Toronto, ON – The Ontario Hockey League today announced that Tampa Bay Lightning prospect Boris Katchouk of the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds is the OHL ‘On the Run’ Player of the Week for the playoff week ending April 22 after scoring five goals and three assists for eight points in three games with a plus-minus rating of plus-8.
Katchouk’s performance last week helped the Greyhounds eliminate the Owen Sound Attack in second round playoff action and take a 2-0 series lead against the Kitchener Rangers in the Western Conference Championship Series. In a wild Game 7 against the Attack last Tuesday, Katchouk stepped up with the best game of his post-season career scoring his second hat-trick of the playoffs and adding an assist as first star of a 9-7 win on home ice. The West Final opened on Friday night with Katchouk contributing an assist in a thrilling 3-2 victory, then earned first star honours in Game 2 on Saturday with two goals and an assist as part of the 4-2 triumph over the Rangers. Katchouk and the Greyhounds continue their Western Conference battle for the Wayne Gretzky Trophy with Game 3 on Monday night in Kitchener followed by Game 4 on Wednesday.
A 19-year-old from Waterloo, Ont., Katchouk is now the leading scorer in the 2018 OHL Playoffs with 13 goals and 10 assists for 23 points in 13 games. The four-year Greyhound was chosen by the club in the second round of the 2014 OHL Priority Selection and produced career-high offensive numbers during the 2017-18 campaign including 42 goals and 43 assists for 85 points in 58 games. He was selected by the Lightning in the second round of the 2016 NHL Draft and won gold with Canada at the 2018 IIHF World Junior Championship.
Watch video highlights of Katchouk and the Greyhounds against the Attack in Game 7, and the Rangers in Game 1 and Game 2.
Also considered for the award this week was fellow Greyhound and Lightning prospect Taylor Raddysh who scored twice with six assists for eight points in three games, and St. Louis Blues prospect Robert Thomas of the Hamilton Bulldogs who scored once with six assists for seven points in three games of the Eastern Conference Championship Series against the Kingston Frontenacs. In goal, Detroit Red Wings prospect Kaden Fulcher of the Bulldogs posted a 3-0 record against Kingston making 75 saves for a goals-against-average of 1.33 and save percentage of .949.
2017-18 OHL ‘On the Run’ Players of the Week – Playoffs:
Apr. 16 – Apr. 22: Boris Katchouk (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds)
Apr. 9 – Apr. 15: Jeremy Helvig (Kingston Frontenacs)
Apr. 2 – Apr. 8: Andrei Svechnikov (Barrie Colts)
Mar. 26 – Apr. 1: Gabriel Vilardi (Kingston Frontenacs)
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)