The OHL Alumni Notebook presents a weekly look at the OHL’s top alumni stories from across the professional hockey ranks.
ROBERTSON DOING BIG THINGS IN DALLAS
A frontrunner for the Calder Trophy as the NHL’s Rookie of the Year, Dallas Stars winger Jason Robertson continues to produce at a consistent clip. The former OHL top scorer recently became. the second rookie in Stars club history with multiple point streaks of 5+ games in a single season, joining Jere Lehtinen who last did it in 1995-96. Robertson has points in seven of his last eight games for 35 points (14-21–35) through 40 games this season. The product of Arcadia, Ca. was Dallas’ second round pick in 2017 and was a productive force over a four-year OHL career between Kingston and Niagara from 2015-19, amassing 317 points (149-168–317) in 252 regular season games.
QUINN UNDERGOES SEASON-ENDING SURGERY
Ottawa 67’s forward Jack Quinn will be sidelined for the remainder of the 2020-21 season after undergoing successful surgery to repair a hernia. Quinn, 19, recorded nine points (2-7–9) over 15 games with the AHL’s Rochester Americans after being selected by the Sabres with the eighth overall pick of the 2020 NHL Draft. The Cobden, Ont. native came off a 52-goal season with the Ottawa 67’s in 2019-20 and went on to win silver with Canada’s National Junior Team this past January.
DEL ZOTTO SKATES IN 700TH GAME
Former Oshawa Generals and London Knights blueliner Michael Del Zotto played in his 700th career NHL contest on April 17th as his Columbus Blue Jackets fell 5-1 to the Dallas Stars. Del Zotto, 30, has played with seven different NHL franchises after originally breaking into the league with the New York Rangers having been the 20th overall pick of the 2008 NHL Draft. The Stouffville, Ont. product has 11 points (4-7–11) through 45 games in Columbus this season. He played four OHL seasons between Oshawa and London from 2006-09.
STUDENIC STRIKES FOR FIRST NHL MARKER
Hamilton Bulldogs graduate Marian Studenic scored his first career NHL goal on Sunday as his New Jersey Devils fell to the New York Rangers 5-3. The 22-year-old product of Holic, Slovakia scored in just his fourth career contest after making his NHL debut earlier in the month. A former fifth round pick of the Devils in 2017, Studenic raised the J. Ross Robertson Cup with the Bulldogs in 2018, capping off a two-year OHL career.
RADDYSH NAMED AHL PLAYER OF WEEK
Former Erie Otters 100-point scorer Taylor Raddysh has been named the AHL Player of the Week. The Syracuse Crunch winger posted three goals and three assists over three games, chipping in points on six of his team’s seven goals. A Tampa Bay Lightning farmhand, Raddysh has 21 points (8-13–21) through 18 games this season. The Caledon, Ont. native played four OHL seasons between Erie and Sault Ste. Marie from 2014-18, hoisting the Robertson Cup with the Otters in 2017. Raddysh also won gold with Canada’s National Junior Team in 2018.
FULCHER EARNS FIRST CAREER AHL WIN
Former OHL champion Kaden Fulcher is in the AHL win column. The Hamilton Bulldogs graduate backstopped the Grand Rapids Griffins to a 2-1 win over the Cleveland Monsters on Wednesday. Fulcher, 22, was appearing in just his second career AHL contest after spending much of the past two seasons with the ECHL’s Toledo Walleye. Fulcher made his NHL debut with the Detroit Red Wings under emergency conditions on Apr. 6, 2019 against Buffalo. The Brigden, Ont. product remains the Bulldogs’ career wins leader with 55 to his credit in a Hamilton uniform. The former 13th round pick went 57-44-8-5 over three OHL seasons between Hamilton and Sarnia.
BAHL, HOLM, JENKINS, MONCADA SCORE FIRST AHL GOAL
A number of OHL products scored their first career professional goals this past week including defencemen Kevin Bahl (Ottawa 67’s/Binghamton Devils), Ole Bjorgvik-Holm (Mississauga Steelheads/Cleveland Monsters), Blade Jenkins (Saginaw Spirit/Bridgeport Sound Tigers) and Luke Moncada (North Bay Battalion/Cleveland Monsters).
THOMPSON JOINS CRUNCH ON ATO
Tampa Bay Lightning prospect Jack Thompson of the Sudbury Wolves has joined the Syracuse Crunch on an amateur tryout offer. Drafted in the third round of the 2020 NHL Draft, Thompson spent the 2020-21 season with Surahammars IF of Sweden’s HockeyEttan circuit, recording 18 points (9-9–18) over 18 games. The Courtice, Ont. native recorded 32 points (13-19–32) over 63 games with the Wolves in his sophomore season.
LUCHUK NAMED ECHL PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Former Windsor Spitfires Memorial Cup champion Aaron Luchuk has been named the ECHL Player of the Week, posting four goals and four assists in three games for the Orlando Solar Bears. The 24-year-old from Kingston, Ont. sits second in ECHL assists with 34, tacking on 19 goals for a total of 53 points. Prior to turning pro, Luchuk racked up 251 points over five seasons between Windsor and Barrie from 2013-18. He led the OHL in scoring and was the League’s Overage Player of the Year in 2017-18.