CHL Announces Weekly Award Winners

Morrison and Fitzpatrick earn second playoff honours 

Hurricanes’ Brad Morrison named CHL Player of the Week 

Toronto, ON – The Canadian Hockey League today announced that Los Angeles Kings prospect Brad Morrison of the Lethbridge Hurricanes is the CHL Player of the Week for the playoff week ending April 29 after recording seven points in three games including four goals and three assists with a plus-minus rating of plus-3. 

Morrison becomes the first two-time award recipient during the CHL Playoffs for his efforts during the WHL’s Eastern Conference Championship Series against the Swift Current Broncos.  Despite falling to the Broncos in six games, Morrison set a new team record for most goals in a single playoff and tied franchise leader Wes Walz for most points in a single post-season.  His week began with a hat-trick and four-point performance in Tuesday’s Game 3 on home ice where he earned first star honours in the 5-1 victory.  The Hurricanes tied the series with another 5-1 win in Game 4 on Wednesday with Morrison contributing two assists.  That would be as close as the Hurricanes would come skating to a 4-3 loss in Game 5 on Saturday with Morrison scoring once, followed by the Game 6 series finale on Monday with a 5-1 Broncos victory. 

A 21-year-old from Prince George, B.C., Morrison finished his five-year WHL career in Lethbridge after being acquired by the Hurricanes from the Vancouver Giants midway through the 2017-18 campaign.  He also spent four full seasons with his hometown Cougars who chose him seventh overall in the 2012 WHL Bantam Draft.  This season Morrison produced a career-high 75 points in 74 games which included 40 points in 32 games with the Canes, then added 16 goals and 21 assists for 37 points in 16 playoff games to lead all WHL scorers through three rounds.  Earlier today, Morrison was signed to a free agent entry-level contract with the Kings. 

Also considered for the award this week was Joseph Garreffa of the Kitchener Rangers with one goal and seven assists for eight points in four games against the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds in the OHL’s Western Conference Championship Series, and Ottawa Senators prospect Drake Batherson of the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada who scored three goals and three assists for six points in four games against the Charlottetown Islanders in their QMJHL Semi-Final series. 

2017-18 CHL Players of the Week – Playoffs:
Apr. 23 – Apr. 29: Brad Morrison (Lethbridge Hurricanes)
Apr. 16 – Apr. 22: Boris Katchouk (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds)
Apr. 9 – Apr. 15: Jake Bean (Tri-City Americans)
Apr. 2 – Apr. 8: Pascal Aquin (Charlottetown Islanders)
Mar. 26 – Apr. 1: Gabriel Vilardi (Kingston Frontenacs)
Mar. 19 – Mar. 25: Brad Morrison (Lethbridge Hurricanes)

2017-18 CHL Players of the Week – Regular Season:

Mar. 12 – Mar. 18: Dillon Dube (Kelowna Rockets)
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)
 

Titan’s Evan Fitzpatrick named Vaughn CHL Goaltender of the Week 

Toronto, ON – The Canadian Hockey League today announced that St. Louis Blues prospect Evan Fitzpatrick of the Acadie-Bathurst Titan is the Vaughn CHL Goaltender of the Week for the playoff week ending April 29 after posting a 2-0 record along with a goals-against-average of 2.00 and save percentage of .938. 

Fitzpatrick earns the award for the second time in three weeks after extending his winning-streak to 10 games for the Titan who completed a four-game series sweep over the Victoriaville Tigres in the QMJHL Semi-Finals.  His week included a 28-save performance in Game 3 on Tuesday night securing a 2-1 road win with third star honours, then a 38-save effort in Game 4 on Wednesday clinching the series with the 4-3 victory.  His strong play has helped the Titan advance to the QMJHL Final for the President Cup for the first time since 2001. 

A 20-year-old from St. John’s, Nfld., Fitzpatrick joined the Titan in January where he won 17 games in 21 appearances with a goals-against-average of 2.24 and save percentage of .915 for the Maritimes Division champions.  So far this post-season he carries an impressive 12-2 record with a league-best goals-against-average of 1.99 and save percentage of .927 which is among the league’s leaders.  Fitzpatrick began his QMJHL career with the Sherbrooke Phoenix where he played more than three years after being chosen fourth overall in the 2014 QMJHL Entry Draft.  He was later a second round pick by the Blues in the 2016 NHL Draft. 

