10 assists.  In 25 games with Erie he scored 12 goals and 18 assists for 30 points bringing his 2016-17 totals to a career-high 25 goals and 39 assists for 64 points in 51 games.  The third round pick of the Lightning in the 2015 NHL Draft will be playing in his second OHL Championship Series after winning the 2015 title along with a Mastercard Memorial Cup with the Generals.

Watch video highlights of Cirelli and the Otters against the Attack in Game 4, Game 5, and Game 6 of the Western Conference Championship Series.

Also considered for the award this week was Otters captain and Arizona Coyotes prospect Dylan Strome with two goals and three assists for five points in four games, along with Steelheads captain and New Jersey Devils prospect Michael McLeod who scored twice with two assists for four points in two games.  In goal, Matthew Mancina backstopped the Steelheads to an Eastern Conference title capturing the Bobby Orr Trophy with a 4-0 series win over the Peterborough Petes.  In his two games last week he made 52 saves in two victories including one by shutout for an overall goals-against-average of 0.40 and save percentage of .981.

2016-17 Pioneer Energy OHL Playoff Players of the Week:

Apr. 24 – Apr. 30: Anthony Cirelli (Erie Otters)
Apr. 17 – Apr. 23: Matthew Mancina (Mississauga Steelheads)
Apr. 10 – Apr. 16: Dylan Wells (Peterborough Petes)
Apr. 3 – Apr. 9: Joseph Raaymakers (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds)
Mar. 27 – Apr. 2: Michael McLeod (Mississauga Steelheads)
Mar. 20 – Mar. 26: Anthony Cirelli (Erie Otters)

2016-17 Pioneer Energy OHL Regular Season Players of the Week:

Mar. 13 – Mar. 19: Jacob Ingham (Mississauga Steelheads)
Mar. 6 – Mar. 12: Petrus Palmu (Owen Sound Attack)
Feb. 27 – Mar. 5: Gabriel Vilardi (Windsor Spitfires)
Feb. 20 – Feb. 26: Michael McLeod (Mississauga Steelheads)
Feb. 13 – Feb. 19: Joseph Murdaca (Erie Otters)
Feb. 6 – Feb. 12: Spencer Watson (Mississauga Steelheads)
Jan. 30 – Feb. 5: Alex DeBrincat (Erie Otters)
Jan. 23 – Jan. 29: Jeremy Helvig (Kingston Frontenacs)
Jan. 16 – Jan. 22: Hayden Hodgson (Saginaw Spirit)
Jan. 9 – Jan. 15: Kole Sherwood (Flint Firebirds)
Jan. 2 – Jan. 8: Santino Centorame (Owen Sound Attack)
Dec. 26Jan. 1: Michael McNiven (Owen Sound Attack)
Dec. 12 – Dec. 18: Dylan Wells (Peterborough Petes)
Dec. 5 – Dec. 11: Michael DiPietro (Windsor Spitfires)
Nov. 28 – Dec. 4: Alex DeBrincat (Erie Otters)
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)

Steelheads’ Matthew Mancina named Pioneer Energy OHL Player of the Week

Toronto, ON – The Ontario Hockey League today announced that goaltender Matthew Mancina of the Mississauga Steelheads is the Pioneer Energy OHL Player of the Week for the playoff week ending April 23 after posting a 2-0 record including a shutout victory with a goals-against-average of 1.50 and save percentage of .944.

Mancina turned aside 51 shots last week for the Steelheads who opened the Eastern Conference Championship Series with a pair of road victories to take a 2-0 series lead against the Peterborough Petes.  In Game 1 on Thursday he made 27 saves in the 5-3 win, then recorded his first career playoff shutout stopping all 24 shots he faced in Game 2 on Saturday earning second star honours in the 3-0 triumph.  The victory improved the Steelheads’ perfect playoff road record to 8-0 and marked a sixth straight playoff win for the club and Mancina.

A 20-year-old from Tecumseh, Ont., Mancina is playing in his fourth OHL season but first with the Steelheads after being acquired from the Petes prior to the 2016-17 campaign.  So far this post-season he carries a 6-1 record with a goals-against-average of 2.44 and save percentage of .908.  Originally a third round choice of the Guelph Storm in the 2012 OHL Priority Selection, Mancina’s OHL tenure has included 157 regular season games including 76 victories between his three clubs.  The Steelheads have claimed Player of the Week honours in five of the last 11 weeks with other recipients including Spencer Watson, Jacob Ingham, and two-time winner Michael McLeod.

Watch video highlights of Mancina and the Steelheads in Game 1 and Game 2 against the Petes along with his post-game comments following Saturday’s win.Also considered for the award this week was Chicago Blackhawks prospect Alex DeBrincat who recorded seven points in three games including three goals and four assists for the Erie Otters contributing to a Game 7 victory over the London Knights and a 1-1 series split in the Western Conference Championship Series against the Owen Sound Attack.  In addition, New Jersey Devils prospect and Steelheads captain Michael McLeod picked up four points including a goal and three assists in two games last week.

