The Ontario Hockey League today announced that Brendan Gaunce of the Belleville Bulls is the OHL Player of the Week after recording five points in two games including two goals and three assists with a plus-minus rating of plus-3 for the week ending December 30.
Gaunce led the East Division leading Bulls to two wins following the Winter Break beginning Friday night with a 6-3 win over the Guelph Storm where he was named first star with a goal and two assists. The Bulls captain also claimed first star honours on Saturday night with a goal and an assist as part of a 3-2 win over the Kitchener Rangers.
Gaunce, an 18-year-old from Markham, ON, is playing in his third OHL season with the Bulls. Selected in the first round, 26th overall by the Vancouver Canucks in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft, Gaunce has 12 goals and 11 assists for 23 points in 28 games so far this season.
Also considered for the award this week was Eric Locke of the Saginaw Spirit and Kerby Rychel of the Windsor Spitfires who each produced five points in two games scoring three goals and two assists. In goal, Brandon Hope of the Owen Sound Attack went 2-0-0-0 with a goals-against-average of 1.50 and save percentage of .944.
2012-13 OHL Regular Season Players of the Week:
Dec. 24 – Dec. 30: Brendan Gaunce, Belleville Bulls
Dec. 10 – Dec. 16: Alex Galchenyuk, Sarnia Sting
Dec. 3 – Dec. 9: Ryan O’Connor, Barrie Colts
Nov. 26 – Dec. 2: Charles Sarault, Sarnia Sting
Nov. 19 – Nov. 25: Scott Kosmachuk, Guelph Storm
Nov. 12 – Nov. 18: Jordan Binnington, Owen Sound Attack
Nov. 5 – Nov. 11: Connor Brown, Erie Otters
Oct. 29 – Nov. 4: Brett Ritchie, Niagara IceDogs
Oct. 22 – Oct. 28: Frank Corrado, Sudbury Wolves
Oct. 15 – Oct. 21: Hunter Garlent, Guelph Storm
Oct. 8 – Oct. 14: Dylan Smoskowitz, Mississauga Steelheads
Oct. 1 – Oct. 7: Joshua Leivo, Sudbury Wolves
Sept. 24 – Sept. 30: Ryan Kujawinski, Kingston Frontenacs
Sept. 20 –Sept. 23: Seth Griffith, London Knights