Monday, April 16, 2012

Freddie Hamilton OHL Player of the Week

Press Release

Toronto, ON – The Ontario Hockey League today announced that forward Freddie Hamilton of the Niagara IceDogs is the OHL Player of the Week for the playoff week ending April 15 after recording six points in two games scoring three goals and three assists with a plus-minus rating of plus-4.

Last week Hamilton helped lead the IceDogs to a second round series victory over the Brampton Battalion in four games.  On Tuesday night in Game 3 of the series he had his best career playoff performance recording five-points including a hat-trick and two assists as first star of the 6-3 victory.  On Thursday night in Game 4 he picked up an assist in the 3-1 series-clinching victory to send the IceDogs to the Rogers Eastern Conference Championship Series for the second straight season.

Hamilton, a 20-year-old from Toronto, ON, is playing in his fourth OHL season with the IceDogs.  This season the San Jose Sharks prospect recorded a career-high 86 points in 61 games finishing second on the club in scoring and eighth overall in the OHL.  He currently has four goals and 10 assists for 14 points in 10 playoff games.

Also considered for the award this week was Michael Catenacci of the Kitchener Rangers, and Tom Wilson of the Plymouth Whalers who each recorded four goals and two assists in four games of their Western Conference Semi-Final Series.  In goal, the Rangers’ John Gibson posted a 2-2 record with a goals-against-average of 2.26 and save percentage of .947 making 161 saves in four games.

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