67’s’ Tye Felhaber named OHL ‘On the Run’ Player of the Week

Toronto, ON – The Ontario Hockey League today announced that Dallas Stars prospect Tye Felhaber of the Ottawa 67’s is the OHL ‘On the Run’ Player of the Week for the playoff week ending April 7 scoring four goals with two assists for six points in two games while recording a plus-minus rating of plus-3.

Felhaber becomes the first 67’s player to be recognized this season after producing a pair of multi-point performances to help his club open their Eastern Conference Semi-Final series with two home wins against the Sudbury Wolves.  After scoring 59 times with three hat-tricks during the regular season, Felhaber broke out with his first three goals of the post-season in Friday’s series opener which earned him second star honours in the 8-5 victory.  He scored again in Game 2 on Sunday and added two assists in the 5-0 shutout victory giving him 10 points in six playoff games to date.  The series continues with Game 3 on Tuesday and Game 4 on Thursday night in Sudbury.

A 20-year-old from Pembroke, Ont., Felhaber has played five full seasons amassing 285 points in 311 career games since being chosen in the first round of the 2014 OHL Priority Selection by the Saginaw Spirit.  This season he finished tied for third in OHL scoring with 109 points in 68 games achieving personal bests in goals and assists helping the 67’s finish first overall while setting a new points record.  A finalist for the Red Tilson Trophy for Most Outstanding Player of the Year and the Leo Lalonde Memorial Trophy for Overage Player of the Year, Felhaber signed a NHL entry-level contract with the Stars last month.

Watch video highlights of Felhaber and the 67’s against the Wolves in Game 1 and Game 2.

Also considered for the award this week was Florida Panthers prospect Owen Tippett of the Saginaw Spirit with three goals and three assists for six points in two games against the Soo Greyhounds, Minnesota Wild prospect Ivan Lodnia of the Niagara IceDogs who also had six points in two games scoring once with five assists against the Oshawa Generals, and Kevin Hancock of the London Knights who scored three goals and two assists for five points in two games against the Guelph Storm.  In goal, Arizona Coyotes prospect Ivan Prosvetov of the Spirit won twice while stopping 76 shots for a goals-against-average of 1.00 and save percentage of .974.

2018-19 OHL ‘On the Run’ Players of the Week – Playoffs:
Apr. 1 – Apr. 7: Tye Felhaber (Ottawa 67’s)
Mar. 25 – Mar. 31: Stephen Dhillon (Niagara IceDogs)
Mar. 18 – Mar. 24: Evan Bouchard (London Knights)

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

Mar. 11 – Mar. 17: Jason Robertson (Niagara IceDogs)
Mar. 4 – Mar. 10: Greg Meireles (Kitchener Rangers)
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)

OHL Announces Top Performers of the Month for December

Toronto, ON – The Ontario Hockey League today announced the Top OHL Performers of the Month for regular season games played in December 2018, including Ottawa 67’s forward Tye Felhaber, Saginaw Spirit defenceman Bode Wilde, Sudbury Wolves goaltender Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen and Sarnia Sting rookie Jacob Perreault.

OHL Player of the Month – Tye Felhaber (Ottawa 67’s):
Ottawa 67’s overage winger Tye Felhaber is the OHL Player of the Month for December after leading the league with 16 goals and 20 points over 10 games along with a plus/minus rating of plus-10. The fifth-year forward had points in all 10 of his December contests, recording three different hat-tricks while earning Three Star recognition on five separate occasions. Felhaber got his month started with a bang on Dec. 2nd, scoring three times in a 6-3 win over the North Bay Battalion. He recorded another hat-trick a week later, powering the 67’s past the QMJHL’s Gatineau Olympiques 5-1 on home ice before following-up that effort with two goals and an assist on Dec. 9th as the 67’s defeated the Peterborough Petes 4-2. Felhaber rounded out the 2018 calendar year with a New Year’s Eve third period hat-trick as the Barber Poles fell 6-5 in Niagara. The hat-trick was the sixth of Felhaber’s OHL career, bringing his goal-scoring total to a league-leading 42 on the campaign.

A 20-year-old product of Pembroke, Ont., Felhaber sits second in OHL scoring with 63 points (42-21–63) over 38 games. His plus-33 plus/minus rating leads the OHL and he’s currently in the midst of a 12-game point streak that dates back to Nov. 24th. A former first round pick by the Saginaw Spirit in the 2014 OHL Priority Selection, Felhaber has racked up 239 points (128-111–239) over his 281 career regular season contests between Saginaw and Ottawa. His 42 goals this season are the most by a 67’s player since Tyler Toffoli (52) and Shane Prince (43) surpassed the mark back in 2011-12.

