D’Amico and Medina Named OHL Top Performers of the Week

Toronto, Ont. – The Ontario Hockey League today announced Top Performers of the Week for the week of playoff games ending Sunday, June 5, 2022.

Spitfires’ Daniel D’Amico Named OHL Player of the Week

Daniel D’Amico of the Windsor Spitfires is the OHL Player of the Week, guiding his team to a Western Conference title with seven points including five goals and two assists in four games along with a plus/minus rating of plus-6.

D’Amico provided the Spitfires with the offensive firepower they’d need to get past the Flint Firebirds, scoring twice in a 3-2 overtime win in Game 6 of the series before recording a hat trick at home in Game 7 to help Windsor secure the Wayne Gretzky Trophy. After being held off the scoresheet in Windsor’s 4-3 overtime win in Game 1 of the OHL Championship Series against Hamilton, D’Amico came back with a pair of primary assists in Game 2 as Windsor fell short 5-4.

A 21-year-old native of Caledon, Ont., D’Amico sits third in Spitfires playoff scoring with 18 points (9-9–18) in 20 games. He comes off an overage season that included 32 goals, 26 assists and 58 points in 67 games, rounding out his OHL regular season career with 88 goals, 85 assists and 173 points in 254 games, all as a Spitfire. The 5-foot-10, 197Ib. winger was originally Windsor’s sixth round (109th overall) pick in the 2017 OHL Priority Selection. He attended rookie camp with the St. Louis Blues last fall.

Also considered for the award this week, Hamilton Bulldogs forward Avery Hayes put up five points (3-2–5) in two outings while teammate Logan Morrison recorded four assists in a pair of contests.

2021-22 OHL Players of the Week – Playoffs:
May 30 – June 5: Daniel D’Amico (Windsor Spitfires)
May 23 – May 29: Brennan Othmann (Flint Firebirds)
May 16 – May 22: Avery Hayes (Hamilton Bulldogs) 
May 9 – May 15: Wyatt Johnston (Windsor Spitfires)
May 2 – May 8: Joseph Serpa (Kitchener Rangers)
Apr. 25 – May 1: Zayde Wisdom (Kingston Frontenacs)
Apr. 19 – Apr. 24: Antonio Stranges (London Knights)

2021-22 OHL Players of the Week – Regular Season:
Apr. 11 – Apr. 18: Robert Calisti (Soo Greyhounds)
Apr. 4 – Apr. 10: Martin Chromiak (Kingston Frontenacs)
Mar. 28 – Apr. 3: Mason McTavish (Hamilton Bulldogs) 
Mar. 21 – Mar. 27: Dalton Duhart (Saginaw Spirit)
Mar. 14 – Mar. 20: Matthew Maggio (Windsor Spitfires)
Mar. 7 – Mar. 13: Lucas Edmonds (Kingston Frontenacs)
Feb. 28 – Mar. 6: Theo Hill (Sarnia Sting)
Feb. 21 – Feb. 27: Logan Morrison (Hamilton Bulldogs)
Feb. 14 – Feb. 20: Antonio Stranges (London Knights)
Feb. 7 – Feb. 13: Logan Morrison (Hamilton Bulldogs).
Jan. 31 – Feb. 6: Luke Evangelista (London Knights)
Jan. 24 – Jan. 30: Brandt Clarke (Barrie Colts)
Jan. 17 – Jan. 23: Riley Piercey (Flint Firebirds)
Jan. 10 – Jan. 16: David Goyette (Sudbury Wolves)
Jan. 3 – Jan 9: Wyatt Johnston (Windsor Spitfires)
Dec. 27 – Jan. 2: James Hardie (Mississauga Steelheads)
Dec. 13 – Dec. 19: Ty Tullio (Oshawa Generals)
Dec. 6 – Dec. 12: Lucas Edmonds (Kingston Frontenacs)
Nov. 29 – Dec. 5: Wyatt Johnston (Windsor Spitfires)
Nov. 22 – Nov. 28: Brennan Othmann (Flint Firebirds)
Nov. 15 – Nov. 21: Brandon Coe (North Bay Battalion)
Nov. 8 – Nov. 14: Antonio Stranges (London Knights)
Nov. 1 – Nov. 7: Shane Wright (Kingston Frontenacs)
Oct. 25 – Oct. 31: Tucker Robertson (Peterborough Petes)
Oct. 18 – Oct. 24: Rory Kerins (Soo Greyhounds)
Oct. 11 – Oct. 17: Calum Ritchie (Oshawa Generals)
Oct. 4 – Oct. 10: Jack Thompson (Sudbury Wolves)


