Mark Visentin Named OHL Player of the Week

By League Press Release

Photo: Phoenix Coyotes prospect Mark Visentin has been named OHL Player of the Week (courtesy of Ken McKenna/HF)

Toronto, ON – The Ontario Hockey League today announced that goaltender Mark Visentin of the Niagara IceDogs is the OHL Player of the Week for the week ending February 13.  The first goaltender to win the award this season, Visentin posted a 3-0-0-0 record including one shutout victory with a goals-against-average of 0.67 and save percentage of .973.

Visentin continued the strong play that earned him Vaughn CHL Goaltender of the Week honours one week ago beginning Wednesday with a 24-save performance as first star of a 3-1 win over the Kingston Frontenacs.  He then earned his fourth shutout of the season on Friday night when he made 26 saves to blank the Barrie Colts as third star of the game.  Visentin narrowly missed out on a bid for his fifth shutout of the season on Sunday afternoon in Brampton.  He made 21 saves as first star of the contest allowing just one Battalion goal with 28 seconds to play in the 3-1 win.

Visentin, an 18-year-old from Waterdown, ON, currently holds the league’s best goals-against-average and save percentage at 2.18 and .927 respectively.  The 2010 first round draft pick of the Phoenix Coyotes has a 23-4-2-4 record and is currently on a six-game winning streak and remains unbeaten in his last 19 games since November 19.

Former OHL Player of the Week winners Jason Akeson of the Kitchener Rangers and Christian Thomas of the Oshawa Generals were also considered for their offensive efforts.  Akeson led the league with 10 points in four games scoring three goals and seven assists, while Thomas led the league with five goals and added an assist for six points in three games.

2010-11 OHL Players of the Week:

Feb. 7 – Feb. 13: Mark Visentin, Niagara IceDogs

Jan. 31 – Feb. 6: Brett Thompson, Erie Otters

Jan. 24 – Jan. 30: Cody Lindsay, Ottawa 67’s

Jan. 17 – Jan. 23: Seth Griffith, London Knights

Jan. 10 – Jan. 16: Nicklas Jensen, Oshawa Generals

Jan. 3 – Jan. 9: Tyler Toffoli, Ottawa 67’s

Dec. 27 – Jan. 2: Joey Hishon, Owen Sound Attack

Dec. 13 – Dec. 19: Colin Behenna, Barrie Colts

Dec. 6 – Dec. 12: Nick Ebert, Windsor Spitfires

Nov. 29 – Dec. 5: Ryan Strome, Niagara IceDogs

Nov. 22 – Nov. 28: Greg McKegg, Erie Otters

Nov. 15 – Nov. 21: Christian Thomas, Oshawa Generals

Nov. 8 – Nov. 14: Tyler Toffoli, Ottawa 67’s

Nov. 1 – Nov. 7: Jason Akeson, Kitchener Rangers

Oct. 25 – Oct. 31: Justin Shugg, Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors

Oct. 18 – Oct. 24: Joey Hishon, Owen Sound Attack

Oct. 11 – 17: Garrett Wilson, Owen Sound Attack

Oct. 4 – 10: Nathan Moon, Kingston Frontenacs

Sept. 27 – Oct. 3: Greg McKegg, Erie Otters

Sept. 23 – Sept. 26: Alex Aleardi, Plymouth Whalers