Also considered for the award this week was Mario Culina who made 136 saves across four games for the Kitchener Rangers posting a 3-1 record against the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds including one shutout for a goals-against-average of 3.10 and save percentage of .913.  In the WHL, Logan Flodell made 76 saves in three games for the Lethbridge Hurricanes posting a 2-1 record against the Swift Current Broncos with a goals-against-average of 2.05 and save percentage of .927. 

2017-18 Vaughn CHL Goaltenders of the Week – Playoffs:
Apr. 23 – Apr. 29: Evan Fitzpatrick (Acadie-Bathurst Titan)
Apr. 16 – Apr. 22: Émile Samson (Blainville-Boisbriand Armada)
Apr. 9 – Apr. 15: Evan Fitzpatrick (Acadie-Bathurst Titan)
Apr. 2 – Apr. 8: Patrick Dea (Tri-City Americans)
Mar. 26 – Apr. 1: Carter Hart (Everett Silvertips)
Mar. 19 – Mar. 25: Stuart Skinner (Swift Current Broncos)

2017-18 Vaughn CHL Goaltenders of the Week – Regular Season:

Mar. 12 – Mar. 18: Patrick Dea (Tri-City Americans)
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)

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Rangers’ Joseph Garreffa named OHL ‘On the Run’ Player of the Week

Toronto, ON – The Ontario Hockey League today announced that Joseph Garreffa of the Kitchener Rangers is the OHL ‘On the Run’ Player of the Week for the playoff week ending April 29 after scoring one goal with seven assists for eight points in four games. 

Joseph Garreffa of the Kitchener Rangers. Photo by Aaron Bell/OHL Images
Joseph Garreffa of the Kitchener Rangers. Photo by Aaron Bell/OHL Images

Garreffa helped the Rangers win three of four games played last week in the Western Conference Championship Series against the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds forcing a Game 7 to decide the Wayne Gretzky Trophy winner on Monday night.  Down 2-0 in the series after a pair of weekend road games, the Rangers countered with home ice success of their own including a 3-0 shutout in Game 3 last Monday followed by a 7-4 triumph in Game 4 on Wednesday where Garreffa earned first star honours with four assists.  The forward turned defenceman chipped in an assist despite a 7-3 loss in Game 5 on Friday, then finished the week with a goal and two assists in Sunday’s Game 6 thriller won 4-3 by the Rangers in overtime to lock the series at three wins apiece. 

An 18-year-old from Toronto, Ont., Garreffa is playing in his third season with the Rangers after being chosen by the club in the third round of the 2015 OHL Priority Selection.  This marks the second Player of the Week honour for Garreffa who was also recognized for his play for the week ending December 3.  This season was his most productive offensively with 65 points in 68 games which included 12 goals, a career-high 53 assists, and just eight penalty minutes as a finalist for Most Sportsmanlike Player of the Year.  His post-season figures to date include eight goals and 11 assists for 19 points in 18 games which ranks fourth on the team.   

Watch video highlights of Garreffa and the Rangers against the Greyhounds in Game 3, Game 4, Game 5, Game 6. 

Also considered for the award this week was Columbus Blue Jackets prospect Kole Sherwood who scored four goals and two assists for six points in four games for the Rangers, and Anaheim Ducks prospect Jack Kopacka of the Greyhounds with three goals and two assists for five points in four games.  In goal, Mario Culina made 136 saves across four games for the Rangers posting a 3-1 record including one shutout for a goals-against-average of 3.10 and save percentage of .913. 

2017-18 OHL ‘On the Run’ Players of the Week – Playoffs:Game 6

Apr. 23 – Apr. 30: Joseph Garreffa (Kitchener Rangers)
Apr. 16 – Apr. 22: Boris Katchouk (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds)
Apr. 9 – Apr. 15: Jeremy Helvig (Kingston Frontenacs)
Apr. 2 – Apr. 8: Andrei Svechnikov (Barrie Colts)
Mar. 26 – Apr. 1: Gabriel Vilardi (Kingston Frontenacs)
Mar. 19 – Mar. 25: Noel Hoefenmayer (Ottawa 67’s)

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

Mar. 12 – Mar. 18: Nick Suzuki (Owen Sound Attack)
Mar. 5 – Mar. 11: Dmitry Sokolov (Barrie Colts)
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)

Colts’ Andrei Svechnikov named OHL ‘On the Run’ Player of the Week

Toronto, ON – The Ontario Hockey League today announced that top 2018 NHL Draft prospect Andrei Svechnikov of the Barrie Colts is the OHL ‘On the Run’ Player of the Week for the playoff week ending April 8 after recording four points in three games including three goals and one assist with a plus-minus rating of plus-3.

