CHL Announces Weekly Award Winners

Michnac’s goals and Kehler’s saves produce CHL honours 

 

Steelheads’ Albert Michnac named CHL Player of the Week

Toronto, ON – The Canadian Hockey League today announced that forward Albert Michnac of the Mississauga Steelheads is the CHL Player of the Week for the week ending November 5 scoring eight goals in three games with a plus-minus rating of plus-3.

Michnac’s eight tallies were spread across three multi-goal performances that helped the Steelheads earn five of a possible six points last week.  He received first star honours in all three games beginning Friday night with his first career hat-trick despite a 5-4 shootout loss to the Owen Sound Attack, then scored twice including the game-winner in Saturday’s 4-3 road win over the Sudbury Wolves.  Michnac finished the week with another hat-trick as part of a 9-2 victory over the first place Eastern Conference Peterborough Petes.

Albert Michnac of the Mississauga Steelheads. Photo by Aaron Bell/OHL Images
Albert Michnac of the Mississauga Steelheads. Photo by Aaron Bell/OHL Images

A 20-year-old from Prague, Czech Republic, Michnac is now tied for tenth overall in OHL scoring with 23 points in 17 games including 12 goals and 11 assists.  He joined the Steelheads as the club’s first round pick (37th overall) in the 2017 CHL Import Draft after competing last season as a member of the Guelph Storm where he tallied 15 goals and 24 assists for 39 points in 65 games.

Also considered for the award this week was Columbus Blue Jackets prospect Vitalii Abramov of the Gatineau Olympiques who scored five goals and three assists for eight points in four games, and forward Jermaine Loewen of the Kamloops Blazers with four goals and one assist for five points in two games.

2017-18 CHL Players of the Week:

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)

Winterhawks’ Cole Kehler named Vaughn CHL Goaltender of the Week

Toronto, ON – The Canadian Hockey League today announced that Cole Kehler of the Portland Winterhawks is the Vaughn CHL Goaltender of the Week for the week ending November 5 after posting a 3-0-0-0 record with a goals-against-average of 1.00 and save percentage of .976.

Kehler receives the honour for the second time this season after turning aside 120 shots across a trio of victories for the Winterhawks who move into a first place tie in the WHL’s U.S Division with a 12-4-0-0 record.  Kehler earned first star honours in all three of his games last week beginning Wednesday night against the Prince George Cougars with 30 saves in the 2-1 victory.  On Friday night he stopped a season-high 47 shots in a 4-1 road win against the Spokane Chiefs, then stopped 43 shots on Saturday in Everett as part of a 3-1 triumph over the Silvertips playing in his 100th career game.

A 19-year-old from Altona, MB, Kehler is playing in his first season in Portland after being acquired from the Kamloops Blazers in the off-season.  The third year netminder currently holds a 10-2-0-0 record including one shutout with a league-best goals-against-average of 2.09 and save percentage of .935.

Also considered for the award this week was Etienne Montpetit of the Val-d’Or Foreurs who posted a 2-1-0-0 record including a shutout victory making 118 saves for a goals-against-average of 1.97 and save percentage of .952.  In the OHL, Carolina Hurricanes prospect Jeremy Helvig backstopped the Kingston Frontenacs to a 3-0-0-0 record making 76 saves for a goals-against-average of 1.00 and save percentage of .962.

2017-18 Vaughn CHL Goaltenders of the Week:

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)

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Steelheads’ Albert Michnac named OHL ‘On the Run’ Player of the Week

Toronto, ON – The Ontario Hockey League today announced that forward Albert Michnac of the Mississauga Steelheads is the OHL ‘On the Run’ Player of the Week for the week ending November 5 after scoring eight goals in three games with a plus-minus rating of plus-3.

