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

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)

Spitfires’ Aaron Luchuk named OHL ‘On the Run’ Player of the Week

Toronto, ON – The Ontario Hockey League today announced that forward Aaron Luchuk of the Windsor Spitfires is the OHL ‘On the Run’ Player of the Week for the week ending October 29 with nine points in three games including four goals and five assists with a plus-minus rating of plus-2.

Aaron Luchuk of the Windsor Spitfires. Photo by Aaron Bell/OHL Images
Aaron Luchuk of the Windsor Spitfires. Photo by Aaron Bell/OHL Images

Luchuk recorded a pair of multi-point performances last week elevating him into a tie atop the OHL’s overall scoring race while taking over the league lead in goals and helping the Spitfires earn a pair of road victories.  After a tough 4-0 loss to the North Bay Battalion on Thursday, Luchuk and the Spitfires rebounded Friday in Sudbury where the team produced a season-high seven goals including three from the captain in the 7-2 win over the Wolves.  This marked the first career hat-trick for Luchuk who also contributed two assists for a career-high five-points earning first star honours.  Luchuk was also named first star of Sunday’s contest finding the back of the net for the 15th time this season while adding three assists in a 5-4 triumph over the Owen Sound Attack.

A 20-year-old from Kingston, Ont., Luchuk is playing in his fourth full season with the Spitfires who chose him in the fourth round of the 2013 OHL Priority Selection.  The overage forward was named team captain to start the 2017-18 campaign after helping the club capture their third Mastercard Memorial Cup title scoring the game-winning goal on home ice last May.  His 28 points in 15 games so far this season bring his offensive totals to 163 points in 221 career games and are currently tied with last week’s award recipient Jordan Kyrou of the Sarnia Sting for the league lead.  Luchuk is the second member of the Spitfires to earn the weekly honour following goaltender Michael DiPietro who was recognized for his opening week play

Watch video highlights of Luchuk and the Spitfires against the Wolves and Attack

Kyrou was also considered for the award again this week after scoring four goals and two assists for six points in two games helping the Sting extend their winning-streak to 13.  Fellow St. Louis Blues prospect Robert Thomas of the London Knights finished the week right behind Luchuk in points with seven including four goals and three assists in three games as another candidate for recognition.  In goal, 2018 NHL Draft prospect Jacob Ingham backstopped the Mississauga Steelheads to three straight wins stopping 78 shots and posting a goals-against-average of 1.32 and save percentage of .951.

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

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)

Robert Thomas – London Knights – Player Profile

Height: 6’0”

Weight: 188 pounds

Date of birth: July 2, 1999

Hometown: Aurora, Ontario

Position: Center

Shoots: Right

OHL Draft: Round 2, 26th overall, 2015 Priority Selection

London Knights’ center Robert Thomas played his minor midget hockey for the York Simcoe Express during the 2014-2015 season where he scored 18 goals to go along with 27 assists in 34 games as an Alternate Captain. He would also score 3 goals and 2 assists for the Express’ 4 games at the OHL Cup. Thomas would also represent Team OMHA White at the OHL Gold Cup. In 5 games, he would score 4 goals and two assists. The Knights would select Thomas in the second round of the 2015 OHL Priority Selection, 26th overall.

Robert Thomas of the London Knights. Photo by Terry Wilson / OHL Images.
Robert Thomas of the London Knights. Photo by Terry Wilson / OHL Images.

Thomas would make the Knights roster a season ago, but on a very deep squad – and usually the case with Coach Dale Hunter – he spent many nights watching from above or playing limited minutes mostly with fourth line duties. Yet, the then rookie still managed to score 3 goals and 15 points in 40 games. Thomas also represented Canada at the World Hockey Challenge Under-17, registering an assist in 6 games.

It was an ill-timed – and deserving – suspension to Max Jones that allowed Thomas to get quality minutes during the 2016 playoffs scoring once along with 4 assists in 15 games. The Knights would advance to the Memorial Cup where he would add another assist in 4 games.

Being on winning teams is nothing new for Thomas. He has a WHC Under-17 gold medal, an OHL Championship and a Memorial Cup under his belt. And his Knights are legitimate contenders for another OHL Championship and Memorial Cup.

Thomas has an intriguing assortment of assets. First and foremost is his hockey smarts. There are few players that think the game better and he can process things at an elite level. When he has possession of the puck, he can dissect the opposition in his offensive zone with his superb passing abilities.

Secondly, Thomas is an exceptional skater with high end acceleration and top end speed, not only going north-south but can swing east-west, maintain possession while surveying the ice and set teammates up for scoring opportunities. He has an ability to slow the game down as well, buying time for his teammates to move into prime scoring position and then feeding them with slick, tape-to-tape passes.

Finally, he is one of the Knights hardest workers – if not the hardest. He puts the effort required to be successful game to game, shift to shift. He puts that same effort in the defensive zone as he does in the o-zone. He has become a key member of the league’s sixth best penalty kill for Coach Hunter and is an offensive threat with a man down with three shorthanded points on the season.

Thomas is known as a playmaker first – and rightfully so. His shot is underrated with a surprisingly quick release that can catch goaltenders off guard. With 16 goals on just 125 shots, he’s scoring at a 12.8% clip. If he could add shooting more to his repertoire, he could set defences back even more with the uncertainty of what he will do. He currently ranks ninth on the Knights in shots on goal, but tops in assists.

In a sentence, this is the best way I can describe Thomas: If you don’t keep him close and in your vision, you’re going to get burned.

Thomas was ranked 28th among North American skaters on NHL Central Scouting’s mid-term rankings.

Robert Thomas

This is the profile page of Robert Thomas at Elite Prospects