Toronto, ON – The Ontario Hockey League today announced the Top OHL
Performers of the Month for January, 2013, including forward Nick
Cousins of the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds, defenceman Anthony DeAngelo
of the Sarnia Sting, rookie Justin Bailey of the Kitchener Rangers, and
goaltender Garret Sparks of the Guelph Storm.
OHL Player of the Month – Nick Cousins (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds):
Nick Cousins of the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds tied for the OHL lead
in January scoring with 20 points in 11 games including three goals
with a league-high 17 assists along with a plus-minus rating of plus-9.
He collected points in nine games with an impressive eight multi-point
games helping the Hounds pick up seven wins last month. Three of those
wins were recorded when Cousins picked up three assists including
back-to-back games January 12 in a 3-1 win over the Mississauga
Steelheads, and January 13 as second star of a 4-2 win over the London
Knights. He also picked up three helpers when the Hounds closed out the
month with a 6-4 victory over the Oshawa Generals.
Cousins, a 19-year-old from Belleville, ON, is playing in his fourth
OHL season with the Greyhounds. Selected by the Philadelphia Flyers in
the third round of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, Cousins is currently second
in OHL scoring with 76 points in 49 games and leads the league with 57
OHL Defenceman of the Month – Anthony DeAngelo (Sarnia Sting):
Anthony DeAngelo of the Sarnia Sting led all OHL defencemen in
scoring with 15 points in 11 January games scoring twice with 13
assists. He started the month by matching his career-high of three
assists on New Year’s Day as part of a 6-5 overtime win over the London
Knights, then set a new personal best with four points his next game
scoring once with three assists January 4 in an 8-5 win over the Windsor
Spitfires. On January 18 he tallied another four points with a goal
and three helpers as third star of a 7-6 win over the Erie Otters.
DeAngelo, a 17-year-old from Sewell, New Jersey, is playing in his
second OHL season with the Sting. Eligible for the 2014 NHL Draft,
DeAngelo is currently tied for sixth in scoring among defencemen with 34
points in 44 games played.
OHL Rookie of the Month – Justin Bailey (Kitchener Rangers):
Justin Bailey claims top rookie honours for January after scoring six
goals and five assists for 11 points in 12 games while contributing a
plus-minus rating of plus-10 for the Kitchener Rangers who picked up 10
wins last month. Bailey had points in eight of his 12 games played
highlighted by two straight multi-point games including January 11 with a
goal and an assist in a 5-1 win over the Sarnia Sting, and January 13
as first star of a 5-3 win over the Niagara IceDogs where he picked up
another goal and an assist. Bailey then competed in the 2013 Home
Hardware CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game January 16 in Halifax helping Team
Orr to a 3-0 victory.
Bailey, a 17-year-old from Williamsville, New York, is currently tied for 12th
in OHL rookie scoring with 13 goals and 11 assists for 24 points in 38
games. Eligible for the 2013 NHL Draft, Bailey is ranked 37th among North American skaters by NHL Central Scouting.
Vaughn OHL Goaltender of the Month – Garret Sparks (Guelph Storm):
Garret Sparks of the Guelph Storm posted a 7-1-0-0 record in January
which included two shutout victories with a league-low
goals-against-average of 1.63 along with a save percentage of .940.
Sparks returned from Ufa, Russia, and won seven straight games between
the pipes for the Storm highlighted by a 24-save shutout on January 18
in a 6-0 win over the Ottawa 67’s, and a 38-save performance as third
star on January 26 to blank the Owen Sound Attack 5-0. That shutout was
his sixth of the season which not only ties him for the OHL lead, but
set a new Storm single season record.
Sparks, a 19-year-old from Elmhurst, Illinois, is playing in his
third season with the Storm. Selected by the Toronto Maple Leafs in the
seventh round of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, Sparks was a member of the
gold medal winning Team USA at the 2013 World Junior Championship and
carries a 25-9-0-4 record for the Storm with a goals-against-average of
2.52 and save percentage of .921.
(Nathan can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org)