By Fred Wallace
Hi, this is Fred Wallace with " Off the Wire ".
The Cleveland Monsters, the American Hockey League affiliate of the Columbus Blue Jackets of the National Hockey League, signed Matthew Struthers to an AHL contract this week.
Struthers travelled a unique path during his Ontario Hockey League days and had numerous memorable moments.
To begin with, as an underage with the Owen Sound Attack, Struthers scored his 1st OHL goal at London on Friday October 23rd, 2015
Born on Boxing Day in 1999, the marker by Struthers came as he was 15 years and 301 days of age, making him the youngest player to ever score for the Owen Sound franchise.
There's a good chance this distinction will hold forever. Unless the Attack land an " exceptional status " player at some point in the future, the window for someone to eclipse Struthers age bracket record is very slim.
In January 2018, Struthers was dealt to the North Bay Battalion and quickly evolved into a frontline player centering Luke Burkhardt & Justin Brazeau on a very productive unit.
Last December, the Attack, who were expecting captain Aidan Dudas to be away for most of a month due to both injury and the opportunity to play for Canada's National Junior team, reacquired Struthers who concluded his overage season where he started.
His return to the Harry Lumley-Bayshore on December 4th was certainly dramatic; posting a 3 point game including the overtime winner against the Niagara IceDogs.
A month later, on January 24th, Struthers opened the scoring in Erie which gave him 200 career points.
Between Owen Sound & North Bay, Matthew Struthers put up 217 points. Had he played his entire career in Owen Sound, those 217 points would have put him just 4 back of Dan Snyder for a position in the all time Owen Sound Top 10 in career points.
Now Matthew Struthers takes that 5 year OHL resume to Cleveland and the American Hockey League.
I'm Fred Wallace