Svechnikov extended his playoff point-streak to four and helped the Colts win two of their first three games in the Eastern Conference Semi-Finals against the Kingston Frontenacs.  Last week on home ice he picked up an assist in Wednesday’s Game 1 overtime contest won 6-5 by the Colts, then scored twice in Friday’s 4-1 victory in Game 2 including a late insurance marker to earn third star honours.  He also scored once in Sunday’s Game 3 on the road despite the 4-2 loss.  Svechnikov and the Colts will look to take a commanding 3-1 lead in the series when they resume play on Tuesday night in Kingston. 

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

A 17-year-old from Barnaul, Russia, Svechnikov is playing in his first OHL season after being selected first overall by the Colts in the 2017 CHL Import Draft.  He led all rookies in scoring with 40 goals and 32 assists for 72 points in 44 games and has been voted a finalist for the OHL’s Rookie of the Year award.  In just five games so far this post-season he’s tallied five goals and four assists for nine points.  Svechnikov represented Russia at the 2018 IIHF World Junior Championship and was ranked first by NHL Central Scouting in their Midterm list for the 2018 NHL Draft.  

Watch video highlights of Svechnikov and the Colts against the Frontenacs in Game 1, Game 2, and Game 3

Also considered for the award this week was Dallas Stars prospect Jason Robertson of the Frontenacs with two goals and three assists for five points in three games against the Colts, and Vegas Golden Knights prospect Nick Suzuki of the Owen Sound Attack with two goals and one assist for three points in two games against the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds.  In goal, Mario Culina of the Kitchener Rangers has one win and an overtime loss in their second round series against the Sarnia Sting making 61 saves to date for a goals-against-average of 2.30 and save percentage of .924. 

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

Apr. 2 – Apr. 8: Andrei Svechnikov (Barrie Colts)
Mar. 26 – Apr. 1: Gabriel Vilardi (Kingston Frontenacs)
Mar. 19 – Mar. 25: Noel Hoefenmayer (Ottawa 67’s)
 

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

Mar. 12 – Mar. 18: Nick Suzuki (Owen Sound Attack)
Mar. 5 – Mar. 11: Dmitry Sokolov (Barrie Colts)
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)

CHL Announces Weekly Award Winners

WHL’s Eastern Conference Playoffs produce Top Performers

Hurricanes’ Brad Morrison named CHL Player of the Week 

Toronto, ON – The Canadian Hockey League today announced that Brad Morrison of the Lethbridge Hurricanes is the CHL Player of the Week for the first week of playoff action ending March 25 after recording eight points in two games including three goals and five assists with a plus-minus rating of plus-4. 

Morrison delivered back-to-back multi-point performances for the Hurricanes who opened the WHL Playoffs with a pair of victories against their Central Division opponent the Red Deer Rebels.  In Game 1 on Friday night he scored once with an assist in a 6-0 shutout, then tallied a career-high six points in Game 2 on Saturday with two goals including the game-winner plus four assists as first star of the 8-3 win.  The series resumes Tuesday night in Red Deer. 

A 21-year-old from Prince George, B.C., Morrison is finishing his five-year WHL career in Lethbridge and was acquired by the Hurricanes from the Vancouver Giants midway through the 2017-18 campaign.  He also spent four full seasons with his hometown Cougars who chose him seventh overall in the 2012 WHL Bantam Draft.  This season Morrison produced a career-high 75 points in 74 games which included 40 points in 32 games with the Canes. 

Also considered for the award this week was Columbus Blue Jackets prospect Vitalii Abramov of the Victoriaville Tigres who scored three goals and three assists for six points in two wins against the Gatineau Olympiques in first round QMJHL Playoffs action, and Arizona Coyotes prospect Noel Hoefenmayer of the Ottawa 67’s who scored twice with four assists for six points in a two-game split against the Hamilton Bulldogs to open the Eastern Conference OHL Playoffs. 

