Toronto, ON – The Ontario Hockey League today announced that rookie defenceman Nick Ebert of the Windsor Spitfires is the OHL Player of the Week for the week ending December 12. Ebert had nine points in three games including three goals and six assists. He becomes both the first rookie and the first defenceman to win the award so far this season.
Ebert produced three straight three-point games including a first star performance on Thursday night in a 4-3 win over the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds. He scored twice and assisted on Ryan Ellis’ second period game-winner. On Saturday night he recorded three assists as second star of an 8-5 win over the Sarnia Sting, before finishing the week Sunday with a goal and two assists in a 7-6 win over the Kingston Frontenacs. His eighth goal of the season Sunday was scored on the power play at 14:58 of the first period and unleashed more than 1,600 Teddy Bears onto the WFCU Centre ice in support of various Windsor-Essex County charities.
Ebert, a 16-year-old from Livingston, New Jersey, was selected 17th overall in the 2010 OHL Priority Selection by the Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors before being acquired by the Spitfires prior to the 2010-11 season. Eligible for the 2012 NHL Entry Draft, Ebert leads all rookie defencemen with 25 points in 30 games this season.
Guelph Storm teammates Peter Holland and Taylor Beck receive honourable mention for the award this week. Holland scored three goals with six assists for nine points while Beck scored four goals and four assists for eight points in four games including a pair of victories for the Storm. In goal, rookie Malcolm Subban of the Belleville Bulls won two games posting a goals-against-average of 0.960 and a save percentage of .972.
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