CHL Announces Weekly Award Winners

Storm’s Nate Schnarr named CHL Player of the Week

Toronto, ON – The Canadian Hockey League today announced that Arizona Coyotes prospect Nate Schnarr of the Guelph Storm is the CHL Player of the Week for the regular season week ending March 3 with 13 points in four games including four goals and nine assists with a plus-minus rating of plus-11.

Schnarr recorded at least one point in four straight contests last week as the Storm found the win column in each to push their current win streak to seven and improve to a 36-16-6-4 showing, good for second place in the OHL’s Midwest Division. His week began Tuesday with three assists in an eventual 7-3 victory over the division-rival London Knights. He then picked up another helper the next night in a 4-3 overtime win against the Erie Otters. Schnarr saved his best showings for the latter half of the week as he recorded a goal and three assists in an 11-4 romp of the Windsor Spitfires en route to third-star honours. He then wrapped the weekend Sunday by notching his second hat-trick of the season to go with a pair of assists for a career-high five points in an 8-4 takedown of the Kitchener Rangers.

A 20-year-old from Waterloo, Ont., Schnarr is skating in his third full season with the Storm. After finishing last year with a respectable 39 points in 57 games, the budding forward has stepped up his offensive game this season as he’s tallied a team-leading 96 points, including 31 goals and 65 assists, in 59 appearances.

Also considered for the award this week was Rouyn-Noranda Huskies overage forward Peter Abbandonato, who pocketed a goal and eight assists for nine points in three games, as well as Lethbridge Hurricanes forward Jake Elmer after he recorded five goals and five assists for 10 points in four games.

2018-19 CHL Players of the Week – Regular Season:

Feb. 25 – Mar. 3: Nate Schnarr (Guelph Storm)

Feb. 18 – Feb. 24: Brayden Tracey (Moose Jaw Warriors)

Feb. 11 – Feb. 17: Maxime Comtois (Drummondville Voltigeurs)

Feb. 4 – Feb. 10: Alexis Lafreniere (Rimouski Oceanic)

Jan. 28 – Feb. 3: Samuel Asselin (Halifax Mooseheads)

Jan. 21 – Jan. 27: Ethan Crossman (Baie-Comeau Drakkar)

Jan. 14 – Jan. 20: Morgan Frost (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds)

Jan. 7 – Jan. 13: Bowen Byram (Vancouver Giants)

Dec. 31 – Jan. 6: Arthur Kaliyev (Hamilton Bulldogs)

Dec. 24 – Dec. 30: Kyle Maksimovich (Erie Otters)

Dec. 10 – Dec. 16: Justin Brazeau (North Bay Battalion)

Dec. 3 – Dec. 9: Ivan Chekhovich (Baie-Comeau Drakkar)

Nov. 26 – Dec. 2: Gregor MacLeod (Drummondville Voltigeurs)

Nov. 19 – Nov. 25: Brett Leason (Prince Albert Raiders)

Nov. 12 – Nov. 18: Peter Abbandonato (Rouyn-Noranda Huskies)

Nov. 5 – Nov. 11: Jason Robertson (Kingston Frontenacs)

Oct. 29 – Nov. 4: Joachim Blichfeld (Portland Winterhawks)

Oct. 22 – Oct. 28: Ivan Chekhovich (Baie-Comeau Drakkar)

Oct. 15 – Oct. 21: Justin Brazeau (North Bay Battalion)

Oct. 8 – Oct. 14: Damien Giroux (Saginaw Spirit)

Oct. 1 – Oct. 7: Dawson Davidson (Saskatoon Blades)

Sept. 24 – Sept. 30: Luka Burzan (Brandon Wheat Kings)

Sept. 19 – Sept. 23: Kirby Dach (Saskatoon Blades)

Silvertips’ Dustin Wolf named Vaughn CHL Goaltender of the Week

Toronto, ON – The Canadian Hockey League today announced that 2019 NHL Draft prospect Dustin Wolf of the Everett Silvertips is the Vaughn CHL Goaltender of the Week for the regular season week ending March 3 with a 2-0-0-0 record, one shutout, a goals-against average of 0.48, and save percentage of .981.

