Toronto, ON – The Canadian Hockey League today announced that Erie Otters captain Kyle Maksimovich is the CHL Player of the Week for the regular season week ending December 30 recording seven points in two games including four goals and three assists with a plus-minus rating of plus-3.
Maksimovich started the schedule’s second half with a pair of multi-point efforts while reaching a personal milestone and climbing the Otters record books during the club’s Michigan road trip. His return from the holiday break featured a hat-trick performance plus an assist as first star of Friday’s 9-2 win over the Flint Firebirds, then a goal and two assists as third star of Saturday’s 6-4 loss to the Saginaw Spirit. Maksimovich continued his strong play into the New Year with a pair of assists in Monday’s 4-3 shootout loss to the Hamilton Bulldogs to close 2018. Over the weekend he became just the ninth player in Otters history to reach the century mark for career goals while moving into fifth on the club’s all-time points list. The Otters are currently battling for a spot in the OHL’s Western Conference playoffs where they sit in ninth place with a 14-20-1-1 record trailing the Windsor Spitfires by three points.
A 20-year-old from Hamilton, Ont., Maksimovich is playing in his fifth career season with the Otters after being chosen in the third round of the 2014 OHL Priority Selection. He’s currently ninth in league scoring with 51 points in 36 games tallying 20 goals and 31 assists. The 2017 OHL champion has played in 289 career games for Erie scoring 100 goals and 176 assists for 276 points.
Also considered for the award this week was San Jose Sharks prospect Noah Gregor of the Prince Albert Raiders with five goals and two assists for seven points in three games, and defenceman Yann-Felix Lapointe of the Sherbrooke Phoenix who scored twice with two assists for four points in two games.
2018-19 CHL Players of the Week – Regular Season:
Dec. 24 – Dec. 30: Kyle Maksimovich (Erie Otters)
Dec. 10 – Dec. 16: Justin Brazeau (North Bay Battalion)
Dec. 3 – Dec. 9: Ivan Chekhovich (Baie-Comeau Drakkar)
Nov. 26 – Dec. 2: Gregor MacLeod (Drummondville Voltigeurs)
Nov. 19 – Nov. 25: Brett Leason (Prince Albert Raiders)
Nov. 12 – Nov. 18: Peter Abbandonato (Rouyn-Noranda Huskies)
Nov. 5 – Nov. 11: Jason Robertson (Kingston Frontenacs)
Oct. 29 – Nov. 4: Joachim Blichfeld (Portland Winterhawks)
Oct. 22 – Oct. 28: Ivan Chekhovich (Baie-Comeau Drakkar)
Oct. 15 – Oct. 21: Justin Brazeau (North Bay Battalion)
Oct. 8 – Oct. 14: Damien Giroux (Saginaw Spirit)
Oct. 1 – Oct. 7: Dawson Davidson (Saskatoon Blades)
Sept. 24 – Sept. 30: Luka Burzan (Brandon Wheat Kings)
Sept. 19 – Sept. 23: Kirby Dach (Saskatoon Blades)