OHL Top Performers of the Month for March

Toronto, ON – The Ontario Hockey League today announced the Top OHL Performers of the Month for regular season games played in March 2018, including Barrie Colts forwards Dmitry Sokolov and Andrei Svechnikov, Mississauga Steelheads defenceman Nicolas Hague and Sarnia Sting goaltender Justin Fazio.


OHL Player of the Month – Dmitry Sokolov (Barrie Colts):

Dmitry Sokolov of the Barrie Colts. Photo by Terry Wilson / OHL Images.
Dmitry Sokolov of the Barrie Colts. Photo by Terry Wilson / OHL Images.


Minnesota Wild prospect Dmitry Sokolov of the Barrie Colts is the OHL Player of the Week for March after leading all players with 20 points including eight goals and 12 assists along with a plus/minus rating of plus-12. Sokolov had point in all eight of his March contests, recording multi-point outputs in all but one to carry a 16-game point streak into the post-season. The Russian winger eared first star honours in a 6-3 win at Hamilton on Mar. 7th, recording a goal and two assists. The month was further highlighted by a pair of multi-goal performances on Mar. 8th with four points (2-2–4) in a 6-5 loss to Owen Sound and again on Mar. 10th with a pair of markers in a 6-4 win over Peterborough. Sokolov scored his 50th goal of the season in a three-point (1-2–3) showing on Mar. 16th at Sudbury as the Colts defeated his former club, the Sudbury Wolves 6-4.


A 19-year-old native of Omsk, Russia, Sokolov wrapped up his third OHL season tied with teammate Aaron Luchuk for the league goal-scoring lead. Sokolov lit the lamp 50 times and added 46 assists for 96 points over 64 contests, scoring 30 of his goals over just 29 games with the Barrie Colts. The 6-foot, 206Ib. winger has recorded 220 points (128-92–220) over a 196-game OHL career after being Sudbury first round (3rd overall) pick in the 2015 CHL Import Draft. He was Minnesota’s seventh round (196th overall) pick in the 2016 NHL Draft.

OHL Defenceman of the Month – Nicolas Hague (Mississauga Steelheads):

Nicolas Hague of the Mississauga Steelheads. Photo by Aaron Bell/OHL Images
Nicolas Hague of the Mississauga Steelheads. Photo by Aaron Bell/OHL Images


For the second time this season, Vegas Golden Knights prospect Nicolas Hague of the Mississauga Steelheads is the OHL Defenceman of the Month after leading all blueliners with 12 points including five goals and seven assists along with a plus/minus rating of plus-5. Hague had at least a point in all eight of his March contests, recording multi-point totals in four of those games. His month was headlined by a two-goal, record-breaking night on Mar. 16th in an important 5-2 win over the Ottawa 67’s. Hague scored his 34th and 35th goals of the season for his 76th point, surpassing the prior single-season points record of 75 held by Alexander Nylander (2015-16) and teammate Owen Tippett (2016-17). The win kept the Steelheads from falling any lower than seventh, where they finished in the Eastern Conference. Hague carries an 11-game point streak into the 2018 OHL Playoffs where the Steelheads will square off with the Barrie Colts.


A 19-year-old native of Kitchener, Ont., Hague finished the season as Mississauga’s leading scorer with 78 points including 35 goals and 43 assists over 67 games. Mississauga’s all-time leader in points by a defenceman, Hague set a single-season franchise record for goals by a blueliner when he scored his 21st back on Jan. 5th against Kitchener. His 35 goals are the most by an OHL defenceman since Kingston’s Chris Allen scored 38 during the 1997-98 season. Hague represented Team OHL in the 2017 CIBC Canada-Russia Series back in November and was a second round pick of the Vegas Golden Knights this past summer. He was Mississauga’s second round pick in the 2014 OHL Priority Selection.

OHL Rookie of the Month – Andrei Svechnikov (Barrie Colts):

Andrei Svechnikovof the Barrie Colts. Photo by Terry Wilson / OHL Images.
Andrei Svechnikov of the Barrie Colts. Photo by Terry Wilson / OHL Images.


For the fourth time this season, Barrie Colts forward Andrei Svechnikov is the OHL Rookie of the Month after leading all newcomers with 17 points including nine goals and eight assists along with a plus/minus rating of plus-10. The Russian winger produced points in all eight of his March contests, scoring twice on three different occasions. Svechnikov collected three points (2-1–3) in an 8-3 win over the Kingston Frontenacs on Mar. 3rd before embarking on a big weekend that saw him collect three goals and five assists over three contests from Mar. 7th to 10th. He tied a season-high with four points (2-2–4) in a 6-4 win over the Sudbury Wolves on Mar. 16th. Svechnikov enters the playoffs on an OHL season-high 23-game point streak dating back to Jan. 18th. He becomes the first player to earn four different OHL Rookie of the Month honours in one season since Ottawa’s Travis Konecny did so during the 2013-14 season.

