CHL Announces Weekly Award Winners

OHL sweeps weekly honours with Kaliyev and Prosvetov

Bulldogs’ Arthur Kaliyev named CHL Player of the Week

Toronto, ON – The Canadian Hockey League today announced that NHL Draft prospect Arthur Kaliyev of the Hamilton Bulldogs is the CHL Player of the Week for the regular season week ending January 6 after scoring seven goals with four assists for 11 points in four games with a plus-minus rating of plus-2.

Kaliyev helped the defending OHL champion Bulldogs earn seven of a possible eight points by producing four multi-point performances.  He closed out the 2018 calendar with two goals on New Year’s Eve in a 4-3 shootout win over the Erie Otters, then contributed a goal and an assist on Wednesday starting 2019 with a 7-1 win over the Kingston Frontenacs.  The projected first round NHL pick earned first star honours on Saturday with two goals including the overtime winner plus an assist in a 4-3 victory against the Sarnia Sting, then matched a season-high on Sunday with four points including a pair of goals and assists in a 6-5 shootout loss to the Niagara IceDogs where he was awarded third star recognition.  The Bulldogs are battling to stay in the OHL’s Eastern Conference playoff picture sporting an 18-18-3-1 record which currently puts them in eighth.

Arthur Kaliyev of the Hamilton Bulldogs. Photo by Terry Wilson / OHL Images.
Arthur Kaliyev of the Hamilton Bulldogs. Photo by Terry Wilson / OHL Images.

A 17-year-old from Staten Island, New York, Kaliyev was chosen by the Bulldogs in the second round of the 2017 OHL Priority Selection.  The sophomore ranks fourth in OHL scoring with 31 goals and 32 assists for 63 points in 40 games.  His 31 goals equal an impressive rookie total produced over 68 games a year ago where he compiled 48 points.  Kaliyev is among the 40 CHL players invited to compete in the 2019 Sherwin-Williams CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game and one of 11 ‘A’ rated prospects by NHL Central Scouting.

Also considered for the award this week was San Jose Sharks prospect Ivan Chekhovich of the Baie-Comeau Drakkar with two goals and nine assists for 11 points in four games, and Noah Philp of the Seattle Thunderbirds with four goals and four assists for eight points in three games.

2018-19 CHL Players of the Week – Regular Season:

Dec. 31 – Jan. 6: Arthur Kaliyev (Hamilton Bulldogs)
Dec. 24 – Dec. 30: Kyle Maksimovich (Erie Otters)
Dec. 10 – Dec. 16: Justin Brazeau (North Bay Battalion)
Dec. 3 – Dec. 9: Ivan Chekhovich (Baie-Comeau Drakkar)
Nov. 26 – Dec. 2: Gregor MacLeod (Drummondville Voltigeurs)
Nov. 19 – Nov. 25: Brett Leason (Prince Albert Raiders)
Nov. 12 – Nov. 18: Peter Abbandonato (Rouyn-Noranda Huskies)
Nov. 5 – Nov. 11: Jason Robertson (Kingston Frontenacs)
Oct. 29 – Nov. 4: Joachim Blichfeld (Portland Winterhawks)
Oct. 22 – Oct. 28: Ivan Chekhovich (Baie-Comeau Drakkar)
Oct. 15 – Oct. 21: Justin Brazeau (North Bay Battalion)
Oct. 8 – Oct. 14: Damien Giroux (Saginaw Spirit)
Oct. 1 – Oct. 7: Dawson Davidson (Saskatoon Blades)
Sept. 24 – Sept. 30: Luka Burzan (Brandon Wheat Kings)
Sept. 19 – Sept. 23: Kirby Dach (Saskatoon Blades)

Spirit’s Ivan Prosvetov named Vaughn CHL Goaltender of the Week

Toronto, ON – The Canadian Hockey League today announced that Arizona Coyotes prospect Ivan Prosvetov of the Saginaw Spirit is the Vaughan CHL Goaltender of the Week for the regular season week ending January 6 posting a 3-0-0-0 record including one shutout for a goals-against-average of 1.00 and save percentage of .969.

Prosvetov turned aside 93 shots last week helping the OHL’s Spirit stay hot with wins in 10 of their last 11 games including six straight victories to improve their West Division record to 24-11-2-2 just one point behind first place Sault Ste. Marie.  The highlight of his week was undoubtedly Sunday’s shutout performance with an incredible 54 saves to earn first star honours of the 2-0 decision over the Sudbury Wolves.  The 54 saves is the most recorded by an OHL goaltender in a shutout effort since Sudbury’s Alain Valiquette made 57 back in March, 2011.  Prosvetov’s week also included 21 saves in a 9-1 win over the Flint Firebirds on Wednesday, and 18 saves in a 5-2 win over the Kitchener Rangers on Saturday.

A 19-year-old from Moscow, Russia, Prosvetov joined the Spirit this season after being chosen 13th overall in the 2018 CHL Import Draft.  He’s compiled a 20-6-1-0 record with an OHL best three shutout victories and powered recently by eight straight wins.  The fourth round pick by the Coyotes in the 2018 NHL Draft also has an overall goals-against-average of 3.07 and save percentage of .902.

Also considered for the award this week was Matthew Welsh of the Charlottetown Islanders who stopped 98 shots across a trio of victories while carrying a goals-against-average of 1.33 and save percentage of .961.  In the WHL, NHL Draft prospect Nolan Maier of the Saskatoon Blades posted a 3-0-0-0 record making a total of 76 saves for a goals-against-average of 1.65 and save percentage of .938.

