67’s Sasha Chmelevski named OHL ‘On the Run’ Player of the Week

Toronto, ON – The Ontario Hockey League today announced that San Jose Sharks prospect Sasha Chmelevski of the Ottawa 67’s is the OHL ‘On the Run’ Player of the Week for the playoff week ending May 5 with six points in two games including three goals and three assists and a plus-minus rating of plus-3.

Chmelevski produced a pair of multi-point performances for the 67’s who opened the Rogers OHL Championship Series with two victories over the Guelph Storm on home ice to extend their perfect post-season to a record 14 straight wins.  He earned first star honours in Game 1 on Thursday night with two goals and two assists as part of the 7-2 win, then scored the game-winner and tallied an assist in Game 2 on Saturday as the 67’s held on for the 4-3 triumph.  The 14 straight wins beats the previous playoff record of 13 consecutive won by the 2016 London Knights that capped their Robertson Cup run, and the 1988 Windsor Spitfires who were a perfect 12-0 during their championship campaign.  The 67’s will look to continue their historic streak in Game 3 set for Monday night in Guelph.

A 19-year-old from Northville, Michigan, Chmelevski is currently second in OHL playoff scoring with 27 points in just 14 games netting nine goals with 18 assists.  He’s spent almost his entire OHL tenure with the 67’s joining the club during his rookie season after being chosen by the Sarnia Sting in the first round of the 2015 OHL Priority Selection.  Over his 216 game career, Chmelevski has scored 102 goals and 111 assists for 213 points while being recognized for his achievements off the ice as the 2017 OHL and CHL Scholastic Player of the Year.  He would later be chosen by the Sharks in the sixth round of the 2017 NHL Draft and represented Team USA with silver at the 2019 IIHF World Junior Championship.

Watch video highlights of Chmelevski and the 67’s against the Storm in Game 1 and Game 2.

Also considered for the award this week was Lucas Chiodo who extended his own perfect playoff streak for the 67’s with points now in 14-straight games including a goal and three assists in the first two games of the Rogers OHL Championship Series.  On the Guelph Storm side, St. Louis Blues prospect Alexey Toropchenko has scored three goals in his last three games.  In goal, Cedrick Andree made his playoff debut in unexpected circumstances but posted the victory for the 67’s making 26 saves in relief of the injured Michael DiPietro finishing with a goals-against-average of 1.33 and save percentage of .963 in his 45 minutes of work.  He becomes the first goaltender to win a relief appearance during an OHL final while facing more than 20 shots in the last 20 years.

2018-19 OHL ‘On the Run’ Players of the Week – Playoffs:
Apr. 29 – May 5: Sasha Chmelevski (Ottawa 67’s)
Apr. 22 – Apr. 28: Dmitri Samorukov (Guelph Storm)
Apr. 15 – Apr. 21: Marco Rossi (Ottawa 67’s)
Apr. 8 – Apr. 14: Kyle Keyser (Oshawa Generals)
Apr. 1 – Apr. 7: Tye Felhaber (Ottawa 67’s)
Mar. 25 – Mar. 31: Stephen Dhillon (Niagara IceDogs)
Mar. 18 – Mar. 24: Evan Bouchard (London Knights)

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

Mar. 11 – Mar. 17: Jason Robertson (Niagara IceDogs)
Mar. 4 – Mar. 10: Greg Meireles (Kitchener Rangers)
Feb. 25 – Mar. 3: Nate Schnarr (Guelph Storm)
Feb. 18 – Feb. 24: Stephen Dhillon (Niagara IceDogs)
Feb. 11 – Feb. 17: Nando Eggenberger (Oshawa Generals)
Feb. 4 – Feb. 10: Jacob Ingham (Mississauga Steelheads)
Jan. 28 – Feb. 3: Riley Damiani (Kitchener Rangers)
Jan. 21 – Jan. 27: Liam Foudy (London Knights)
Jan. 14 – Jan. 20: Morgan Frost (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds)
Jan. 7 – Jan. 13: Isaac Ratcliffe (Guelph Storm)
Dec. 31 – Jan. 6: Arthur Kaliyev (Hamilton Bulldogs)
Dec. 24 – Dec. 30: Kyle Maksimovich (Erie Otters)
Dec. 10 – Dec. 16: Andrew MacLean (Owen Sound Attack)
Dec. 3 – Dec. 9: Brett Neumann (Kingston Frontenacs)
Nov. 26 – Dec. 2: Jason Robertson (Niagara IceDogs)
Nov. 19 – Nov. 25: Morgan Frost (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds)
Nov. 12 – Nov. 18: Owen Tippett (Mississauga Steelheads)
Nov. 5 – Nov. 11: Jason Robertson (Kingston Frontenacs)
Oct. 29 – Nov. 4: Kevin Hancock (Owen Sound Attack)
Oct. 22 – Oct. 28: Stephen Dhillon (Niagara IceDogs)
Oct. 15 – Oct. 21: Justin Brazeau (North Bay Battalion)
Oct. 8 – Oct. 14: Damien Giroux (Saginaw Spirit)
Oct. 1 – Oct. 7: Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen (Sudbury Wolves)
Sept. 24 – Sept. 30: Lucas Chiodo (Barrie Colts)
Sept. 19 – Sept. 23: Akil Thomas (Niagara IceDogs)

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Storm’s Dmitri Samorukov named OHL ‘On the Run’ Player of the Week

Toronto, ON – The Ontario Hockey League today announced that Edmonton Oilers prospect Dmitri Samorukov of the Guelph Storm is the OHL ‘On the Run’ Player of the Week for the playoff week ending April 28 with eight points in four games including four goals and four assists and a plus-minus rating of plus-5.

