Toronto, ON – The Canadian Hockey League today announced that 2016 NHL Draft prospect Matthew Tkachuk of the London Knights is the CHL Player of the Week for the playoff week ending April 3 after recording 12 points in four games including eight goals and four assists with a plus-minus rating of plus-8.
Tkachuk led the Knights’ offense last week contributing to wins in three of their four games advancing to the OHL’s Western Conference Semi-Finals with a six-game series win over the Owen Sound Attack. With the series tied 1-1, Tkachuk elevated his game to new levels on the road scoring twice in Game 3 last Monday night earning second star honours in the 5-1 win, then had a five-point performance in Game 4 on Wednesday scoring four goals and one assist as first star of the 8-5 win. He tallied just one assist in the Knights’ 4-3 overtime loss in Game 5 on Friday before finishing the series with another first star effort on the road in Sunday’s Game 6 scoring two goals and two assists in the 5-2 triumph.
An 18-year-old from St. Louis, Missouri, Tkachuk is playing in his first career OHL season with the Knights. The top ranked North American skater for the 2016 NHL Draft finished seventh in league scoring during the regular season and joined teammates Christian Dvorak and Mitch Marner in the league’s century club finishing the campaign with 107 points including 30 goals and 77 assists in 57 games.
Also considered for the award this week was Adam Brooks who scored two goals and seven assists for nine points in three games leading the Regina Pats to a 4-1 first round WHL Eastern Conference series victory over the Lethbridge Hurricanes. In the QMJHL, Gabryel Paquin-Boudreau scored five goals and two assists for seven points in two games for the Gatineau Olympiques who eliminated the Quebec Remparts 4-0.
2015-16 CHL Post-Season Players of the Week:
Mar. 28 – Apr. 3: Matthew Tkachuk (London Knights)
Mar. 21 – Mar. 27: Timo Meier (Rouyn-Noranda Huskies)
2015-16 CHL Regular Season Players of the Week:
Mar. 14 – Mar. 20: Tyler Soy (Victoria Royals)
Mar. 7 – Mar. 13: Andrew Mangiapane (Barrie Colts)
Feb. 29 – Mar. 6: Jayce Hawryluk (Brandon Wheat Kings)
Feb. 22 – Feb. 28: Tyler Wong (Lethbridge Hurricanes)
Feb. 15 – Feb. 21: Adam Brooks (Regina Pats)
Feb. 8 – Feb. 14: Kevin Labanc (Barrie Colts)
Feb. 1 – Feb. 7: Ivan Provorov (Brandon Wheat Kings)
Jan. 25 – Jan. 31: Frédéric Allard (Chicoutimi Sagueneens)
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)