Wolf claims the honour for an impressive third time this season after stopping 53 shots in two games last week to help the Silvertips improve to 44-14-2-2 on the season clinching their third straight U.S Division title in the WHL. Against the Tri-City Americans on Friday, Wolf turned aside 21 shots in an eventual 2-1 victory which set a Silvertips single season record with his 38th victory. The next night, he came up with a 32-save performance against the Seattle Thunderbirds for a 1-0 win en route to first-star honours as well as his CHL-leading seventh shutout.

The 17-year-old Californian, who is competing in his second season with the Silvertips, was recently ranked 17th among North American goaltenders by NHL Central Scouting. In 56 games this season, Wolf sports a 39-13-2-1 record alongside a 1.72 goals-against average and .935 save percentage.

Also considered for the award this week was Tristan Cote-Cazenave of the Victoriaville Tigres after he posted a 2-0-0-0 record with 57 saves in two road appearances with a goals-against average of 1.46 and save percentage of .950. In the OHL, Arizona Coyotes prospect and Saginaw Spirit netminder Ivan Prosvetov went 2-0-0-0 as he picked up his fourth shutout of the season, while making 47 saves over two games for a goals-against average of 1.50 and save percentage of .940.

2018-19 Vaughn CHL Goaltenders of the Week – Regular Season:

Feb. 25 – Mar. 3: Dustin Wolf (Everett Silvertips)

Feb. 18 – Feb. 24: Stephen Dhillon (Niagara IceDogs)

Feb. 11 – Feb. 17: Joel Hofer (Portland Winterhawks)

Feb. 4 – Feb. 10: Mads Sogaard (Medicine Hat Tigers)

Jan. 28 – Feb. 3: Jet Greaves (Barrie Colts)

Jan. 21 – Jan. 27: Dustin Wolf (Everett Silvertips)

Jan. 14 – Jan. 20: Olivier Rodrigue (Drummondville Voltigeurs)

Jan. 7 – Jan. 13: Kevin Mandolese (Cape Breton Screaming Eagles)

Dec. 31 – Jan. 6: Ivan Prosvetov (Saginaw Spirit)

Dec. 24 – Dec. 30: Cedrick Andree (Ottawa 67’s)

Dec. 10 – Dec. 16: Mads Sogaard (Medicine Hat Tigers)

Dec. 3 – Dec. 9: Dustin Wolf (Everett Silvertips)

Nov. 26 – Dec. 2: Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen (Sudbury Wolves)

Nov. 19 – Nov. 25: Kyle Jessiman (Baie-Comeau Drakkar)

Nov. 12 – Nov. 18: Ian Scott (Prince Albert Raiders)

Nov. 5 – Nov. 11: Michael DiPietro (Windsor Spitfires)

Oct. 29 – Nov. 4: Joseph Raaymakers (London Knights)

Oct. 22 – Oct. 28: Stephen Dhillon (Niagara IceDogs)

Oct. 15 – Oct. 21: Emile Samson (Blainville-Boisbriand Armada)

Oct. 8 – Oct. 14: Alexis Gravel (Halifax Mooseheads)

Oct. 1 – Oct. 7: Trent Miner (Vancouver Giants)

Sept. 24 – Sept. 30: Luke Richardson (Kitchener Rangers)

Sept. 19 – Sept. 23: Hunter Jones (Peterborough Petes)

Storm’s Nate Schnarr named OHL ‘On the Run’ Player of the Week

Toronto, ON – The Ontario Hockey League today announced that Arizona Coyotes prospect Nate Schnarr of the Guelph Storm is the OHL ‘On the Run’ Player of the Week for the regular season week ending March 3 after scoring 13 points in four games including four goals and nine assists with a plus-minus rating of plus-11.