Samorukov delivered a first star performance when the Storm needed it most facing elimination on the road in Game 5 of the Western Conference Championship Series.  The defenceman scored his first career hat-trick and added an assist in the 4-0 victory on Friday night to push the series to Game 6 on Sunday where he contributed two assists in the 5-1 victory.  He also chipped in an assist in Game 3 of the series won 5-2 by the Storm last Monday, and scored a goal despite the 4-1 loss in Game 4 on Wednesday.  The series now comes down to Game 7 for the Wayne Gretzky Trophy on Monday night in Saginaw with the winner advancing to the Rogers OHL Championship Series against the Ottawa 67’s.

A 19-year-old from Volgograd, Russia, Samorukov is eighth in OHL playoff scoring with 20 points in 17 games accumulating eight goals and 12 assists.  He’s played three full seasons with the Storm since being chosen second overall in the 2016 CHL Import Draft.  This season was his most productive offensively with 45 points in 59 games scoring 10 goals with 35 assists while also winning bronze with Russia at the 2019 IIHF World Junior Championship.  Samorukov was selected by the Oilers in the third round of the 2017 NHL Draft.

Watch video highlights of Samorukov and the Storm against the Spirit in Game 3, Game 4, Game 5, and Game 6.

Also considered for the award this week was Storm forward Nick Suzuki, a Montreal Canadiens prospect, who also produced eight points in four games including one goal with seven assists.  Dallas Stars prospect Tye Felhaber helped deliver an Eastern Conference title for the Ottawa 67’s with two goals in Game 4 against the Oshawa Generals scoring the game-tying marker and overtime winner to secure the Bobby Orr Trophy.  In goal, Anthony Popovich of the Storm played to a 3-1 record including a shutout victory making 80 saves in total for a goals-against-average of 1.77 and save percentage of .920.

2018-19 OHL ‘On the Run’ Players of the Week – Playoffs:
Apr. 22 – Apr. 28: Dmitri Samorukov (Guelph Storm)
Apr. 15 – Apr. 21: Marco Rossi (Ottawa 67’s)
Apr. 8 – Apr. 14: Kyle Keyser (Oshawa Generals)
Apr. 1 – Apr. 7: Tye Felhaber (Ottawa 67’s)
Mar. 25 – Mar. 31: Stephen Dhillon (Niagara IceDogs)
Mar. 18 – Mar. 24: Evan Bouchard (London Knights)

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

Mar. 11 – Mar. 17: Jason Robertson (Niagara IceDogs)
Mar. 4 – Mar. 10: Greg Meireles (Kitchener Rangers)
Feb. 25 – Mar. 3: Nate Schnarr (Guelph Storm)
Feb. 18 – Feb. 24: Stephen Dhillon (Niagara IceDogs)
Feb. 11 – Feb. 17: Nando Eggenberger (Oshawa Generals)
Feb. 4 – Feb. 10: Jacob Ingham (Mississauga Steelheads)
Jan. 28 – Feb. 3: Riley Damiani (Kitchener Rangers)
Jan. 21 – Jan. 27: Liam Foudy (London Knights)
Jan. 14 – Jan. 20: Morgan Frost (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds)
Jan. 7 – Jan. 13: Isaac Ratcliffe (Guelph Storm)
Dec. 31 – Jan. 6: Arthur Kaliyev (Hamilton Bulldogs)
Dec. 24 – Dec. 30: Kyle Maksimovich (Erie Otters)
Dec. 10 – Dec. 16: Andrew MacLean (Owen Sound Attack)
Dec. 3 – Dec. 9: Brett Neumann (Kingston Frontenacs)
Nov. 26 – Dec. 2: Jason Robertson (Niagara IceDogs)
Nov. 19 – Nov. 25: Morgan Frost (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds)
Nov. 12 – Nov. 18: Owen Tippett (Mississauga Steelheads)
Nov. 5 – Nov. 11: Jason Robertson (Kingston Frontenacs)
Oct. 29 – Nov. 4: Kevin Hancock (Owen Sound Attack)
Oct. 22 – Oct. 28: Stephen Dhillon (Niagara IceDogs)
Oct. 15 – Oct. 21: Justin Brazeau (North Bay Battalion)
Oct. 8 – Oct. 14: Damien Giroux (Saginaw Spirit)
Oct. 1 – Oct. 7: Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen (Sudbury Wolves)
Sept. 24 – Sept. 30: Lucas Chiodo (Barrie Colts)
Sept. 19 – Sept. 23: Akil Thomas (Niagara IceDogs)

 

67’s Marco Rossi named OHL ‘On the Run’ Player of the Week

Toronto, ON – The Ontario Hockey League today announced that rookie Marco Rossi of the Ottawa 67’s is the OHL ‘On the Run’ Player of the Week for the playoff week ending April 21 with eight points in three games scoring four goals and four assists with a plus-minus rating of plus-2.

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Marco Rossi of the Ottawa 67’s. Photo by OHL Images

Rossi extended his personal point-streak to eight games with a trio of multi-point performances last week that helped the Ottawa 67’s stay perfect in post-season play taking a 3-0 series lead against the Oshawa Generals for the Eastern Conference Championship.  Rossi found the back of the net in all three games beginning Thursday night in the third round series opener where he tallied twice and added two assists as first star of the 6-4 victory.  He scored the game-winner and added an assist in Saturday’s 7-3 triumph in Game 2, then produced the same stat line Sunday in Game 3 netting the insurance marker plus a helper in the 5-1 road win.  The series continues Wednesday in Oshawa where they 67’s have the opportunity to capture their first Bobby Orr Trophy since 2005.

A 17-year-old from Feldkirch, Austria, Rossi leads all first year players in playoff scoring with 15 points in 11 games including five goals and 10 assists.  The 18th overall pick in the 2018 CHL Import Draft was voted to the OHL’s Second All-Rookie Team at centre following a 2018-19 campaign where he delivered 29 goals and 36 assists for 65 points in 53 games.  Born September 23, 2001, Rossi will be eligible for the 2020 NHL Draft.

