OHL Press Release
Toronto-The Ontario Hockey League today announced the OHL Performers of the Month for November, 2006.
OHL Player of the Month – Steve Downie, Peterborough Petes Downie was named the OHL’s player of the month after leading the league in scoring during November with 14 goals and 17 assists for 31 points in 13 games. The native of Queensville, recorded at least a point in every game during the month of November. He had eight multi-point games, including a five-point game on November 5th against the Sarnia Sting. He also enjoyed back-to-back four-point performances, against the Oshawa Generals November 12th and 16th. Downie, a first round draft pick of the Philadelphia Flyers (29th overall) in 2005 recently played for team OHL in the 2006 ADT Canada Russia Challenge. He has also been invited to attend the final selection camp for the Canadian National Junior Team beginning on December 10th. Downie was a member of team Canada that won the gold medal at last year’s World Junior Championships.
Defenceman of the Month – Michael Del Zotto, Oshawa Generals The second overall pick in the 2006 OHL Priority Selection, Del Zotto has adapted quite well to the OHL and has been steady on the blue line this season for the Generals. Del Zotto led all defencemen in November with 17 points in 11 games. He had five multiple point games during the month, including a four point game against Belleville on November 5th. Despite being only 16 years-old the Stouffville, Ontario native is currently second among OHL defencemen in scoring this season with 33 points in 27 games.
Goaltender of the Month – Steve Mason, London Knights Mason was named OHL goaltender of the month after posting a 7-1-0 record, along with a 2.36 goals against average and a .939 save percentage. Mason who has carried the bulk of the load between the pipes for the Knights this season currently leads the OHL with a save percentage of 0.924 and is second in the OHL with 19 wins. A third round selection of the Columbus Blue Jackets in 2006, Mason recently played for the OHL in the 2006 ADT Canada Russia Challenge, winning a game against the Russians in Oshawa on November 27th. He has also been invited to attend the final selection camp for the Canadian National Junior Team, in Calgary.
OHL Rookie of the Month – Patrick Kane, London Knights Kane becomes the second straight Knight to win OHL Rookie of the Month following Sam Gagner who won the award in October. Kane was named the OHL rookie of the month for November after scoring nine goals and adding 16 assists for 25 points in 11 games. He had eight multi-point games during the month, including a five-point night versus Erie on November 17th and a four-point game against Kitchener on the 3rd of the month. The native of Buffalo, New York is currently tied with Gagner at the top of the OHL scoring race with 60 points in 28 games. Kane was recently named to the American team for the World Junior Championships that will take place in Sweden, beginning later this month.