A 17-year-old native of Barnaul, Russia, Svechnikov led OHL rookies in both goals (40) and points (72) over just 44 games. His 40 goals are the most by an OHL rookie since Erie’s Alex DeBrincat scored 51 in 2015.  Svechnikov represented Russia at the 2018 IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship in Buffalo, recording five assists in as many games against much older competition. The top-ranked North American skater in NHL Central Scouting’s January Midterm Rankings, Svechnikov represented Team Orr at the 2018 Sherwin-Williams CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game in Guelph. He was the first overall pick of the 2017 CHL Import Draft. 


Vaughn OHL Goaltender of the Month – Justin Fazio (Sarnia Sting):

Justin Fazio of the Sarnia Sting. Photo by Aaron Bell/OHL Images
Justin Fazio of the Sarnia Sting. Photo by Aaron Bell/OHL Images


For the second time this season, Sarnia Sting netminder Justin Fazio is the Vaughn OHL Goaltender of the Month. The fourth-year veteran played to a 4-1-0-0 record with a 2.76 goals-against average and .927 save percentage over five games. Fazio opened the month with a 25-save effort, helping the Sarnia Sting earn a franchise record 43rd victory over the Owen Sound Attack on Mar. 4th. His March performance was highlighted by a pair of 40-save efforts, with the first coming in a 2-1 win over the Guelph Storm on Mar. 10th. He turned in another 40-save effort in his final start of the season on Mar. 16th as the Sting defeated the London Knights 4-2. Fazio earned a pair of first star honours and was recognized as second star once in March.

A 20-year-old native of Sarnia, Ont., Fazio finished the season with a 37-11-3-0 record, a 2.85 goals-against average and a .918 save percentage. He concluded his OHL regular season career as the Sting franchise’s winningest goaltender at 92-62-10-3 with a 3.26 goals-against average and a .900 save percentage. He was originally Sarnia’s fourth round (60th overall) pick in the 2013 OHL Priority Selection.


2017-18 OHL Performers of the Month:


Player of the Month:
March – Dmitry Sokolov (Barrie Colts)
February – Aaron Luchuk (Barrie Colts)
January – Sam Miletic (Niagara IceDogs)
December – Morgan Frost (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds)
November – Jordan Kyrou (Sarnia Sting)
October – Jordan Kyrou (Sarnia Sting)
Defenceman of the Month:
March – Nicolas Hague (Mississauga Steelheads)
February – Evan Bouchard (London Knights)
January – Nicolas Hague (Mississauga Steelheads)
December – Evan Bouchard (London Knights)
November – Evan Bouchard (London Knights)
October – Sean Durzi (Owen Sound Attack)

Rookie of the Month:
March – Andrei Svechnikov (Barrie Colts)
February – Andrei Svechnikov (Barrie Colts)
January – Andrei Svechnikov (Barrie Colts)
December – Rasmus Sandin (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds)
November – Blade Jenkins (Saginaw Spirit)
October – Andrei Svechnikov (Barrie Colts)

Vaughn Goaltender of the Month:
March – Justin Fazio (Sarnia Sting)
February – Jeremy Helvig (Kingston Frontenacs)
January – Mario Culina (Kitchener Rangers)
December – Matthew Villalta (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds)
November – Matthew Villalta (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds)
October – Justin Fazio (Sarnia Sting)

CHL Announces Weekly Award Winners

Halbgewachs and Montpetit earn CHL honours 

Warriors’ Jayden Halbgewachs named CHL Player of the Week 

Toronto, ON – The Canadian Hockey League today announced that San Jose Sharks prospect Jayden Halbgewachs of the Moose Jaw Warriors is the CHL Player of the Week for the week ending March 11 after recording 12 points in four games including seven goals and five assists with a plus-minus rating of plus-2. 

Halbgewachs extended his point-streak to 17 while taking over top position in CHL scoring and helping the Warriors win three games to increase their lead atop the WHL standings heading into the final week of regular season action.  He began his week on Wednesday with authority delivering a five-point performance, his fifth of the season, which included his third hat-trick plus two assists as first star of a 6-2 win over the Lethbridge Hurricanes.  On Friday he scored twice with one assist as third star of a 6-4 loss to the Prince Albert Raiders, then scored a power play marker on Saturday in a 4-2 triumph over the Swift Current Broncos in a battle of the league’s top two teams.  His week wrapped up Sunday with a goal and two assists in a 5-3 win over the Brandon Wheat Kings.  The Warriors carry a record of 51-15-1-2 for 105 points with three games remaining and hold a five point lead over the second place Broncos. 