OHL Defenceman of the Month – Bode Wilde (Saginaw Spirit):

New York Islanders prospect Bode Wilde of the Saginaw Spirit is the OHL Defenceman of the Month for December, leading all blueliners with 16 points including four goals and 12 assists over 10 games. Wilde recorded at least a point in nine of his 10 December contests, registering a career-high four points with a goal and three assists in a 7-3 Spirit victory over visiting Sarnia on Dec. 15th. Wilde put up five different multi-point efforts as the Spirit pulled to within three points of first place in the West Division with a 7-2-1-0 record in December. He wrapped up 2018 on a six-game point streak, recording at least one in 10 of his last 11 games.

An 18-year-old native of Plymouth, Mich., Wilde sits third among OHL defencemen with 37 points (9-28–37) over 30 games in this, his first OHL season. Saginaw’s second round pick in the 2016 OHL Priority Selection, Wilde joined the Spirit following two seasons with the U.S. National Development Program. He has represented the United States at both the 2016 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge and the 2017 IIHF World Under-18 Hockey Championship and was New York’s second round (41st overall) pick in the 2018 NHL Draft.

OHL Rookie of the Month – Jacob Perreault (Sarnia Sting):

Sixteen-year-old Sarnia Sting forward Jacob Perreault is the OHL’s Rookie of the Month for December after recording 17 points including nine goals and eight assists over 10 games. Perreault had points in nine of his 10 outings including five multi-point performances as the high-scoring Sting remained in the thick of things in the West Division. Perreault put together three straight two-point showings on Dec. 6th7th and 8th, starting the weekend with two goals in a 5-4 overtime road win over Windsor. He put up three points on Dec. 14th with two goals and an assist as Sarnia trounced visiting Erie 10-4. Perreault registered a season-high four points with two goals and two assists in a first star showing as part of a 7-3 win over visiting Owen Sound on Dec. 28th. He earned Three Star recognition five different times over the course of the month.

A 16-year-old product of Hinsdale, Ill., Perreault leads OHL rookies with 19 goals and 35 points over 33 games this season. The son of former NHL centreman Yanic Perreault has points in 10 of his last 11 games and currently leads the Sting with a plus/minus rating of plus-10 this season. The 19th overall pick of the 2018 OHL Priority Selection from the Chicago Mission U16 program, Perreault will be eligible for the NHL Draft in 2020.



Vaughn OHL Goaltender of the Month – Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen (Sudbury Wolves):

Buffalo Sabres prospect Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen of the Sudbury Wolves is the Vaughn OHL Goaltender of the Month for December after playing to a perfect 5-0 record with a 1.97 goals-against average, .937 save percentage and one shutout. The 6-foot-5, 214Ib Luukkonen extended his winning streak to eight games before departing to British Columbia where he’s representing his native Finland at the 2019 IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship. He started the month of December with his second shutout of the season, making 28 saves in a 7-0 blanking of the Mississauga Steelheads on Dec. 2nd. He turned in another 28-save performance on Dec. 7th as the Wolves defeated the visiting Barrie Colts 5-1. Luukkonen closed out his December with a 27-save effort as the Wolves defeated the visiting Kitchener Rangers 5-2 on Dec. 14th.

A 19-year-old native of Espoo, Finland, Luukkonen owns a 19-5-1-1 record with a 2.49 goals-against average and .923 save percentage over 26 games in this, his first OHL season. The third overall pick of the 2018 CHL Import Draft has also stopped 13 of the 16 shootout opponents he has faced this season and helped the Wolves rise to as high as first in the Central Division in recent weeks. Luukkonen was Buffalo’s second round (54th overall) pick in the 2017 NHL Draft. He’s currently representing Finland at the World Juniors for the second straight year.

2018-19 OHL Performers of the Month:

Player of the Month:
December – Tye Felhaber (Ottawa 67’s)
November – Jason Robertson (Niagara IceDogs)
October – Justin Brazeau (North Bay Battalion)

Defenceman of the Month:

December – Bode Wilde (Saginaw Spirit)
November – Noel Hoefenmayer (Ottawa 67’s)
October – Mac Hollowell (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds)

Rookie of the Month:

December – Jacob Perreault (Sarnia Sting)
November – Marco Rossi (Ottawa 67’s)
October – Marco Rossi (Ottawa 67’s)

Vaughn Goaltender of the Month:

December – Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen (Sudbury Wolves)
November – Joseph Raaymakers (London Knights)
October – Cedrick Andree (Ottawa 67’s)

Attack’s Nick Suzuki named OHL ‘On the Run’ Player of the Week

Toronto, ON – The Ontario Hockey League today announced that Vegas Golden Knights prospect Nick Suzuki of the Owen Sound Attack is the OHL ‘On the Run’ Player of the Week for the final week of regular season action ending March 18 after scoring six goals and one assist for seven points in three games with a plus-minus rating of plus-5. 

