CHL Announces Weekly Award Winners

Tigres’ Comtois and Winterhawks’ Farkas best from coast-to-coast 

Tigres’ Maxime Comtois named CHL Player of the Week 

Toronto, ON – The Canadian Hockey League today announced that Anaheim Ducks prospect Maxime Comtois of the Victoriaville Tigres is the CHL Player of the Week for the week ending March 4 after recording 12 points in three games scoring five goals with seven assists and a plus-minus rating of plus-8. 

Comtois earns the award for the second time in four weeks after a trio of multi-point performances extended his personal point-streak to 16 games and helped the Tigres extend their winning-streak to six carrying an overall record of 37-20-4-2 into the final two weeks of regular season play.  Comtois and the Tigres began their three-game eastern road trip on Wednesday with an 8-2 victory over the Halifax Mooseheads with the power forward scoring twice with two assists earning first star honours.  He delivered a career-high five-point performance on Friday with a goal and four assists and was named second star of a 9-0 win against the Charlottetown Islanders, then wrapped up the week on Saturday with two goals and one assist as second star of a 7-3 win over the Saint John Sea Dogs. 

A 19-year-old from Longueuil, Que., Comtois is playing in his third season with the Tigres who selected him third overall in the 2015 QMJHL Entry Draft.  In 50 games this season he’s scored a career-high 41 goals along with 35 assists for 76 points.  Comtois was a member of Canada’s National Junior Team winning gold at the 2018 IIHF World Junior Championship and just recently signed his entry-level contract with the Ducks who selected him in the second round of the 2017 NHL Draft. 

Also considered for the award this week was Vegas Golden Knights prospect Cody Glass of the Portland Winterhawks with five goals and five assists for 10 points in four games, and St. Louis Blues prospect Robert Thomas of the Hamilton Bulldogs who recorded seven assists in three games. 

2017-18 CHL Players of the Week:

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)
  

Winterhawks’ Shane Farkas named Vaughn CHL Goaltender of the Week 

Toronto, ON – The Canadian Hockey League today announced that Shane Farkas of the Portland Winterhawks is the Vaughn CHL Goaltender of the Week for the week ending March 4 after posting a 3-0-0-0 record including two shutout victories with a goals-against-average of 1.33 and save percentage of .961. 

Farkas turned aside 99 shots last week helping the Winterhawks keep pace in the WHL’s competitive U.S. Division standings where they hold a second place record of 40-20-1-4 heading into the season’s final two weeks.  Farkas put together back-to-back shutouts against the Tri-City Americans including Tuesday with 37 saves in a 9-0 win where he earned second star honours, and Saturday with 30 saves in the 5-0 victory.  His week wrapped up Sunday with a 32-save performance in a 7-4 win over the Seattle Thunderbirds.  This marks the third week a Winterhawks goaltender has been recognized following two early season honours by Cole Kehler. 

A 19-year-old from Penticton, B.C., Farkas is playing in his second WHL season with the Winterhawks after originally being a fourth round selection of the Lethbridge Hurricanes in the 2014 Bantam Draft.  This season he’s posted a 14-5-0-0 record including eight straight wins since January 27 with an overall goals-against-average of 2.58 and save percentage of .921. 

Also considered for the award for the second straight week was Etienne Montpetit of the Victoriaville Tigres who posted a 2-0-0-0 record including a shutout victory making a total of 65 saves for a goals-against-average of 1.00 and save percentage of .970.  In the OHL, Leo Lazarev of the Barrie Colts posted a 2-0-0-0 record making 66 saves for a goals-against-average of 2.50 and save percentage of .930. 

2017-18 Vaughn CHL Goaltenders of the Week:

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)

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Bulldogs’ Robert Thomas named OHL ‘On the Run’ Player of the Week

Toronto, ON – The Ontario Hockey League today announced that St. Louis Blues prospect Robert Thomas of the Hamilton Bulldogs is the OHL ‘On the Run’ Player of the Week for the week ending March 4 recording seven assists in three games along with a plus-minus rating of plus-2. 