2018-19 Vaughn CHL Goaltenders of the Week – Regular Season:

Dec. 31 – Jan. 6: Ivan Prosvetov (Saginaw Spirit)
Dec. 24 – Dec. 30: Cedrick Andree (Ottawa 67’s)
Dec. 10 – Dec. 16: Mads Sogaard (Medicine Hat Tigers)
Dec. 3 – Dec. 9: Dustin Wolf (Everett Silvertips)
Nov. 26 – Dec. 2: Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen (Sudbury Wolves)
Nov. 19 – Nov. 25: Kyle Jessiman (Baie-Comeau Drakkar)
Nov. 12 – Nov. 18: Ian Scott (Prince Albert Raiders)
Nov. 5 – Nov. 11: Michael DiPietro (Windsor Spitfires)
Oct. 29 – Nov. 4: Joseph Raaymakers (London Knights)
Oct. 22 – Oct. 28: Stephen Dhillon (Niagara IceDogs)
Oct. 15 – Oct. 21: Émile Samson (Blainville-Boisbriand Armada)
Oct. 8 – Oct. 14: Alexis Gravel (Halifax Mooseheads)
Oct. 1 – Oct. 7: Trent Miner (Vancouver Giants)
Sept. 24 – Sept. 30: Luke Richardson (Kitchener Rangers)
Sept. 19 – Sept. 23: Hunter Jones (Peterborough Petes)

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Bulldogs’ Arthur Kaliyev named OHL ‘On the Run’ Player of the Week

Toronto, ON – The Ontario Hockey League today announced that NHL Draft prospect Arthur Kaliyev of the Hamilton Bulldogs is the OHL ‘On the Run’ Player of the Week for the regular season week ending January 6 recording 11 points in four games which included scoring seven goals and four assists with a plus-minus rating of plus-2.

Arthur Kaliyev of the Hamilton Bulldogs. Photo by Aaron Bell/OHL Images
Arthur Kaliyev of the Hamilton Bulldogs Photo by Aaron Bell/OHL Images

Kaliyev produced four straight multi-point performances including three multi-goal efforts to help the Bulldogs earn seven of a possible eight points in a busy second week following the league’s holiday break.  He scored two goals on New Year’s Eve as the defending champions celebrated the end of a special 2018 in style defeating the Erie Otters 4-3 in a shootout.  His week continued Wednesday with a goal and an assist as part of a 7-1 win over the Kingston Frontenacs, then Saturday when he scored two goals including the OT winner while adding an assist as first star of 4-3 triumph over the Sarnia Sting.  On Sunday he matched a season-high with four points tallying twice with two assists earning third star honours despite a 6-5 shootout loss to the Niagara IceDogs.  The recent success has brought Hamilton’s record back up to .500 where they stand 18-18-3-1 holding onto eighth place in the Eastern Conference standings.

A 17-year-old from Staten Island, New York, Kaliyev is playing in his second season with the Bulldogs who chose him in the second round of the 2017 OHL Priority Selection.  He’s currently fourth in league scoring with 63 points in 40 games featuring 31 goals to match his rookie total that set a franchise record for most goals by a 16-year-old.  Eligible for the 2019 NHL Draft, Kaliyev was given an ‘A’ rating by NHL Central Scouting in their December ‘Players to Watch’ list identifying first round candidates.

Watch video highlights of Kaliyev and the Bulldogs against the Otters, Frontenacs, Sting, and IceDogs.

Also considered for the award this week was Alan Lyszczarczyk of the Mississauga Steelheads who also recorded 11 points in four games including four goals and seven assists, and Anthony Salinitri of the Oshawa Generals who scored six goals and four assists for 10 points in four games.  In goal, Arizona Coyotes prospect Ivan Prosvetov of the Saginaw Spirit posted a 3-0-0-0 record including a shutout victory with a goals-against-average of 1.00 and save percentage of .969.  His Sunday shutout against the Wolves featured 54 saves which is the most in a shutout by an OHL goaltender since Sudbury’s Alain Valiquette made 57 saves back in March, 2011.

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

Dec. 31 – Jan. 6: Arthur Kaliyev (Hamilton Bulldogs)
Dec. 24 – Dec. 30: Kyle Maksimovich (Erie Otters)
Dec. 10 – Dec. 16: Andrew MacLean (Owen Sound Attack)
Dec. 3 – Dec. 9: Brett Neumann (Kingston Frontenacs)
Nov. 26 – Dec. 2: Jason Robertson (Niagara IceDogs)
Nov. 19 – Nov. 25: Morgan Frost (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds)
Nov. 12 – Nov. 18: Owen Tippett (Mississauga Steelheads)
Nov. 5 – Nov. 11: Jason Robertson (Kingston Frontenacs)
Oct. 29 – Nov. 4: Kevin Hancock (Owen Sound Attack)
Oct. 22 – Oct. 28: Stephen Dhillon (Niagara IceDogs)
Oct. 15 – Oct. 21: Justin Brazeau (North Bay Battalion)
Oct. 8 – Oct. 14: Damien Giroux (Saginaw Spirit)
Oct. 1 – Oct. 7: Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen (Sudbury Wolves)
Sept. 24 – Sept. 30: Lucas Chiodo (Barrie Colts)
Sept. 19 – Sept. 23: Akil Thomas (Niagara IceDogs)

OHL Announces Academic Players of the Month for December

Toronto, ON – The Ontario Hockey League today announced the OHL Academic Players of the Month for December 2018, including defenceman Thomas Harley of the Mississauga Steelheads, goaltenders Tye Austin of the Peterborough Petes and Mack Guzda of the Owen Sound Attack as well as forward Jordan Frasca of the Windsor Spitfires.

