Toronto, ON – The Ontario Hockey League today announced that Jordan Binnington of the Owen Sound Attack is the OHL Player of the Week for the week ending November 18 after posting a 2-1-0-0 record including two shutout victories with a goals-against-average of 1.34 and save percentage of .956.
Toronto, ON – The Canadian Hockey League today announced that Jordan Binnington of the Owen Sound Attack is the Vaughn CHL Goaltender of the Week for the week ending February 12 after posting a 3-0-0-0 record including a shutout victory with a 0.97 goals-against-average and a save percentage of .972.
Binnington made 105 saves last week in three wins for the Attack who currently sit fifth in the OHL’s Western Conference standings. He began his week with 29 saves Wednesday night against the Erie Otters, also stopping five of six attempts in the shootout and was named first star of the 2-1 win. On Thursday night he made 45 saves and was named second star of a 4-2 win over the Brampton Battalion. His week wrapped up Saturday night where he earned his first shutout of the season with 31 saves as third star of a 12-0 win over the Peterborough Petes.
Binnington, an 18-year-old from Richmond Hill, ON, is playing in his third season with the defending OHL champion Attack. Selected in the third round of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft by the St. Louis Blues, Binnington was named Top Goaltender at the 2011 MasterCard Memorial Cup.
The OHL is an older player’s league — especially between the pipes. But when opportunity arises for a draft-eligible netminder, you need to be ready to answer. In the case of Owen Sound Attack goalie Jordan Binnington, he didn’t burst through the window of opportunity offered by the injury to Scott Stajcer (NYR) — he staked his claim on the crease and a higher draft position.
Binnington, a 17-year-old goalie from Richmond Hill, ON, came into the season expecting to be the backup to Stajcer — considered one of the, if not the, top goaltenders in the league. A November hip injury put Stajcer on the shelf and Binnington was elevated from his backup role to "The Man" for the OHL Western Conference regular-season champion Attack. And three games into the 2011 playoffs, he’s backstopped his squad to a 2-2 series tie over the London Knights.
Binnington’s well aware of the benefit that playing well in the post-season can provide. "Playoffs are a big time. That’s when you can show that you’ll do whatever you can to win," he said prior to starting Game 4 of the series. "That’s what ends up meaning the most — your win count, so hopefully we’ll work towards that and have some success in the playoffs."