Watch video highlights of Rossi and the 67’s against the Generals in Game 1, Game 2, and Game 3.

Also considered for the award this week was fellow rookie Cole Perfetti of the Saginaw Spirit who scored three goals and two assists for five points in two wins to open the Western Conference Championship Series against the Guelph Storm.  Storm captain and Philadelphia Flyers prospect Isaac Ratcliffe scored four goals and two assists for six points in three games which included a Game 7 victory against the London Knights.  In goal, Vancouver Canucks prospect Michael DiPietro of the 67’s posted a 3-0 record making 69 saves for a goals-against-average of 2.67 and save percentage of .896.

2018-19 OHL ‘On the Run’ Players of the Week – Playoffs:
Apr. 15 – Apr. 21: Marco Rossi (Ottawa 67’s)
Apr. 8 – Apr. 14: Kyle Keyser (Oshawa Generals)
Apr. 1 – Apr. 7: Tye Felhaber (Ottawa 67’s)
Mar. 25 – Mar. 31: Stephen Dhillon (Niagara IceDogs)
Mar. 18 – Mar. 24: Evan Bouchard (London Knights)

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

Mar. 11 – Mar. 17: Jason Robertson (Niagara IceDogs)
Mar. 4 – Mar. 10: Greg Meireles (Kitchener Rangers)
Feb. 25 – Mar. 3: Nate Schnarr (Guelph Storm)
Feb. 18 – Feb. 24: Stephen Dhillon (Niagara IceDogs)
Feb. 11 – Feb. 17: Nando Eggenberger (Oshawa Generals)
Feb. 4 – Feb. 10: Jacob Ingham (Mississauga Steelheads)
Jan. 28 – Feb. 3: Riley Damiani (Kitchener Rangers)
Jan. 21 – Jan. 27: Liam Foudy (London Knights)
Jan. 14 – Jan. 20: Morgan Frost (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds)
Jan. 7 – Jan. 13: Isaac Ratcliffe (Guelph Storm)
Dec. 31 – Jan. 6: Arthur Kaliyev (Hamilton Bulldogs)
Dec. 24 – Dec. 30: Kyle Maksimovich (Erie Otters)
Dec. 10 – Dec. 16: Andrew MacLean (Owen Sound Attack)
Dec. 3 – Dec. 9: Brett Neumann (Kingston Frontenacs)
Nov. 26 – Dec. 2: Jason Robertson (Niagara IceDogs)
Nov. 19 – Nov. 25: Morgan Frost (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds)
Nov. 12 – Nov. 18: Owen Tippett (Mississauga Steelheads)
Nov. 5 – Nov. 11: Jason Robertson (Kingston Frontenacs)
Oct. 29 – Nov. 4: Kevin Hancock (Owen Sound Attack)
Oct. 22 – Oct. 28: Stephen Dhillon (Niagara IceDogs)
Oct. 15 – Oct. 21: Justin Brazeau (North Bay Battalion)
Oct. 8 – Oct. 14: Damien Giroux (Saginaw Spirit)
Oct. 1 – Oct. 7: Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen (Sudbury Wolves)
Sept. 24 – Sept. 30: Lucas Chiodo (Barrie Colts)
Sept. 19 – Sept. 23: Akil Thomas (Niagara IceDogs)

Generals’ Kyle Keyser named OHL ‘On the Run’ Player of the Week

Toronto, ON – The Ontario Hockey League today announced that Boston Bruins prospect Kyle Keyser of the Oshawa Generals is the OHL ‘On the Run’ Player of the Week for the playoff week ending April 14 posting a 3-0-0-0 record with a goals-against-average of 1.67 and save percentage of .952.

Keyser was the backbone for the Generals last week making 100 saves in three straight wins to turn the tide in the Eastern Conference Semi-Finals against the Niagara IceDogs.  Trailing 2-0 in the second round series but headed back to Oshawa, Keyser made 28 saves in Tuesday’s Game 3 earning second star honours in the 4-1 victory.  The Generals would even the series in Game 4 on Thursday with Keyser stopping 36 shots and receiving third star honours in the 7-3 win.  Keyser made another 36 saves in Saturday’s Game 5 in Niagara and once again earned third star recognition this time in a 3-1 win to put the Generals one win away from the Eastern Conference Championship Series.  Game 6 of the series goes Monday night in Oshawa.

A 20-year-old from Coral Springs, Florida, Keyser currently leads all OHL goaltenders with a playoff goals-against-average of 2.10 while his .943 save percentage is also a top mark.  He’s in his fourth OHL season and third with the Generals after playing his rookie season with the Flint Firebirds where he was a fourth round pick in the 2015 OHL Priority Selection.  Keyser went undrafted in the NHL but signed a Free Agent entry-level contract with the Bruins in October, 2017.  During the 2018-19 regular season he posted a 32-8-3-0 record with two shutouts, a 2.75 GAA, and .915 SV%, in 47 of his 120 career games as a General.

Watch video highlights of Keyser and the Generals against the IceDogs in Game 3, Game 4, and Game 5.

Also considered for the award this week was Montreal Canadiens prospect Nick Suzuki who scored five goals and five assists for 10 points in four games helping the Guelph Storm force a Game 7 against the London Knights in their Western Conference Semi-Final series.  In addition, Philadelphia Flyers prospect Morgan Frost of the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds scored four goals and four assists for eight points in four games against the Saginaw Spirit, and Kyle Maksimovich of the Ottawa 67’s scored three goals and one assist for four points in two games against the Sudbury Wolves.

