CHL Announces Weekly Award Winners

Drakkar’s Ethan Crossman named CHL Player of the Week

Toronto, ON – The Canadian Hockey League today announced that forward Ethan Crossman of the Baie-Comeau Drakkar is the CHL Player of the Week for the regular season week ending January 27 with seven points in three games including five goals and two assists with a plus-minus rating of plus-4.

Crossman recorded a trio of multi-point performances last week leading the Drakkar to three road wins to extend their franchise-best winning-streak to 13 and lifting them into second place in the QMJHL’s overall standings with a 36-9-2-1 record.  His week began on Friday night scoring once with an assist earning first star honours in a 5-3 victory over the Saint John Sea Dogs.  On Saturday night the 2018 Memorial Cup champion returned to Acadie-Bathurst to face his former team and delivered triumphantly with his first career hat-trick and first star honours for the second straight night in the 8-0 win against the Titan.  Sunday brought another homecoming of sorts for Crossman in Moncton scoring a goal and an assist in the 4-3 win over the Wildcats who selected him back in the 2015 QMJHL Entry Draft.  This marks the third time the Drakkar have been recognized for the award this season as top scorer Ivan Chekhovich won twice during the first half.

A 19-year-old from Sackville, NB, Crossman is playing in his fourth career season and has played in just 14 games with the Drakkar since being acquired from the Titan in December.  So far he’s produced 13 points in 14 games with his new club bringing his season total to 20 points in 32 games.  During last year’s championship playoff run Crossman scored 10 goals and contributed six assists for 16 points in 20 games.

Also considered for the award this week was Columbus Blue Jackets prospect Liam Foudy of the London Knights with eight points in three games including four goals and four assists, and Pittsburgh Penguins prospect Justin Almeida of the Moose Jaw Warriors who was nominated for the second straight week scoring four goals and three assists for seven points in three games.

2018-19 CHL Players of the Week – Regular Season:

Jan. 21 – Jan. 27: Ethan Crossman (Baie-Comeau Drakkar)
Jan. 14 – Jan. 20: Morgan Frost (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds)
Jan. 7 – Jan. 13: Bowen Byram (Vancouver Giants)
Dec. 31 – Jan. 6: Arthur Kaliyev (Hamilton Bulldogs)
Dec. 24 – Dec. 30: Kyle Maksimovich (Erie Otters)
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)

Silvertips’ Dustin Wolf named Vaughn CHL Goaltender of the Week

Toronto, ON – The Canadian Hockey League today announced that NHL Draft prospect Dustin Wolf of the Everett Silvertips is the Vaughn CHL Goaltender of the Week for the regular season week ending January 27 with a 2-0-0-0 record including a shutout victory for a goals-against-average of 0.50 and save percentage of .984.

Wolf becomes the league’s first two-time award recipient of the season after turning aside 61 shots last week for the Silvertips who maintain their first place status in the WHL’s U.S. Division with a 35-12-1-1 record.  Wolf recorded his league-leading fifth shutout of the season on Friday night with a 36-save performance that earned him first star honours in the 2-0 win over the Tri-City Americans.  On Saturday night he stopped 25 shots as part of a 9-1 win over the Lethbridge Hurricanes.

An 18-year-old from Tustin, California, Wolf was chosen by the Silvertips in the fifth round of the 2016 WHL Bantam Draft.  He currently leads the entire CHL with 31 wins carrying a personal record of 31-11-1-0.  His goals-against-average of 1.82 and save percentage of .930 are both among the WHL leaders.  Wolf was recently listed 17th among North American goaltenders in NHL Central Scouting’s Midterm Rankings for the 2019 NHL Draft.

Also considered for the award this week was Alexis Shank of the Chicoutimi Sagueneens who posted a 2-0-0-0 record including one shutout victory stopping a total of 47 shots for a goals-against-average of 0.50 and save percentage of .979.  In the OHL, Cedrick Andree of the Ottawa 67’s also went 2-0-0-0 with a shutout victory stopping 71 shots in total for a goals-against-average of 1.50 and save percentage of .959.

2018-19 Vaughn CHL Goaltenders of the Week – Regular Season:

Jan. 21 – Jan. 27: Dustin Wolf (Everett Silvertips)
Jan. 14 – Jan. 20: Olivier Rodrigue (Drummondville Voltigeurs)
Jan. 7 – Jan. 13: Kevin Mandolese (Cape Breton Screaming Eagles)
Dec. 31 – Jan. 6: Ivan Prosvetov (Saginaw Spirit)
Dec. 24 – Dec. 30: Cedrick Andree (Ottawa 67’s)
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)

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