Toronto, ON – The Canadian Hockey League today announced that San Jose Sharks prospect Kevin Labanc of the Barrie Colts is the CHL Player of the Week for the week ending January 3 recording 13 points in four games including seven goals and six assists with an impressive plus-minus rating of plus-11 to open the league’s second half.
Labanc’s week was highlighted by a seven-point performance on Saturday night which tied a franchise record where he scored three goals and four assists earning first star honours in a 12-2 win over the North Bay Battalion. He also recorded multi-point efforts last Monday night with two goals and one assist in a 5-4 shootout win over the Niagara IceDogs, then a goal and an assist on New Year’s Eve in a 6-3 win over the Sudbury Wolves. His week wrapped up Sunday with a shorthanded tally despite a 5-3 road loss to the Battalion. This marks Labanc’s second weekly award this season for the Colts who maintain a hold on first place in the OHL’s Central Division standings with 45 points.
A 20-year-old from Staten Island, New York, Labanc is playing in his third OHL season with the Colts and is currently second in league scoring with 21 goals and 41 assists for 62 points in 34 games. He was selected by the Sharks in the sixth round of the 2014 NHL Draft.
Also considered for the award this week was Adam Brooks of the Regina Pats who scored two goals with eight assists for 10 points in four games, and Brandon Gignac of the Shawinigan Cataractes who scored four goals and six assists for 10 points in four games.
2015-16 CHL Regular Season Players of the Week:
Dec. 28 – Jan. 3: Kevin Labanc (Barrie Colts)
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)