2018-19 OHL ‘On the Run’ Players of the Week – Playoffs:
Apr. 8 – Apr. 14: Kyle Keyser (Oshawa Generals)
Apr. 1 – Apr. 7: Tye Felhaber (Ottawa 67’s)
Mar. 25 – Mar. 31: Stephen Dhillon (Niagara IceDogs)
Mar. 18 – Mar. 24: Evan Bouchard (London Knights)

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

Mar. 11 – Mar. 17: Jason Robertson (Niagara IceDogs)
Mar. 4 – Mar. 10: Greg Meireles (Kitchener Rangers)
Feb. 25 – Mar. 3: Nate Schnarr (Guelph Storm)
Feb. 18 – Feb. 24: Stephen Dhillon (Niagara IceDogs)
Feb. 11 – Feb. 17: Nando Eggenberger (Oshawa Generals)
Feb. 4 – Feb. 10: Jacob Ingham (Mississauga Steelheads)
Jan. 28 – Feb. 3: Riley Damiani (Kitchener Rangers)
Jan. 21 – Jan. 27: Liam Foudy (London Knights)
Jan. 14 – Jan. 20: Morgan Frost (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds)
Jan. 7 – Jan. 13: Isaac Ratcliffe (Guelph Storm)
Dec. 31 – Jan. 6: Arthur Kaliyev (Hamilton Bulldogs)
Dec. 24 – Dec. 30: Kyle Maksimovich (Erie Otters)
Dec. 10 – Dec. 16: Andrew MacLean (Owen Sound Attack)
Dec. 3 – Dec. 9: Brett Neumann (Kingston Frontenacs)
Nov. 26 – Dec. 2: Jason Robertson (Niagara IceDogs)
Nov. 19 – Nov. 25: Morgan Frost (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds)
Nov. 12 – Nov. 18: Owen Tippett (Mississauga Steelheads)
Nov. 5 – Nov. 11: Jason Robertson (Kingston Frontenacs)
Oct. 29 – Nov. 4: Kevin Hancock (Owen Sound Attack)
Oct. 22 – Oct. 28: Stephen Dhillon (Niagara IceDogs)
Oct. 15 – Oct. 21: Justin Brazeau (North Bay Battalion)
Oct. 8 – Oct. 14: Damien Giroux (Saginaw Spirit)
Oct. 1 – Oct. 7: Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen (Sudbury Wolves)
Sept. 24 – Sept. 30: Lucas Chiodo (Barrie Colts)
Sept. 19 – Sept. 23: Akil Thomas (Niagara IceDogs)

67’s’ Tye Felhaber named OHL ‘On the Run’ Player of the Week

Toronto, ON – The Ontario Hockey League today announced that Dallas Stars prospect Tye Felhaber of the Ottawa 67’s is the OHL ‘On the Run’ Player of the Week for the playoff week ending April 7 scoring four goals with two assists for six points in two games while recording a plus-minus rating of plus-3.

Felhaber becomes the first 67’s player to be recognized this season after producing a pair of multi-point performances to help his club open their Eastern Conference Semi-Final series with two home wins against the Sudbury Wolves.  After scoring 59 times with three hat-tricks during the regular season, Felhaber broke out with his first three goals of the post-season in Friday’s series opener which earned him second star honours in the 8-5 victory.  He scored again in Game 2 on Sunday and added two assists in the 5-0 shutout victory giving him 10 points in six playoff games to date.  The series continues with Game 3 on Tuesday and Game 4 on Thursday night in Sudbury.

A 20-year-old from Pembroke, Ont., Felhaber has played five full seasons amassing 285 points in 311 career games since being chosen in the first round of the 2014 OHL Priority Selection by the Saginaw Spirit.  This season he finished tied for third in OHL scoring with 109 points in 68 games achieving personal bests in goals and assists helping the 67’s finish first overall while setting a new points record.  A finalist for the Red Tilson Trophy for Most Outstanding Player of the Year and the Leo Lalonde Memorial Trophy for Overage Player of the Year, Felhaber signed a NHL entry-level contract with the Stars last month.

Watch video highlights of Felhaber and the 67’s against the Wolves in Game 1 and Game 2.

Also considered for the award this week was Florida Panthers prospect Owen Tippett of the Saginaw Spirit with three goals and three assists for six points in two games against the Soo Greyhounds, Minnesota Wild prospect Ivan Lodnia of the Niagara IceDogs who also had six points in two games scoring once with five assists against the Oshawa Generals, and Kevin Hancock of the London Knights who scored three goals and two assists for five points in two games against the Guelph Storm.  In goal, Arizona Coyotes prospect Ivan Prosvetov of the Spirit won twice while stopping 76 shots for a goals-against-average of 1.00 and save percentage of .974.

2018-19 OHL ‘On the Run’ Players of the Week – Playoffs:
Apr. 1 – Apr. 7: Tye Felhaber (Ottawa 67’s)
Mar. 25 – Mar. 31: Stephen Dhillon (Niagara IceDogs)
Mar. 18 – Mar. 24: Evan Bouchard (London Knights)

