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TORONTO - The Ontario Hockey League today announced that Plymouth Whalers' left wing Tom Sestito is the OHL Player of the Week for the week ending December 10, 2006. The 19-year-old winger from Rome, New York scored six goals and had seven points in three games last week.

Sestito - a Columbus Blue Jackets' draft choice - helped the Whalers to a 7-1 victory on the road, in London on Thursday night, over the Knights. He had a natural hat trick in the contest, including the game winning goal and also added an assist. He was also named first star of the game for his efforts. The next night Sestito was once again the game's first star after recording is second hat trick in as many nights as the Whalers defeated Sudbury 5-3, at home. The back-to-back three-goal games give Sestito four hat tricks on the season. He currently leads Plymouth with 20 goals in 28 games.

2006-07 OHL Players of the Week

September 24, 2006 - Cory Emmerton, Kingston Frontenacs
October 1, 2006 - Daniel Ryder, Peterborough Petes
October 8, 2006 - Bryan Little, Barrie Colts
October 15, 2006 - Sam Gagner, London Knights
October 22, 2006 - Justin Donati, Toronto St. Michael's Majors
October 29, 2006 - John Murray, Kitchener Rangers
November 5, 2006 - Jordan Owens, Mississauga IceDogs
November 12, 2006 - Steve Downie, Peterborough Petes
November 19, 2006 - Bryan Little, Barrie Colts
November 26, 2006 - Dustin Jeffrey, Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds
December 3, 2006 - John Tavares, Oshawa Generals
December 10, 2006 - Tom Sestito, Plymouth Whalers

WHALERS HIT THE ROAD THIS WEEK: Plymouth (19-10-1-1, second place in the OHL West) completes the first half of the schedule on the road this weekend, playing in Peterborough on Thursday, Oshawa on Friday and Brampton on Sunday before breaking for Christmas.

All Plymouth games are broadcast on the internet on Plymouth Whalers. Broadcast times this week -

Thursday from Peterborough @ 6:50 p.m.; Friday from Oshawa @ 7:20 p.m. and Sunday from Brampton @ 1:50 p.m.

After Christmas, the Whalers return home to face Windsor on Thurs. Dec. 28 at 2 p.m. at the Compuware Sports Arena during the team's annual Kid's Day. The game will feature all kinds of activities for kids in the arena before, during and after the game. Plymouth then closes out the month by hosting Guelph on Sat. Dec. 30 at 7:05 p.m.

Tickets for all Plymouth Whalers home games are available by calling the Compuware Sports Arena box office at (734) 453-8400, or by going to Ticketmaster at Official Ticketmaster site. Tickets for Concerts, Sports, Arts, Theater, Family, Events, more.

The Whalers are offering Santa Six Packs - six home games from January through March - at a price of $72 for Center Ice Seating or $48 for Executive Reserved. Santa Six Pack tickets must be purchased by Jan. 12, 2007.
 
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