Spitfires’ Xavier Medina Named OHL Goaltender of the Week

Xavier Medina of the Windsor Spitfires is the OHL Goaltender of the Week, going 3-1 with a 2.07 goals-against average, .937 save percentage and one shutout.

Medina backstopped the Spitfires to a Western Conference title, entering Game 5 of their series against the Flint Firebirds before helping them win the following two contests. Medina turned aside 31 of 33 in Windsor’s 3-2 overtime win over Flint in Game 6 of the Western Conference Championship Series before logging a 38-save shutout in a 4-0 victory in Game 7. He guided Windsor to a 4-3 overtime win over the Hamilton Bulldogs in Game 1 of the OHL Championship Series on Friday night, turning aside 43 of the 46 shots that came his way. Medina made 22 saves in Sunday’s 5-4 loss to Hamilton. This marks the first time Medina has claimed the honours this season.

A 20-year-old native of Detroit, Mich., Medina has played to a 3-2 record with a 2.03 goals-against average, .935 save percentage and one shutout in the 2022 OHL Playoffs. The 6-foot, 171Ib. netminder played to a mark of 18-8-1-2 during the regular season, registering a 3.05 goals-against average and .891 save percentage in 30 games. He owns a career record of 35-19-5-2 over two seasons after being Windsor’s third round (59th overall) pick in the 2018 OHL Priority Selection.

2021-22 OHL Goaltenders of the Week – Playoffs:
May 30 – June 5: Xavier Medina (Windsor Spitfires)
May 23 – May 29: Marco Costantini (Hamilton Bulldogs)
May 16 – May 22: Marco Costantini (Hamilton Bulldogs)
May 9 – May 15: Marco Costantini (Hamilton Bulldogs)
May 2 – May 8: Luke Cavallin (Flint Firebirds)
Apr. 25 – May 1: Luke Cavallin (Flint Firebirds)
Apr. 18 – Apr. 24: Tucker Tynan (Soo Greyhounds)

2021-22 OHL Goaltenders of the Week – Regular Season:
Apr. 11 – Apr. 17: Max Donoso (Ottawa 67’s)
Apr. 4 – Apr. 10: Michael Simpson (Peterborough Petes)
Mar. 28 – Apr. 3: Patrick Leaver (Oshawa Generals)
Mar. 21 – Mar. 27: Joey Costanzo (Niagara IceDogs)
Mar. 14 – Mar. 20: Marco Costantini (Hamilton Bulldogs)
Mar. 7 – Mar. 13: Nick Chenard (Owen Sound Attack)
Feb. 28 – Mar. 6: Marco Costantini (Hamilton Bulldogs)
Feb. 21 – Feb. 27: Leevi Merilainen (Kingston Frontenacs)
Feb. 14 – Feb. 20: Mack Guzda (Barrie Colts)
Feb. 7 – Feb. 13: Pavel Cajan (Kitchener Rangers)
Jan. 31 – Feb. 6: Patrick Leaver (Oshawa Generals)
Jan. 24 – Jan. 30: Max Donoso (Ottawa 67’s)
Jan. 17 – Jan. 23: Mack Guzda (Barrie Colts)
Jan. 10 – Jan. 16: Mitchell Weeks (Sudbury Wolves)
Jan. 3 – Jan. 9: Nolan Lalonde (Erie Otters)
Dec. 27 – Jan. 2: Joe Ranger (Mississauga Steelheads)
Dec. 13 – Dec. 19: Owen Bennett (Guelph Storm)
Dec. 6 – Dec. 12: Mack Guzda (Barrie Colts)
Nov. 29 – Dec. 5: Leevi Merilainen (Kingston Frontenacs)
Nov. 22 – Nov. 28: Tye Austin (Peterborough Petes)
Nov. 15 – Nov. 21: Ben Gaudreau (Sarnia Sting)
Nov. 8 – Nov. 14: Joe Vrbetic (North Bay Battalion
Nov. 1 – Nov. 7: Roman Basran (Mississauga Steelheads)
Oct. 25 – Oct. 31: Patrick Leaver (Oshawa Generals)
Oct. 18 – Oct. 24: Jacob Oster (Guelph Storm)
Oct. 11 – Oct. 17: Brett Brochu (London Knights)
Oct. 4 – Oct. 10: Tucker Tynan (Niagara IceDogs)