Thomas produced a trio of multi-assist efforts last week helping the Bulldogs extend their winning-streak to six to clinch the OHL’s East Division title with a 41-16-3-3 record.  On Thursday night he contributed two helpers including one on rookie Arthur Kaliyev’s game-winner that lifted the Bulldogs to a 5-4 overtime triumph against the Niagara IceDogs.  Then on Friday night, Thomas contributed to the entire Bulldogs offense with three assists in a 3-1 win over the Ottawa 67’s earning first star honours.  His week wrapped up Saturday with another two assists as part of a 4-1 victory over the Oshawa Generals where he was named the game’s second star.  The win secured the first ever Leyden Trophy for the Bulldogs, symbolic of the East Division crown, and represents Hamilton’s first OHL division title since the 1976 Fincups.  

An 18-year-old from Aurora, Ont., Thomas is playing in his third OHL season and first with the Bulldogs since being acquired by the club in January.  Originally a second round pick of the London Knights in the 2015 OHL Priority Selection, Thomas has two goals and 20 assists in his 18 games played for Hamilton bringing his total 2017-18 production to a career-high 68 points in 45 games.  The first round pick of the Blues in the 2017 NHL Draft helped Canada win gold at the 2018 IIHF World Junior Championship in Buffalo. 

Watch video highlights of Thomas and the Bulldogs against the IceDogs, 67’s, and Generals. 

Also considered for the award this week was Philadelphia Flyers prospect Isaac Ratcliffe of the Guelph Storm who scored five goals and two assists for seven points in three games, and 2018 NHL Draft prospect Liam Foudy of the London Knights who scored three goals and three assists for six points in three games.  In goal, Leo Lazarev of the Barrie Colts posted a 2-0-0-0 record making 66 saves for a goals-against-average of 2.50 and save percentage of .930.

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

Feb. 26 – Mar. 4: Robert Thomas (Hamilton Bulldogs)
Feb. 19 – Feb. 25: Jordan Kyrou (Sarnia Sting)
Feb. 12 – Feb. 18: Aaron Luchuk (Barrie Colts)
Feb. 5 – Feb. 11: Liam Foudy (London Knights)
Jan. 29 – Feb. 4: Kenny Huether (Oshawa Generals)
Jan. 22 – Jan. 28: Jeremy Helvig (Kingston Frontenacs)
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)

IceDogs’ Ben Jones named OHL ‘On the Run’ Player of the Week

Toronto, ON – The Ontario Hockey League today announced that Vegas Golden Knights prospect Ben Jones of the Niagara IceDogs is the OHL ‘On the Run’ Player of the Week for the week ending December 31 scoring twice with five assists for seven points in three games with a plus-minus rating of plus-3.

Ben Jones of the Niagara IceDogs. Photo by Terry Wilson / OHL Images.
Ben Jones of the Niagara IceDogs. Photo by Terry Wilson / OHL Images.

Jones helped the IceDogs close 2017 with three-straight victories following the holiday break improving their Central Division record to 19-11-3-2 which ranks third overall in the Eastern Conference.  The Dogs took to the road for their first two games after Christmas with stops in North Bay and Sudbury where Jones contributed an assist on Thursday as part of a 3-2 overtime victory against the Battalion, and scored a goal with two assists on Friday earning first star honours in a 7-4 win over the Wolves.  Back home Sunday for a New Year’s Eve matchup against Hamilton, Jones extended his point-streak to a career-high eight games and reached the century mark for career-points with another goal and two assist performance as second star of a 7-3 win over the East leading Bulldogs.

An 18-year-old from Waterloo, Ont., Jones is playing in his third season with the IceDogs after being chosen by Niagara seventh overall in the 2015 OHL Priority Selection.  He currently leads the IceDogs in scoring and is tied for 19th among all OHL skaters with 41 points in 35 games including a new career-high 14 goals.  His 100 career points includes 32 goals and 68 assists recorded across 159 games.  This past June in Chicago, Jones was a seventh round pick by the Golden Knights in the 2017 NHL Draft.

Watch video highlights of Jones and the IceDogs against the Battalion, Wolves, and Bulldogs.

Also considered for the award this week was Montreal Canadiens prospect Will Bitten who scored two goals and five assists for seven points in three games for the Bulldogs, and Florida Panthers prospect Owen Tippett of the Mississauga Steelheads who scored three goals with four assists for seven points in three games.  In goal, Leo Lazarev of the Barrie Colts made 82 saves while posting a 2-0-0-0 record along with a goals-against-average of 1.50 and save percentage of .965.

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

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)