A 20-year-old from Emerald Park, Sask., Halbgewachs is playing in his fourth full season with the Warriors and currently has 125 points powered by a league-high 68 goals along with 57 assists in 69 games played.  Originally a first round pick by the Kamloops Blazers in the 2012 WHL Bantam Draft, Halbgewachs has produced 276 points in 273 career games and with two more goals this season would be the first WHL player to score 70 since Pavel Brendl accomplished the feat in 1998-99 with the Calgary Hitmen.  Halbgewachs signed a free agent NHL entry-level contract with the Sharks in December. 

Also considered for the award this week was Minnesota Wild prospect Dmitry Sokolov of the Barrie Colts who scored five goals and four assists for nine points in three games, and QMJHL rookie Samuel Poulin of the Sherbrooke Phoenix who scored three goals and five assists for eight points in three games. 

2017-18 CHL Players of the Week:

Mar. 5 – Mar. 11: Jayden Halbgewachs (Moose Jaw Warriors)
Feb. 26 – Mar. 4: Maxime Comtois (Victoriaville Tigres)
Feb. 19 – Feb. 25: Jordan Kyrou (Sarnia Sting)
Feb. 12 – Feb. 18: Aaron Luchuk (Barrie Colts)
Feb. 5 – Feb. 11: Maxime Comtois (Victoriaville Tigres)
Jan. 29 – Feb. 4: Ty Ronning (Vancouver Giants)
Jan. 22 – Jan. 28: Peter Abbandonato (Rouyn-Noranda Huskies)
Jan. 15 – Jan. 21: Jordan Kyrou (Sarnia Sting)
Jan. 8 – Jan. 14: Taylor Raddysh (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds)
Jan. 1 – Jan. 7: Owen Tippett (Mississauga Steelheads)
Dec. 25 – Dec. 31: Ivan Kosorenkov (Victoriaville Tigres)
Dec. 11 – Dec. 17: Morgan Frost (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds)
Dec. 4 – Dec. 10: Stelio Mattheos (Brandon Wheat Kings)
Nov. 27 – Dec. 3: Alex Barr
é-Boulet (Blainville-Boisbriand Armada)
Nov. 20 – Nov. 26: Cody Glass (Portland Winterhawks)
Nov. 13 – Nov. 19: Cliff Pu (London Knights)
Nov. 6 – Nov. 12: Aleksi Heponiemi (Swift Current Broncos)
Oct. 30 – Nov. 5: Albert Michnac (Mississauga Steelheads)
Oct. 23 – Oct. 29: Aaron Luchuk (Windsor Spitfires)
Oct. 16 – Oct. 22: Drake Batherson (Cape Breton Screaming Eagles)
Oct. 9 – Oct. 15: Tyler Soy (Victoria Royals)
Oct. 2 – Oct. 8: Kale Clague (Brandon Wheat Kings)
Sept. 25 – Oct. 1: Tyler Steenbergen (Swift Current Broncos)
Sept. 21 – Sept. 24: Kole Lind (Kelowna Rockets)

Tigres’ Etienne Montpetit named Vaughn CHL Goaltender of the Week 

Toronto, ON – The Canadian Hockey League today announced that Etienne Montpetit of the Victoriaville Tigres is the Vaughn CHL Goaltender of the Week for the week ending March 11 after posting a 2-0-0-0 record with a goals-against-average of 1.00 and save percentage of .951. 

Montpetit turned aside 39 shots last week helping the Tigres extend their win-streak to eight while reaching a personal milestone of 100 career victories heading into the final week of regular season play.  On Friday night he made 23 saves in a 9-1 win over the Shawinigan Cataractes, then earned first star honours on Sunday with 16 saves in a 7-1 win over the first place Blainville-Boisbriand Armada becoming just the 13th QMJHL netminder to reach the century mark in wins.  The Tigres have now climbed up to sixth place in the QMJHL’s overall standings with a 39-20-4-2 record. 

A 20-year-old from Sallaberry-de-Valleyfield, Que., Montpetit is playing in his fourth QMJHL season and first with the Tigres since joining the club in January.  He played the first three and half years of his career with the Val-d’Or Foreurs who chose him in the eighth round of the 2013 QMJHL Entry Draft where he accumulated 89 of his 100 wins.  Overall this season the overager carries a 23-16-1-1 record including three shutouts with a goals-against-average of 2.60 and save percentage of .925 which ranks second overall. 