2017-18 CHL Players of the Week – Playoffs:
Mar. 19 – Mar. 25: Brad Morrison (Lethbridge Hurricanes)

2017-18 CHL Players of the Week – Regular Season:

Mar. 12 – Mar. 18: Dillon Dube (Kelowna Rockets)
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)
 

Broncos’ Stuart Skinner named Vaughn CHL Goaltender of the Week 

Toronto, ON – The Canadian Hockey League today announced that Edmonton Oilers prospect Stuart Skinner of the Swift Current Broncos is the Vaughn CHL Goaltender of the Week for the first week of playoff action ending March 25 after posting a 1-1 record including a shutout victory with a goals-against-average of 1.01 and save percentage of .970. 

Skinner turned aside 64 shots last week for the Broncos who opened the WHL Playoffs at home by splitting games with their East Division opponent the Regina Pats.  On Friday night in Game 1 of the series he recorded his first career WHL playoff shutout with a 34-save performance that earned him first star honours in the 3-0 win.  In Game 2 on Saturday, Skinner made 30 saves but the Broncos fell short by a 2-1 score knotting the series at one win apiece.  Skinner’s strong play continued into this week earning first star honours in Game 3 on Monday night with a 39-save effort in a 4-1 victory.  The series resumes Wednesday night in Regina. 

A 19-year-old from Edmonton, Alta., Skinner is playing in his fourth WHL season and first with the Broncos when acquired in January from the Lethbridge Hurricanes where he played since his first round selection in the 2013 Bantam Draft.  In 25 appearances down the stretch for the Broncos he carried a 16-6-1-1 record with two shutouts for a goals-against-average of 2.68 and save percentage of .914.  Skinner was a third round pick by the Oilers in the 2017 NHL Draft. 

Also considered for the award this week was Zachary Bouthillier of the Chicoutimi Sagueneens who split the first two road games of the QMJHL Playoffs against the Acadie-Bathurst Titan but did earn a shutout victory making a total of 77 saves for a goals-against-average of 1.53 and save percentage of .963.  In the OHL Playoffs, Mario Culina of the Kitchener Rangers posted a 2-0 record against the Guelph Storm stopping 77 shots for a goals-against-average of 1.50 and save percentage of .963. 

2017-18 Vaughn CHL Goaltenders of the Week – Playoffs:
Mar. 19 – Mar. 25: Stuart Skinner (Swift Current Broncos)

2017-18 Vaughn CHL Goaltenders of the Week – Regular Season:

Mar. 12 – Mar. 18: Patrick Dea (Tri-City Americans)
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)

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67’s Noel Hoefenmayer named OHL ‘On the Run’ Player of the Week

Toronto, ON – The Ontario Hockey League today announced that Arizona Coyotes prospect Noel Hoefenmayer of the Ottawa 67’s is the OHL ‘On the Run’ Player of the Week for the first week of playoff action ending March 25 scoring twice with four assists for six points in two games. 

Noel Hoefenmayer of the Ottawa 67's. Photo by Aaron Bell/OHL Images
Noel Hoefenmayer of the Ottawa 67’s. Photo by Aaron Bell/OHL Images

Hoefenmayer recorded back-to-back three-point performances for the Eastern Conference’s eighth place 67’s who opened the 2018 OHL Playoffs with a split on the road against the first place Hamilton Bulldogs.  The defenceman played a role in 75% of the 67’s scoring last week tying for the league lead in points through two post-season games.  In Game 1 on Thursday he scored twice and added an assist receiving second star honours despite a 6-3 loss, then recorded three assists in Game 2 on Sunday including a helper on Sam Bitten’s game-winner as the 67’s grinded out a 5-4 victory.  The series shifts to the nation’s capital for Game’s 3 and 4 on Tuesday and Wednesday. 

A 19-year-old from North York, Ont., Hoefenmayer is playing in his third OHL season with the 67’s since chosen by the club in the second round of the 2015 Priority Selection.  He led the 67’s blue line in scoring for the second straight season producing seven goals and 26 assists for 33 points in 65 games.  Hoefenmayer was a fourth round pick by the Coyotes in the 2017 NHL Draft. 

Watch video highlights of Hoefenmayer and the 67’s against the Bulldogs in Game 1 and Game 2. 

Also considered for the award this week was St. Louis Blues prospect Robert Thomas of the Hamilton Bulldogs who equaled Hoefenmayer’s six points in two games by also scoring twice with four assists.  Ottawa Senators prospect Alex Formenton of the London Knights scored five goals in two games against the Owen Sound Attack, and goaltender Mario Culina of the Kitchener Rangers posted a 2-0 record against the Guelph Storm stopping 77 shots for a goals-against-average of 1.50 and save percentage of .963.

