After establishing a new all-time franchise mark for goals by a 16-year-old rookie last season, Arthur Kaliyev is making history again.
The draft eligible winger became the first 50-goal scorer in Hamilton Bulldogs history on Saturday, breaking up a Jordan Kooy shutout bid with 41 seconds left in regulation as the Dogs fell to the visiting London Knights by a score of 4-1. Kaliyev now has 97 points (50-47–97) through 62 games on the season.
Kaliyev becomes the fifth player in the last 20 years to score 50 goals at the age of 17 or younger, joining other names such as Alex DeBrincat (2015), Jeff Skinner (2010), John Tavares (2009) and Steven Stamkos (2008) in that span. He’s in the company of no fewer than 20 other 16 or 17 year-old players since 1974-75 to reach the half-century mark with other names that include Wayne Gretzky (1978), Eric Lindros (1991) and Owen Nolan (1990).
After hoisting the Robertson Cup as an OHL champion last spring, Kaliyev’s sophomore season has been a successful one. The Staten Island, NY native is currently NHL Central Scouting’s 11th ranked North American Skater on January’s midterm rankings. He had an impressive showing at the 2019 Sherwin-Williams CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game in Red Deer, Alta., recording two goals and an assist for Team Cherry.
Through 130 regular season games in his OHL career, Kaliyev has registered an impressive 81 goals, 64 assists and 145 points along with an even 500 shots on goal. He’s the first player in Bulldogs all-time franchise history to score 50 in a season since Belleville’s Tyler Donati racked up 54 goals during the 2006-07 season.
The 6-foot-2, 185Ib left-winger was Hamilton’s second round (26th overall) pick in the 2017 OHL Priority Selection from the Detroit Compuware U16 team.