Josh Leivo named OHL Player of the Week

By League Press Release

Josh Leivo - Sudbury Wolves

Photo: Toronto Maple Leafs prospect Josh Leivo turned an offensive outburst this past weekend into a league award (courtesy of CHL Images)

Toronto, ON – The Ontario Hockey League today announced that Toronto Maple Leafs prospect Josh Leivo of the Sudbury Wolves is the OHL Player of the Week for the week ending October 7 after scoring six goals in three games with a plus-minus rating of plus-5.

Leivo helped lead the Wolves to three straight road wins beginning Thursday night in Peterborough where he scored twice including the game-winner as first star of a 4-1 win over the Petes.  The Wolves continued their East Division road swing on Saturday in Kingston against the Frontenacs where Leivo scored the game-tying goal midway through the third period setting up a 3-2 victory.  In the league’s only contest on Sunday the Wolves wrapped up their road trip with a 6-4 win over the Ottawa 67’s with Leivo recording his second career hat-trick netting the game-winner as first star of the win.

Leivo, a 19-year-old from Innisfil, ON, is playing in his third OHL season with the Wolves.  A third round pick of the Toronto Maple Leafs in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, Leivo is currently tied for the OHL-lead with seven goals after scoring 32 last season as part of a 73-point campaign.

Also considered for the award this week was Montreal Canadiens prospect Alex Galchenyuk of the Sarnia Sting who scored three goals and three assists for six points in two games, and 2013 NHL Entry Draft prospect Max Domi of the London Knights who scored three goals and two assists for five points in two games.  In goal, Christopher Festarini of the Niagara IceDogs won two games including a shutout victory with a goals-against-average of 1.00 and save percentage of .966.

2012-13 OHL Regular Season Players of the Week:

Oct. 1 – Oct. 7: Joshua Leivo, Sudbury Wolves

Sept. 24 – Sept. 30: Ryan Kujawinski, Kingston Frontenacs

Sept. 20 –Sept. 23: Seth Griffith, London Knights