CHL Announces Weekly Award Winners

Vilardi and Hart star in first round action 

Frontenacs’ Gabriel Vilardi named CHL Player of the Week 

Toronto, ON – The Canadian Hockey League today announced that Los Angeles Kings prospect Gabriel Vilardi of the Kingston Frontenacs is the CHL Player of the Week for the playoff week ending April 1 after recording 10 points in three games scoring five goals and five assists with a plus-minus rating of plus-4. 

Vilardi’s trio of multi-point performances helped the Frontenacs win the final three games of their first round playoff series against the North Bay Battalion to advance to the OHL Eastern Conference Semi-Finals for the second straight year.  Vilardi scored the series clinching goal in triple overtime of Game 5 on Saturday ending the third longest game in OHL playoff history at 114:05.  The goal was part of a four-point effort that also included the game’s first goal on the power play earning him first star honours in the 6-5 triumph.  His week also included two goals and one assist as second star of a 4-1 win in Game 3 on Tuesday, then one goal and two assists as third star of a 6-3 victory in Game 4 on Thursday.  The Frontenacs will now face the Barrie Colts in second round action beginning Wednesday. 

An 18-year-old from Kingston, Ont., Vilardi is playing in his third OHL season and first with his hometown Frontenacs after being acquired from the Mastercard Memorial Cup champion Windsor Spitfires in January.  The second overall pick in the 2015 OHL Priority Selection and 11th overall pick in the 2017 NHL Draft is currently second in OHL playoff scoring with 12 points through five games after producing at an impressive 1.81 points-per-game rate during the regular season with 22 goals and 36 assists for 58 points in just 32 games after returning from injury. 

Also considered for the award this week was Arizona Coyotes prospect Brayden Burke of the Moose Jaw Warriors who scored five goals and five assists for 10 points in four games against the Prince Albert Raiders, and Peter Abbandonato of the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies who scored four goals and five assists for nine points in four games against the Sherbrooke Phoenix. 

2017-18 CHL Players of the Week – Playoffs:
Mar. 26 – Apr. 1: Gabriel Vilardi (Kingston Frontenacs)
Mar. 19 – Mar. 25: Brad Morrison (Lethbridge Hurricanes)

2017-18 CHL Players of the Week – Regular Season:

Mar. 12 – Mar. 18: Dillon Dube (Kelowna Rockets)
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)
 

Silvertips’ Carter Hart named Vaughn CHL Goaltender of the Week 

Toronto, ON – The Canadian Hockey League today announced that Philadelphia Flyers prospect Carter Hart of the Everett Silvertips is the Vaughn CHL Goaltender of the Week for the playoff week ending April 1 after posting a 3-0 record including one shutout with a goals-against-average of 1.33 and save percentage of .960. 

Hart made 97 saves last week backstopping the Silvertips to three-straight wins and a first round series victory over the defending champion Seattle Thunderbirds.  With the series tied 1-1, the three-time regular season award winner turned aside 33 shots in Tuesday’s Game 3 earning first star honours in the 3-1 win.  In Game 4 on Friday he made 28 saves in the 7-3 win, then closed out the series in style with a 36-save performance in Saturday’s Game 5 finale earning first star honours in the 4-0 decision.  The U.S. Division champion Silvertips will now face the winner between the Portland Winterhawks and Spokane Chiefs in second round action. 

A 19-year-old from Sherwood Park, Alta., Hart is playing in his fourth full WHL season with Everett after being chosen by the club in the eighth round of the 2013 Bantam Draft.  Recently named 2017-18 WHL Western Conference Player of the Year, Goaltender of the Year, and First Team All-Star, Hart carries a 1.97 goals-against-average and .938 save percentage through five playoff games after maintaining marks of 1.60 and .947 during 41 regular season appearances.  He was chosen in the second round of the 2016 NHL Draft by the Flyers. 

Also considered for the award this week was Carolina Hurricanes prospect Jeremy Helvig who went 3-0 for the Kingston Frontenacs who eliminated the North Bay Battalion in five games making 105 saves for a goals-against-average of 2.32 and save percentage of .921.  In the QMJHL, Samuel Harvey of the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies posted a 2-1-1 record including one shutout making a total of 139 saves for a goals-against-average of 2.00 and save percentage of .946 in first round action against the Sherbrooke Phoenix. 

2017-18 Vaughn CHL Goaltenders of the Week – Playoffs:
Mar. 26 – Apr. 1: Carter Hart (Everett Silvertips)
Mar. 19 – Mar. 25: Stuart Skinner (Swift Current Broncos)

2017-18 Vaughn CHL Goaltenders of the Week – Regular Season:

Mar. 12 – Mar. 18: Patrick Dea (Tri-City Americans)
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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