Toronto, ON – The Canadian Hockey League today announced that Winnipeg Jets prospect Brendan Lemieux of the Windsor Spitfires is the CHL Player of the Week for the week ending December 20 after scoring five goals and one assist for six points in two games with a plus-minus rating of plus-3.
Lemieux led the Spitfires to a pair of victories including their OHL West Division best 20th win of the season in a home-and-home series against the Saginaw Spirit. He scored the game-winning goal and earned first star honours in both contests including Thursday night with two markers in a 7-6 overtime triumph, and Saturday night where he netted his second hat-trick in four games while adding one assist in the 6-3 win.
A 19-year-old from Paradise Valley, Arizona, Lemieux is playing in his fourth OHL season and first with the Spitfires after being acquired from the Barrie Colts earlier this month. The Jets prospect was originally selected by the Buffalo Sabres in the second round of the 2014 NHL Draft and has 26 points in 16 games this season including nine goals and three assists for 12 points in five games played in Windsor.
Also considered for the award this week was Arizona Coyotes prospect and two-time award winner Conor Garland of the Moncton Wildcats who scored once with six assists for seven points in two games, and Kailer Yamamoto of the Spokane Chiefs who scored four goals and three assists for seven points in three games.
2015-16 CHL Regular Season Players of the Week:
Dec. 14 – Dec. 20: Brendan Lemieux (Windsor Spitfires)
Dec. 7 – Dec. 13: Christian Dvorak (London Knights)
Nov. 30 – Dec. 6: Mitchell Marner (London Knights)
Nov. 23 – Nov. 29: Conor Garland (Moncton Wildcats)
Nov. 16 – Nov. 22: Pierre-Luc Dubois (Cape Breton Screaming Eagles)
Nov. 9 – Nov. 15: Dylan Strome (Erie Otters)
Nov. 2 – Nov. 8: Nikolas Brouillard (Quebec Remparts)
Oct. 26 – Nov. 1: Mathew Barzal (Seattle Thunderbirds)
Oct. 19 – Oct. 25: Kevin Labanc (Barrie Colts)
Oct. 12 – Oct. 18: Zach Bratina (North Bay Battalion)
Oct. 5 – Oct. 11: Dennis Yan (Shawinigan Cataractes)
Sept. 28 – Oct. 4: Conor Garland (Moncton Wildcats)
Sept. 21 – Sept. 27: Alex Forsberg (Victoria Royals)