Schnarr produced a trio of multi-point efforts last week including a career-high five point performance on Sunday helping the Storm extend their winning-streak to seven.  The contest featured his second hat-trick of the season plus two assists in the familiar confines of the Kitchener Memorial Auditorium near his hometown Waterloo where he earned second star honours in an 8-4 win over the Rangers.  This came following Friday’s 11-4 victory on home ice against the Windsor Spitfires where Schnarr matched his previous high of four points with a goal and three assists earning third star recognition.  His week also included a single assist contribution on Wednesday night in Erie as part of a 4-3 overtime win over the Otters, and began with three primary helpers on Tuesday in a 7-3 win over the London Knights.  The Storm have locked up home ice advantage for the first round of the OHL Playoffs and are currently in fourth place in the Western Conference standings with a 36-16-6-4 record just five points behind third place Sault Ste. Marie with six games remaining.

Schnarr, who turned 20-years-old on February 25, has been part of the Storm organization since being chosen in the third round of the 2015 OHL Priority Selection.  This season has been the most productive offensively of his three full years ranking seventh overall in the league with 96 points in 59 games including 31 goals and 65 assists after generating 39 points across 57 games a year ago.  Schnarr was a third round pick by the Coyotes in the 2017 NHL Draft and signed his entry-level contract with the club in December.  He becomes the second member of the Storm to win the award this season following captain Isaac Ratcliffe in January.

Watch video highlights of Schnarr and the Storm against the Knights, Otters, Spitfires, and Rangers.

Also considered for the award this week was fellow Storm forward Nick Suzuki, a Montreal Canadiens prospect, who also had 13 points in four games with three goals and 10 assists.  Next in line was Joseph Garreffa of the Rangers who picked up nine points in three games including three goals and six assists.  In goal, fellow Coyotes prospect Ivan Prosvetov of the Saginaw Spirit posted a 2-0-0-0 record including his fourth shutout victory of the season making a total of 47 saves for a goals-against-average of 1.50 and save percentage of .940.

2018-19 OHL ‘On the Run’ Players of the Week – Regular Season:

Feb. 25 – Mar. 3: Nate Schnarr (Guelph Storm)
Feb. 18 – Feb. 24: Stephen Dhillon (Niagara IceDogs)
Feb. 11 – Feb. 17: Nando Eggenberger (Oshawa Generals)
Feb. 4 – Feb. 10: Jacob Ingham (Mississauga Steelheads)
Jan. 28 – Feb. 3: Riley Damiani (Kitchener Rangers)
Jan. 21 – Jan. 27: Liam Foudy (London Knights)
Jan. 14 – Jan. 20: Morgan Frost (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds)
Jan. 7 – Jan. 13: Isaac Ratcliffe (Guelph Storm)
Dec. 31 – Jan. 6: Arthur Kaliyev (Hamilton Bulldogs)
Dec. 24 – Dec. 30: Kyle Maksimovich (Erie Otters)
Dec. 10 – Dec. 16: Andrew MacLean (Owen Sound Attack)
Dec. 3 – Dec. 9: Brett Neumann (Kingston Frontenacs)
Nov. 26 – Dec. 2: Jason Robertson (Niagara IceDogs)
Nov. 19 – Nov. 25: Morgan Frost (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds)
Nov. 12 – Nov. 18: Owen Tippett (Mississauga Steelheads)
Nov. 5 – Nov. 11: Jason Robertson (Kingston Frontenacs)
Oct. 29 – Nov. 4: Kevin Hancock (Owen Sound Attack)
Oct. 22 – Oct. 28: Stephen Dhillon (Niagara IceDogs)
Oct. 15 – Oct. 21: Justin Brazeau (North Bay Battalion)
Oct. 8 – Oct. 14: Damien Giroux (Saginaw Spirit)
Oct. 1 – Oct. 7: Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen (Sudbury Wolves)
Sept. 24 – Sept. 30: Lucas Chiodo (Barrie Colts)
Sept. 19 – Sept. 23: Akil Thomas (Niagara IceDogs)

Attack’s Andrew MacLean named OHL ‘On the Run’ Player of the Week

Toronto, ON – The Ontario Hockey League today announced that rookie goaltender Andrew MacLean of the Owen Sound Attack is the OHL ‘On the Run’ Player of the Week for the regular season week ending December 16 posting a 3-0-0-0 record including one shutout victory with a goals-against-average of 1.67 and save percentage of .953.