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

Mar. 11 – Mar. 17: Jason Robertson (Niagara IceDogs)
Mar. 4 – Mar. 10: Greg Meireles (Kitchener Rangers)
Feb. 25 – Mar. 3: Nate Schnarr (Guelph Storm)
Feb. 18 – Feb. 24: Stephen Dhillon (Niagara IceDogs)
Feb. 11 – Feb. 17: Nando Eggenberger (Oshawa Generals)
Feb. 4 – Feb. 10: Jacob Ingham (Mississauga Steelheads)
Jan. 28 – Feb. 3: Riley Damiani (Kitchener Rangers)
Jan. 21 – Jan. 27: Liam Foudy (London Knights)
Jan. 14 – Jan. 20: Morgan Frost (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds)
Jan. 7 – Jan. 13: Isaac Ratcliffe (Guelph Storm)
Dec. 31 – Jan. 6: Arthur Kaliyev (Hamilton Bulldogs)
Dec. 24 – Dec. 30: Kyle Maksimovich (Erie Otters)
Dec. 10 – Dec. 16: Andrew MacLean (Owen Sound Attack)
Dec. 3 – Dec. 9: Brett Neumann (Kingston Frontenacs)
Nov. 26 – Dec. 2: Jason Robertson (Niagara IceDogs)
Nov. 19 – Nov. 25: Morgan Frost (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds)
Nov. 12 – Nov. 18: Owen Tippett (Mississauga Steelheads)
Nov. 5 – Nov. 11: Jason Robertson (Kingston Frontenacs)
Oct. 29 – Nov. 4: Kevin Hancock (Owen Sound Attack)
Oct. 22 – Oct. 28: Stephen Dhillon (Niagara IceDogs)
Oct. 15 – Oct. 21: Justin Brazeau (North Bay Battalion)
Oct. 8 – Oct. 14: Damien Giroux (Saginaw Spirit)
Oct. 1 – Oct. 7: Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen (Sudbury Wolves)
Sept. 24 – Sept. 30: Lucas Chiodo (Barrie Colts)
Sept. 19 – Sept. 23: Akil Thomas (Niagara IceDogs)

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

Toronto, ON – The Ontario Hockey League today announced that goaltender Stephen Dhillon of the Niagara IceDogs is the OHL ‘On the Run’ Player of the Week for the playoff week ending March 31 carrying a 3-0 record including two shutouts with an overall goals-against-average of 1.00 and save percentage of .959.

Dhillon is recognized for a third time this season after turning aside 70 shots over the final three games of the IceDogs’ Eastern Conference Quarter-Final series against the North Bay Battalion.  With the series tied 1-1 headed north, Dhillon stopped 20 shots in Game 3 on Tuesday night earning third star honours in a 6-0 win then made 23 saves in Game 4 on Thursday to preserve the 5-3 victory.  Dhillon and the IceDogs wrapped up the series at home in Game 5 on Friday before a national audience on Sportsnet with a 27-save performance as third star of the 4-0 triumph.  It was the third time Dhillon was perfect between-the-pipes against the Troops which marks the first time the league has seen a trio of shutouts in a single playoff series since JP Anderson and the Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors against the Belleville Bulls in 2011.  The IceDogs will now face the Oshawa Generals in the Eastern Conference Semi-Finals beginning Friday night.

A 20-year-old from Buffalo, New York, Dhillon has been a five-year member of the IceDogs since joining the club as a third round pick in the 2014 OHL Priority Selection.  Through five playoff games he carries a goals-against-average of 1.41 and save percentage of .943 after a record setting 2018-19 regular season where he set franchise marks for single season and career wins with 38 and 98 respectively.  His 197 career games played is also the most by any IceDogs goaltender.

Watch video highlights of Dhillon and the IceDogs against the Battalion in Game 3, Game 4, and Game 5.

Also considered for the award this week was Chicago Blackhawks prospect Adam Boqvist of the London Knights who scored six goals in two wins against the Windsor Spitfires.  In addition, Arizona Coyotes prospect Barrett Hayton of the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds scored twice with six assists for eight points in three wins against the Owen Sound Attack while teammate Jaden Peca picked up eight assists.  Ottawa Senators prospect Alex Formenton of the Knights also recorded eight points accumulating one goal and seven assists in two games.

2018-19 OHL ‘On the Run’ Players of the Week – Playoffs:
Mar. 25 – Mar. 31: Stephen Dhillon (Niagara IceDogs)
Mar. 18 – Mar. 24: Evan Bouchard (London Knights)

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

Mar. 11 – Mar. 17: Jason Robertson (Niagara IceDogs)
Mar. 4 – Mar. 10: Greg Meireles (Kitchener Rangers)
Feb. 25 – Mar. 3: Nate Schnarr (Guelph Storm)
Feb. 18 – Feb. 24: Stephen Dhillon (Niagara IceDogs)
Feb. 11 – Feb. 17: Nando Eggenberger (Oshawa Generals)
Feb. 4 – Feb. 10: Jacob Ingham (Mississauga Steelheads)
Jan. 28 – Feb. 3: Riley Damiani (Kitchener Rangers)
Jan. 21 – Jan. 27: Liam Foudy (London Knights)
Jan. 14 – Jan. 20: Morgan Frost (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds)
Jan. 7 – Jan. 13: Isaac Ratcliffe (Guelph Storm)
Dec. 31 – Jan. 6: Arthur Kaliyev (Hamilton Bulldogs)
Dec. 24 – Dec. 30: Kyle Maksimovich (Erie Otters)
Dec. 10 – Dec. 16: Andrew MacLean (Owen Sound Attack)
Dec. 3 – Dec. 9: Brett Neumann (Kingston Frontenacs)
Nov. 26 – Dec. 2: Jason Robertson (Niagara IceDogs)
Nov. 19 – Nov. 25: Morgan Frost (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds)
Nov. 12 – Nov. 18: Owen Tippett (Mississauga Steelheads)
Nov. 5 – Nov. 11: Jason Robertson (Kingston Frontenacs)
Oct. 29 – Nov. 4: Kevin Hancock (Owen Sound Attack)
Oct. 22 – Oct. 28: Stephen Dhillon (Niagara IceDogs)
Oct. 15 – Oct. 21: Justin Brazeau (North Bay Battalion)
Oct. 8 – Oct. 14: Damien Giroux (Saginaw Spirit)
Oct. 1 – Oct. 7: Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen (Sudbury Wolves)
Sept. 24 – Sept. 30: Lucas Chiodo (Barrie Colts)
Sept. 19 – Sept. 23: Akil Thomas (Niagara IceDogs)

Knights’ Evan Bouchard named OHL ‘On the Run’ Player of the Week

Toronto, ON – The Ontario Hockey League today announced that Edmonton Oilers prospect Evan Bouchard of the London Knights is the OHL ‘On the Run’ Player of the Week for the first week of playoff action ending March 24 with seven points in two games including two goals and five assists along with a plus-minus rating of plus-3.