Also considered for the award this week was Los Angeles Kings prospect Cole Kehler, a two-time recipient, who posted a 3-0-0-0 record including a shutout victory stopping 66 shots for a goals-against-average of 1.23 and save percentage of .947.  In the OHL, Boston Bruins prospect Kyle Keyser of the Oshawa Generals went 2-0-0-0 making 63 saves for a goals-against-average 2.50 and save percentage of .926. 

2017-18 Vaughn CHL Goaltenders of the Week:

Mar. 5 – Mar. 11: Etienne Montpetit (Victoriaville Tigres)
Feb. 26 – Mar. 4: Shane Farkas (Portland Winterhawks)
Feb. 19 – Feb. 25: Emanuel Vella (Mississauga Steelheads)
Feb. 12 – Feb. 18: Riley Lamb (Red Deer Rebels)
Feb. 5 – Feb. 11: Brody Willms (Moose Jaw Warriors)
Jan. 29 – Feb. 4: Zachary Bouthillier (Chicoutimi Sagueneens)
Jan. 22 – Jan. 28: Jeremy Helvig (Kingston Frontenacs)
Jan. 15 – Jan. 21: Mario Culina (Kitchener Rangers)
Jan. 8 – Jan. 14: Stuart Skinner (Swift Current Broncos)
Jan. 1 – Jan. 7: Samuel Harvey (Rouyn-Noranda Huskies)
Dec. 25 – Dec. 31: James Porter (Kelowna Rockets)
Dec. 11 – Dec. 17: Tristan
Bérubé (Gatineau Olympiques)
Dec. 4 – Dec. 10: Carter Hart (Everett Silvertips)
Nov. 27 – Dec. 3: Carter Hart (Everett Silvertips)
Nov. 20 – Nov. 26: Carter Hart (Everett Silvertips)
Nov. 13 – Nov. 19: Anthony Morrone (Victoriaville Tigres)
Nov. 6 – Nov. 12: Justin Fazio (Sarnia Sting)
Oct. 30 – Nov. 5: Cole Kehler (Portland Winterhawks)
Oct. 23 – Oct. 29: Dustin Wolf (Everett Silvertips)
Oct. 16 – Oct. 22: Samuel Harvey (Rouyn-Noranada Huskies)
Oct. 9 – Oct. 15: Logan Flodell (Swift Current Broncos)
Oct. 2 – Oct. 8: Cole Kehler (Portland Winterhawks)
Sept. 25 – Oct. 1: Dereck Baribeau (Quebec Remparts)
Sept. 21 – Sept. 24: Michael DiPietro (Windsor Spitfires)

CHL Leagues

Sting’s Jordan Kyrou named OHL ‘On the Run’ Player of the Week

Toronto, ON – The Ontario Hockey League today announced that St. Louis Blues prospect Jordan Kyrou of the Sarnia Sting is the OHL ‘On the Run’ Player of the Week for the week ending January 21 after leading the league with 11 points in three games including two goals and nine assists with a plus-minus rating of plus-6. 

Jordan Kyrou of the Sarnia Sting. Photo by Terry Wilson / OHL Images.
Jordan Kyrou of the Sarnia Sting. Photo by Terry Wilson / OHL Images.

Kyrou becomes the league’s first two-time award recipient this season after recording a trio of multi-point performances to reclaim the OHL scoring lead and help the Sting win all three games last week to extend their winning-streak to seven.  On Wednesday night he contributed three assists and earned third star honours in a 6-3 road win over the Flint Firebirds, then scored a goal and two assists on Friday as first star of a 5-3 win over top ranked Sault Ste. Marie bringing an end to the Greyhounds 29-game point streak.  Kyrou’s week wrapped up Sunday with another first star effort tallying five points including the game-winning goal plus four assists in a 6-5 road victory over the Oshawa Generals.  This extended his personal point-streak to seven games dating back to December 8 as the Sting now hold an overall record of 32-12-2-0 following weekend action. 

A 19-year-old from Toronto, Ont., Kyrou is playing in his fourth season with the Sting who chose him in the second round of the 2014 OHL Priority Selection.  The captain now has 23 goals and a league-high 50 assists for 73 points in just 35 games.  Kyrou was one of eight current OHL players to help Canada win gold at the 2018 IIHF World Junior Championship in Buffalo producing 10 points in seven games.  He was a second round pick by the Blues in the 2016 NHL Draft. 