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Daniel D’Amico – Windsor Spitfires – Player Profile

Height: 5’9”

Weight: 178 Pounds

Date of birth: January 25, 2001

Hometown: Caledon, Ontario

Position: Center/Left Wing

Shoots: Left

OHL Draft: Round 6, 109th overall, 2017 Priority Selection

NHL Central Scouting Rankings: Pre-season, November: Not ranked. Mid-term: 164th North America

One of my favorite things when it comes to National Hockey League Central Scouting’s lists is when a player doesn’t make either of the Players to Watch Lists and all of a sudden appears on the mid-term rankings, especially when it comes to diminutive players like Daniel D’Amico of the Windsor Spitfires.

It’s not as though D’Amico didn’t have a body of work to look at when looking at pre-season players to watch. And the fact that he was a sixth-round pick at the Ontario Hockey League Priority Selection should not be taken into consideration.

D’Amico played his minor midget AAA hockey during the 2016-2017 season with the Toronto Marlboros. In 32 games he posted 18 goals and 15 assists and was one of the leaders on the squad. At the OHL Cup he added 2 goals and 3 assists in 5 games.

Daniel D'Amico of the Windsor Spitfires. Photo by Terry Wilson / OHL Images.
Daniel D’Amico of the Windsor Spitfires. Photo by Terry Wilson / OHL Images.

Last season, D’Amico made the Spitfires roster out of camp and would play in 59 games, scoring 12 goals and 7 assists. He would also play in 6 playoff games for the Spits scoring once and adding 3 helpers.

D’Amico would make big strides in this his draft season. He appeared in 67 of the 68 regular season games and notched 21 goals and assisting on 25 others. In the 4 games loss at the hands of the London Knights in the opening round of the playoffs, he would add 3 helpers.

Among draft eligible players, his 21 goals were 10th in the league. D’Amico also holds the second longest point streak among draft eligible players, producing 14 points in 20 consecutive games from December 31, 2018 to January 20, 2019.

There are still plenty of folks in the hockey world, and this could be said about NHL Central Scouting as well, that endear themselves to “bigger bodies”, and the fact that D’Amico stands just 5’9”, well, that’s going to cause him to fall into the later rounds of the 2019 Draft in Vancouver, British Columbia come June. I’m not even sure where I will slot D’Amico come June as I finish my rankings.

At that size, you would look to skating as one of the more important things D’Amico needs to have. He doesn’t possess elite speed; his first steps are not explosive and he doesn’t have a separation gear. That said, pure effort, extraordinary work ethic and excellent hockey IQ is what puts him in areas that makes him dangerous.

Once D’Amico gets into those areas, he releases his shot quickly and accurately, something I see as underrated in his game. Overall, he had a 14.9% shooting percentage. He shot 27.3% from the high-danger zone areas, 20% from mid-danger area and 9.4% from low-danger areas.

D’Amico also has good vision. Not only does he anticipate very well which allows him to get into areas for scoring chances, he sees the ice well that he can make a very good pass to set up teammates. On the powerplay, he is more of a shooter then a playmaker with the extra space, finding the open ice to get off his shot.

Defensively, D’Amico’s game is about where you would expect it to be at this level. He understands where to position himself, how to defend with his lack of size, and is pretty good at clearing his zone. He can kill penalties and has shown he can be an offensive threat down a man.

