CHL Announces Weekly Award Winners

Halbgewachs and Montpetit earn CHL honours 

Warriors’ Jayden Halbgewachs named CHL Player of the Week 

Toronto, ON – The Canadian Hockey League today announced that San Jose Sharks prospect Jayden Halbgewachs of the Moose Jaw Warriors is the CHL Player of the Week for the week ending March 11 after recording 12 points in four games including seven goals and five assists with a plus-minus rating of plus-2. 

Halbgewachs extended his point-streak to 17 while taking over top position in CHL scoring and helping the Warriors win three games to increase their lead atop the WHL standings heading into the final week of regular season action.  He began his week on Wednesday with authority delivering a five-point performance, his fifth of the season, which included his third hat-trick plus two assists as first star of a 6-2 win over the Lethbridge Hurricanes.  On Friday he scored twice with one assist as third star of a 6-4 loss to the Prince Albert Raiders, then scored a power play marker on Saturday in a 4-2 triumph over the Swift Current Broncos in a battle of the league’s top two teams.  His week wrapped up Sunday with a goal and two assists in a 5-3 win over the Brandon Wheat Kings.  The Warriors carry a record of 51-15-1-2 for 105 points with three games remaining and hold a five point lead over the second place Broncos. 

A 20-year-old from Emerald Park, Sask., Halbgewachs is playing in his fourth full season with the Warriors and currently has 125 points powered by a league-high 68 goals along with 57 assists in 69 games played.  Originally a first round pick by the Kamloops Blazers in the 2012 WHL Bantam Draft, Halbgewachs has produced 276 points in 273 career games and with two more goals this season would be the first WHL player to score 70 since Pavel Brendl accomplished the feat in 1998-99 with the Calgary Hitmen.  Halbgewachs signed a free agent NHL entry-level contract with the Sharks in December. 

Also considered for the award this week was Minnesota Wild prospect Dmitry Sokolov of the Barrie Colts who scored five goals and four assists for nine points in three games, and QMJHL rookie Samuel Poulin of the Sherbrooke Phoenix who scored three goals and five assists for eight points in three games. 

2017-18 CHL Players of the Week:

Mar. 5 – Mar. 11: Jayden Halbgewachs (Moose Jaw Warriors)
Feb. 26 – Mar. 4: Maxime Comtois (Victoriaville Tigres)
Feb. 19 – Feb. 25: Jordan Kyrou (Sarnia Sting)
Feb. 12 – Feb. 18: Aaron Luchuk (Barrie Colts)
Feb. 5 – Feb. 11: Maxime Comtois (Victoriaville Tigres)
Jan. 29 – Feb. 4: Ty Ronning (Vancouver Giants)
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)

Tigres’ Etienne Montpetit named Vaughn CHL Goaltender of the Week 

Toronto, ON – The Canadian Hockey League today announced that Etienne Montpetit of the Victoriaville Tigres is the Vaughn CHL Goaltender of the Week for the week ending March 11 after posting a 2-0-0-0 record with a goals-against-average of 1.00 and save percentage of .951. 

Montpetit turned aside 39 shots last week helping the Tigres extend their win-streak to eight while reaching a personal milestone of 100 career victories heading into the final week of regular season play.  On Friday night he made 23 saves in a 9-1 win over the Shawinigan Cataractes, then earned first star honours on Sunday with 16 saves in a 7-1 win over the first place Blainville-Boisbriand Armada becoming just the 13th QMJHL netminder to reach the century mark in wins.  The Tigres have now climbed up to sixth place in the QMJHL’s overall standings with a 39-20-4-2 record. 

A 20-year-old from Sallaberry-de-Valleyfield, Que., Montpetit is playing in his fourth QMJHL season and first with the Tigres since joining the club in January.  He played the first three and half years of his career with the Val-d’Or Foreurs who chose him in the eighth round of the 2013 QMJHL Entry Draft where he accumulated 89 of his 100 wins.  Overall this season the overager carries a 23-16-1-1 record including three shutouts with a goals-against-average of 2.60 and save percentage of .925 which ranks second overall. 

Also considered for the award this week was Los Angeles Kings prospect Cole Kehler, a two-time recipient, who posted a 3-0-0-0 record including a shutout victory stopping 66 shots for a goals-against-average of 1.23 and save percentage of .947.  In the OHL, Boston Bruins prospect Kyle Keyser of the Oshawa Generals went 2-0-0-0 making 63 saves for a goals-against-average 2.50 and save percentage of .926. 

2017-18 Vaughn CHL Goaltenders of the Week:

Mar. 5 – Mar. 11: Etienne Montpetit (Victoriaville Tigres)
Feb. 26 – Mar. 4: Shane Farkas (Portland Winterhawks)
Feb. 19 – Feb. 25: Emanuel Vella (Mississauga Steelheads)
Feb. 12 – Feb. 18: Riley Lamb (Red Deer Rebels)
Feb. 5 – Feb. 11: Brody Willms (Moose Jaw Warriors)
Jan. 29 – Feb. 4: Zachary Bouthillier (Chicoutimi Sagueneens)
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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