Watch video highlights of Kyrou and the Sting against the Firebirds, Greyhounds, and Generals. 

Also considered for the award this week was Vegas Golden Knights prospect Nick Suzuki of the Owen Sound Attack with five goals and three assists for eight points in three games, and Minnesota Wild prospect Dmitry Sokolov of the Barrie Colts with four goals and four assists for eight points in three games.  In goal, Mario Culina of the Kitchener Rangers went 3-0-0-0 with two shutout victories making a total of 98 saves for a goals-against-average of 0.67 and save percentage of .980.

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

Jan. 15 – Jan. 21: Jordan Kyrou (Sarnia Sting)
Jan. 8 – Jan. 14: Taylor Raddysh (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds)
Jan. 1 – Jan. 7: Owen Tippett (Mississauga Steelheads)
Dec. 25 – Dec. 31: Ben Jones (Niagara IceDogs)
Dec. 11 – Dec. 17: Morgan Frost (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds)
Dec. 4 – Dec. 10: Justin Brazeau (North Bay Battalion)
Nov. 27 – Dec. 3: Joseph Garreffa (Kitchener Rangers)
Nov. 20 – Nov. 26: Serron Noel (Oshawa Generals)
Nov. 13 – Nov. 19: Cliff Pu (London Knights)
Nov. 6 – Nov. 12: Ryan Merkley (Guelph Storm)
Oct. 30 – Nov. 5: Albert Michnac (Mississauga Steelheads)
Oct. 23 – Oct. 29: Aaron Luchuk (Windsor Spitfires)
Oct. 16 – Oct. 22: Jordan Kyrou (Sarnia Sting)
Oct. 9 – Oct. 15: Brady Hinz (Sarnia Sting)
Oct. 2 – Oct. 8: Nick Suzuki (Owen Sound Attack)
Sept. 25 – Oct. 1: Jonathan Ang (Peterborough Petes)
Sept. 21 – Sept. 24: Michael DiPietro (Windsor Spitfires)

Team Russia Roster Announced for 2017 CIBC Canada Russia Series

Toronto, ON – The Canadian Hockey League today announced the roster for Team Russia that will compete in the 2017 CIBC Canada Russia Series which begins on Monday November 6 in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan.

Canada Russia

A team of 24 Russian players including three goaltenders, nine defencemen, and 12 forwards will travel across Canada as part of the 15th annual series playing six games against CHL competition from November 6-16 in preparation for the 2018 IIHF World Junior Championship taking place this season in Buffalo, New York.

This year’s Team Russia is a mature group with all 24 players born in 1998.  Five players have NHL affiliations including goaltender Mikhail Berdin who was selected in the sixth round of the 2016 NHL Draft by the Winnipeg Jets and defenceman Egor Zaitsev who was a seventh round pick of the New Jersey Devils in 2017.  On forward Mikhail Maltsev was a fourth round pick of the Devils in 2016, Andrey Altybarmakyan was a 2017 third round pick of the Chicago Blackhawks, and Vladislav Kara was a 2017 fourth round pick of the Toronto Maple Leafs. 

Of the 24 players, only Zaitsev and goaltender Vladislav Sukhachev return from last year’s event.  The netminder made four appearances and posted a 1-1-0 record with a goals-against-average of 3.55 and save percentage of .885 and later represented Russia at the 2017 World Junior earning a bronze medal.

Team Russia is led once again by head coach Valery Bragin making his sixth appearance and fourth straight year behind the bench at this event.  In his tenure as head coach of the Russian National Junior Team the program has earned World Junior gold (2011 in Buffalo), three silver medals (2016 in Finland, 2015 in Toronto, 2012 in Calgary), and one bronze (2017 in Montreal).

An additional eight Russian-born CHL players will compete in various games of the series including three from the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, three from the Ontario Hockey League, and two from the Western Hockey League.

The WHL players competing in Moose Jaw on November 6 and in Swift Current November 7 include forward Alexander Alexeyev of the Red Deer Rebels and Broncos defenceman Artyom Minulin who will compete before his home crowd in Game 2.  For OHL games in Owen Sound on November 9 and in Sudbury November 13, Tampa Bay Lightning prospect Alexey Lipanov of the Barrie Colts will compete alongside Edmonton Oilers prospect Dmitri Samorukov of the Guelph Storm and Minnesota Wild prospect Dmitry Sokolov of the Game 4 host Wolves.  In the QMJHL games taking place November 14 in Charlottetown and November 16 in Moncton, Columbus Blue Jackets prospect and reigning QMJHL Player of the Year Vitalii Abramov of the Gatineau Olympiques will compete for Russia with Nashville Predators prospect Pavel Koltygin of the Drummondville Voltigeurs and Philadelphia Flyers prospect German Rubtsov of the Chicoutimi Sagueneens.

