Toronto, ON – The Canadian Hockey League today announced that Buffalo Sabres prospect Giorgio Estephan of the Lethbridge Hurricanes is the CHL Player of the Week for the week ending January 24 after scoring three goals with five assists for eight points in three games with a plus-minus rating of plus-8.
Estephan helped the Hurricanes extend their winning-streak to 10 games climbing to a WHL-best 72 points last week with a 36-12-0-0 record. With points in all three games last week, Estephan also extended his personal scoring-streak to 14 games. On Wednesday he scored a goal with three assists earning second star honours in a 4-0 win over the Spokane Chiefs, then picked up a goal and two assists on Saturday as first star of a 4-3 overtime win against the Moose Jaw Warriors. His week wrapped up Sunday scoring the game-winning goal as part of a 3-0 win over the Edmonton Oil Kings.
An 18-year-old from Edmonton, AB, Estephan is playing in his third career WHL season with the Hurricanes. Through 48 games of the 2015-16 campaign, Estephan is tied for seventh in WHL scoring with new career-highs in all offensive categories including 27 goals and 36 assists for 63 points. He was chosen by the Sabres in the sixth round of the 2015 NHL Draft.
Also considered for the award this week was San Jose Sharks prospect Dylan Sadowy of the Barrie Colts who scored six goals with one assist for seven points in three games, and 2016 NHL Draft prospect Vitalii Abramov of the Gatineau Olympiques who scored once with seven assists for eight points in three games.
2015-16 CHL Regular Season Players of the Week:
Jan. 18 – Jan. 24: Giorgio Estephan (Lethbridge Hurricanes)
Jan. 11 – Jan. 17: Reid Gardiner (Prince Albert Raiders)
Jan. 4 – Jan. 10: Maxime Comtois (Victoriaville Tigres)
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)