Toronto, ON – The Ontario Hockey League today announced that Ottawa 67’s forward Tyler Toffoli is the OHL Player of the Week for the week ending January 8 after leading the league with 10 points in three games scoring three goals and seven assists with a league-high plus-minus rating of plus-8.
Toffoli led the 67’s to three straight wins over the weekend beginning with a 7-2 win over the Belleville Bulls in the first half of a home-and-home series with their East Division rivals in Ottawa on Friday night. Toffoli matched a season high with five points including a goal and four assists as second star of the contest. On Saturday night in Belleville he contributed to all three goals for the 67’s in a 3-2 win over the Bulls and was named first star of the game with a goal and two assists. His week wrapped up Sunday where he scored his league-leading 33rd goal of the season and added an assist as part of a 4-0 win over the Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors. The win moved the 67’s into sole possession of first place in the Eastern Conference standings with 55 points.
Toffoli, a 19-year-old from Scarborough, ON, is playing in his fourth OHL season with the 67’s. The Los Angeles Kings prospect selected in the second round of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft is currently second in league scoring with 66 points in 37 games including 33 goals and 33 assists after leading the league in scoring last season with 108 points in 68 games.
Also considered for the award this week was Josh Shalla of the Saginaw Spirit and Seth Griffith of the London Knights. Both players picked up six points in three games with Shalla scoring three goals and three assists and Griffith netting two goals and four assists. In goal, Matt Mahalak of the Plymouth Whalers went 2-0-0-0 recording a shutout victory with a goals-against-average of 1.44 and save percentage of .961.
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