Bouchard led the league in scoring over the first weekend of post-season action for the Western Conference’s first place Knights powered by a pair of multi-point performances to start their quest for an OHL title with home ice wins over the Windsor Spitfires.  In Game 1 on Friday night Bouchard matched a season high with four points by scoring twice at even strength and adding two assists on the power play as first star of the 4-3 victory.  He then contributed three assists in Game 2 on Sunday earning third star honours in the 5-0 shutout win.  The first round series shifts to Windsor for Game’s 3 and 4 on Tuesday and Thursday night.

A 19-year-old from Oakville, Ont., Bouchard becomes the first defenceman to earn the league’s weekly award in 2018-19.  The Knights captain is playing in his fourth season with the club after being chosen in the first round of the 2015 OHL Priority Selection.  Despite playing in just 45 regular season games this year he produced 53 points including 16 goals and 37 assists finishing with the league’s second best points-per-game average among defencemen at 1.18.  The first round pick by the Oilers in the 2018 NHL Draft eclipsed the 200 point plateau for his OHL career during his final regular season outing also capping a March where he was named OHL Defenceman of the Month.  He finishes his four-year tenure in London with 54 goals and 147 assists for 201 points in 223 games.

Watch video highlights of Bouchard and the Knights against the Spitfires in Game 1 and Game 2.

Also considered for the award this week was Florida Panthers prospect Owen Tippett of the Saginaw Spirit who scored three goals and three assists for six points in two wins against the Sarnia Sting, and NHL Draft prospect Graeme Clarke of the Ottawa 67’s who scored five goals across a pair of wins against the Hamilton Bulldogs.  In goal, Boston Bruins prospect Kyle Keyser of the Oshawa Generals posted a 2-0 record in first round action against the Peterborough Petes which included one shutout while making a total of 58 saves for a goals-against-average of 1.00 and save percentage of .967.

2018-19 OHL ‘On the Run’ Players of the Week – Playoffs:
Mar. 18 – Mar. 24: Evan Bouchard (London Knights)

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

Mar. 11 – Mar. 17: Jason Robertson (Niagara IceDogs)
Mar. 4 – Mar. 10: Greg Meireles (Kitchener Rangers)
Feb. 25 – Mar. 3: Nate Schnarr (Guelph Storm)
Feb. 18 – Feb. 24: Stephen Dhillon (Niagara IceDogs)
Feb. 11 – Feb. 17: Nando Eggenberger (Oshawa Generals)
Feb. 4 – Feb. 10: Jacob Ingham (Mississauga Steelheads)
Jan. 28 – Feb. 3: Riley Damiani (Kitchener Rangers)
Jan. 21 – Jan. 27: Liam Foudy (London Knights)
Jan. 14 – Jan. 20: Morgan Frost (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds)
Jan. 7 – Jan. 13: Isaac Ratcliffe (Guelph Storm)
Dec. 31 – Jan. 6: Arthur Kaliyev (Hamilton Bulldogs)
Dec. 24 – Dec. 30: Kyle Maksimovich (Erie Otters)
Dec. 10 – Dec. 16: Andrew MacLean (Owen Sound Attack)
Dec. 3 – Dec. 9: Brett Neumann (Kingston Frontenacs)
Nov. 26 – Dec. 2: Jason Robertson (Niagara IceDogs)
Nov. 19 – Nov. 25: Morgan Frost (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds)
Nov. 12 – Nov. 18: Owen Tippett (Mississauga Steelheads)
Nov. 5 – Nov. 11: Jason Robertson (Kingston Frontenacs)
Oct. 29 – Nov. 4: Kevin Hancock (Owen Sound Attack)
Oct. 22 – Oct. 28: Stephen Dhillon (Niagara IceDogs)
Oct. 15 – Oct. 21: Justin Brazeau (North Bay Battalion)
Oct. 8 – Oct. 14: Damien Giroux (Saginaw Spirit)
Oct. 1 – Oct. 7: Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen (Sudbury Wolves)
Sept. 24 – Sept. 30: Lucas Chiodo (Barrie Colts)
Sept. 19 – Sept. 23: Akil Thomas (Niagara IceDogs)

IceDogs’ Jason Robertson named OHL ‘On the Run’ Player of the Week

Toronto, ON – The Ontario Hockey League today announced that Dallas Stars prospect Jason Robertson of the Niagara IceDogs is the OHL ‘On the Run’ Player of the Week for the final week of regular season action ending March 17 with 11 points in three games including five goals and six assists with a plus-minus rating of plus-7.

Robertson delivered a trio of multi-point performances that not only clinched the OHL scoring title but helped the IceDogs win all three games to secure the Central Division crown and second place in the Eastern Conference standings with a final regular season record of 44-17-7-0.  On Thursday night Robertson contributed to every IceDogs goal scoring twice with two assists as first star of a 4-2 win over the Mississauga Steelheads.  He produced the same stat line on Saturday night as second star of a 7-4 road win against the Barrie Colts with his efforts helping teammates Ben Jones and Akil Thomas join him in the OHL’s 100-point club.  Robertson finished the season on Sunday afternoon in North Bay scoring once with two assists and first star honours in the 8-3 victory over the Battalion in what turned out to be a first round playoff preview.  The IceDogs have now won six straight games and will begin their best-of-seven series against the Battalion on Thursday night in St. Catharines.

A 19-year-old from Northville, Michigan, Robertson becomes the league’s first three-time recipient of the weekly award.  While he was recognized once as a member of the Kingston Frontenacs, this still marks the fifth time it was earned by an IceDogs player.  The second round pick of the Stars in the 2017 NHL Draft finishes the season with a league leading 117 points from 48 goals and 69 assists in 62 games and was part of an IceDogs offence that led the entire OHL with 326 goals.