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

Mar. 19 – Mar. 25: Noel Hoefenmayer (Ottawa 67’s)

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

Mar. 12 – Mar. 18: Nick Suzuki (Owen Sound Attack)
Mar. 5 – Mar. 11: Dmitry Sokolov (Barrie Colts)
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)

CHL Announces Weekly Award Winners

Comtois and Willms lead Tigres and Warriors 

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 February 11 after scoring four goals and four assists for eight points in three games with a plus-minus rating of plus-6. 

Comtois delivered a trio of multi-point performances for the seventh place Tigres who officially clinched a berth in the QMJHL Playoffs riding a five-game winning-streak which has improved their record to 30-18-4-2.  His week began Wednesday with a goal and an assist in a 7-1 victory over the Val-d’Or Foreurs, and continued Thursday scoring twice with two assists as second star of an 8-4 win against the Baie-Comeau Drakkar.  His week wrapped up outdoors on Saturday competing in the Drummondville Winter Classic scoring his 30th goal of the season and adding an assist to extend his personal point-streak to seven in a 2-0 victory over the Voltigeurs.  

A 19-year-old from Longueuil, QC, Comtois is playing in his third season in Victoriaville after being selected by the Tigres third overall in the 2015 QMJHL Entry Draft.  His 54 points in 41 games are just six points shy of his career-high of 60 set during his rookie season across 62 games.  Comtois was a second round pick by the Ducks in the 2017 NHL Draft and won gold as a member of Canada’s National Junior Team at the 2018 IIHF World Junior Championship in Buffalo. 

Also considered for the award this week was Anaheim Ducks prospect Tyler Soy who became the Victoria Royals all-time leading goal scorer with 142 during a week in which he recorded four goals and four assists for eight points in three games, and 2018 NHL Draft prospect Liam Foudy of the London Knights who scored five goals and two assists for seven points in three games. 

2017-18 CHL Players of the Week:

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)

Warriors’ Brody Willms named Vaughn CHL Goaltender of the Week 

Toronto, ON – The Canadian Hockey League today announced that Brody Willms of the Moose Jaw Warriors is the Vaughn CHL Goaltender of the Week for the week ending February 11 after posting a perfect 2-0-0-0 record with two shutout victories for a goals-against-average of 0.00 and save percentage of 1.000. 

Willms turned aside all 35 shots he faced in a pair of starts last week helping the first place Warriors improve their record to 42-9-1-2 atop the overall WHL standings.  On Friday night he made 20 saves and earned second star honours in a 2-0 victory over the Lethbridge Hurricanes, then stopped all 15 fired his way on Saturday as third star of a 6-0 win against the Kootenay Ice. 

A 19-year-old from Coquitlam, BC, Willms is playing in his fourth full season in Moose Jaw after being selected by the Warriors in the eighth round of the 2013 WHL Bantam Draft.  In 41 games this season he’s compiled a 30-7-1-2 record including four shutouts with a goals-against-average of 2.94 and save percentage of .902. 

Also considered for the award this week was rookie Colten Ellis of the Rimouski Oceanic who posted a 2-0-0-0 record including a shutout victory making 41 saves for a goals-against-average of 0.50 and save percentage of .976.  In the OHL, overage Mario Culina of the Kitchener Rangers who went 2-0-0-0 making 81 saves for a goals-against-average of 2.00 and save percentage of .953. 

2017-18 Vaughn CHL Goaltenders of the Week:

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

Knights’ Liam Foudy named OHL ‘On the Run’ Player of the Week

Toronto, ON – The Ontario Hockey League today announced that NHL Draft prospect Liam Foudy of the London Knights is the OHL ‘On the Run’ Player of the Week for the week ending February 11 after scoring five goals and two assists for seven points in three games with a plus-minus rating of plus-9.

Liam Foudy of the London Knights. Photo by Aaron Bell/OHL Images
Liam Foudy of the London Knights. Photo by Aaron Bell/OHL Images

Foudy produced a trio of multi-point performances that helped the Knights win three straight games to maintain their hold on fourth place in the Western Conference standings with a 29-20-2-2 record.  On Friday night he delivered a career-high three points with two goals and an assist as third star of a 4-1 win over the Erie Otters, then on Saturday scored a goal with an assist as second star of a 5-3 win over the Sudbury Wolves.  His week wrapped up Sunday in Guelph with two goals including the overtime winner earning first star honours in a 3-2 triumph over the fifth place Storm.

