Toronto, ON – The Ontario Hockey League today announced that defenceman Mark Katic of the Sarnia Sting is the Boston Pizza OHL Player of the Week for the week ending March 1. Katic had seven points in three Sting victories tallying one goal and six assists with a plus-minus rating of plus-3.
Katic began his week Wednesday night with a goal and an assist as third star of the game in the 6-3 win over the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds. On Friday night the Sting played host to the OHL’s top ranked team the Windsor Spitfires. Katic assisted on the first three goals including Jamie Arniel’s game-winner on the power play late in the second period, leading the Sting to a 4-2 victory. Katic was named second star of the game. His week concluded Saturday with a first star performance against the Kingston Frontenacs assisting on both goals in the 2-1 home win. The three wins place the Sting in sixth place in the Western Conference with 68 points.
Katic, a 19-year-old from Porcupine, ON, is in his fourth OHL season with the Sting. The two-time All-Star is enjoying the best season of his career with 11 goals and 35 assists for 46 points in 56 games where he is ranked 11th amongst OHL defencemen in scoring. Katic was selected in the third round, 62nd overall at the 2007 NHL Entry Draft by the New York Islanders.
Plymouth Whalers’ forwards Chris Terry and last week’s winner Matt Caria were both considered for the award this week. Terry had a five-point game Sunday with one goal and four assists and was named first star of the game in a 6-3 win over the Erie Otters. Caria’s week was highlighted by his first star performance Friday scoring two goals and two assists in a 6-3 win over the Kitchener Rangers. Thomas McCollum allowed just one goal in two games between the pipes for the Brampton Battalion. He was first star with 28 saves Friday night shutting out the Niagara IceDogs 6-0.
2008-09 Boston Pizza OHL Players of the Week ');
Mar. 2 – Mark Katic, Sarnia Sting
Feb. 23 – Matt Caria, Plymouth Whalers
Feb. 16 – Jeff Skinner, Kitchener Rangers
Feb. 9 – Tyler Seguin, Plymouth Whalers
Feb. 2 – Cody Hodgson, Brampton Battalion
Jan. 26 – Thomas McCollum, Brampton Battalion
Jan. 19 – Brett Parnham, Oshawa Generals
Jan. 12 – Marcus Carroll, Owen Sound Attack
Jan. 5 – Eric O’Dell, Sudbury Wolves
Dec. 15 – Cameron Gaunce, Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors
Dec. 8 – John Tavares, Oshawa Generals
Dec. 1 – John Tavares, Oshawa Generals
Nov. 24 – Eric Tangradi, Belleville Bulls
Nov. 17 – Mathew Sisca, Niagara IceDogs
Nov. 10 – Cody Hodgson, Brampton Battalion
Nov. 3 – Ryan Ellis, Windsor Spitfires
Oct. 27 – Taylor Hall, Windsor Spitfires
Oct. 20 – Brandon Foote, Brampton Battalion
Oct. 13 – Justin DiBenedetto, Sarnia Sting
Oct. 6 – Stefan Della Rovere, Barrie Colts
Sept. 29 – Luke Pither, Guelph Storm
Sept. 22 – Matt Lyall, Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds