CHL Announces Weekly Award Winners

Abbandonato and Helvig earn national honours 

Huskies’ Peter Abbandonato named CHL Player of the Week 

Toronto, ON – The Canadian Hockey League today announced that forward Peter Abbandonato of the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies is the CHL Player of the Week for the week ending January 28 after recording seven points in two games including two goals and five assists with a plus-minus rating of plus-7. 

Abbandonato’s back-to-back multi-point performances helped the Huskies win two games improving their record to 29-12-5-3 which ranks tied for fourth overall in the QMJHL standings.  On Friday night he scored the game’s opening goal against the Victoriaville Tigres then assisted on Alex Beaucage’s game-winner leading to a 4-1 decision.  He scored the opening goal again on Sunday, his 15th of the season, then added four assists for a new career-high five points against the Val-d’Or Foreurs earning second star honours in the 10-1 win. 

A 19-year-old from Laval, Quebec, Abbandonato is playing in his third season with the Huskies who selected him in the second round of the 2014 QMJHL Entry Draft.  The 2017 CIBC Canada Russia Series captain for Team QMJHL now has 51 points in 49 games and is just four goals, one assist, and five points shy of new personal bests in all offensive categories. 

Also considered for the award this week was Edmonton Oilers prospect Kailer Yamamoto of the Spokane Chiefs who scored six goals and four assists for 10 points in four games, and Los Angeles Kings prospect Gabriel Vilardi of the Kingston Frontenacs who scored three goals and six assists for nine points in three games. 

2017-18 CHL Players of the Week:

Jan. 22 – Jan. 28: Peter Abbandonato (Rouyn-Noranda Huskies)
Jan. 15 – Jan. 21: Jordan Kyrou (Sarnia Sting)
Jan. 8 – Jan. 14: Taylor Raddysh (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds)
Jan. 1 – Jan. 7: Owen Tippett (Mississauga Steelheads)
Dec. 25 – Dec. 31: Ivan Kosorenkov (Victoriaville Tigres)
Dec. 11 – Dec. 17: Morgan Frost (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds)
Dec. 4 – Dec. 10: Stelio Mattheos (Brandon Wheat Kings)
Nov. 27 – Dec. 3: Alex Barr
é-Boulet (Blainville-Boisbriand Armada)
Nov. 20 – Nov. 26: Cody Glass (Portland Winterhawks)
Nov. 13 – Nov. 19: Cliff Pu (London Knights)
Nov. 6 – Nov. 12: Aleksi Heponiemi (Swift Current Broncos)
Oct. 30 – Nov. 5: Albert Michnac (Mississauga Steelheads)
Oct. 23 – Oct. 29: Aaron Luchuk (Windsor Spitfires)
Oct. 16 – Oct. 22: Drake Batherson (Cape Breton Screaming Eagles)
Oct. 9 – Oct. 15: Tyler Soy (Victoria Royals)
Oct. 2 – Oct. 8: Kale Clague (Brandon Wheat Kings)
Sept. 25 – Oct. 1: Tyler Steenbergen (Swift Current Broncos)
Sept. 21 – Sept. 24: Kole Lind (Kelowna Rockets)

Frontenacs’ Jeremy Helvig named Vaughn CHL Goaltender of the Week 

Toronto, ON – The Canadian Hockey League today announced that Carolina Hurricanes prospect Jeremy Helvig of the Kingston Frontenacs is the Vaughn CHL Goaltender of the Week for the week ending January 28 posting a 3-0-0-0 record including a shutout victory with a goals-against-average of 1.63 and save percentage of .942. 

Helvig turned aside 81 shots last week in a trio of victories for the Frontenacs who are climbing the OHL’s Eastern Conference standings and currently tied for third place with a 25-16-4-3 record.  He was named first star of Friday’s 4-1 win over the Oshawa Generals with 26 saves, then stopped 27 shots on Saturday in a 5-4 overtime win against the Ottawa 67’s.  His week wrapped up Sunday with a 28-save shutout performance earning first star honours in a 2-0 victory over the Peterborough Petes. 

A 20-year-old from Markham, Ont., Helvig is playing in his fourth season with the Frontenacs who chose him in the third round of the 2013 OHL Priority Selection.  So far this season he carries a record of 21-12-4-3 with two shutouts and is among the league leaders in goals-against-average and save percentage with marks of 2.58 and .920 respectively.  The fifth round pick of the Hurricanes in the 2016 NHL Draft is the Frontenacs’ all-time shutout leader with 10, a record his set with his ninth back in December. 

Also considered for the award this week was rookie Ethan Anders of the Red Deer Rebels who posted a 2-0-1-0 record stopping 119 shots for a goals-against-average of 1.62 and save percentage of .960, and St. Louis Blues prospect Evan Fitzpatrick of the Acadie-Bathurst Titan who went 2-0-0-0 with 40 saves for a goals-against-average of 2.00 and save percentage of .909.  

2017-18 Vaughn CHL Goaltenders of the Week:

Jan. 22 – Jan. 28: Jeremy Helvig (Kingston Frontenacs)
Jan. 15 – Jan. 21: Mario Culina (Kitchener Rangers)
Jan. 8 – Jan. 14: Stuart Skinner (Swift Current Broncos)
Jan. 1 – Jan. 7: Samuel Harvey (Rouyn-Noranda Huskies)
Dec. 25 – Dec. 31: James Porter (Kelowna Rockets)
Dec. 11 – Dec. 17: Tristan
Bérubé (Gatineau Olympiques)
Dec. 4 – Dec. 10: Carter Hart (Everett Silvertips)
Nov. 27 – Dec. 3: Carter Hart (Everett Silvertips)
Nov. 20 – Nov. 26: Carter Hart (Everett Silvertips)
Nov. 13 – Nov. 19: Anthony Morrone (Victoriaville Tigres)
Nov. 6 – Nov. 12: Justin Fazio (Sarnia Sting)
Oct. 30 – Nov. 5: Cole Kehler (Portland Winterhawks)
Oct. 23 – Oct. 29: Dustin Wolf (Everett Silvertips)
Oct. 16 – Oct. 22: Samuel Harvey (Rouyn-Noranada Huskies)
Oct. 9 – Oct. 15: Logan Flodell (Swift Current Broncos)
Oct. 2 – Oct. 8: Cole Kehler (Portland Winterhawks)
Sept. 25 – Oct. 1: Dereck Baribeau (Quebec Remparts)
Sept. 21 – Sept. 24: Michael DiPietro (Windsor Spitfires)


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