A native of Scarborough, Ont., Foudy celebrated his 18th birthday on February 4.  He’s playing in his second season with the Knights after being chosen by the club in the first round of the 2016 OHL Priority Selection.  In 50 games this season Foudy has scored 15 goals and nine assists for 24 points however has been particularly hot as of late with 11 goals in 14 games since January 5.  He is eligible for the 2018 NHL Draft listed 91st among North American skaters by NHL Central Scouting and recently competed in the 2018 Sherwin-Williams CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game for Team Orr where he performed among the top five in both on and off-ice skills testing.

Watch video highlights of Foudy and the Knights against the Otters, Wolves, and Storm.

Also considered for the award this week were a pair of overage forwards including Nikita Korostelev of the Peterborough Petes with three goals and five assists for eight points in three games, and Ethan Szypula of the Owen Sound Attack with five goals and two assists for seven points in three games.  In goal, overager Mario Culina of the Kitchener Rangers went 2-0-0-0 making 81 saves for a goals-against-average of 2.00 and save percentage of .953.

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

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)

OHL Top Performers of the Month for January

Toronto, ON – The Ontario Hockey League today announced the Top OHL Performers of the Month for regular season games played in January 2018, including Niagara IceDogs forward Sam Miletic, Mississauga Steelheads defenceman Nicolas Hague, Barrie Colts rookie Andrei Svechnikov and Kitchener Rangers netminder Mario Culina.

OHL Player of the Month – Sam Miletic (Niagara IceDogs):

Pittsburgh Penguins prospect Sam Miletic of the Niagara IceDogs is the OHL Player of the Month for January after leading all players with 25 points including 12 goals, 13 assists over 13 games with a plus/minus rating of plus-7. Acquired by the IceDogs early in the month, Miletic recorded 15 of his 25 points with his new club including a four-point effort on Jan. 26th against Sarnia, completing a hat-trick on the overtime winner. He had a total of seven multi-point efforts including two-goal outings on Jan. 7th with the London Knights against the North Bay Battalion as well as on Jan. 12th with the IceDogs against the Barrie Colts. Miletic earned first star of the game honours three different times, helping the IceDogs play to a 5-2-1-1 record since acquiring him as they lead the Central Division.

A 20-year-old native of Bloomfield Hills, Mich., Miletic sits fourth in OHL scoring with 69 points and tied for third in league assists with 45. Signed by the Pittsburgh Penguins to a three-year entry level NHL contract this past fall, Miletic was originally a 15th round pick of the London Knights in the 2013 OHL Priority Selection. He’s recorded 138 points (64-74–138) over his 144-game OHL career.

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

Vegas Golden Knights prospect Nicolas Hague of the Mississauga Steelheads is the OHL Defenceman of the Month for January, leading all blueliners with 16 points including five goals and 11 assists over 10 games. The 6-foot-5, 216Ib. Hague registered five multi-point outings last month including three assists on Jan. 3rd at Erie. He ended January with back-to-back three point efforts that both included a goal and two assists on Jan. 26th against Peterborough and again on Jan. 28th against Sudbury. Hague enters February on a three-game goal-scoring streak after helping the Steelheads play to an 8-2-0-0 record in the month of January.

A 19-year-old native of Kitchener, Ont., Hague leads the Steelheads in scoring with 56 points including 25 goals and 31 assists in 46 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 25 goals are the most by an OHL defenceman since Anthony DeAngelo and Jordan Subban both reached the mark during the 2014-15 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):

For the second time this season, Barrie Colts forward Andrei Svechnikov is the OHL Rookie of the Month. The top-ranked North American skater in NHL Central Scouting’s Midterm Rankings released earlier this month, Svechnikov led OHL rookies with 17 points including nine goals and eight assists over 11 games in January. Svechnikov returned from the 2018 World Junior Hockey Championship where he represented Russia to register points in 10 of 11 games, entering the month of February on a six-game run of multi-point performances. He had a pair of two-goal games including Jan. 19th at Mississauga as well as Jan. 31st at Owen Sound.

A 17-year-old native of Barnaul, Russia, Svechnikov leads OHL rookies with 23 goals to go with 15 assists for 38 points in just 27 games after missing time with an injury. The 6-foot-3, 184Ib. left-handed shot was the first overall pick of the 2017 CHL Import Draft and represented Team Orr in the recent 2018 Sherwin-Williams CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game.

