Toronto, Ont. – The Ontario Hockey League today announced that New Jersey Devils prospect Mitchell Hoelscher of the Ottawa 67’s is the OHL ‘On the Run’ Player of the Week with a league-leading eight points including five goals and three assists over three games.

Hoelscher becomes the third different Ottawa player to earn the distinction this season, helping the CHL’s top-ranked 67’s take three straight victories to improve to 34-7-0-0. The veteran centreman scored in Friday’s 5-4 shootout win over the Flint Firebirds before registering a career-high four points, collecting a goal and an assist on both the power play and penalty kill in a 5-0 blanking of the Hamilton Bulldogs. Hoelscher wrapped up the weekend with two goals and an assist as Ottawa skated to a 5-3 road win over the Oshawa Generals, maintaining a nine-point cushion atop the Eastern Conference standings.

A soon-to-be 20-year-old native of Elora, Ont., Hoelscher has points in seven of his last eight games, contributing to an overall total of 53 (25-27–53) in 41 games to go with a plus/minus rating of plus-34. The third-year veteran has collected 123 points (48-75–123) over 182 career OHL regular season games and proved valuable in Ottawa’s Eastern Conference title last spring, picking up 13 points (6-7–13) over 18 playoff contests. The Waterloo Wolves Minor Midget graduate was a third round (56th overall) pick in the 2016 OHL Priority Selection. The Devils selected Hoelscher in the sixth round (172nd overall) of the 2018 NHL Draft.

Also considered for the award this week were Carolina Hurricanes first round pick Ryan Suzuki of the Saginaw Spirit who recorded seven points (4-3–7) over three games along with Hoelscher’s Ottawa 67’s teammate Jack Quinn who also put up seven points (5-2–7) over three outings.

• HIGHLIGHTS: Hoelscher scores in win over Flint
• HIGHLIGHTS: Hoelscher’s career-high four point game
• HIGHLIGHTS: Hoelscher scores twice as 67’s beat Generals


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

Mitchell Hoelscher – Ottawa 67’s – Player Profile

Height: 6’

Weight: 158 pounds

Date of birth: January 27, 2000

Hometown: Elora, Ontario

Position: Left Wing

Shoots: Left

OHL Draft: Round 3, 56th overall, 2016 Priority Selection 

NHL Central Scouting pre-season: Not ranked

NHL Central Scouting mid-term: 82nd, North American Skaters

NHL Central Scouting final rank: Not available at this time

Ottawa 67’s pivot Mitchell Hoelscher played his minor midget hockey during the 2015-2016 season for the Waterloo Wolves where he put up an impressive 19 goals and 22 assists in 33 games. He was even more impressive in the playoffs, bulging the twine 12 times while setting up 16 others in 12 games. He would then add 3 goals and 2 assists for the Wolves’ 4 games at the OHL Cup.

The 67’s would select Hoelscher with the 56th pick at the 2016 Ontario Hockey League Priority Selection.

Mitchell Hoelscher of the Ottawa 67's. Photo by Terry Wilson / OHL Images.
Mitchell Hoelscher of the Ottawa 67’s. Photo by Terry Wilson / OHL Images.

The following season, Hoelscher would take his skills to the Junior B Elmira Sugar Kings of the Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League, helping the Sugar Kings capture the GOJHL Championship.

Hoelscher would match his minor midget totals of 19 goals and 22 assists in 42 regular season games with the Sugar Kings. On their way to the championship, he scored 8 goals and 10 assists in 27 playoff games. He would be named a second team all-star for the Midwestern Conference.

Hoelscher is a player who, as a rookie in the OHL, has played in all situations for the 67’s. His 9 goals and 17 assists to date may be seen as a bit of a disappointment. His 26 points has him 12th among rookies, while being tied for 9th in assists and 16th in goals.

Hoelscher plays the game with a tenacious motor and never quit work ethic. At 158 pounds, he obviously needs to add a lot of bulk to his frame, and when he does, he’ll have more confidence to crash and bang and add more physicality to his game.

Hoelscher is such a smart player, he easily makes the adjustment to play whatever role he is asked to play. He can certainly keep up playing the skilled game with more offensively gifted players, or he can adjust a play a more defensive game if the situation calls for it. His tenacity, ability to adjust and hockey smarts make him very effective on the penalty kill.

Offensively, Hoelscher sees the ice extremely well. He can find open lanes and make a very good pass to set up teammates. He possesses a very deceptive shot that can catch netminders off guard. He needs to play more selfish at times and use that shot. He has just 91 shots on goal but is firing at just under 10 percent. He finds a way to be elusive and escape the opposition.

Stat page of Mitchell Hoelscher from Elite Prospects