FIREBIRDS’ TYLER TUCKER NAMED OHL ‘ON THE RUN’ PLAYER OF THE WEEK

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Toronto, Ont. – The Ontario Hockey League today announced that St. Louis Blues prospect Tyler Tucker of the Flint Firebirds is the OHL ‘On the Run’ Player of the Week with 11 points in four games including three goals and eight assists along with a plus/minus rating of plus-4.

Tucker joins Firebirds teammate Riley McCourt as the second defenceman to claim the honour this season, marking the fifth different occasion that a Flint player has been recognized. Tucker’s 11 points over an extended week that included a Family Day holiday on Monday led the League as Flint’s club record-setting winning streak reached 15 games. Tucker set a new Firebirds record for points by a defenceman in a single game on Monday, racking up seven consisting of two goals and five assists in a 12-7 road win over the Sarnia Sting. He chipped in with an assist in Thursday’s 4-0 road win over the Niagara IceDogs before scoring his 16th goal of the season and picking up a helper in Friday’s 6-3 victory over the Mississauga Steelheads. Tucker and the Firebirds saw their 15-game winning streak snapped back at home on Saturday as the defender collected an assist in a 4-1 loss to the Kitchener Rangers.

A 19-year-old product of Longlac, Ont., Tucker sits seventh among OHL defencemen with 53 points (16-37–53) over 49 games between Flint and Barrie this season. The fourth-year veteran has registered 24 points (8-16–24) over 21 games since being acquired by the Firebirds on January 7th. A former first round (14th overall) pick of the Barrie Colts in the 2016 OHL Priority Selection, Tucker has recorded 149 points (34-115–149) over 238 career regular season contests. He was a seventh round (200th overall) pick of the St. Louis Blues in the 2018 NHL Draft. Tucker made his professional debut last spring, appearing in two regular season games with the AHL’s San Antonio Rampage.

Two goaltenders were also in the running for this week’s award including Guelph Storm netminder Nico Daws who went 3-0 with a 1.88 goals-against average and .932 save percentage along with Oshawa Generals puckstopper Zachary Paputsakis who won a pair of games while posting a 1.50 goals-against average and .951 save percentage.

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2019-20 OHL ‘On the Run’ Players of the Week – Regular Season:
Feb. 17 – Feb. 23: Tyler Tucker (Flint Firebirds)
Feb. 10 – Feb. 16: Cole Perfetti (Saginaw Spirit)
Feb. 3 – Feb. 9: Evgeniy Oksentyuk (Flint Firebirds)
Jan. 27 – Feb. 2: Connor McMichael (London Knights)
Jan. 20 – Jan. 26: Ty Dellandrea (Flint Firebirds)
Jan. 13 – Jan. 19: Mitchell Hoelscher (Ottawa 67’s)
Jan. 6 – Jan. 12: Philip Tomasino (Oshawa Generals)
Dec. 30 – Jan. 5: Jacob Ingham (Kitchener Rangers)
Dec. 16 – Dec. 29: Joseph Garreffa (Ottawa 67’s)
Dec. 9 – Dec. 15: Jacob Ingham (Kitchener Rangers)
Dec. 2 – Dec. 8: Ty Dellandrea (Flint Firebirds)
Nov. 25 – Dec. 1: Marco Rossi (Ottawa 67’s)
Nov. 18 – Nov. 24: Riley McCourt (Flint Firebirds)
Nov. 11 – Nov. 17: Jan Jenik (Hamilton Bulldogs)
Nov. 4 – Nov. 10: Cam Hillis (Guelph Storm)
Oct. 28 – Nov. 3: Connor McMichael (London Knights)
Oct. 21 – Oct. 27: Nico Daws (Guelph Storm)
Oct. 14 – Oct. 20: Hunter Jones (Peterborough Petes)
Oct. 7 – Oct. 13: Mack Guzda (Owen Sound Attack)
Sept. 24 – Oct. 6: Philip Tomasino (Niagara IceDogs)
Sept. 23 – Sept. 29: Connor McMichael (London Knights)
Sept. 19 – Sept. 22: Semyon Der-Arguchintsev (Peterborough Petes)

Kia CHL Top 10 Rankings – Week 22

Toronto, ON – The Canadian Hockey League today announced the week twenty-two edition of the Kia CHL Top-10 Rankings for the 2019-20 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 22

Rank: Team: Last Week Ranked: Total Weeks Ranked:
1 Ottawa 67’s (42-9-0-1) 1 20
2 Sherbrooke Phoenix (43-8-3-1) 2 22
3 Portland Winterhawks (39-8-3-4) 3 12
4 Moncton Wildcats (41-12-1-0) 5 16
5 Edmonton Oil Kings (37-9-6-3) 4 19
6 Chicoutimi Sagueneens (37-11-4-1) 6 22
7 Everett Silvertips (36-12-3-1) 7 16
8 London Knights (37-14-1-1) 9 8
9 Rimouski Oceanic (35-14-3-4) 2
10 Flint Firebirds (35-17-1-1) 2
Honourable Mention:
Kitchener Rangers (34-14-5-2) 8 3
Lethbridge Hurricanes (34-14-2-5) 10 1
Saginaw Spirit (34-16-2-2) 2

Vaughn CHL Team of the Week

The Canadian Hockey League today announced the 20th edition of the Vaughn CHL Team of the Week for the 2019-20 season based on individual performances from Feb. 3-9.

