Six Hounds Named to OHL All-Star Teams


The Ontario Hockey League announced on Thursday the names of the players and coaches that were named to the First, Second and Third All-Star Teams for the 2017-2018 regular season.

With a total of 21 members selected (7 per team), 6 of those names were Soo Greyhounds.

Forwards Morgan Frost, Boris Katchouk and head coach Drew Bannister were three out of seven members named to First Team All-Stars squad.

Frost, who was selected by the Philadelphia Flyers in the 1st round (27th overall) during the 2017 NHL Entry Draft, finished second in OHL scoring during the regular season with 112 points and finished tied with Sarnia Sting forward Jordan Kyrou for the league lead in assists with 70.

The 19 year old forward also became the first Soo Greyhound to have a 100 point season since Nick Cousins did back in the 2012-2013 regular season.

Frost, who led the OHL in insurance goals with 8, also had the best +/- in the entire CHL at +70.

His plus-70 tied Danny Syvret (2005, London Knights) for the OHL record for best plus – in a single season.

Kitchener, Ontario product Boris Katchouk finished tied for second in league goals (42) during the regular season with teammate Morgan Frost and Owen Sound Attack forward Nick Suzuki.

Katchouk, who was selected by the Tampa Bay Lightning in the 2nd round (44th overall) during the 2016 NHL Entry Draft, also finished second in team scoring with 85 points.

Head coach Drew Bannister, who is coming off his third season behind the bench with the Greyhounds, helped lead the club to a franchise best 55 win and 116 point season.

The Hounds, who only lost 7 games in regulation time during the 2017-2018 regular season, tied the London Knights (2005) for the OHL record for least regulation losses during a regular season.

The Hounds also finished first in the Canadian Hockey League for the second time in four seasons.

Bannister also became the first Hounds bench boss to be named the OHL’s coach of the year since Sheldon Keefe did back in the 2014-2015 season.

Keefe, not to mention, helped guide the Hounds to finishing in first place in the CHL during that season.

A pair of Hounds that were named to the Second Team All-Stars squad, included forward Taylor Raddysh and defenceman Conor Timmins.

Caledon, Ontario native Taylor Raddysh, who came over to the Greyhounds in a trade with the Erie Otters prior to the January 10th trade deadline, scored 18 times and set up 21 others through 28 regular season games in a Hounds uniform.

Thorold, Ontario native Conor Timmins, who played 36 games during the 2017-2018 regular season, had 8 goals and 41 points.

The 2017 2nd round pick of the Colorado Avalanche, set up five goals in a 7-0 over the Flint Firebirds at the Dort Federal Event Centre back on October 28th, 2017, becoming the first Greyhound to record five assists in a regular season game since Dustin Jeffrey did back on October 7th, 2007.

Second year netminder Matthew Villalta was the only Hound named to the Third Team All-Stars squad.

The 2017 3rd round pick of the Los Angeles Kings led all CHL netminders in wins with 40, which also tied the Soo Greyhounds record for most wins by a goaltender in a regular season, joining Brandon Halverson (2015).