Vaughn OHL Goaltender of the Month – Mario Culina (Kitchener Rangers):

Overage netminder Mario Culina of the Kitchener Rangers is the Vaughn OHL Goaltender of the Month for January. Suiting up for both the Rangers and Sudbury Wolves this month, Culina played to an overall record of 6-1-1-0, posting a 1.74 goals-against average, a .946 save percentage and two shutouts over eight games. He is a perfect 6-0-0-0 since joining the Rangers on Jan. 8th. His month was headlined by back-to-back shutout efforts including a 34-save performance on Jan. 17th at Niagara followed by a 36-save showing at home to the Erie Otters on Jan. 19th. He enters the month of February on a six-game winning streak, making over 30 saves in three of his last four games.

A 20-year-old native of Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., Culina joined the Sudbury Wolves in late November after starting the season with the Ryerson University Ram’s Men’s Hockey team. A Mastercard Memorial Cup champion with Windsor last spring, Culina has posted a 2.61 goals-against average, .921 save percentage and 8-5-2-0 record in 16 games this season, improving to 31-18-4-1 in his OHL career. He was originally signed as a free agent by the Windsor Spitfires in September 2015.

2017-18 OHL Performers of the Month:

Player of the Month:

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:

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:

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:

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

Sting’s Jordan Kyrou named CHL Player of the Week

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

Kyrou recorded a trio of multi-point performances last week helping the Sting extend their winning-streak to seven and improving their overall record to 32-12-2-0.  His week was highlighted by a five-point effort on Sunday which extended his personal point-streak to seven games dating back to December 8 tallying the game-winning goal with four assists as first star of a 6-5 road win over the Oshawa Generals.  The Sting captain also chipped in three assists on Wednesday earning third star honours in a 6-3 road win over the Flint Firebirds, then scored a goal and two assists on Friday as part of a 5-3 win against top ranked Sault Ste. Marie giving the Greyhounds their first regulation loss in 30 games since the Sting defeated them on October 27. 

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 World Junior gold medalist has reclaimed the OHL scoring lead with 23 goals and 50 assists for 73 points in just 35 games.  He was a second round pick by the Blues in the 2016 NHL Draft. 

Also considered for the award this week was Matt Fonteyne of the Everett Silvertips with three goals and seven assists for 10 points in three games, and Jeffrey Truchon-Viel of the Acadie-Bathurst Titan with four goals and three assists for seven points in two games. 

2017-18 CHL 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: 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)

Rangers’ Mario Culina named Vaughn CHL Goaltender of the Week 

Toronto, ON – The Canadian Hockey League today announced that Mario Culina of the Kitchener Rangers is the Vaughn CHL Goaltender of the Week for the week ending January 21 after posting a 3-0-0-0 record including two shutout victories for a goals-against-average of 0.67 and save percentage of .980. 

Culina turned aside 98 shots last week in a trio of victories for the Rangers who improve their record to 30-14-2-0 atop the OHL’s Midwest Division.  He began the week with back-to-back shutouts, the first two of his career, earning first star honours in both games including Wednesday night with a 34-save performance in a 6-0 win over the Niagara IceDogs and Friday night with 36 saves in a 3-0 victory against the Erie Otters.  He finished the week with 28 saves as part of a 4-2 victory over the Guelph Storm on Sunday afternoon. 

A 20-year-old from Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., Culina is playing in his third OHL season and first with the Rangers after being acquired from the Sudbury Wolves in January.  Since joining the Rangers he’s posted a perfect 5-0-0-0 record with a goals-against-average of 1.20 and save percentage of .958.  Culina began his OHL tenure with the Windsor Spitfires during the 2015-16 season and was part of the club’s 2017 Mastercard Memorial Cup title. 

Also considered for the award this week was Philadelphia Flyers prospect and three-time award winner Carter Hart of the Everett Silvertips with a 2-0-0-0 record including one shutout stopping 48 shots for a goals-against-average of 0.50 and save percentage of .980.  In the QMJHL, Matthew Welsh of the Charlottetown Islanders posted a 1-1-0-0 record making 52 saves for a goals-against-average of 1.52 and save percentage of .945. 

2017-18 Vaughn CHL Goaltenders of the Week:

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)

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)