Nick Suzuki of the Owen Sound Attack. Photo by Terry Wilson / OHL Images.
Nick Suzuki of the Owen Sound Attack. Photo by Terry Wilson / OHL Images.

Suzuki extended his point-streak to eight and reached the century mark in season points while helping the Attack win three games last week securing fourth overall in the Western Conference standings with a 38-22-3-5 record.  On Wednesday night Suzuki picked up an assist in a 7-1 road win over the Flint Firebirds, then earned first star honours on Thursday with his third hat-trick of the season contributing to a 9-2 road win over the Windsor Spitfires.  Back home on Saturday, Suzuki wrapped up his season in style with two goals and one assist in a 9-4 victory against the Sarnia Sting becoming the Attack’s first 100-point scorer since Bobby Ryan in 2006-07.  The week included an impressive 25 goals scored by the Attack who are among the league’s hottest teams with six wins and an overtime loss in their last seven as they prepare for a first round playoff series matchup with the London Knights beginning Friday at home.

An 18-year-old from London, Ont., Suzuki is playing in his third season in Owen Sound since he was a first round choice by the Attack in the 2015 OHL Priority Selection.  His 100 points in 64 games were fourth best in the league this season and represent a new career-high.  This marks the second straight season Suzuki has hit the 40-goal plateau finishing with 42 after scoring 45 in 2016-17.  After three full seasons with the Attack, Suzuki has 107 career goals and 127 assists for 234 points in 192 games.  The first round pick of the Golden Knights in the 2017 NHL Draft also earned the league’s weekly honour for his play to start October. 

Watch video highlights of Suzuki and the Attack against the Firebirds, Spitfires, and Sting. 

Also considered for the award this week were Tye Felhaber of the Ottawa 67’s with three goals and five assists for eight points in three games, and Lucas Chiodo of the Barrie Colts with two goals and six assists for eight points in three games.  In goal, Stephen Dhillon helped the Niagara IceDogs finish the season with seven straight wins posting a 2-0-0-0 record while making 72 saves for a goals-against-average of 2.45 and save percentage of .935.

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

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)

Tye Felhaber – Player Profile – Saginaw Spirit

Height:  5’11”

Weight:  190 Pounds

Date of birth:  August 5, 1998, Pembroke, Ontario

Position:  Center

Shoots:  Left

OHL Draft:  Round 1, 10th overall, 2014 Priority Selection

Felhaber played his Minor Midget AAA hockey for the Ottawa Valley Titans during the 2013 – 2014 season where he scored 38 goals and added 34 assists in 30 games. He added 8 goals and 4 assists in 9 playoff games.

Felhaber had a productive rookie season with the Spirit last season. His 20 goals were good for fifth among rookies in the OHL while his 37 points ranked seventh. That was good enough to get a look from Team Canada for the Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament, but he failed to make the final cut.

Tye Felhaber of the Saginaw Spirit. Photo by Terry Wilson / OHL Images.
Tye Felhaber of the Saginaw Spirit. Photo by Terry Wilson / OHL Images.

Felhaber got off to a very slow start this season, maybe even horrific considering his rookie season. The knock on him early on was that he wasn’t utilizing his teammates. I call it a lack of maturing. Whatever the excuse, just 4 goals and 2 assists in his first 24 games are not what anyone expected, especially from a top 10 pick.

But by mid December, something changed. In his last 22 games, Felhaber has scored 8 goals and added 11 assists. At just shy of a point per game clip, this is the Felhaber that most expected to see. So what’s changed?

Early on Felhaber was trying to do too much on his own, almost selfishly, which got him and his teammates into trouble with too many giveaways. But with his skating ability and speed he has the ability to control the puck and move in and out of traffic. What he lacked early on that he’s doing now – he is utilizing his teammates.

Felhaber’s work ethic and attention to detail has also hit the level expected of him in the second half. He’s putting himself into positions where teammates can find him and then get off his terrific shot. When the effort is there, he has the ability to control the game in the O-zone with his puck possession abilities.

Felhaber has raised his work ethic to a new level in all three zones. He comes back hard on the back check and battles along the boards at both ends of the ice.

Felhaber was ranked 139th on NHL Central Scouting’s mid-term rankings in January partially due to his very slow start.

Felhaber Tip Top Tailors plays of the week – week 13

Felhaber Tip Top Tailors plays of the week – week 20

Felhaber plays of the year Western Division 2014-2015