2016-17 Pioneer Energy OHL Playoff Players of the Week:

Apr. 17 – Apr. 23: Matthew Mancina (Mississauga Steelheads)
Apr. 10 – Apr. 16: Dylan Wells (Peterborough Petes)
Apr. 3 – Apr. 9: Joseph Raaymakers (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds)
Mar. 27 – Apr. 2: Michael McLeod (Mississauga Steelheads)
Mar. 20 – Mar. 26: Anthony Cirelli (Erie Otters)

2016-17 Pioneer Energy OHL Regular Season Players of the Week:

Mar. 13 – Mar. 19: Jacob Ingham (Mississauga Steelheads)
Mar. 6 – Mar. 12: Petrus Palmu (Owen Sound Attack)
Feb. 27 – Mar. 5: Gabriel Vilardi (Windsor Spitfires)
Feb. 20 – Feb. 26: Michael McLeod (Mississauga Steelheads)
Feb. 13 – Feb. 19: Joseph Murdaca (Erie Otters)
Feb. 6 – Feb. 12: Spencer Watson (Mississauga Steelheads)
Jan. 30 – Feb. 5: Alex DeBrincat (Erie Otters)
Jan. 23 – Jan. 29: Jeremy Helvig (Kingston Frontenacs)
Jan. 16 – Jan. 22: Hayden Hodgson (Saginaw Spirit)
Jan. 9 – Jan. 15: Kole Sherwood (Flint Firebirds)
Jan. 2 – Jan. 8: Santino Centorame (Owen Sound Attack)
Dec. 26Jan. 1: Michael McNiven (Owen Sound Attack)
Dec. 12 – Dec. 18: Dylan Wells (Peterborough Petes)
Dec. 5 – Dec. 11: Michael DiPietro (Windsor Spitfires)
Nov. 28 – Dec. 4: Alex DeBrincat (Erie Otters)
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)

Petes’ Dylan Wells named Pioneer Energy OHL Player of the Week

Toronto, ON – The Ontario Hockey League today announced that Edmonton Oilers prospect Dylan Wells of the Peterborough Petes is the Pioneer Energy OHL Player of the Week for the playoff week ending April 16 after posting a 2-0 record with a goals-against-average of 1.50 and save percentage of .957.

Dylan Wells of the Peterborough Petes. Photo by Aaron Bell/OHL Images
Dylan Wells of the Peterborough Petes. Photo by Aaron Bell/OHL Images

Wells made 66 saves in two road games last week helping the Petes extend their playoff winning-streak to eight by completing a four-game series victory over the Kingston Frontenacs to advance to the Eastern Conference Championship Series.  In Game 3 last Tuesday in Kingston, Wells made 33 saves and earned first star honours in a 3-1 victory.  He followed that effort with another 33-save performance in Thursday’s Game 4 and became part of OHL history in the process scoring a goal into the empty-net to clinch the 6-2 victory.  Wells became the first goaltender in Petes history to score a goal, and ninth OHL goaltender all-time to accomplish the feat.  The Petes will now compete for their first Bobby Orr Trophy since 2006 up against the Mississauga Steelheads in the East Final best-of-seven series which begins Thursday night in Peterborough.

A 19-year-old from St. Catharines, Ont., Wells is playing in his third OHL season with the Petes after being chosen by the club in the second round of the 2014 OHL Priority Selection.  This season he carried a 33-15-2-2 record for the East Division champs with a goals-against-average of 3.07 and save percentage of .916.  During his eight-game winning-streak to open the post-season both his GAA and SV% have improved to marks of 1.94 and .944 respectively.  The fifth round pick of the Oilers in the 2016 NHL Draft claims the OHL’s weekly honour for the second time this season.

Watch video highlights of Wells and the Petes against the Frontenacs in Game 3 and Game 4.

Also considered for the award this week was another goaltender, Montreal Canadiens prospect Michael McNiven of the Owen Sound Attack, who backstopped his club to a berth in the Western Conference Championship Series with three wins last week including a shutout victory posting a goals-against-average of 1.67 and save percentage of .944 against the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds.  Offensively, Los Angeles Kings prospect Spencer Watson of the Mississauga Steelheads scored five goals and one assist for six points in three games against the Oshawa Generals, and Carolina Hurricanes prospect Janne Kuokkanen of the London Knights scored five goals in four games against the Erie Otters.