Watch video highlights of Robertson and the IceDogs against the Wolves, Colts, and Battalion.

Also considered for the award this week was top OHL goal scorer and second overall point getter Justin Brazeau who finished his regular season with six goals and five assists for 11 points in his last four games, and Calgary Flames prospect Adam Ruzicka of the Sudbury Wolves who scored six goals with two assists for eight points in three games.  In goal, Los Angeles Kings prospect Matthew Villalta of the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds posted a 2-0-0-0 record stopping 53 shots for a goals-against-average of 1.20 and save percentage of .964.

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

Mar. 11 – Mar. 17: Jason Robertson (Niagara IceDogs)
Mar. 4 – Mar. 10: Greg Meireles (Kitchener Rangers)
Feb. 25 – Mar. 3: Nate Schnarr (Guelph Storm)
Feb. 18 – Feb. 24: Stephen Dhillon (Niagara IceDogs)
Feb. 11 – Feb. 17: Nando Eggenberger (Oshawa Generals)
Feb. 4 – Feb. 10: Jacob Ingham (Mississauga Steelheads)
Jan. 28 – Feb. 3: Riley Damiani (Kitchener Rangers)
Jan. 21 – Jan. 27: Liam Foudy (London Knights)
Jan. 14 – Jan. 20: Morgan Frost (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds)
Jan. 7 – Jan. 13: Isaac Ratcliffe (Guelph Storm)
Dec. 31 – Jan. 6: Arthur Kaliyev (Hamilton Bulldogs)
Dec. 24 – Dec. 30: Kyle Maksimovich (Erie Otters)
Dec. 10 – Dec. 16: Andrew MacLean (Owen Sound Attack)
Dec. 3 – Dec. 9: Brett Neumann (Kingston Frontenacs)
Nov. 26 – Dec. 2: Jason Robertson (Niagara IceDogs)
Nov. 19 – Nov. 25: Morgan Frost (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds)
Nov. 12 – Nov. 18: Owen Tippett (Mississauga Steelheads)
Nov. 5 – Nov. 11: Jason Robertson (Kingston Frontenacs)
Oct. 29 – Nov. 4: Kevin Hancock (Owen Sound Attack)
Oct. 22 – Oct. 28: Stephen Dhillon (Niagara IceDogs)
Oct. 15 – Oct. 21: Justin Brazeau (North Bay Battalion)
Oct. 8 – Oct. 14: Damien Giroux (Saginaw Spirit)
Oct. 1 – Oct. 7: Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen (Sudbury Wolves)
Sept. 24 – Sept. 30: Lucas Chiodo (Barrie Colts)
Sept. 19 – Sept. 23: Akil Thomas (Niagara IceDogs)

Rangers’ Greg Meireles named OHL ‘On the Run’ Player of the Week

Toronto, ON – The Ontario Hockey League today announced that forward Greg Meireles of the Kitchener Rangers is the OHL ‘On the Run’ Player of the Week for the regular season week ending March 10 after recording nine points in three games including two goals and seven assists with a plus-minus rating of plus-2.

Meireles led the league in scoring last week and extended his personal point-streak to 17 straight games while helping the Rangers pick up a pair of wins to clinch a berth in the Western Conference playoffs.  On Wednesday night he chipped in two assists despite a 5-3 road loss to the Hamilton Bulldogs, but rebounded Friday night with a goal and three assists to match a season-high earning second star honours in an 8-4 win over the Erie Otters.  His week wrapped up Sunday afternoon in Guelph with a goal and two assists and second star recognition as part of the 5-2 victory over the Storm.  Six of Meireles’ nine points were produced with the man advantage for the Rangers who own the league’s best power play operating at just over 28% efficiency.  Meireles was part of a dangerous unit that filled the game sheets for the blue shirts over the weekend as both Riley Damiani and Joseph Garreffa tallied seven points, while Jonathan Yantsis picked up six points in three games.  The Rangers currently occupy fifth place in the standings with a 32-29-3-1 record.

A 20-year-old from Ottawa, Ont., Meireles is playing in his fourth season with the Rangers who chose him in the first round of the 2015 OHL Priority Selection.  Not only does Meireles lead the Rangers in scoring, he’s currently ranked tenth overall in the league with career-high offensive figures that include 92 points with 34 goals and 58 assists in 65 games.  The alternate captain’s 17-game point-streak is the league’s longest active run and two games shy of the 19-game streaks recorded by Jason Robertson of the Niagara IceDogs and Hugo Leufvenius of the Sarnia Sting.  Meireles is the second member of the Rangers to win the award this season following Riley Damiani in February.

Watch video highlights of Meireles and the Rangers against the Bulldogs, Otters, and Storm.

Also considered for the award this week was Arizona Coyotes prospect Liam Kirk of the Peterborough Petes with four goals and three assists for seven points in three games, and Los Angeles Kings prospect Akil Thomas of the Niagara IceDogs who scored three goals and four assists for seven points in three games.  In goal, Buffalo Sabres prospect Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen of the Sudbury Wolves went 2-1-0-0 making 91 saves in total for a goals-against-average of 1.01 and save percentage of .968 while establishing a new franchise record with his sixth shutout of the season.