Rubtsov competed in the duration of the series last year scoring two goals in five games and was also a member of the bronze medal team in Montreal.  Minulin, Sokolov, and Abramov also return for a second straight year having competed against their regional leagues in 2016.

Team Russia has captured three series victories in 2014, 2012, and 2010.

2017 CIBC Canada Russia Series – Team Russia:

Most recent club team listed in brackets


Goaltenders:
Mikhail Berdin (Sioux Falls Stampede – USHL)
Alexey Melnichuk (SKA-Neva St. Petersburg – VHL)
Vladislav Sukhachev (Chelmet Chelyabinsk – VHL)

Defencemen:
Dmitry Alexeyev (Chelmet Chelyabinsk – VHL)
Anatoly Elizarov (Toros Neftekamsk – VHL)
Alexander Kalinin (Amurskie Tigry Khabarovsk – MHL)
Nikolay Knyzhov (SKA-Neva St. Petersburg – VHL)
Daniil Kurashov (Admiral Vladivostok – KHL)
Nikita Makeyev (CSKA Moscow – KHL)
Artyom Maltsev (Dizel Penza – KHL)
Alexander Shepelev (Chelmet Chelyabinsk – VHL)
Egor Zaitsev (Dynamo Moscow – KHL)

Forwards:
Andrey Altybarmakyan (SKA-Neva St. Petersburg – VHL)
Georgy Ivanov (Loko Yaroslavl – MHL)
Vladislav Kara (Bars Kazan – VHL)
Mikhail Maltsev (SKA St. Petersburg – KHL)
Artyom Manukyan (Avangard Omsk – KHL)
Danila Moiseyev (Vityaz Podolsk – KHL)
Alexey Polodyan (SKA-Neva St. Petersburg – VHL)
Damir Rakhimullin (Lada Togliatti – KHL)
Maxim Rasseykin (Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg – KHL)
Ivan Romanov (Loko Yaroslavl – MHL)
Maxim Tsyplakov (Spartak Moscow – KHL)
Daniil Veryaev (Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod – KHL)

WHL players on Team Russia:
Alexander Alexeyev (Red Deer Rebels)
Artyom Minulin (Swift Current Broncos)

OHL Players on Team Russia:
Alexey Lipanov (Barrie Colts)
Dmitri Samorukov (Guelph Storm)
Dmitry Sokolov (Sudbury Wolves)

QMJHL Players on Team Russia:
Vitalii Abramov (Gatineau Olympiques)
Pavel Koltygin (Drummondville Voltigeurs)
German Rubtsov (Chicoutimi Sagueneens)

Staff:
Head Coach – Valery Bragin
Assistant Coach – Oleg Bratash
Assistant Coach – Yury Babenko
Goalie Coach – Vladimir Kulikov
Video Coach – Vladislav Krutskikh
Analyst – Alexander Kadykov
Administration – Sergey Zatsarenko
General Manager – Alexei Kochetkov
Doctor – Valery Egorov
Physiotherapist – Artem Timofeev
Equipment Manager – Alexander Rezepov
Media Manager – Petr Tereshchenkov

The 2017 CIBC Canada Russia Series is supported by title sponsor CIBC, the Official Bank of the CHL, along with associate sponsors Cooper Tires and Sherwin-Williams.  All games will be broadcast nationally on Sportsnet and TVA Sports.


2017 CIBC Canada Russia Series Schedule:
Game 1 – Monday November 6 at Moose Jaw, SK
Game 2 – Tuesday November 7 at Swift Current, SK
Game 3 – Thursday November 9 at Owen Sound, ON
Game 4 – Monday November 13 at Sudbury, ON
Game 5 – Tuesday November 14 at Charlottetown, PE
Game 6 – Thursday November 16 at Moncton, NB

For event information including how to purchase tickets please visit http://chlcanadarussia.ca.

Attack’s Santino Centorame named Pioneer Energy OHL Player of the Week

Toronto, ON – The Ontario Hockey League today announced that defenceman Santino Centorame of the Owen Sound Attack is the Pioneer Energy OHL Player of the Week for the week ending January 8 after scoring once with six assists for seven points in three games recording a plus-minus rating of plus-8.