East Division: Peterborough Petes rookie goaltender Tye Austin is the OHL East Division Academic Player of the Month for December. The 16-year-old from Dunrobin, Ont. is currently excelling in his Grade 11 studies at Thomas A. Stewart Secondary School, posting a 90% average over university level Chemistry, Visual Arts and Environmental Science courses. “Tye is highly motivated to succeed and he is invested in his school work,” said Petes academic advisor Kim Driscoll. “His ability to balance his academic and hockey commitments is a direct result of his work ethic and determination. Peterborough’s third round (43rd overall pick) in 2018, Austin has played in eight games this season, going 1-2-0-0 with a 4.51 goals-against average and .876 save percentage. He earned his first career OHL victory on Nov. 25th in Hamilton.

Central Division: Draft eligible Mississauga Steelheads defenceman Thomas Harley is the OHL Central Division Academic Player of the Month for December. The 17-year-old from Syracuse, NY, has maintained an 81.25% average in his Grade 12 studies at Philip Pocock Catholic Secondary School, taking on a course load that includes English, Kinesiology, Physics and Co-op programs. The 6-foot-3, 183Ib defender has 29 points (6-23–29) over 36 games this season and has been selected to compete in the 2019 Sherwin-Williams CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game later this month in Red Deer, Alta. Harley was Mississauga’s first round (14th overall) pick in 2017 from the Vaughan Kings Minor Midgets.

Midwest Division: Draft eligible Owen Sound Attack sophomore netminder Mack Guzda is the OHL Midwest Division Academic Player of the Month for December. The 17-year-old from Knoxville, Tenn. carries an overall average of 97% in Grade 12 studies at K12 International Academy, a course load that includes British & World Literature, Government & Politics, Trigonometry, Criminal Justice and Environmental Science. The OHL’s Ivan Tennant Award winner in 2017-18, Guzda currently holds a 100% average in his British & World Literature course. “Mack continues to demonstrate the remarkable commitment to education that won him last year’s Ivan Tennant Award,” said Attack academic advisor Sarah Rowe. “He is to be commended for the incredible success he has achieved in his full load of academic courses. He is the epitome of the student athlete.” Now in his second OHL season, Guzda is 11-9-1-1 with a 3.42 goals-against average and an .883 save percentage with two shutouts over 25 games.

West Division: Windsor Spitfires forward Jordan Frasca is the OHL West Division Academic Player of the Month for December. The 17-year-old from Caledon, Ont. carries an 85% average in his Grade 12 studies at St. Anne High School in Windsor. Frasca is currently studying university level Chemistry, Functions, Business Leadership and English. In 29 games this season, the 6-foot-1, 176Ib left-winger has 15 points (6-9–15). Frasca was Windsor’s seventh round pick in the 2017 OHL Priority Selection from the Mississauga Senators Minor Midgets. He spent last season with the Chatham Maroons Jr. B club, recording 38 points (12-26–38) over 43 games.

2018-19 OHL Academic Players of the Month:

East Division:
December – Tye Austin (Peterborough Petes)
November – Will Cranley (Ottawa 67’s)
October – Nick Wong (Oshawa Generals)

Central Division:
December – Thomas Harley (Mississauga Steelheads)
November – Peter Stratis (Sudbury Wolves)
October – Jonah De Simone (Niagara IceDogs)

Midwest Division:
December – Mack Guzda (Owen Sound Attack)
November – Gerard Keane (London Knights)
October – Isaac Langdon (Kitchener Rangers)

West Division:
December – Jordan Frasca (Windsor Spitfires)
November – Cole MacKay (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds)
October – Colton Kammerer (Sarnia Sting)

Last season, the OHL Centrally Administered Scholarship Program facilitated scholarships for 321 OHL Alumni at 66 different academic institutions across North America with a total scholarship payment in excess of $3.2 million. Since the 2007-08 season, OHL Scholarship payments have totaled more than $22 million.

Click here for more information about ‘OHL Players First’ programs.

MacLean and Hrudey to Coach 2019 Sherwin-Williams CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game

Toronto, ON – The Canadian Hockey League is proud to announce the coaching staffs for the Sherwin-Williams CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game set for Wednesday January 23, 2019, hosted by the Western Hockey League’s Red Deer Rebels.

Top Prospects Game


Making the move from broadcast to bench for the 24th annual showcase of the CHL’s top NHL Draft eligible prospects are members of Sportsnet’s Hockey Night in Canada broadcast team including host Ron MacLean and analyst Kelly Hrudey.  Joining them are a pair of CHL alumni and former NHL stars in the province of Alberta including former Edmonton Oilers forward Dave Hunter and Calgary Flames defenceman Robyn Regehr.  Rounding out the coaching staffs are current WHL bench bosses Brent Sutter of the host Rebels and Marc Habscheid of the Prince Albert Raiders. 


MacLean will lead Team Cherry alongside Hunter and Sutter, with Hrudey assigned to Team Orr with Regehr and Habscheid.


“On behalf of the Canadian Hockey League it is with great pride that we welcome Ron MacLean and Kelly Hrudey as head coaches of the 2019 Sherwin-Williams CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game,” said CHL President David Branch. “Their participation with alumni Dave Hunter and Robyn Regehr, and CHL coaches Brent Sutter and Marc Habscheid, will make this a special experience for the players and for the great hockey fans in Red Deer and across the province of Alberta.”


A Red Deer native, MacLean has been part of the Hockey Night in Canada broadcast team since 1986.  In 2014 he joined Sportsnet and began hosting the newly created Rogers Hometown Hockey which is in the midst of its fifth season.  The multi Gemini Award winner was inducted into the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame in 1996, the Oakville Sports Hall of Fame in 2015, and received a star on Canada’s Walk of Fame in 2016.  MacLean’s on-ice experience includes a successful officiating career working his way up to Level V certification with Hockey Canada.


Hrudey spent three seasons between-the-pipes for the Medicine Hat Tigers from 1978-81 and was a WHL Second Team All-Star his final year.  The Edmonton native was chosen 38th overall by the New York Islanders in the 1980 NHL Entry Draft starting a 15-year career that would also take him to the Los Angeles Kings and San Jose Sharks accumulating 677 games in the crease.  Upon retirement, Hrudey became a full-time studio analyst with Hockey Night in Canada in 1998 and joined the Sportsnet broadcast team in 2014.