Albert Michnac of the Mississauga Steelheads. Photo by Aaron Bell/OHL Images
Albert Michnac of the Mississauga Steelheads. Photo by Aaron Bell/OHL Images

Michnac recorded a trio of multi-goal performances for the surging Steelheads contributing to nearly half of the team’s total offensive output and earning first star honours in three straight contests.  On Friday night he scored his first career hat-trick despite a 5-4 shootout loss to the Owen Sound Attack, then scored twice including the game-winner in Saturday’s 4-3 road win over the Sudbury Wolves.  His week wrapped up Sunday with another hat-trick, this time against the Eastern Conference leading Peterborough Petes, helping the Steelheads to a 9-2 victory.  The Trout have now earned 11 of a possible 12 points over the past two weeks and are currently tied for eighth place in the East with an overall record of 7-9-0-1. 

Michnac, a 20-year-old from Prague, Czech Republic, is now tied for tenth overall in league scoring with 23 points in 17 games including 12 goals and 11 assists.  He joined the Steelheads as the club’s first round pick (37th overall) in the 2017 CHL Import Draft after competing last season as a member of the Guelph Storm where he tallied 15 goals and 24 assists for 39 points in 65 games.

Watch video highlights of Michnac and the Steelheads against the Petes. 

Also considered for the award this week was St. Louis Blues prospect and OHL top scorer Jordan Kyrou of the Sarnia Sting who led the league with nine points in three games including three goals and six assists, while 2017 NHL Draft prospect Blade Jenkins helped the Saginaw Spirit win three straight games collecting five goals and one assist.  In goal, Carolina Hurricanes prospect Jeremy Helvig backstopped the Kingston Frontenacs to a 3-0-0-0 record making 76 stops for a goals-against-average of 1.00 and save percentage of .962

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

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)

Frontenacs’ Jeremy Helvig named Pioneer Energy OHL Player of the Week

Toronto, ON – The Ontario Hockey League today announced that Carolina Hurricanes prospect Jeremy Helvig of the Kingston Frontenacs is the Pioneer Energy OHL Player of the Week for the week ending January 29 after posting a 2-0-0-1 record including two shutout victories with a goals-against-average of 1.28 and save percentage of .956.

Helvig becomes the sixth OHL netminder to claim the award this season after stopping 87 shots and helping the Frontenacs earn five of a possible six points last week.  His week began on Wednesday where the Frontenacs were on the disappointing end of a marathon matchup against the Ottawa 67’s.  Helvig stopped 29 shots in regulation and overtime before denying 12 of 14 shootout attempts in the 5-4 loss.  Helvig rebounded Friday stopping all 28 shots he faced as second star of a 3-0 victory over the Niagara IceDogs, then made 30 saves on Saturday as second star of a 1-0 triumph over the Mississauga Steelheads earning back-to-back shutouts for the first time in his career.  The Frontenacs are now fourth in the OHL’s Eastern Conference standings with a 22-17-5-3 record.

Jeremy Helvig of the Kingston Frontenacs. Photo by Aaron Bell/OHL Images

A 19-year-old from Markham, ON, Helvig is playing in his third OHL season with the Frontenacs who chose him in the third round of the 2013 OHL Priority Selection.  So far this season he carries a 20-14-4-2 record with five shutouts, tied for most in the league, along with the OHL’s fifth best goals-against-average at 2.62, also posting a save percentage of .910 in 41 games.  He was selected by the Hurricanes in the fifth round of the 2016 NHL Draft.

Watch video highlights of Helvig and the Frontenacs against the 67’s, IceDogs, and Steelheads.

Also considered for the award this week was Arizona Coyotes prospect Dylan Strome who became the Erie Otters all-time leading scorer following a week of eight points including three goals and five assists in three games.  In addition, New Jersey Devils prospect Michael McLeod of the Mississauga Steelheads had four goals and four assists for eight points in four games, while defenceman Jeff King of the Sarnia Sting had a goal and six assists for seven points in two games.

2016-17 Pioneer Energy OHL Players of the Week:

Jan. 23 – Jan. 29: Jeremy Helvig (Kingston Frontenacs)
Jan. 16 – Jan. 22: Hayden Hodgson (Saginaw Spirit)
Jan. 9 – Jan. 15: Kole Sherwood (Flint Firebirds)
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)