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Cowan and Simpson Named OHL Top Performers of the Week

May 13, 2024 - Ontario Hockey League (OHL) News Release


Toronto, Ont. - The Ontario Hockey League today announced Top Performers of the Week for the week of playoff games ending Sunday, May 12, 2024.

Knights' Easton Cowan Named Cogeco OHL Player of the Week

Toronto Maple Leafs prospect Easton Cowan of the London Knights is the Cogeco OHL Player of the Week, recording two goals, six assists and eight points in a pair of victories.

Helping the Knights take a 2-0 OHL Championship Series lead over the Oshawa Generals, Cowan opened up the week with a career-high five-point performance in an 8-1 Game 1 victory at home on Thursday night, registering a goal and four assists to earn first star honours. He proceeded to pick-up third star recognition on Saturday, tallying a goal and two assists as the Knights skated past the Generals in a 9-1 win.

A soon-to-be 19-year-old from Mount Brydges, Ont., Cowan leads all post-season point-getters with 27 points (9-18-27) in 16 games played. Recently awarded the Red Tilson Trophy as the OHL's Most Outstanding Player in the regular season, Cowan registered 96 points (34-62-96) in 54 regular season contests, setting a Knights franchise record with a 36-game point streak. Originally selected in the second round (25th overall) by the Knights in the 2021 OHL Priority Selection, Cowan has tallied 55 goals, 96 assists, and 151 points over 129 regular season games in London. After leading the Knights to a Western Conference title last season, the Toronto Maple Leafs selected Cowan with their first round (28th overall) pick in the 2023 NHL Draft.

2023-24 Cogeco OHL Players of the Week - Playoffs:

May 6 - May 12: Easton Cowan (London Knights)

Apr. 29 - May 5: Sandis Vilmanis (North Bay Battalion)

Apr. 22 - Apr. 28: Kasper Halttunen (London Knights)

Apr. 15 - Apr. 21: Jacob Julien (London Knights)

Apr. 8 - Apr. 14: Dylan Roobroeck (Oshawa Generals)

Apr. 1 - Apr. 7: Samuel Mayer (Ottawa 67's)

Mar. 28 - Mar. 31: Owen Beck (Saginaw Spirit)

2023-24 Cogeco OHL Players of the Week - Regular Season:

Mar. 11 - Mar. 17: David Goyette (Sudbury Wolves)

Mar. 11 - Mar. 17: Ruslan Gazizov (London Knights)

Mar. 4 - Mar. 10: Dylan Roobroeck (Oshawa Generals)

Feb. 26 - Mar. 3: Jacob Maillet (Ottawa 67's)

Feb. 19 - Feb. 25: Carson Rehkopf (Kitchener Rangers)

Feb. 12 - Feb. 18: Rodwin Dionicio (Saginaw Spirit)

Feb. 5 - Feb. 11: David Goyette (Sudbury Wolves)

Jan. 29 - Feb. 4: Gavin Bryant (Niagara IceDogs)

Jan. 22 - Jan. 28: Liam Greentree (Windsor Spitfires)

Jan. 15 - Jan. 21: Quentin Musty (Sudbury Wolves)

Jan. 8 - Jan. 14: Oliver Bonk (London Knights)

Jan. 1 - Jan. 7: Anthony Romani (North Bay Battalion)

Dec. 28 - Dec. 31: Sam Dickinson (London Knights)

Dec. 11 - Dec. 18: Ruslan Gazizov (London Knights)

Dec. 4 - Dec. 10: Nick Lardis (Brantford Bulldogs)

Nov. 27 - Dec. 3: Pano Fimis (Erie Otters)

Nov. 20 - Nov. 26: Matyas Sapovaliv (Saginaw Spirit)

Nov. 13 - Nov. 19: Donovan McCoy (Peterborough Petes)

Nov. 6 - Nov. 12: Denver Barkey (London Knights)

Oct. 30 - Nov. 5: Braeden Kressler (Flint Firebirds)

Oct. 23 - Oct. 29: Kirill Kudryavtsev (Soo Greyhounds)

Oct. 16 - Oct. 22: Anthony Romani (North Bay Battalion)

Oct. 9 - Oct. 15: Carson Rehkopf (Kitchener Rangers)

Oct. 2 - Oct. 8: Jordan D'Intino (Soo Greyhounds)

Sep. 28 - Oct. 1: Jax Dubois (Peterborough Petes)

Knights' Michael Simpson Named OHL Goaltender of the Week

Michael Simpson of the London Knights is the OHL Goaltender of the Week for the third time this season, playing to a 2-0 record along with a 1.10 goals-against average and .952 save percentage.