MacLean turned aside 102 shots last week across a trio of victories for the Attack who enter the holiday break riding a five-game winning-streak.  His week began on Tuesday night with a big division victory over the Guelph Storm by a 3-2 score stopping a career-high 44 shots including a perfect 22-save third period.  MacLean’s weekend included a pair of road triumphs against East Division competition beginning Friday night in Kingston where he was perfect with 27 saves to record his first career shutout as first star of a 3-0 win over the Frontenacs.  Then on Saturday afternoon in Ottawa, MacLean made 31 saves as part of 6-3 victory over the first place 67’s.  The Attack end the league’s first half of the regular season schedule with a 19-11-1-2 record for 41 points which ties them with Guelph for second place behind the London Knights in the Midwest.

A 17-year-old from Port Huron, Michigan, MacLean was chosen by the Attack in the tenth round of the 2017 OHL Priority Selection.  Since making his first start on October 6, the 2019 NHL Draft prospect has produced a 9-3-0-1 record with a goals-against-average of 3.22 and save percentage of .904.  He spent last season with the Detroit Honeybaked U16 program after playing his Minor Midget season with the Lambton Jr. Sting.  MacLean is the third goaltender to receive the award so far this season following Stephen Dhillon (Niagara IceDogs) and Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen (Sudbury Wolves), and second member of the Attack to be recognized following forward Kevin Hancock.

Watch video highlights of MacLean and the Attack against the Storm, Frontenacs, and 67’s.

Also considered for the award this week was OHL top scorer Justin Brazeau of the North Bay Battalion who scored eight goals and two assists for 10 points in three games.  A pair of Storm forwards also had productive weeks collecting 11 points in four games including Dallas Stars prospect Liam Hawel who scored six goals and five assists and Arizona Coyotes prospect Nate Schnarr with four goals and seven assists.

2018-19 OHL ‘On the Run’ Players of the Week – Regular Season:

Dec. 10 – Dec. 16: Andrew MacLean (Owen Sound Attack)
Dec. 3 – Dec. 9: Brett Neumann (Kingston Frontenacs)
Nov. 26 – Dec. 2: Jason Robertson (Niagara IceDogs)
Nov. 19 – Nov. 25: Morgan Frost (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds)
Nov. 12 – Nov. 18: Owen Tippett (Mississauga Steelheads)
Nov. 5 – Nov. 11: Jason Robertson (Kingston Frontenacs)
Oct. 29 – Nov. 4: Kevin Hancock (Owen Sound Attack)
Oct. 22 – Oct. 28: Stephen Dhillon (Niagara IceDogs)
Oct. 15 – Oct. 21: Justin Brazeau (North Bay Battalion)
Oct. 8 – Oct. 14: Damien Giroux (Saginaw Spirit)
Oct. 1 – Oct. 7: Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen (Sudbury Wolves)
Sept. 24 – Sept. 30: Lucas Chiodo (Barrie Colts)
Sept. 19 – Sept. 23: Akil Thomas (Niagara IceDogs)

Chiefs’ Anderson-Dolan to Captain Canada at World Under-18 Hockey Championship

Hockey Canada

POPRAD, Slovakia – Jaret Anderson-Dolan (Spokane Chiefs) will wear the ‘C’ on his Team Canada jersey at the 2017 IIHF U18 World Championship in Poprad and Spisska Nova Ves, Slovakia, April 13-23.

Anderson-Dolan will be assisted by Stelio Mattheos (Brandon Wheat Kings) and Maxime Comtois (Victoriaville Tigres).

“We are very excited about our leadership group,” said Darren Rumble (Moncton Wildcats), head coach of Canada’s National Men’s Under-18 Team. “Jaret, Max and Stelio have shown great leadership right from day one. They are excellent competitors on the ice, and super people off the ice.”