Leading the way is the WHL’s top point producer in Minnesota Wild prospect Adam Beckman of the Spokane Chiefs who continues to build on a spectacular season following a week in which he tallied four goals and five assists for nine points across a trio of contests helping the Chiefs extend their winning-streak to five. Registering at least one point in 24 of his last 25 appearances, that stretch includes Tuesday’s 7-6 overtime thriller versus the Portland Winterhawks in which Beckman finished with two goals and two assists to earn third-star recognition.

Also up front is Vancouver Giants right-wing Tyler Preziuso who wrapped up the week with eight points counting five goals and three assists in the most recent three wins during the club’s six-game streak. Added from the Medicine Hat Tigers in early December, Preziuso is producing just shy of a point-per-game pace since joining his new club, with recent performances including Sunday’s 7-3 win over the Kamloops Blazers where he recorded two goals and two assists to finish with a season high of four points in addition to first-star honours.

Rounding out the forward ranks is Flint Firebirds left-wing and 2020 NHL Draft hopeful Evgeniy Oksentyuk whose week counted two goals and six assists for eight points over three games as the Firebirds record win-streak reaches 10. Against the Oshawa Generals on Sunday, Oksentyuk matched a season high of four points as he came away with two goals and two assists to help guide his squad to a 5-3 road victory that saw him recognized as the game’s third star. For his efforts, Oksentyuk was also honoured as the OHL ‘On the Run’ Player of the Week.

On the blue line, Florida Panthers prospect Johnny Ludvig of the WHL leading Portland Winterhawks impressed with nine points counting two goals and seven assists over three contests. Facing the Spokane Chiefs on Tuesday, Ludvig was among the top performers as he finished with one goal and a trio of assists for a season high of four points in a 7-6 overtime decision that saw him earn second-star honours and the club clinch a post-season berth despite the loss. In all, Ludvig’s successful showing also saw him recognized as the WHL ‘On the Run’ Player of the Week.

Partnering on the back end is Everett Silvertips veteran rearguard Jake Christiansen who finished with five goals and three assists for eight points over a trio of appearances. Against the Seattle Thunderbirds on Saturday, Christiansen shined with a season high of four points including two goals and two assists that counted a helper on the eventual game-winning goal in the 5-2 road victory that kept the Tips hot with eight wins in their last 10 games.

Between the pipes, Red Deer Rebels netminder Ethan Anders impressed over two appearances as he came away with a 1-1-0-0 showing coupled with a .974 save percentage and 1.00 goals-against average. In all, Anders wrapped up the week with a combined 76 saves, a stretch that included Saturday’s 3-0 win over the Calgary Hitmen in which he turned aside 41 shots to record his first shutout of the season. For his efforts, Anders was recognized as the WHL Eli Wilson Goaltending Goaltender of the Week.

FIREBIRDS’ EVGENIY OKSENTYUK NAMED OHL ‘ON THE RUN’ PLAYER OF THE WEEK

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Toronto, Ont. – The Ontario Hockey League today announced that Flint Firebirds forward Evgeniy Oksentyuk is the OHL ‘On the Run’ Player of the Week with eight points including two goals and six assists in three games along with a plus/minus rating of plus-3.

This marks the fourth different time a Firebirds player has received the award this season as Oksentyuk helped the club extend it’s franchise-best winning streak to 10 games with road wins in Erie, Hamilton and Oshawa. Oksentyuk recorded an assist in Friday’s 5-4 overtime win over the Otters before collecting three helpers in a 7-3 win over the Bulldogs on Saturday afternoon. The 5-foot-7, 157Ib. winger wrapped up the weekend by matching a season-high with four points including two goals and two assists in a 5-3 win over the Generals, pushing his current point streak to eight games. The Firebirds wrapped up the weekend as winners of a club record seven consecutive road contests, matching their season-high mark of 32 victories set in 2016-17.

An 18-year-old native of Brest, Belarus, Oksentyuk sits second in Flint scoring with 62 points (25-37–62) over 46 games. He set a Firebirds club record earlier this season when he strung together a 17-game point streak from Nov. 15 to Jan. 17. The left-winger represented his native Belarus at the 2020 IIHF U20 Division 1A World Championship in December, recording seven points (1-6–7) over five contests. Oksentyuk was chosen by the Firebirds with the fifth overall pick of the 2019 CHL Import Draft. He attended rookie camp with the Arizona Coyotes last September.