2016-17 Pioneer Energy OHL Playoff Players of the Week:

Apr. 10 – Apr. 16: Dylan Wells (Peterborough Petes)
Apr. 3 – Apr. 9: Joseph Raaymakers (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds)
Mar. 27 – Apr. 2: Michael McLeod (Mississauga Steelheads)
Mar. 20 – Mar. 26: Anthony Cirelli (Erie Otters)

2016-17 Pioneer Energy OHL Regular Season Players of the Week:

Mar. 13 – Mar. 19: Jacob Ingham (Mississauga Steelheads)
Mar. 6 – Mar. 12: Petrus Palmu (Owen Sound Attack)
Feb. 27 – Mar. 5: Gabriel Vilardi (Windsor Spitfires)
Feb. 20 – Feb. 26: Michael McLeod (Mississauga Steelheads)
Feb. 13 – Feb. 19: Joseph Murdaca (Erie Otters)
Feb. 6 – Feb. 12: Spencer Watson (Mississauga Steelheads)
Jan. 30 – Feb. 5: Alex DeBrincat (Erie Otters)
Jan. 23 – Jan. 29: Jeremy Helvig (Kingston Frontenacs)
Jan. 16 – Jan. 22: Hayden Hodgson (Saginaw Spirit)
Jan. 9 – Jan. 15: Kole Sherwood (Flint Firebirds)
Jan. 2 – Jan. 8: Santino Centorame (Owen Sound Attack)
Dec. 26Jan. 1: Michael McNiven (Owen Sound Attack)
Dec. 12 – Dec. 18: Dylan Wells (Peterborough Petes)
Dec. 5 – Dec. 11: Michael DiPietro (Windsor Spitfires)
Nov. 28 – Dec. 4: Alex DeBrincat (Erie Otters)
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)

Greyhounds’ Joseph Raaymakers named Pioneer Energy OHL Player of the Week

Toronto, ON – The Ontario Hockey League today announced that goaltender Joseph Raaymakers of the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds is the Pioneer Energy OHL Player of the Week for the playoff week ending April 9 after posting a 2-1 record with a goals-against-average of 1.67 and save percentage of .951.

Raaymakers stopped 98 shots in three games for the West Division champion Greyhounds who opened their Western Conference Semi-Final series last week against the Owen Sound Attack with a pair of wins on home ice.  In Game 1 last Wednesday he made 27 saves as second star of a 4-1 victory, then earned first star honours in Game 2 on Friday with 34 saves in another 4-1 decision.  On Sunday night in Owen Sound the Attack clawed back for their first win of the series, but Raaymakers stood tall earning third star recognition with 37 saves in Game 3’s 4-1 outcome.  The series continues with Game 4 on Tuesday followed by Game 5 on Friday.

Joseph Raaymakers of the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds. Photo by Terry Wilson / OHL Images.
Joseph Raaymakers of the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds. Photo by Terry Wilson / OHL Images.

A 19-year-old from Chatham, ON, Raaymakers is playing in his third season with the Greyhounds who chose him in the second round of the 2014 OHL Priority Selection.  He currently leads all netminders with a post-season goals-against-average of 1.43 and save percentage of .954 after producing marks of 3.38 and .889 in 41 regular season appearances.  He previously earned Player of the Week honours back in October and was the first of eight different goaltenders to earn the distinction in 2016-17.

Watch video highlights of Raaymakers and the Greyhounds against the Attack in Game 1, Game 2, and Game 3.

Also considered for the award this week was 2017 NHL Draft prospect Jason Robertson of the Kingston Frontenacs who led the league with six points in three games including a goal and five assists.  Additional consideration came from between-the-pipes as Edmonton Oilers prospect Dylan Wells of the Peterborough Petes made 55 saves in two second round victories posting a goals-against-average of 1.50 and save percentage of .948, while Calgary Flames prospect Tyler Parsons carried a 2-1 record including a shutout victory with 103 saves for a goals-against-average of 2.10 and save percentage of .945.

2016-17 Pioneer Energy OHL Playoff Players of the Week:

Apr. 3 – Apr. 9: Joseph Raaymakers (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds)
Mar. 27 – Apr. 2: Michael McLeod (Mississauga Steelheads)
Mar. 20 – Mar. 26: Anthony Cirelli (Erie Otters)

2016-17 Pioneer Energy OHL Regular Season Players of the Week:

Mar. 13 – Mar. 19: Jacob Ingham (Mississauga Steelheads)
Mar. 6 – Mar. 12: Petrus Palmu (Owen Sound Attack)
Feb. 27 – Mar. 5: Gabriel Vilardi (Windsor Spitfires)
Feb. 20 – Feb. 26: Michael McLeod (Mississauga Steelheads)
Feb. 13 – Feb. 19: Joseph Murdaca (Erie Otters)
Feb. 6 – Feb. 12: Spencer Watson (Mississauga Steelheads)
Jan. 30 – Feb. 5: Alex DeBrincat (Erie Otters)
Jan. 23 – Jan. 29: Jeremy Helvig (Kingston Frontenacs)
Jan. 16 – Jan. 22: Hayden Hodgson (Saginaw Spirit)
Jan. 9 – Jan. 15: Kole Sherwood (Flint Firebirds)
Jan. 2 – Jan. 8: Santino Centorame (Owen Sound Attack)
Dec. 26Jan. 1: Michael McNiven (Owen Sound Attack)
Dec. 12 – Dec. 18: Dylan Wells (Peterborough Petes)
Dec. 5 – Dec. 11: Michael DiPietro (Windsor Spitfires)
Nov. 28 – Dec. 4: Alex DeBrincat (Erie Otters)
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)