Knights’ Matthew Tkachuk named CHL Player of the Week

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 May 8 after scoring three goals and three assists for six points in two games with a plus-minus rating of plus-2.

Matthew Tkachuk of the London Knights. Photo by Aaron Bell/OHL Images
Matthew Tkachuk of the London Knights. Photo by Aaron Bell/OHL Images

Tkachuk earns national recognition for the second time this post-season after helping the Knights take a 2-0 lead in the Rogers OHL Championship Series against the Niagara IceDogs.  He picked up two assists as part of a 4-1 victory in Game 1 of the series last Thursday, then earned first star honours in Game 2 on Saturday with his third hat-trick of the playoffs plus an assist in the 6-1 win.  Tkachuk also scored a goal on Monday as the Knights took a 3-0 series lead following a 6-5 overtime triumph.  Game 4 of the series for the Robertson Cup takes place Wednesday night and will be broadcast live across the country on Sportsnet 360.

An 18-year-old from St. Louis, Missouri, Tkachuk is listed second among North American skaters for the 2016 NHL Draft in NHL Central Scouting’s final draft rankings.  The first year Knight is second in OHL playoff scoring with 40 points including 20 goals and 20 assists in 17 games played after finishing fifth during the 2015-16 regular season with 107 points in 57 games.

Also considered for the award this week was Tanner Kaspick of the Brandon Wheat Kings who scored the overtime winner in Game 1 of the WHL Championship Series against the Seattle Thunderbirds, and Anthony-John Greer of the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies who scored four goals in three games including two game-winners helping his club take a 3-0 series lead in the QMJHL Championship Series against the Shawinigan Cataractes.

 2015-16 CHL Post-Season Players of the Week:
May 2 – May 8: Matthew Tkachuk (London Knights)
Apr. 25 – May 1: Nolan Patrick (Brandon Wheat Kings)
Apr. 18 – Apr. 24: Scott Eansor (Seattle Thunderbirds)
Apr. 11 – Apr. 17: Thomas Chabot (Saint John Sea Dogs)
Apr. 4 – Apr. 10: Mitch Marner (London Knights)
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)

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