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October’s Top Performers

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OHL Player of the Month – Arthur Kaliyev (Hamilton Bulldogs)

Los Angeles Kings prospect Arthur Kaliyev of the Hamilton Bulldogs is the OHL Player of the Month for October after leading the league with 25 points, putting up 14 goals and 11 assists over 12 games

He recorded points in 11 of his 12 October outings including eight different multi-point performances. Kaliyev’s month was headlined by back-to-back four point performances on October 11th and 14th as he scored a career-high four goals in a 4-1 road win over the Erie Otters followed by two goals and two assists in a 7-5 win over visiting Barrie.

Kaliyev becomes the first Bulldogs player to ever earn OHL Player of the Month honours. He attended USA Hockey’s World Junior Summer Showcase this past August.

Photo by Terry Wilson / OHL Images.

OHL Defenceman of the Month – Noel Hoefenmayer (Ottawa 67’s)

Ottawa 67’s overage defenceman Noel Hoefenmayer is the OHL Defenceman of the Month after leading all rearguards with 16 points including five goals and 11 assists along with a plus/minus rating of plus-12 over nine contests. Hoefenmayer recorded at least one point in eight of his nine October appearances, finishing the month strong with two game winning goals in his last three contests. He potted his first career OHL hat-trick, capping it off with the overtime winner in a 5-4 win over visiting Hamilton on October 20th.

The fifth-year defender who helped the 67’s win an Eastern Conference title last spring was a fourth round (108th overall) pick of the Arizona Coyotes in the 2017 NHL Draft before going unsigned. Hoefenmayer attended rookie camp with the Carolina Hurricanes this past September. He was Ottawa’s second round (36th overall) pick in the 2015 OHL Priority Selection.

Photo by Luke Durda/OHL Images

OHL Rookie of the Month – Mason McTavish (Peterborough Petes)

Peterborough Petes forward Mason McTavish is the OHL Rookie of the Month after leading all rookies with eight goals along with a pair of assists for 10 points in 11 games in October. He bookended the month with a pair of two-goal performances, helping the Petes take a 5-2 win in North Bay on October 3rd before recently lighting the lamp twice in a 10-3 win over the Mississauga Steelheads on October 26th.

McTavish leads OHL rookies with 10 goals along with four assists for 14 points in as many games this season.

The Pembroke Lumber Kings Midget AAA graduate was the fifth overall pick of the 2019 OHL Priority Selection. His father, Dale McTavish played four seasons in Peterborough from 1989-93, helping the Petes hoist the Robertson Cup in 1993.

Photo by Luke Durda/OHL Images

OHL Goaltender of the Month – Hunter Jones (Peterborough Petes)

Minnesota Wild prospect Hunter Jones of the Peterborough Petes is the Vaughn OHL Goaltender of the Month for October after playing to an 8-1-0-0 record with a 2.34 goals-against average, .923 save percentage and one shutout over nine contests.

Jones locked down his first shutout of the season on October 9th in Saginaw, making 23 saves as the Petes blanked the Spirit 4-0. The 19-year-old Brantford native sits tied for the OHL lead with 10 wins accompanied by a 2.46 goals-against average and .920 save percentage over 11 games.

Jones was a second round (59th overall) pick of the Minnesota Wild this past summer and was originally Peterborough’s fifth round (89th overall) pick in the 2016 OHL Priority Selection. He attended Hockey Canada’s National Junior Team Summer Development Camp in August and will represent Team OHL in the upcoming 2019 CIBC Canada Russia Series.

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