D’Amico can play both center and wing but faceoffs are going to need some work. As he moves forward in his career, I think his game is better suited for the wing, especially with his lack of size.

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OHL Cup Powered by Under Armour Championship Final to feature Reps and Nats

OHL Cup

Monday’s Championship Final at Mattamy Athletic Centre
Broadcast LIVE on Sportsnet Ontario
Free access for Media and Fans 

Toronto, ON – The 2017 OHL Cup Showcase Tournament powered by Under Armour and hosted by the Greater Toronto Hockey League, is down to two teams as the GTHL’s Mississauga Reps and Toronto Nationals emerged victorious following this morning’s Quarter-Finals and this evening’s Semi-Final contests.

The minor midget Reps (5-0-1) advance to the OHL Cup Final for the first time in team history after upsetting the top ranked ALLIANCE champion London Jr. Knights (5-1-0) by a 3-1 score in Saturday night’s first Semi-Final.  The Wild Card entry strung together three wins and a tie to lead the Shanahan Division through round-robin play before opening the playoff round with a 5-1 Quarter-Final win over the Toronto Jr. Canadiens (2-2-1).

The Toronto Nationals (5-1-0) played two one-goal games on Saturday including a 2-1 victory over the OMHA champion Whitby Wildcats (2-1-2) in the morning Quarter-Final, then hung on in another 2-1 thriller to beat the Vaughan Kings (3-1-2) in Saturday night’s second Semi-Final.  The Nats also qualified for round-robin play by winning a Wild Card Play-In game before finishing second in the Nash Division.

Monday’s Championship Final marks the first time in OHL Cup history where two Wild Card entries will compete for the title.  The 2010 Mississauga Rebels are currently the only Wild Card team to ever capture an OHL Cup championship.

Here’s a quick look at Saturday’s Quarter-Final and Semi-Final action:

2017 OHL Cup powered by Under Armour Quarter-Final Results:

Saturday March 18, 2017:

Quarter-Final #1: London Jr. Knights 3 vs. Toronto Marlboros 1
Jr. Knights MVP: Owen Say (30 SV)
Marlboros MVP: Daniel D’Amico (1G)
Recap – Stats

Quarter-Final #2: Mississauga Reps 5 vs. Toronto Jr. Canadiens 1
Reps MVP: Zachery Wright
Jr. Canadiens MVP: Brodie McDougall (1A)
Recap – Stats

Quarter-Final #3: Vaughan Kings 2 vs. Mississauga Rebels 1

Kings MVP: Christian Sbaraglia (36 SV)
Rebels MVP: Michael Vukojevic
Recap – Stats

Quarter-Final #4: Toronto Nationals 2 vs. Whitby Wildcats 1
Nationals MVP: Brendan Bowie (1G, 1A)
Wildcats MVP: Blake Murray (1G)
Recap – Stats

2017 OHL Cup powered by Under Armour Semi-Final Results:

Semi-Final #1: Mississauga Reps 3 vs. London Jr. Knights 1
Reps MVP: Jamieson Rees (2G)
Jr. Knights MVP: Liam Van Loon (1G)
Recap – Stats

Semi-Final #2: Toronto Nationals 2 vs. Vaughan Kings 1
Nationals MVP: Bradley Somers (2G)
Kings MVP: Ty Gilberds
Recap – Stats

All tournament games feature live scoring complete with the OHL’s Game Centre module that includes individual shots on goal and face-off results.

The Reps’ Mike Petizian is now the tournament’s scoring leader with 11 points including four goals and seven assists in six games ahead of teammate Jamieson Rees who has five goals and four assists for nine points in six games.

2017 OHL Cup Powered by Under Armour Championship Final:

Monday March 20, 2017

Mattamy Athletic Centre

6:30 pm Championship Final – Toronto Nationals vs. Mississauga Reps

Monday’s Championship Final will be broadcast live on Sportsnet Ontario.

The showcase provides fans and scouts one last opportunity to see many of the top minor midget aged players from across Ontario and parts of the United States compete for the OHL Cup performing against the best competition prior to the 2017 OHL Priority Selection.

For more information, please visit ohlcup.ca.