Twenty players have been registered to play for Canada when the puck drops on the team’s opening game against Latvia on Thursday at 9:30 a.m. ET. Hockey Canada can add up to three more players to its roster before the playoff round begins on April 20.

“It’s a huge honour; if you look at some of the guys who’ve worn the ‘C’ for Team Canada before, there’s some big names out there,” said Anderson-Dolan about Wednesday’s news. “It’s just an honour to be recognized on this team as one of its leaders. I’m going to do everything I can to represent Canada as best I can and to help us win a gold medal.”

TSN, the official broadcast partner of Hockey Canada, is broadcasting 12 games, including all of Team Canada’s match-ups at the IIHF U18 World Championship. RDS will broadcast 10 games, including Canada’s four preliminary-round games, two quarter-final games, both semifinals, and the bronze- and gold-medal games.

Canada has won seven medals at the IIHF U18 World Championship, including three gold medals (2003, 2008, 2013).

19 CHL PLAYERS ON CANADA’S NATIONAL UNDER-18 TEAM:

Goaltenders:
Alexis Gravel (Halifax Mooseheads)
Jake McGrath (Sudbury Wolves)
Ian Scott (Prince Albert Raiders)

Defencemen:
Josh Brook (Moose Jaw Warriors)
Jocktan Chainey (Halifax Mooseheads)
Jared McIsaac (Halifax Mooseheads)
Ty Smith (Spokane Chiefs)
Jett Woo (Moose Jaw Warriors)

Forwards:
Jaret Anderson-Dolan (Spokane Chiefs)
Maxime Comtois (Victoriaville Tigres)
Ty Dellandrea (Flint Firebirds)
MacKenzie Entwistle (Hamilton Bulldogs)
Liam Hawel (Guelph Storm)
Stelio Mattheos (Brandon Wheat Kings)
Kyle Olson (Tri-City Americans)
Isaac Ratcliffe (Guelph Storm)
Nate Schnarr (Guelph Storm)
Matthew Strome (Hamilton Bulldogs)
Akil Thomas (Niagara IceDogs)

Pre-Tournament Recap:

Game 1: Canada overcame a 3-1 first-period deficit, but ultimately lost its first pre-tournament game by one goal, with Russia besting them 5-4 on Sunday.

  • Isaac Ratcliffe (Guelph Storm) and Matthew Strome (Hamilton Bulldogs) racked up one goal and one assist each, while Ian Scott (Prince Albert Raiders) was between the pipes and made 20 saves.
  • Game Summary

Game 2Canada edged Switzerland 5-4 on Monday to close out its pre-tournament action ahead of the 2017 IIHF U18 World Championship.

  • Stelio Mattheos (Brandon Wheat Kings) recorded a hat-trick in the come-from-behind win, with Maxime Comtois (Victoriaville Tigres) scoring two for the red-and-white.
  • Jacob McGrath (Sudbury Wolves) made 19 saves for Canada.
  • Game Summary

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Nate Schnarr – Guelph Storm – Player Profile

Height:  6’3”

Weight: 180 pounds

Date of birth: February 25, 1999

Hometown: Waterloo, Ontario

Position: Center

Shoots: Right

OHL Draft: Round 3, 58th overall, 2015 Priority Selection

Guelph Storm center Nate Schnarr played his midget hockey for the Waterloo Wolves Minor Midgets where he captained the squad during the 2014-2015 season and scored 31 goals and added 43 assists in 51 games. Schnarr would win Silver with Team Alliance at the OHL Gold Cup where he contributed 3 goals and 2 assists in 5 games. He would also register 3 assists with the Wolves in 5 OHL Cup games.

The Storm would select Schnarr in the third round, fifty-eighth overall at the 2015 Ontario Hockey League Priority Selection.

Nate Schnarr of the Guelph Storm. Photo by Terry Wilson / OHL  Images.
Nate Schnarr of the Guelph Storm. Photo by Terry Wilson / OHL Images.