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

Mar. 4 – Mar. 10: Greg Meireles (Kitchener Rangers)
Feb. 25 – Mar. 3: Nate Schnarr (Guelph Storm)
Feb. 18 – Feb. 24: Stephen Dhillon (Niagara IceDogs)
Feb. 11 – Feb. 17: Nando Eggenberger (Oshawa Generals)
Feb. 4 – Feb. 10: Jacob Ingham (Mississauga Steelheads)
Jan. 28 – Feb. 3: Riley Damiani (Kitchener Rangers)
Jan. 21 – Jan. 27: Liam Foudy (London Knights)
Jan. 14 – Jan. 20: Morgan Frost (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds)
Jan. 7 – Jan. 13: Isaac Ratcliffe (Guelph Storm)
Dec. 31 – Jan. 6: Arthur Kaliyev (Hamilton Bulldogs)
Dec. 24 – Dec. 30: Kyle Maksimovich (Erie Otters)
Dec. 10 – Dec. 16: Andrew MacLean (Owen Sound Attack)
Dec. 3 – Dec. 9: Brett Neumann (Kingston Frontenacs)
Nov. 26 – Dec. 2: Jason Robertson (Niagara IceDogs)
Nov. 19 – Nov. 25: Morgan Frost (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds)
Nov. 12 – Nov. 18: Owen Tippett (Mississauga Steelheads)
Nov. 5 – Nov. 11: Jason Robertson (Kingston Frontenacs)
Oct. 29 – Nov. 4: Kevin Hancock (Owen Sound Attack)
Oct. 22 – Oct. 28: Stephen Dhillon (Niagara IceDogs)
Oct. 15 – Oct. 21: Justin Brazeau (North Bay Battalion)
Oct. 8 – Oct. 14: Damien Giroux (Saginaw Spirit)
Oct. 1 – Oct. 7: Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen (Sudbury Wolves)
Sept. 24 – Sept. 30: Lucas Chiodo (Barrie Colts)
Sept. 19 – Sept. 23: Akil Thomas (Niagara IceDogs)

Storm’s Nate Schnarr named OHL ‘On the Run’ Player of the Week

Toronto, ON – The Ontario Hockey League today announced that Arizona Coyotes prospect Nate Schnarr of the Guelph Storm is the OHL ‘On the Run’ Player of the Week for the regular season week ending March 3 after scoring 13 points in four games including four goals and nine assists with a plus-minus rating of plus-11.

Schnarr produced a trio of multi-point efforts last week including a career-high five point performance on Sunday helping the Storm extend their winning-streak to seven.  The contest featured his second hat-trick of the season plus two assists in the familiar confines of the Kitchener Memorial Auditorium near his hometown Waterloo where he earned second star honours in an 8-4 win over the Rangers.  This came following Friday’s 11-4 victory on home ice against the Windsor Spitfires where Schnarr matched his previous high of four points with a goal and three assists earning third star recognition.  His week also included a single assist contribution on Wednesday night in Erie as part of a 4-3 overtime win over the Otters, and began with three primary helpers on Tuesday in a 7-3 win over the London Knights.  The Storm have locked up home ice advantage for the first round of the OHL Playoffs and are currently in fourth place in the Western Conference standings with a 36-16-6-4 record just five points behind third place Sault Ste. Marie with six games remaining.

Schnarr, who turned 20-years-old on February 25, has been part of the Storm organization since being chosen in the third round of the 2015 OHL Priority Selection.  This season has been the most productive offensively of his three full years ranking seventh overall in the league with 96 points in 59 games including 31 goals and 65 assists after generating 39 points across 57 games a year ago.  Schnarr was a third round pick by the Coyotes in the 2017 NHL Draft and signed his entry-level contract with the club in December.  He becomes the second member of the Storm to win the award this season following captain Isaac Ratcliffe in January.

Watch video highlights of Schnarr and the Storm against the Knights, Otters, Spitfires, and Rangers.

Also considered for the award this week was fellow Storm forward Nick Suzuki, a Montreal Canadiens prospect, who also had 13 points in four games with three goals and 10 assists.  Next in line was Joseph Garreffa of the Rangers who picked up nine points in three games including three goals and six assists.  In goal, fellow Coyotes prospect Ivan Prosvetov of the Saginaw Spirit posted a 2-0-0-0 record including his fourth shutout victory of the season making a total of 47 saves for a goals-against-average of 1.50 and save percentage of .940.

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

Feb. 25 – Mar. 3: Nate Schnarr (Guelph Storm)
Feb. 18 – Feb. 24: Stephen Dhillon (Niagara IceDogs)
Feb. 11 – Feb. 17: Nando Eggenberger (Oshawa Generals)
Feb. 4 – Feb. 10: Jacob Ingham (Mississauga Steelheads)
Jan. 28 – Feb. 3: Riley Damiani (Kitchener Rangers)
Jan. 21 – Jan. 27: Liam Foudy (London Knights)
Jan. 14 – Jan. 20: Morgan Frost (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds)
Jan. 7 – Jan. 13: Isaac Ratcliffe (Guelph Storm)
Dec. 31 – Jan. 6: Arthur Kaliyev (Hamilton Bulldogs)
Dec. 24 – Dec. 30: Kyle Maksimovich (Erie Otters)
Dec. 10 – Dec. 16: Andrew MacLean (Owen Sound Attack)
Dec. 3 – Dec. 9: Brett Neumann (Kingston Frontenacs)
Nov. 26 – Dec. 2: Jason Robertson (Niagara IceDogs)
Nov. 19 – Nov. 25: Morgan Frost (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds)
Nov. 12 – Nov. 18: Owen Tippett (Mississauga Steelheads)
Nov. 5 – Nov. 11: Jason Robertson (Kingston Frontenacs)
Oct. 29 – Nov. 4: Kevin Hancock (Owen Sound Attack)
Oct. 22 – Oct. 28: Stephen Dhillon (Niagara IceDogs)
Oct. 15 – Oct. 21: Justin Brazeau (North Bay Battalion)
Oct. 8 – Oct. 14: Damien Giroux (Saginaw Spirit)
Oct. 1 – Oct. 7: Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen (Sudbury Wolves)
Sept. 24 – Sept. 30: Lucas Chiodo (Barrie Colts)
Sept. 19 – Sept. 23: Akil Thomas (Niagara IceDogs)