Toronto, ON – The Ontario Hockey League today announced that forward Logan Couture of the Ottawa 67’s is the Boston Pizza OHL Player of the Week for the week ending March 15. Couture scored five goals and three assists for eight points in three games with a plus-minus rating of plus-7.
Couture finished the regular season strong being named first star in all three games this week for the 67’s, winners of six straight games heading into a first-round playoff series against the Niagara IceDogs. Couture had one goal and two assists in regulation time Tuesday night before scoring the shootout winner to beat the Kingston Frontenacs 5-4. On Friday night he had a goal and an assist in a 3-2 win over the Peterborough Petes. His best game of the week came Sunday afternoon where he scored his first hat-trick of the season including the game-winner in a spirited 5-3 effort at home against the Kingston Frontenacs. The game would also mark the final regular season game behind the bench for 67’s Head Coach and Hall of Fame member Brian Kilrea. His 2,156 games and 1,193 wins are CHL records.
Couture, a 19-year-old from London, ON is in his fourth OHL season with the 67’s. He enjoyed his best career regular season campaign scoring 39 goals and 48 assists for 87 points in 62 games finishing ninth in overall league scoring. The San Jose Sharks prospect was selected in the first round, ninth overall at the 2007 NHL Entry Draft.
Honourable mention this week goes to Ethan Werek of the Kingston Frontenacs who finished a solid rookie season with three goals and five assists for eight points in his final four games. Evgeny Grachev of the Brampton Battalion scored one goal and six assists for seven points including a three-assist game as second star Sunday in a 5-4 shootout win over the Oshawa Generals. Goaltender Mike Murphy of the Belleville Bulls made 109 saves in three wins leading the Bulls to first place in the Easter Conference standings. He had a 4-0 shutout victory as first star Wednesday night against the Peterborough Petes.
2008-09 Boston Pizza OHL Players of the Week
Mar. 16 – Logan Couture, Ottawa 67’s
Mar. 9 – John Tavares, London Knights
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