Hunter won three Stanley Cups with the Oilers in 1984, 1985, and 1987 playing parts of 10 NHL seasons with the organization.  His career spanned 746 games between Edmonton, the Pittsburgh Penguins, and the Winnipeg Jets amassing 323 points after being originally chosen 17th overall by the Montreal Canadiens in the 1978 NHL Amateur Draft.  The Petrolia, Ont., native played his major junior hockey with the Sudbury Wolves and is the older brother to Dale and Mark Hunter who currently serve as head coach and general manager of the OHL’s London Knights.


A member of Team Orr back in the 1998 showcase at Maple Leaf Gardens, Regehr would be selected 19th overall by the Colorado Avalanche later that season.  The Rosthern, Sask., native spent three seasons with the Kamloops Blazers from 1996-99 and was a First Team All-Star his final year.  He ranks first all-time in games played by a Flames defenceman with 826 and finished his career with 1,090 games which included stops in Buffalo and Los Angeles where he won the Stanley Cup in 2014 with the Kings one year before his retirement.


Sutter’s tenure with the Rebels began in 1999 as coach and general manager and in just his second season hoisted the Memorial Cup as champions of the 2000-01 season.  He spent two seasons as head coach of the New Jersey Devils from 2007-09 highlighted by a franchise record 51-win campaign his second year, then spent three seasons with the Flames from 2009-12 before returning to Red Deer.  As a player the native of Viking was one of six brothers to play in the NHL.  Following a WHL playing career in Lethbridge, Sutter played 1,111 NHL games winning two Stanley Cups with the Islanders.


Habscheid currently leads the CHL’s top ranked Raiders serving behind the bench in Prince Albert for the fourth straight season.  This season he’s poised to coach his 1000th WHL game with previous positions in Kamloops, Kelowna, Chilliwack, and Victoria.  He won Coach of the Year honours in 2003 the same year he helped the Rockets hoist the Ed Chynoweth Cup, then won the Memorial Cup on home ice in 2004.  The Swift Current, Sask., native played for the Saskatoon Blades from 1979-82 before playing parts of 11 NHL seasons beginning with the Oilers in 1981.


Support staff for the event include members of the host Rebels working with Team Cherry, and members of the Edmonton Oil Kings with Team Orr.


The 40 players selected to compete in this event will be split into Team Cherry and Team Orr and will be announced in the coming weeks.


2019 Sherwin-Williams CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game Staff:


Team Cherry:
Head Coach – Ron MacLean
Assistant Coach – Dave Hunter
Assistant Coach – Brent Sutter
Athletic Therapist – Terence Robertson
Trainer – Dave ‘Radar’ Horning

Team Orr:
Head Coach – Kelly Hrudey
Assistant Coach – Robyn Regehr
Assistant Coach – Marc Habscheid
Athletic Therapist – Brian Cheeseman
Equipment Manager – Rogan Dean


MacLean becomes the 24th different head coach to participate in this event since 1996 with a list that already includes Hrudey who participated opposite Tiger Williams back in 2002.  Don Cherry has been involved 17 times while fellow event builder Bobby Orr has coached 13 different times.  Past coaches also include John Davidson (2005), Michel Bergeron and Pat Burns opposite Scotty Bowman and Jacques Demers (2007), Glenn Anderson and Grant Fuhr against Lanny McDonald and Mike Vernon (2008), Doug Gilmour and Wendel Clark (2011), Pat Quinn against Mark Recchi (2012), Mike McPhee (2013), Jim Peplinski against Tim Hunter (2014), Simon Gagne against Guy Chouinard (2017), and Eric Lindros (2018).


The 2019 Sherwin-Williams CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game is proudly supported by title partner Sherwin-Williams, and CHL associate sponsors CIBC, Kia Canada, Cooper Tires, and Kubota Canada.  The game will be broadcast live across Canada on Sportsnet and TVA Sports, and in the United States on NHL Network.

Tickets are still available and can be purchased via reddeerrebels.com or ticketsalberta.com.  For further ticket details please contact the Rebels office at 403-341-6000.

For more event information please visit http://sherwin-williamstopprospects.ca.

Kia CHL Top 10 Rankings

Toronto, ON – The Canadian Hockey League today announced the week fifteen edition of the Kia CHL Top-10 Rankings for the 2018-19 season.  The weekly rankings of the CHL’s Top-10 teams are selected by a panel of National Hockey League scouts.

Kia CHL Top 10 Rankings – Week 15:

Rank: Team: Last Week Rank: Number of Weeks Ranked:
1 Prince Albert Raiders (34-3-0-1) 1 13
2 Rouyn-Noranda Huskies (30-7-0-1) 2 12
3 Ottawa 67’s (27-7-3-1) 3 12
4 London Knights (25-5-3-1) 4 11
5 Everett Silvertips (29-7-1-1) 5 6
6 Drummondville Voltigeurs (27-8-1-0) 6 10
7 Halifax Mooseheads (26-8-1-1) 7 15
8 Baie-Comeau Drakkar (25-9-2-1) 9 13
9 Niagara IceDogs (22-8-5-0) 10 5
10 Vancouver Giants (23-10-2-0) 8 13
Honourable Mention:
Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds (22-9-4-1) 3
Charlottetown Islanders (23-10-2-1) 1
Moose Jaw Warriors (20-8-5-1) 0

 

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CHL Announces Weekly Award Winners

Otters’ Kyle Maksimovich named CHL Player of the Week

Toronto, ON – The Canadian Hockey League today announced that Erie Otters captain Kyle Maksimovich is the CHL Player of the Week for the regular season week ending December 30 recording seven points in two games including four goals and three assists with a plus-minus rating of plus-3.

Maksimovich started the schedule’s second half with a pair of multi-point efforts while reaching a personal milestone and climbing the Otters record books during the club’s Michigan road trip.  His return from the holiday break featured a hat-trick performance plus an assist as first star of Friday’s 9-2 win over the Flint Firebirds, then a goal and two assists as third star of Saturday’s 6-4 loss to the Saginaw Spirit.  Maksimovich continued his strong play into the New Year with a pair of assists in Monday’s 4-3 shootout loss to the Hamilton Bulldogs to close 2018.  Over the weekend he became just the ninth player in Otters history to reach the century mark for career goals while moving into fifth on the club’s all-time points list.  The Otters are currently battling for a spot in the OHL’s Western Conference playoffs where they sit in ninth place with a 14-20-1-1 record trailing the Windsor Spitfires by three points.

A 20-year-old from Hamilton, Ont., Maksimovich is playing in his fifth career season with the Otters after being chosen in the third round of the 2014 OHL Priority Selection.  He’s currently ninth in league scoring with 51 points in 36 games tallying 20 goals and 31 assists.  The 2017 OHL champion has played in 289 career games for Erie scoring 100 goals and 176 assists for 276 points.

Also considered for the award this week was San Jose Sharks prospect Noah Gregor of the Prince Albert Raiders with five goals and two assists for seven points in three games, and defenceman Yann-Felix Lapointe of the Sherbrooke Phoenix who scored twice with two assists for four points in two games.

2018-19 CHL Players of the Week – Regular Season:

Dec. 24 – Dec. 30: Kyle Maksimovich (Erie Otters)
Dec. 10 – Dec. 16: Justin Brazeau (North Bay Battalion)
Dec. 3 – Dec. 9: Ivan Chekhovich (Baie-Comeau Drakkar)
Nov. 26 – Dec. 2: Gregor MacLeod (Drummondville Voltigeurs)
Nov. 19 – Nov. 25: Brett Leason (Prince Albert Raiders)
Nov. 12 – Nov. 18: Peter Abbandonato (Rouyn-Noranda Huskies)
Nov. 5 – Nov. 11: Jason Robertson (Kingston Frontenacs)
Oct. 29 – Nov. 4: Joachim Blichfeld (Portland Winterhawks)
Oct. 22 – Oct. 28: Ivan Chekhovich (Baie-Comeau Drakkar)
Oct. 15 – Oct. 21: Justin Brazeau (North Bay Battalion)
Oct. 8 – Oct. 14: Damien Giroux (Saginaw Spirit)
Oct. 1 – Oct. 7: Dawson Davidson (Saskatoon Blades)
Sept. 24 – Sept. 30: Luka Burzan (Brandon Wheat Kings)
Sept. 19 – Sept. 23: Kirby Dach (Saskatoon Blades)

67’s’ Cedrick Andree named Vaughn CHL Goaltender of the Week

Toronto, ON – The Canadian Hockey League today announced that Cedrick Andree of the Ottawa 67’s is the Vaughn CHL Goaltender of the Week for the regular season week ending December 30 posting a 2-0-0-0 record with a goals-against-average of 1.50 and save percentage of .951.

Andree started the schedule’s second half with 58 saves in two victories for the OHL’s Eastern Conference leading 67’s against their toughest competition in the standings.  His return from the holiday break featured a 30-save performance as first star of Friday’s 4-1 win against the second place Niagara IceDogs, then 28 saves during Sunday’s 5-2 win over the third place Oshawa Generals.  The 67’s currently hold a 27-7-3-1 record for 58 points and despite a New Year’s Eve loss to Niagara on Monday, still lead the IceDogs by nine points.

An 18-year-old from Orleans, Ont., Andree is playing in his second season for his hometown team after being chosen in the 12th round of the 2016 OHL Priority Selection.  He currently leads the OHL in wins carrying an overall record of 23-4-1-1 while his goals-against-average of 2.56 and save percentage of .909 are among the league’s leaders.

Also considered for the award this week was Ottawa Senators prospect Kevin Mandolese of the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles who posted a 1-0-0-1 record stopping 60 shots for a goals-against-average of 2.31 and save percentage of .923.  In the WHL, Dean McNabb of the Regina Pats who his only start against the top ranked Prince Albert Raiders stopping 43 shots in the 2-1 road victory for a goals-against-average of 1.00 and save percentage of .977.

2018-19 Vaughn CHL Goaltenders of the Week – Regular Season:

Dec. 24 – Dec. 30: Cedrick Andree (Ottawa 67’s)
Dec. 10 – Dec. 16: Mads Sogaard (Medicine Hat Tigers)
Dec. 3 – Dec. 9: Dustin Wolf (Everett Silvertips)
Nov. 26 – Dec. 2: Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen (Sudbury Wolves)
Nov. 19 – Nov. 25: Kyle Jessiman (Baie-Comeau Drakkar)
Nov. 12 – Nov. 18: Ian Scott (Prince Albert Raiders)
Nov. 5 – Nov. 11: Michael DiPietro (Windsor Spitfires)
Oct. 29 – Nov. 4: Joseph Raaymakers (London Knights)
Oct. 22 – Oct. 28: Stephen Dhillon (Niagara IceDogs)
Oct. 15 – Oct. 21: Émile Samson (Blainville-Boisbriand Armada)
Oct. 8 – Oct. 14: Alexis Gravel (Halifax Mooseheads)
Oct. 1 – Oct. 7: Trent Miner (Vancouver Giants)
Sept. 24 – Sept. 30: Luke Richardson (Kitchener Rangers)
Sept. 19 – Sept. 23: Hunter Jones (Peterborough Petes)

OHL Announces Top Performers of the Month for December

Toronto, ON – The Ontario Hockey League today announced the Top OHL Performers of the Month for regular season games played in December 2018, including Ottawa 67’s forward Tye Felhaber, Saginaw Spirit defenceman Bode Wilde, Sudbury Wolves goaltender Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen and Sarnia Sting rookie Jacob Perreault.