Backstopping the Knights to a 2-0 OHL Championship Series lead over the Oshawa Generals, Simpson made a total of 40 saves last week. He stopped 24 of the 25 shots that came his way on Thursday in an 8-1 win at Budweiser Gardens to open up the Series. He returned to the crease on Saturday evening with a 16-save performance as the Knights defeated the Generals 9-1.

A 21-year-old hometown product, Simpson ranks third among all netminders with a 2.42 goals-against average and .915 save percentage in postseason action, backstopping the Knights to a 14-2-0-0 record. Simpson's 30-career playoff wins are tied for the third-most by any OHL goaltender since 1981. Playing to a 34-10-1-1 regular season record, the former 2023 OHL Champion ranked first among all goaltenders in regular season action with a 2.61 goals-against average, along with a .905 save percentage. Selected in the 10th round (193rd overall) by the Peterborough Petes in the 2019 OHL Priority Selection, the 2023 OHL Playoffs MVP attended development camp with the Pittsburgh Penguins last summer.

2023-24 OHL Goaltenders of the Week - Playoffs:

May 6 - May 12: Michael Simpson (London Knights)

Apr. 29 - May 5: Mike McIvor (North Bay Battalion)

Apr. 22 - Apr. 28: Jacob Oster (Oshawa Generals)

Apr. 15 - Apr. 21: Charlie Schenkel (Soo Greyhounds)

Apr. 8 - Apr. 14: Mike McIvor (North Bay Battalion)

Apr. 1 - Apr. 7: Jacob Oster (Oshawa Generals)

Mar. 28 - Mar. 31: Jakub Vondras (Sudbury Wolves)

2023-24 OHL Goaltenders of the Week - Regular Season:

Mar. 18 - Mar. 24: Nick Surzycia (Sarnia Sting)

Mar. 11 - Mar. 17: Charlie Robertson (Niagara IceDogs)

Mar. 4 - Mar. 10: Jack Ivankovic (Mississauga Steelheads)

Feb. 26 - Mar. 3: Liam Sztuska (Peterborough Petes)

Feb. 19 - Feb. 25: Michael Simpson (London Knights)

Feb. 12 - Feb. 18: Matteo Drobac (Brantford Bulldogs)

Feb. 5 - Feb. 11: Ben West (Barrie Colts)

Jan. 29 - Feb. 4: Owen Willmore (London Knights)

Jan. 22 - Jan. 28: Sam Hillebrandt (Barrie Colts)

Jan. 15 - Jan. 21: Matteo Drobac (Brantford Bulldogs)

Jan. 8 - Jan. 14: Michael Simpson (London Knights)

Jan. 1 - Jan. 7: Jacob Oster (Oshawa Generals)

Dec. 28 - Dec. 31: Brayden Gillespie (Guelph Storm)

Dec. 11 - Dec. 18: Jacob Oster (Oshawa Generals)

Dec. 4 - Dec. 10: Max Donoso (Ottawa 67's)

Nov. 27 - Dec. 3: Marcus Vandenberg (Niagara IceDogs)

Nov. 20 - Nov. 26: Jack Ivankovic (Mississauga Steelheads)

Nov. 13 - Nov. 19: Carter George (Owen Sound Attack)

Nov. 8 - Nov. 12: Jackson Parsons (Kitchener Rangers)

Oct. 30 - Nov. 7: Jacob Oster (Oshawa Generals)

Oct. 23 - Oct. 29: Sam Hillebrandt (Barrie Colts)

Oct. 16 - Oct. 22: Brayden Gillespie (Guelph Storm)

Oct. 9 - Oct. 15: Collin MacKenzie (Ottawa 67's)

Oct. 2 - Oct. 8: Ryerson Leenders (Mississauga Steelheads)

Sep. 28 - Oct. 1: Ryerson Leenders (Mississauga Steelheads)


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