Centorame helped the Attack win a trio of home games last week against tough Western Conference competition extending their winning-streak to 10 which equals franchise records set in 1996-97 and 2004-05.  On Wednesday night the captain picked up an assist in a 6-1 victory over the league’s best road team the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds, then matched a season-high with four assists on Saturday as second star of a 5-1 win over the Mastercard Memorial Cup host Windsor Spitfires.  On Sunday the blueliner finished his week scoring a goal and an assist as part of a the 5-2 record tying win over Midwest Division rivals the Kitchener Rangers improving the club’s record to 26-13-1-0 for fifth place in the conference.  Centorame is the first defenceman to win the league’s weekly award this season, and second straight member of the Attack to be recognized following goaltender Michael McNiven.

A 20-year-old from Mississauga, ON, Centorame is playing in his fourth full OHL season joining the Attack midway through the 2013-14 campaign from the London Knights.  So far in his overage year he’s scored twice with 31 assists for 33 points in 40 games chasing his career-best of 41 points in 67 games recorded last season.  Over the course of the club’s 10-game winning-streak, Centorame notched 17 points tying for the team lead during that stretch.

Watch video highlights of Centorame and the Attack against the Greyhounds, Spitfires, and Rangers.

Also considered for the award this week was Minnesota Wild prospect Dmitry Sokolov of the Sudbury Wolves who scored six goals and one assist for seven points in three games, and 2017 NHL Draft prospect Owen Tippett of the Mississauga Steelheads who scored four goals and three assists for seven points in three games.  In goal, Montreal Canadiens prospect and last week’s award recipient Michael McNiven of the Attack posted a 3-0-0-0 record making 69 saves for a goals-against-average of 1.39 and save percentage of .945.

2016-17 Pioneer Energy OHL Players of the Week:

Jan. 2 – Jan. 8: Santino Centorame (Owen Sound Attack)
Dec. 26 – Jan. 1: Michael McNiven (Owen Sound Attack)
Dec. 12 – Dec. 18: Dylan Wells (Peterborough Petes)
Dec. 5 – Dec. 11: Michael DiPietro (Windsor Spitfires)
Nov. 28 – Dec. 4: Alex DeBrincat (Erie Otters)
Nov. 21 – Nov. 27: Boris Katchouk (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds)
Nov. 14 – Nov. 20: Jeremy Bracco (Kitchener Rangers)
Nov. 7 – Nov. 13: Jonathan Ang (Peterborough Petes)
Oct. 31 – Nov. 6: Alex DeBrincat (Erie Otters)
Oct. 24 – Oct. 30: Troy Timpano (Erie Otters)
Oct. 17 – Oct. 23: Max Jones (London Knights)
Oct. 10 – Oct. 16: Jeremy Bracco (Kitchener Rangers)
Oct. 3 – Oct. 9: Logan Brown (Windsor Spitfires)
Sept. 26 – Oct. 2: Joseph Raaymakers (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds)
Sept. 21 – Sept. 25: Matt Luff (Hamilton Bulldogs)

OHL Announces 2015-16 Awards Finalists

Toronto, ON – The Ontario Hockey League today announced the finalists for seven of the league’s major awards for the 2015-16 regular season.

OHL

Six of the seven awards are voted on by OHL Member Teams including Rookie of the Year, Overage Player of the Year, Most Sportsmanlike Player of the Year, Coach of the Year, Goaltender of the Year, and Defenceman of the Year.  Teams were asked to submit one nominee from their club for consideration on the ballot and were not permitted to vote for the player from their own hockey club.  The first stage of voting was by conference only with the top three players from each conference making the final ballot which is voted on by all 20 OHL General Managers.

All finalists for the Red Tilson Trophy were also nominated by the Member Teams of the Ontario Hockey League as their Most Outstanding Player for the 2015-16 regular season.  The Red Tilson Trophy is voted on by the sports writers and broadcasters in the OHL.

2015-16 OHL Awards Finalists:

Rookie of the Year / Emms Family Award Finalists:

Cam Dineen (North Bay Battalion)
Michael DiPietro (Windsor Spitfires)
Max Jones (London Knights)
Boris Katchouk (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds)
Alex Nylander (Mississauga Steelheads)
Matthew Strome (Hamilton Bulldogs)

Overage Player of the Year / Leo Lalonde Memorial Trophy Finalists:

Aaron Berisha (London Knights)
Jack Flinn (Mississauga Steelheads)
Hunter Garlent (Peterborough Petes)
Gabe Guertler (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds)
Kevin Labanc (Barrie Colts)
Devin Williams (Erie Otters)

Most Sportsmanlike Player of the Year / William Hanley Trophy Finalists:

