(TORONTO, ON) – The Ontario Hockey League has announced that Vancouver Canucks prospect Michael DiPietro is the OHL Player of the Week following the first week of 2017-18 regular season action ending September 24.
DiPietro backstopped the Windsor Spitfires to a perfect 3-0 record, making 86 saves and earning one shutout victory along with a goals-against-average of 1.00 and save percentage of .966. In his return to the ice, DiPietro began the season with a 26-save performance with a 3-1 victory over the Saginaw Spirit. He continued his solid play between-the-pipes with back-to-back first star efforts, including 30 saves on Friday in a 5-2 road win over the London Knights and on Sunday with 30 stops at home blanking the Guelph Storm by a 4-0 score for the league’s first shutout of the new season.
DiPietro, 18, from Amherstburg, is playing in his third OHL season after being a second round draft selection in the 2015 OHL Priority Selection. In 51 regular season appearances a year ago he posted a 30-12-4-2 record with a team record six shutouts along with a 2.35 goals-against-average and .917 save percentage. Last year’s six shutouts were not only a franchise mark, but contributed to setting a new career mark for Windsor netminders which now stands at nine following Sunday’s win.
DiPietro was a third round pick of the Canucks in the 2017 NHL Draft.