IceDogs’ Jason Robertson named OHL ‘On the Run’ Player of the Week

Toronto, ON – The Ontario Hockey League today announced that Dallas Stars prospect Jason Robertson of the Niagara IceDogs is the OHL ‘On the Run’ Player of the Week for the regular season week ending December 2 after leading the league with 10 points in three games including three goals and seven assists with a plus-minus rating of plus-7.

Robertson produced a trio of multi-point performances for the IceDogs across three victories last week extending his personal point-streak to 13 which is tied for the league-high so far this season.  On Thursday night he scored his league-leading 10th power play goal of the season and added three assists as second star of a 6-1 win against the Owen Sound Attack, then contributed another four-point effort on Friday night with a goal and three assists as first star of a 7-2 road win over the Kitchener Rangers.  His week wrapped up with a goal and an assist on Sunday collecting third star honours in a 5-1 road win against the Hamilton Bulldogs.  The three-game winning-streak has helped the IceDogs keep pace in the Central Division standings where they remain tied for first place with the Sudbury Wolves holding a 16-7-4-0 record.

This marks the second weekly award of the season for the 19-year-old from Northville, Michigan, who was previously recognized in early November as a member of the Kingston Frontenacs.  It’s also the third time a member of the IceDogs has been honoured this season following forward Akil Thomas and goaltender Stephen Dhillon.  In five games since joining the IceDogs, Robertson has scored four goals and 10 assists bringing his season totals to 27 goals and 25 assists for 52 points in 29 games which ranks second overall among league leaders.  During his four-year OHL tenure, which began as a fourth round pick by Kingston in the 2015 Priority Selection, he’s amassed 128 goals and 124 assists for 252 points in 219 games.  Robertson was chosen by the Stars in the second round of the 2017 NHL Draft.

Watch video highlights of Robertson and the IceDogs against the Attack, Rangers, and Bulldogs.

Also considered for the award this week were a pair of Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds including Morgan Frost and Keeghan Howdeshell.  Frost, who won the award last week, scored three goals and six assists for nine points in three games to hold onto the league’s scoring lead, while Howdeshell scored seven goals and one assist for eight points in three games powered by back-to-back hat-tricks during the club’s Michigan road trip.  In goal, Buffalo Sabres prospect Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen of the Sudbury Wolves stopped 48 of the 50 shots he faced in two victories including one by shutout for an overall goals-against-average of 1.00 and save percentage of .960.

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

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)

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Wolves’ Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen named OHL ‘On the Run’ Player of the Week

Toronto, ON – The Ontario Hockey League today announced that Buffalo Sabres prospect Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen of the Sudbury Wolves is the OHL ‘On the Run’ Player of the Week for the regular season week ending October 7 posting a 3-0-0-0 record with a goals-against-average of 1.66 and save percentage of .952.

Luukkonen turned aside 99 shots in a trio of road games last week for the Wolves who are now winners of five straight with him in the crease and sit atop the league’s overall standings with 12 points.  On Thursday night Luukkonen had a first star performance between-the-pipes with a season-high 46 saves in a 3-2 win over the Niagara IceDogs.  He made 23 saves as part of a 4-1 victory over the Erie Otters on Friday night, then wrapped up the road trip with 30 stops in a 3-2 overtime triumph against the Kitchener Rangers on Sunday afternoon.

A 19-year-old from Espoo, Finland, Luukkonen was chosen third overall by the Wolves in the CHL Import Draft and marks the first European goaltender to be selected since 2013.  His perfect start has situated him among the league’s goaltending leaders with a goals-against-average of 1.78 and save percentage of .944 while his five wins are a top mark.  The Sabres picked Luukkonen in the second round of the 2017 NHL Draft and signed him to an entry-level contract in June.

Watch video highlights of Luukkonen and the Wolves against the IceDogs, Otters, and Rangers.

Also considered for the award this week were Guelph Storm forwards Isaac Ratcliffe (Philadelphia Flyers) and Nate Schnarr (Arizona Coyotes) who both scored three goals with two assists for five points in a pair of weekend wins.  Joseph Garreffa of the Kitchener Rangers and Austen Keating of the Ottawa 67’s each had six points in three games with Garreffa tallying two goals and four assists to Keating’s one goal and five assists.

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

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)