Mike Amadio (North Bay Battalion)
Eric Cornel (Peterborough Petes)
Christian Dvorak (London Knights)
Taylor Raddysh (Erie Otters)
Blake Speers (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds)
Spencer Watson (Kingston Frontenacs)

Coach of the Year / Matt Leyden Trophy Finalists:

Stan Butler (North Nay Battalion)
Dale Hawerchuk (Barrie Colts)
Kris Knoblauch (Erie Otters)
Paul McFarland (Kingston Frontenacs)
Rocky Thompson (Windsor Spitfires)
Mike Van Ryn (Kitchener Rangers)

Goaltender of the Year Award Finalists:

Mackenzie Blackwood (Barrie Colts)
Michael McNiven (Owen Sound Attack)
Alex Nedeljkovic (Niagara IceDogs)
Tyler Parsons (London Knights)
Jake Smith (North Bay Battalion)
Devin Williams (Erie Otters)

Defenceman of the Year / Max Kaminsky Trophy Finalists:

Jakob Chychrun (Sarnia Sting)
Travis Dermott (Erie Otters)
Cam Dineen (North Bay Battalion)
Roland McKeown (Kingston Frontenacs)
Mikhail Sergachev (Windsor Spitfires)
Mitchell Vande Sompel (Oshawa Generals)

Most Outstanding Player of the Year / Red Tilson Trophy Finalists:

Barrie – Kevin Labanc
Erie – Devin Williams
Flint – Will Bitten
Guelph – James McEwan
Hamilton – Niki Petti
Kingston – Roland McKeown
Kitchener – Ryan MacInnis
London – Mitch Marner
Mississauga – Alex Nylander
Niagara – Jordan Maletta
North Bay – Mike Amadio
Oshawa – Anthony Cirelli
Ottawa – Leo Lazarev
Owen Sound – Santino Centorame
Peterborough – Hunter Garlent
Saginaw – Mitchell Stephens
Sarnia – Pavel Zacha
Sault Ste. Marie – Zach Senyshyn
Sudbury – Dmitry Sokolov
Windsor – Christian Fischer

The 2016 OHL Awards Ceremony takes place on Tuesday June 7 at the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto, however award recipients will be announced periodically throughout the remainder of the 2016 OHL Playoffs.  Additional player awards to be announced include Humanitarian of the Year, Academic Players of the Year, and the 2015-16 Mickey Renaud Captain’s Trophy recipient.

Dmitry Sokolov – Player Profile – Sudbury Wolves

Height: 6’0”

Weight: 220 pounds

Date of birth: April 14, 1998, Omsk Russia

Position: Center/Left Wing

Shoots: Left

OHL Draft: Round 1, 3rd overall, 2014 CHL Import Draft

Last season, Sokolov played junior with Omskie Yastreby of the MHL in his native Russia. In 29 games he scored 13 goals and added 3 assists. But it was at the World Hockey Challenge Under-17 where Sokolov put up a dominating performance scoring 6 goals and 3 assists in 6 games and led Russia to Gold. He also performed well at the WJC Under-18 with 2 goals and 3 assists in 5 games.

When you look up the definition of enigma, you can easily replace it with this:

Dmitry Sokolov of the Sudbury Wolves. Photo by Terry Wilson / OHL Images.
Dmitry Sokolov of the Sudbury Wolves. Photo by Terry Wilson / OHL Images

Sokolov has the skill level to be a first round pick, top 15, perhaps top 10. First and foremost, he’s built like a tank. He possesses a lethal shot with high end playmaking skills and a force on the powerplay. Simply put, he has the skill level to take over and dominate games. He’s put up decent points playing for a weak Sudbury Wolves team.

However, when I think of Sokolov, one thing comes to mind: The Russian Phil Kessel.

Concerns surfaced that he came to Sudbury’s camp out of shape and overweight. More alarming is that he showed disinterest in wanting to work on those concerns. While those same problems have always been attributed to Kessel, Sokolov lacks the skating skills, abilities and speed of a Phil Kessel.

Sokolov also lacks in the intensity and consistency department. He almost appears lazy at times, especially when the puck is not on his stick. He certainly has the skill set to be listed as a top 10 player from the OHL for the NHL draft, but unless he shows improvement in the second half on his consistency and work ethic, the skill alone will not be enough.

Sokolov made NHL Central Scouting’s preliminary list of players to watch as a B prospect – which means a second or third round prospect. On their November list, he was moved down to a C prospect – which means a fourth, fifth or sixth round prospect.

At this point, it remains to be seen whether Sokolov has the willingness and determination to disperse the cloud over the second half. If he does, and combined with his skill set, he’ll climb. If the status quo is what we see, then he’ll continue to drop.