A season ago, Schnarr had, by all accounts, an impressive rookie camp with the Storm and was one of the last cuts at training camp. At the time, Storm General Manager Mike Kelly had this to say:

“We knew that if we didn’t think he was going to be ready for major junior, he was going to have a really good opportunity. He was probably as qualified to stay with the Storm as a couple of kids we kept, but because his option was so good, it was an easy decision for us to make.”

That option was to play Junior B with the Waterloo Siskins of the Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League, and Schnarr made the most of it. He was named the Midwestern Conference Rookie of the Year and was named to the First All-Star Team after scoring 26 goals and 28 assists in 45 games while helping Waterloo to the Cherry Cup Finals and the semi-finals of the Sutherland Cup.

Schnarr would appear in 6 games for the Storm scoring once and adding 3 assists while continuing to practice with the OHL team throughout the season.

Schnarr would finish this season with 18 goals and 18 assists in 54 games for the Storm playing in many different situations. He did damage on the powerplay with 8 goals and 6 assists and added a shorthanded marker.

The first thing to notice about Schnarr is that he has the size NHL teams more and more are putting an emphasis on down the middle of the ice. He uses his 6’3”, 180-pound frame effectively at both ends and with just 27 minutes in penalties on the season, does it within the rules.

The second thing you notice is how intelligent Schnarr is. He thinks the game at a high level. He sees plays develop and understands where he needs to be on the ice and when he has the puck on his stick, immediately recognizes what the best options are. Most importantly, he uses those assets in all three zones.

Finally, Schnarr’s commitment and work ethic stand out. He’s a player who never gives up, works as hard in the defensive zone as the offensive zone and his mistakes are few and far between. He’s very coachable and combined with his smarts, commitment and work ethic, should find success.

Schnarr projects as a solid third line, two-way pivot at the NHL level who can play defensively and provide some offense.

Schnarr was ranked 32nd on NHL Central Scouting’s mid-term rankings in January.

Nathan Schnarr

This is the profile page of Nathan Schnarr at Elite Prospects

 

Canada completes pre-tournament roster with 11 player-additions

Hockey Canada

ETOBICOKE, Ont. – Hockey Canada has announced the addition of 11 players to its pre-tournament roster for the 2017 IIHF U18 World Championship in Poprad and Spisska Nova Ves, Slovakia, beginning later this month.

Joining the early roster announced on April 4 are goaltenders Alexis Gravel (Asbestos, Que./Halifax, QMJHL) and Jacob McGrath (Mississauga, Ont./Sudbury, OHL); defencemen Josh Brook (Roblin, Man./Moose Jaw, WHL), Jocktan Chainey (Asbestos, Que./Halifax, QMJHL), Jared McIsaac (Truro, N.S./Halifax, QMJHL) and Jett Woo (Winnipeg/Moose Jaw, WHL); and forwards MacKenzie Entwistle (Georgetown, Ont./Hamilton, OHL), Liam Hawel (Arnprior, Ont./Guelph, OHL), Kyle Olson (Calgary/Tri-City, WHL), Nate Schnarr (Waterloo, Ont./Guelph, OHL), and Matthew Strome (Mississauga, Ont./Hamilton, OHL).

Gravel, Woo, and McIsaac join the six previously-announced under-aged players who are using the pre-tournament camp and games as an opportunity to further develop and gain international experience. Hockey Canada will still have an opportunity to add players to the roster as teams are eliminated in Canadian Hockey League (CHL) playoffs.

The team departs today for Slovakia to continue its training camp and play two pre-tournament games – April 9 in Bratislava versus Russia; and April 10 in Piestany versus Switzerland.

Canada opens the 2017 IIHF U18 World Championship on April 13 against Latvia; it will also play Finland, Slovakia and Switzerland in preliminary-round action. TSN, the official broadcast partner of Hockey Canada, is broadcasting 12 games, including all of Team Canada’s match-ups at the IIHF U18 World Championship. RDS will broadcast 10 games, including Canada’s four preliminary-round games, two quarter-final games, both semifinals, and the bronze- and gold-medal games.

Canada has won seven medals at the IIHF U18 World Championship, including three gold medals (2003, 2008, 2013).

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