Toronto, Ont.  – The Ontario Hockey League today announced that Nashville Predators prospect Philip Tomasino of the Niagara IceDogs is the OHL ‘On the Run’ Player of the Week for the week of regular season action ending October 6 with three goals, four assists and seven points in two games.

HIGHLIGHTS: Tomasino records career-high six points in victory

Tomasino recorded an assist in Niagara’s 5-4 loss to visiting Saginaw on Thursday before tying an IceDogs franchise record with six points including his first career OHL hat-trick in Friday’s 8-4 win over the Kingston Frontenacs. Tomasino scored once in each period, recording seven shots on goal while capping his hat-trick 7:25 into the third frame. His three assists helped linemate Kyen Sopa score his first career trio in the decisive home ice victory.

Tomasino joins David Pacan as just the second Niagara IceDogs player to ever put up six points in a single game, doing so for the first time since March 5, 2011.

An 18-year-old from Mississauga, Ont., Tomasino is off to a strong start with 15 points (5-10–15) spread out over six of his seven contests. The former fifth overall pick in the 2017 OHL Priority Selection was chosen 24th overall by the Nashville Predators this past summer after he registered 72 points (34-38–72) over 67 games in 2018-19. The Mississauga Rebels Minor Midget graduate also represented Canada at the 2019 IIHF World Under-18 Hockey Championship in Sweden, recording five points (1-4–5) over six contests.

Also considered for the award this week was Sudbury Wolves forward David Levin whose seven points (1-6–7) helped his team win a pair of games this past weekend. Toronto Maple Leafs prospect Nick Robertson of the Peterborough Petes also had a productive week, recording seven points (4-3–7) over three contests as the Petes went 2-1 on the road.


2019-20 OHL ‘On the Run’ Players of the Week – Regular Season:
Oct. 3 – Oct. 6: Philip Tomasino (Niagara IceDogs)
Sept. 26 – Sept. 29: Connor McMichael (London Knights)
Sept. 19 – Sept. 22: Semyon Der-Arguchintsev (Peterborough Petes)

Otters’ Alex DeBrincat named Pioneer Energy OHL Player of the Week

Toronto, ON – The Ontario Hockey League today announced that Chicago Blackhawks prospect Alex DeBrincat of the Erie Otters is the Pioneer Energy OHL Player of the Week for the week ending December 4 after recording 10 points in four games scoring five goals and five assists with a plus-minus rating of plus-6.

Alex DeBrincat of the Erie Otters. Photo by Aaron Bell/OHL Images
Alex DeBrincat of the Erie Otters. Photo by Aaron Bell/OHL Images

DeBrincat earns the award for the second time this season helping the Otters grab six of a possible eight points to climb into first place in the Midwest Division standings with a 21-6-2-0 record.  His top performance came last Tuesday night where he and linemates Dylan Strome and Taylor Raddysh each collected five-points in a 9-2 win over the Mississauga Steelheads with DeBrincat claiming second star honours scoring his first hat-trick of the season and adding two assists.  His week also included a three-game divisional road trip beginning in Guelph followed by back-to-back games in Owen Sound.  On Friday night he tallied an assist in a 3-1 loss to the Storm, then picked up a helper in Saturday’s 3-2 triumph over the Attack, and ended with two goals and one assist on Sunday as second star of a 6-1 win.

An 18-year-old from Farmington Hills, Michigan, DeBrincat is playing in his third career OHL season with the Otters.  The second round pick of the Blackhawks in the 2016 NHL Draft recently earned Co-Player of the Month honours for November alongside Raddysh and trails his teammate in the league’s scoring race by two points with 56 through 26 games including a league-high 28 goals.

Watch video highlights of DeBrincat and the Otters against the Steelheads, Storm, Attack, and Attack.

Also considered for the award this week was Sudbury Wolves sophomore forward David Levin who scored twice with five assists for seven points in three games, and New York Islanders prospect Mitchell Vande Sompel of the Oshawa Generals who scored four goals and one assist for five points in two games.  In goal, the Otters’ Troy Timpano made 102 saves in three games posting a 3-0-0-0 record with a goals-against-average of 1.67 and save percentage of .953.

2016-17 Pioneer Energy OHL Players of the Week:

Nov. 28 – Dec. 4: Alex DeBrincat (Erie Otters)
Nov. 21 – Nov. 27: Boris Katchouk (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds)
Nov. 14 – Nov. 20: Jeremy Bracco (Kitchener Rangers)
Nov. 7 – Nov. 13: Jonathan Ang (Peterborough Petes)
Oct. 31 – Nov. 6: Alex DeBrincat (Erie Otters)
Oct. 24 – Oct. 30: Troy Timpano (Erie Otters)
Oct. 17 – Oct. 23: Max Jones (London Knights)
Oct. 10 – Oct. 16: Jeremy Bracco (Kitchener Rangers)
Oct. 3 – Oct. 9: Logan Brown (Windsor Spitfires)
Sept. 26 – Oct. 2: Joseph Raaymakers (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds)
Sept. 21 – Sept. 25: Matt Luff (Hamilton Bulldogs)