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Leafs Prospects Named Players Of The Week

by Staff Writer / Toronto Maple Leafs
Toronto, ON – The Ontario Hockey League today announced that forward Greg McKegg of the Erie Otters is the OHL Player of the Week with seven points in three games for the week ending October 3.  McKegg scored three times and added four assists with a plus-minus rating of plus-2.

McKegg became just the fifth player in Otters history to score shorthanded twice in one game, accomplishing the feat Saturday night in a 5-2 win over the London Knights.  His first tally held as the game-winner at 8:04 of the second period, while the second goal was an empty-netter at 18:52 of the third.  He added an assist for a three-point game as first star of the contest.  McKegg also recorded back-to-back two-point games scoring a goal and an assist Thursday despite a 5-4 loss to the Niagara IceDogs, and then recorded two assists on Friday night in a 7-3 loss to the Kitchener Rangers.

McKegg, an 18-year-old from St. Thomas, ON, was named Captain of the Otters this season and was selected in the third round, 62nd overall by the Toronto Maple Leafs in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.  Last season McKegg finished 11th in league scoring with 85 points in 67 games. 

Tyler Peters of the Sarnia Sting and Ryan Murphy of the Kitchener Rangers were also considered for the award this week.  Peters had six points in two games scoring three goals and three assists, while Murphy recorded a five-point game with a goal and four assists as first star of a 7-3 win over the Otters on Friday.  In goal, Scott Stajcer of the Owen Sound Attack won two games including a shutout victory posting a goals-against-average of 1.00 and save percentage of .972.
2010-11 OHL Players of the Week:
Sept. 27 – Oct. 3: Greg McKegg, Erie Otters
Sept. 23 – Sept. 26: Alex Aleardi, Plymouth Whalers

The WHL Player of the Week is forward Brad Ross of the Portland Winterhawks.

Ross collected six points, scoring five goals and one assist to go with a +6 rating, in four games this past week.

On Monday, September 27th the Winterhawks hosted the Vancouver Giants at the Rose Garden in Portland.  Ross scored the game winning goal and added an assist as his 1st Star performance helped the Winterhawks to a 7-2 drumming of the Giants.  Two nights later, at the Pacific Coliseum in Vancouver, the Giants hosted the Winterhawks in the back half of the home-and-home series.  Ross scored twice and was again named the games 1st Star as the Winterhawks edged the Giants 4-3.  On Saturday, October 2nd the Winterhawks hosted US Division rivals the Seattle Thunderbirds.  Ross picked up one goal and was named the games 3rd Star in their 3-2 shoot-out loss to the T-birds.  The next night the Winterhawks tripled the visiting Lethbridge Hurricanes 6-2 with Ross finding the net for one goal.

Ross’ five goals to kick off the season has him sitting in a tie for 2nd among all WHL goal scorers in four games played.  The Portland Winterhawks have jumped out of the gates posting a 3-1-0-1 record to start the 2010-11 WHL season placing them 3rd in the WHL US Division with seven points.

Ross, an 18-year-old from Lethbridge, Alberta, is entering his third full season with the Portland Winterhawks.  The winger was selected in the 2nd round – 43rd overall at the 2010 NHL Entry Draft by the Toronto Maple Leafs.

The WHL has also nominated Deven Dubyk of the Medicine Hat Tigers for the CHL Goaltender of the Week Award.  Dubyk posted a 2-0-0-0 record this past week, stopping  67 of 69 shots faced for a 1.000 goals-against average and 0.971 save percentage.  Dubyk, a native of Minitonas, MB, back-stopped the Tigers to a pair of wins over the Red Deer Rebels; 2-1 in Medicine Hat on Friday and 4-1 in Red Deer on Saturday.

Boston Pizza WHL Player of the Week
Sept. 27 – Oct. 3: Brad Ross, Portland Winterhawks

Sept. 24 – Sept. 26: Tyler Maxwell, Everett Silvertips
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