OHL Player of the Month – Tye Felhaber (Ottawa 67’s):
Ottawa 67’s overage winger Tye Felhaber is the OHL Player of the Month for December after leading the league with 16 goals and 20 points over 10 games along with a plus/minus rating of plus-10. The fifth-year forward had points in all 10 of his December contests, recording three different hat-tricks while earning Three Star recognition on five separate occasions. Felhaber got his month started with a bang on Dec. 2nd, scoring three times in a 6-3 win over the North Bay Battalion. He recorded another hat-trick a week later, powering the 67’s past the QMJHL’s Gatineau Olympiques 5-1 on home ice before following-up that effort with two goals and an assist on Dec. 9th as the 67’s defeated the Peterborough Petes 4-2. Felhaber rounded out the 2018 calendar year with a New Year’s Eve third period hat-trick as the Barber Poles fell 6-5 in Niagara. The hat-trick was the sixth of Felhaber’s OHL career, bringing his goal-scoring total to a league-leading 42 on the campaign.

A 20-year-old product of Pembroke, Ont., Felhaber sits second in OHL scoring with 63 points (42-21–63) over 38 games. His plus-33 plus/minus rating leads the OHL and he’s currently in the midst of a 12-game point streak that dates back to Nov. 24th. A former first round pick by the Saginaw Spirit in the 2014 OHL Priority Selection, Felhaber has racked up 239 points (128-111–239) over his 281 career regular season contests between Saginaw and Ottawa. His 42 goals this season are the most by a 67’s player since Tyler Toffoli (52) and Shane Prince (43) surpassed the mark back in 2011-12.


OHL Defenceman of the Month – Bode Wilde (Saginaw Spirit):

New York Islanders prospect Bode Wilde of the Saginaw Spirit is the OHL Defenceman of the Month for December, leading all blueliners with 16 points including four goals and 12 assists over 10 games. Wilde recorded at least a point in nine of his 10 December contests, registering a career-high four points with a goal and three assists in a 7-3 Spirit victory over visiting Sarnia on Dec. 15th. Wilde put up five different multi-point efforts as the Spirit pulled to within three points of first place in the West Division with a 7-2-1-0 record in December. He wrapped up 2018 on a six-game point streak, recording at least one in 10 of his last 11 games.

An 18-year-old native of Plymouth, Mich., Wilde sits third among OHL defencemen with 37 points (9-28–37) over 30 games in this, his first OHL season. Saginaw’s second round pick in the 2016 OHL Priority Selection, Wilde joined the Spirit following two seasons with the U.S. National Development Program. He has represented the United States at both the 2016 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge and the 2017 IIHF World Under-18 Hockey Championship and was New York’s second round (41st overall) pick in the 2018 NHL Draft.


OHL Rookie of the Month – Jacob Perreault (Sarnia Sting):

Sixteen-year-old Sarnia Sting forward Jacob Perreault is the OHL’s Rookie of the Month for December after recording 17 points including nine goals and eight assists over 10 games. Perreault had points in nine of his 10 outings including five multi-point performances as the high-scoring Sting remained in the thick of things in the West Division. Perreault put together three straight two-point showings on Dec. 6th7th and 8th, starting the weekend with two goals in a 5-4 overtime road win over Windsor. He put up three points on Dec. 14th with two goals and an assist as Sarnia trounced visiting Erie 10-4. Perreault registered a season-high four points with two goals and two assists in a first star showing as part of a 7-3 win over visiting Owen Sound on Dec. 28th. He earned Three Star recognition five different times over the course of the month.

A 16-year-old product of Hinsdale, Ill., Perreault leads OHL rookies with 19 goals and 35 points over 33 games this season. The son of former NHL centreman Yanic Perreault has points in 10 of his last 11 games and currently leads the Sting with a plus/minus rating of plus-10 this season. The 19th overall pick of the 2018 OHL Priority Selection from the Chicago Mission U16 program, Perreault will be eligible for the NHL Draft in 2020.

 

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Vaughn OHL Goaltender of the Month – Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen (Sudbury Wolves):

Buffalo Sabres prospect Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen of the Sudbury Wolves is the Vaughn OHL Goaltender of the Month for December after playing to a perfect 5-0 record with a 1.97 goals-against average, .937 save percentage and one shutout. The 6-foot-5, 214Ib Luukkonen extended his winning streak to eight games before departing to British Columbia where he’s representing his native Finland at the 2019 IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship. He started the month of December with his second shutout of the season, making 28 saves in a 7-0 blanking of the Mississauga Steelheads on Dec. 2nd. He turned in another 28-save performance on Dec. 7th as the Wolves defeated the visiting Barrie Colts 5-1. Luukkonen closed out his December with a 27-save effort as the Wolves defeated the visiting Kitchener Rangers 5-2 on Dec. 14th.

A 19-year-old native of Espoo, Finland, Luukkonen owns a 19-5-1-1 record with a 2.49 goals-against average and .923 save percentage over 26 games in this, his first OHL season. The third overall pick of the 2018 CHL Import Draft has also stopped 13 of the 16 shootout opponents he has faced this season and helped the Wolves rise to as high as first in the Central Division in recent weeks. Luukkonen was Buffalo’s second round (54th overall) pick in the 2017 NHL Draft. He’s currently representing Finland at the World Juniors for the second straight year.