Also considered for the award this week were Ottawa 67’s winger Jack Quinn who boosted his goal-scoring total to a league-leading 44 with eight points (3-5–8) over three contests. Peterborough Petes winger Nick Robertson was considered after pushing his goal-scoring streak to 14 games as part of an eight point (4-4–8) week.

HIGHLIGHTS: Oksentyuk’s four point night in Oshawa
HIGHLIGHTS: Oksentyuk picks up three helpers in Hamilton
HIGHLIGHTS: Oksentyuk’s assist helps Firebirds beat Otters

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2019-20 OHL ‘On the Run’ Players of the Week – Regular Season:
Feb. 3 – Feb. 9: Evgeniy Oksentyuk (Flint Firebirds)
Jan. 27 – Feb. 2: Connor McMichael (London Knights)
Jan. 20 – Jan. 26: Ty Dellandrea (Flint Firebirds)
Jan. 13 – Jan. 19: Mitchell Hoelscher (Ottawa 67’s)
Jan. 6 – Jan. 12: Philip Tomasino (Oshawa Generals)
Dec. 30 – Jan. 5: Jacob Ingham (Kitchener Rangers)
Dec. 16 – Dec. 29: Joseph Garreffa (Ottawa 67’s)
Dec. 9 – Dec. 15: Jacob Ingham (Kitchener Rangers)
Dec. 2 – Dec. 8: Ty Dellandrea (Flint Firebirds)
Nov. 25 – Dec. 1: Marco Rossi (Ottawa 67’s)
Nov. 18 – Nov. 24: Riley McCourt (Flint Firebirds)
Nov. 11 – Nov. 17: Jan Jenik (Hamilton Bulldogs)
Nov. 4 – Nov. 10: Cam Hillis (Guelph Storm)
Oct. 28 – Nov. 3: Connor McMichael (London Knights)
Oct. 21 – Oct. 27: Nico Daws (Guelph Storm)
Oct. 14 – Oct. 20: Hunter Jones (Peterborough Petes)
Oct. 7 – Oct. 13: Mack Guzda (Owen Sound Attack)
Sept. 24 – Oct. 6: Philip Tomasino (Niagara IceDogs)
Sept. 23 – Sept. 29: Connor McMichael (London Knights)
Sept. 19 – Sept. 22: Semyon Der-Arguchintsev (Peterborough Petes)

Vaughn CHL Team of the Week

The Canadian Hockey League today announced the 18th edition of the Vaughn CHL Team of the Week for the 2019-20 season based on individual performances from Jan. 20-26.

Leading the way is Flint Firebirds captain and Dallas Stars first-round pick Ty Dellandrea who wrapped up the week with 10 points counting six goals and four assists over three games. Dellandrea began the week on a high note putting up two goals and two assists for four points in Wednesday’s 7-4 road win over the Soo Greyhounds in which he also claimed second-star honours. For his efforts, Dellandrea was recognized as the OHL ‘On the Run’ Player of the Week.

Also up front is Portland Winterhawks centre and 2020 NHL Draft prospect Seth Jarvis who recorded four goals and five assists for nine points over a pair of appearances. Against the Tri-City Americans on Friday, Jarvis matched a season-high of five points as he finished with two goals and three assists to help his club to an 8-2 victory in which he was also recognized as the game’s first star. Given his successful showing, Jarvis was honoured as the WHL ‘On the Run’ Player of the Week.

Rounding out the forward ranks is Sherbrooke Phoenix captain and Pittsburgh Penguins first-round pick Samuel Poulin who registered eight points counting five goals and three assists over a pair of contests. Poulin’s best showing came against the Acadie-Bathurst Titan on Friday as he put up five points and tied a franchise-record with four goals while adding one assist to help claim a 10-1 victory and first-star honours. For his efforts, Poulin was recognized as the Ultramar QMJHL Player of the Week.

Leading the blue line is Lethbridge Hurricanes defenceman and Penguins prospect Calen Addison who impressed with nine assists over a trio of appearances. Addison’s top showing came against the Regina Pats on Friday as he finished with a season-high of five points – all coming as helpers – en route to a 7-2 road victory and first-star recognition.

Partnering on the back end is Addison’s teammate in Hurricanes blue liner Alex Cotton who wrapped up the week with two goals and five assists for seven points over three games. The stretch included back-to-back three-point efforts versus the Moose Jaw Warriors and Regina Pats with the former counting a trio of assists in a 7-1 road victory in which Cotton was recognized as the game’s third star.

Between the pipes, Barrie Colts netminder and Vancouver Canucks draft pick Arturs Silovs shined over a pair of appearances and 123 minutes of ice time in which he came away with a pair of victories. Against the Oshawa Generals on Thursday, Silovs turned aside 19 shots en route to a 5-0 victory and his first career shutout to earn second-star honours. In all, Silovs wrapped up the week with a miniscule 0.98 goals-against average coupled with an outstanding .964 save percentage.