Battalion’s Justin Brazeau named CHL Player of the Week
Toronto, ON – The Canadian Hockey League today announced that OHL top scorer Justin Brazeau of the North Bay Battalion is the CHL Player of the Week for the regular season week ending December 16 scoring eight goals and two assists for 10 points in three games with a plus-minus rating of plus-7.
Brazeau wins the award for the second time this season powered by a trio of multi-goal performances that helped the Battalion finish the first half with three-straight wins. On Thursday night he scored twice with one assist and earned first star honours in an 8-5 victory on home ice over the Kitchener Rangers. He did the same three-point damage on Saturday while visiting the Barrie Colts where his first goal held as the game-winner and his second the insurance marker receiving second star accolades in the 4-1 triumph. Brazeau brought his best effort right before the holiday break in a rematch against the Colts scoring a career-high four goals including the Teddy Bear Toss tally at home receiving first star honours in the 5-4 decision. The Troops will be fighting for playoff positioning in the second half carrying a 14-18-1-1 record in the competitive OHL Eastern Conference standings.
A 20-year-old from New Liskeard, Ont., Brazeau is playing in his fourth career season with the Battalion who chose him in the 13th round of the 2014 OHL Priority Selection. Through 34 games he’s scored 34 goals along with 29 assists for an OHL-best 63 points. During Sunday’s game he eclipsed the century mark for career goals and now has 101 with 87 assists for 188 points in 234 games.
Also considered for the award this week was Nicolas Guay of the Drummondville Voltigeurs who scored six goals and two assists for eight points in three games, and Dante Hannoun of the Victoria Royals who scored three goals and six assists for nine points in four games.
2018-19 CHL Players of the Week – Regular Season:
Dec. 10 – Dec. 16: Justin Brazeau (North Bay Battalion)
Dec. 3 – Dec. 9: Ivan Chekhovich (Baie-Comeau Drakkar)
Nov. 26 – Dec. 2: Gregor MacLeod (Drummondville Voltigeurs)
Nov. 19 – Nov. 25: Brett Leason (Prince Albert Raiders)
Nov. 12 – Nov. 18: Peter Abbandonato (Rouyn-Noranda Huskies)
Nov. 5 – Nov. 11: Jason Robertson (Kingston Frontenacs)
Oct. 29 – Nov. 4: Joachim Blichfeld (Portland Winterhawks)
Oct. 22 – Oct. 28: Ivan Chekhovich (Baie-Comeau Drakkar)
Oct. 15 – Oct. 21: Justin Brazeau (North Bay Battalion)
Oct. 8 – Oct. 14: Damien Giroux (Saginaw Spirit)
Oct. 1 – Oct. 7: Dawson Davidson (Saskatoon Blades)
Sept. 24 – Sept. 30: Luka Burzan (Brandon Wheat Kings)
Sept. 19 – Sept. 23: Kirby Dach (Saskatoon Blades)
Tigers’ Mads Sogaard named Vaughn CHL Goaltender of the Week
Toronto, ON – The Canadian Hockey League today announced that 2019 NHL Draft prospect Mads Sogaard of the Medicine Hat Tigers is the Vaughn CHL Goaltender of the Week for the regular season week ending December 16 carrying a 2-0-0-0 record for a goals-against-average of 1.50 and save percentage of .966.
Sogaard made an impressive 85 saves across his two victories last week helping the Tigers enter the holiday break with a winning 17-15-1-2 record in the competitive WHL Central Division standings. On Wednesday he made 36 saves and earned second star honours in a 4-2 triumph over the Kamloops Blazers, then kicked aside a career-high 49 shots on Friday earning first star praise in the 4-1 road victory against the first place Red Deer Rebels.
The recently turned 18-year-old from Aalborg, Denmark, was chosen 32nd overall in the 2018 CHL Import Draft. Sogaard finished the first half with a 10-4-1-2 record with one shutout along with a 2.39 goals-against-average and .931 save percentage which place him among the league’s leaders. Last week Sogaard was named as one of four goaltenders who will compete in the 2019 Sherwin-Williams CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game to be played on January 23 in Red Deer.
Also considered for the award was OHL rookie Andrew MacLean of the Owen Sound Attack who posted a 3-0-0-0 record including one shutout victory making a total of 102 saves for a goals-against-average of 1.67 and save percentage of .953. In the QMJHL, Chicago Blackhawks prospect Alexis Gravel of the Halifax Mooseheads went 2-0-0-1 with a shutout victory making 80 total saves for a goals-against-average of 1.30 and save percentage of .952.
2018-19 Vaughn CHL Goaltenders of the Week – Regular Season:
Dec. 10 – Dec. 16: Mads Sogaard (Medicine Hat Tigers)
Dec. 3 – Dec. 9: Dustin Wolf (Everett Silvertips)
Nov. 26 – Dec. 2: Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen (Sudbury Wolves)
Nov. 19 – Nov. 25: Kyle Jessiman (Baie-Comeau Drakkar)
Nov. 12 – Nov. 18: Ian Scott (Prince Albert Raiders)
Nov. 5 – Nov. 11: Michael DiPietro (Windsor Spitfires)
Oct. 29 – Nov. 4: Joseph Raaymakers (London Knights)
Oct. 22 – Oct. 28: Stephen Dhillon (Niagara IceDogs)
Oct. 15 – Oct. 21: Émile Samson (Blainville-Boisbriand Armada)
Oct. 8 – Oct. 14: Alexis Gravel (Halifax Mooseheads)
Oct. 1 – Oct. 7: Trent Miner (Vancouver Giants)
Sept. 24 – Sept. 30: Luke Richardson (Kitchener Rangers)
Sept. 19 – Sept. 23: Hunter Jones (Peterborough Petes)