2018-19 OHL Performers of the Month:

Player of the Month:
December – Tye Felhaber (Ottawa 67’s)
November – Jason Robertson (Niagara IceDogs)
October – Justin Brazeau (North Bay Battalion)


Defenceman of the Month:

December – Bode Wilde (Saginaw Spirit)
November – Noel Hoefenmayer (Ottawa 67’s)
October – Mac Hollowell (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds)


Rookie of the Month:

December – Jacob Perreault (Sarnia Sting)
November – Marco Rossi (Ottawa 67’s)
October – Marco Rossi (Ottawa 67’s)


Vaughn Goaltender of the Month:

December – Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen (Sudbury Wolves)
November – Joseph Raaymakers (London Knights)
October – Cedrick Andree (Ottawa 67’s)

OHL Writers’ Draft Eligible Player of the Month for December

OHL Writers’ draft eligible player of the month for December is Connor McMichael of the London Knights. McMichael appeared in 9 games and notched 8 goals to go along with 9 helpers to move into second place in points production among first time draft eligible players behind Arthur Kaliyev of the Hamilton Bulldogs.

Connor McMichael of the London Knights. Photo by Luke Durda/OHL Images
Connor McMichael of the London Knights. Photo by Luke Durda/OHL Images

McMichael produced points in 7 of his 9 contests in December that included 4 multiple point games and leading the Knights in scoring. It also included 3 multi goal games and 3 multi assist games. He was named the games first star on two occasions and second star twice.

Also considered were Philip Tomasino of the Niagara Ice Dogs who recorded 5 goals and 7 assists in 9 games and Kaliyev who posted 5 goals and 9 assists in 11 contests.

In goal, Andrew MacLean of the Owen Sound Attack led the way with a 5-2-0-0 record in in 8 appearances and posting a 2.61 goals-against-average and a .929 save percentage to go along with 1 shutout.

Previous players of the month

Connor McMichael – London Knights – December

Philip Tomasino – Niagara Ice Dogs – November

Hunter Jones – Peterborough Petes – October

OHL’s Draft Eligible Statistical Leaders: December

I’m not sure where to begin.

In what I (and others) thought would be a back and forth seesaw battle between Ryan Suzuki of the Barrie Colts and Arthur Kaliyev of the Hamilton Bulldogs, flipping the calendar to January has proven otherwise. At least for now since we are just entering the second half of the season.

The potential first round picks for the 2019 National Hockey League Draft in June were virtually neck and neck through October and November, although Kaliyev had a small separation when November closed out.

Ryan Suzuki of the Barrie Colts. Photo by Terry Wilson / OHL Images.
Ryan Suzuki of the Barrie Colts. Photo by Terry Wilson / OHL Images.

Suzuki hit a wall in December scoring just 3 goals (with two of those coming on New Years Eve) and 3 assists in 10 games while Kaliyev posted 5 goals and 9 assists to open up a 16-point lead in the scoring race. And don’t look now, but here comes London Knights’ Connor McMichael, who posted 8 goals and 9 assists in 9 games to take over second spot from Suzuki.

One season ago, the top ten points leaders among first time draft eligible players finished with 59 points or higher. This season, just 5 players are on pace to break that mark.

Kaliyev (26) and McMichael (25) have a comfortable lead in goals over Philip Tomasino (16) of the Niagara Ice Dogs. McMichael however leads Kaliyev in goals-per-game. Both are on pace to beat Andrei Svechnikov’s 40 goals from a season ago but one must remember that Svechnikov hit the mark in just 44 games.

Offence from the defence isn’t as high end as a year ago, but there’s more depth. Thomas Harley leads all draft eligible defenders with 29 points. That puts him on pace to finish just ahead of Rasmus Sandin’s third place totals from a season ago. However, the other 9 defencemen scoring leaders this season are on pace to finish better then the fourth-place finisher a season ago, Giovanni Vallati of the Kitchener Rangers.

Here are the first time draft eligible leaders in a variety of statistical categories:

(While we strive for accuracy, always refer to the OHL Website for official stats)

Points Leaders
Player Team GP G A Pts
Arthur Kaliyev Hamilton Bulldogs 37 26 28 54
Connor McMichael London Knights 35 25 18 43
Ryan Suzuki Barrie Colts 34 11 27 38
Philip Tomasino Niagara IceDogs 35 16 20 36
Cole MacKay Soo Greyhounds 36 13 21 34
Danil Antropov Oshawa Generals 35 10 21 31
Daniel D’Amico Windsor Spitfires 36 14 15 29
Thomas Harley Mississauga Steelheads 36 6 23 29
Eric Uba Flint Firebirds 37 14 12 26
Ethan Keppen Flint Firebirds 38 10 15 25
Goal Scoring Leaders
Player Team GP G GPG
Arthur Kaliyev Hamilton Bulldogs 37 26 0.70
Connor McMichael London Knights 34 25 0.74
Philip Tomasino Niagara IceDogs 35 16 0.46
Nicholas Porco Saginaw Spirit 35 15 0.43
Daniel D’Amico Windsor Spitfires 36 14 0.39
Eric Uba Flint Firebirds 37 14 0.38
Blake Murray Sudbury Wolves 34 14 0.41
Cole MacKay Soo Greyhounds 36 13 0.36
Petr Cajka Erie Otters 31 13 0.42
Graeme Clarke Ottawa 67’s 25 12 0.48
Assist Leaders
Player Team GP A APG
Arthur Kaliyev Hamilton Bulldogs 37 28 0.76
Ryan Suzuki Barrie Colts 34 27 0.79
Thomas Harley Mississauga Steelheads 36 23 0.64
Danil Antropov Oshawa Generals 35 21 0.60
Cole MacKay Soo Greyhounds 36 21 0.58
Philip Tomasino Niagara IceDogs 35 20 0.57
Connor McMichael London Knights 34 18 0.53
Keean Washkurak Mississauga Steelheads 34 16 0.47
Vladislav Kolyachonok Flint Firebirds 26 15 0.58
Billy Constantinou Kingston Frontenacs 34 15 0.44
Defencemen Point Leaders
Player Team GP G A Pts
Thomas Harley Mississauga Steelheads 36 6 23 29
Billy Constantinou Kingston Frontenacs 34 5 15 20
Lucas Peric Ottawa 67’s 38 3 12 15
Simon Rose North Bay Battalion 36 1 14 15
Vladislav Kolyachonok Flint Firebirds 26 0 15 15
Grayson Ladd Windsor Spitfires 35 2 12 14
Nathan Staios Windsor Spitfires 33 1 13 14
Mason Millman Saginaw Spirit 34 1 13 14
Plus/Minus Leaders
Player Team GP +/-
Lucas Peric Ottawa 67’s 38 +19
Jacob LeGuerrier Soo Greyhounds 36 +13
Liam Ross Sudbury Wolves 35 +11
Ashton Reesor Sarnia Sting 35 +10
Grayson Ladd Windsor Spitfires 35 +9
Louka Henault Windsor Spitfires 35 +7
Mathew Hill Barrie Colts 33 +6
Mason Howard Niagara IceDogs 26 +5
Duncan Penman Saginaw Spirit 28 +5
Mitchell Brewer Oshawa Generals 36 +4
Penalty Minutes Leaders
Player Team GP PIM M/G
Navrin Mutter Hamilton Bulldogs 36 56 1.56
Joe Carroll Soo Greyhounds 35 40 1.14
Keean Washkurak Mississauga Steelheads 34 37 1.09
Mitchell Brewer Oshawa Generals 36 36 1.00
Michael Vukojevic Kitchener Rangers 35 35 1.00
Ethan Keppen Flint Firebirds 38 35 0.92
Jacob LeGuerrier Soo Greyhounds 36 32 0.89
Faceoff Leaders  (minimum 100 faceoffs)
Player Team GP FOA FOW %
Tye Kartye Soo Greyhounds 32 256 144 56.3
Connor McMichael London Knights 34 377 207 54.9
Camaryn Baber Saginaw Spirit 22 152 82 53.9
Dalton Duhart Barrie Colts 32 147 79 53.7
Eric Uba Flint Firebirds 37 115 61 53.0
Cole Schwindt Mississauga Steelheads 36 464 240 51.7
Philip Tomasino Niagara IceDogs 35 254 131 51.6
Tim Fleischer Hamilton Bulldogs 37 280 143 51.1
Keean Washkurak Mississauga Steelheads 34 463 234 50.5
Erik Cermak Peterborough Petes 35 299 151 50.5
All others below 50%
Longest Goal Scoring Streak
Player Team From To Gms Goals
Arthur Kaliyev Hamilton Bulldogs 10/13 10/19 4 7
Arthur Kaliyev Hamilton Bulldogs 9/21 9/30 4 6
Jamieson Rees Sarnia Sting 12/8 12/15 4 4
Nicholas Porco Saginaw Spirit 9/22 10/3 4 5
Tag Bertuzzi Hamilton Bulldogs 10/5 10/13 4 4
Longest Assist Streak
Player Team From To Gms Assts
Arthur Kaliyev Hamilton Bulldogs 12/8 12/15 5 8
Jamieson Rees Sarnia Sting 12/12 12/30 5 5
Philip Tomasino Niagara Ice Dogs 11/9 11/17 4 4
Arthur Kaliyev Hamilton Bulldogs 9/21 9/30 3 4
Ryan Suzuki Barrie Colts 9/20 9/27 3 7
Longest Point Streak
Player Team From To Gms Pts
Ryan Suzuki Barrie Colts 9/20 10/7 7 15
Arthur Kaliyev Hamilton Bulldogs 10/13 10/20 7 11
Philip Tomasino Niagara Ice Dogs 11/2 11/23 7 11
Connor McMichael London Knights 11/22 12/7 6 11
Jamieson Rees Sarnia Sting 12/8 12/30 6 10
Shots On Goal Leaders
Player Team GP SOG
Arthur Kaliyev Hamilton Bulldogs 37 154
Connor McMichael London Knights 34 131
Philip Tomasino Niagara IceDogs 35 97
Ethan Keppen Flint Firebirds 38 95
Eric Uba Flint Firebirds 37 92
Goaltenders Leaders – Goals Against Average (minimum 870 minutes)
Player Team GP Min GA Avg
Hunter Jones Peterborough Petes 32 1769 82 2.78
Zachary Roy Hamilton Bulldogs 19 1116 63 3.39
Ethan Langevin Sarnia Sting 24 1301 75 3.46
Mack Guzda Owen Sound Attack 24 1310 76 3.48
Andrew MacLean Owen Sound Attack 18 855 51 3.58
Goaltending Leaders – Save Percentage
Player Team GP SH  SVS SV%
Hunter Jones Peterborough Petes 32 1012 930 0.919
Zachary Roy Hamilton Bulldogs 19 623 560 0.899
Andrew MacLean Owen Sound Attack 18 484 433 0.895
Ethan Langevin Sarnia Sting 24 643 568 0.883
Mack Guzda Owen Sound Attack 24 635 559 0.880
Goaltending Leaders – Wins
Player Team GP W L OL
Hunter Jones Peterborough Petes 32 19 13 0
Ethan Langevin Sarnia Sting 24 12 8 1
Mack Guzda Owen Sound Attack 24 10 9 2
Zachary Roy Hamilton Bulldogs 19 8 10 1
Ethan Taylor Soo Greyhounds 12 6 1 2
Goaltending Leaders – Shutouts
Player Team GP SO
Hunter Jones Peterborough Petes 32 2
Mack Guzda Owen Sound Attack 24 2
Ryan Dugas Kingston Frontenacs 15 1
Kari Piiroinen Windsor Spitfires 15 1