CHL Announces Weekly Award Winners

Voltigeurs’ Maxime Comtois named CHL Player of the Week

Toronto, ON – The Canadian Hockey League today announced that Anaheim Ducks prospect Maxime Comtois of the Drummondville Voltigeurs is the CHL Player of the Week for the regular season week ending February 17 with 16 points in four games including nine goals and seven assists with a plus-minus rating of plus-13.

Comtois recorded consecutive multi-point efforts in four-straight games last week to help push the Voltigeurs’ win streak to eight games and improve to a 44-10-2-0 record for top spot in the QMJHL’s Central Division. His week began Wednesday with a hat-trick plus one assist and first star honours in an 8-1 defeat of the Sherbrooke Phoenix. The National Junior Team captain then followed up that performance two nights later with three points, including two goals and one assist, in a 4-1 win against the Victoriaville Tigers en route to another first star recognition. On Saturday, Comtois then notched his second hat-trick of the week and added two assists to match a season-high five-point night in a 7-2 victory over the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles. Comtois then wrapped the weekend with a goal and three assists in Sunday’s 6-4 defeat of the Shawinigan Cataractes.

A 20-year-old from Longueuil, Que., Comtois is starring in his fourth season in the QMJHL, and first year with the Voltigeurs after spending the previous three campaigns with the Tigres. Comtois began the season with the Ducks then captained Canada at the 2019 IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship before returning to the Voltigeurs’ lineup full time. In 16 games with Drummondville this season, Comtois has tallied 18 goals and 14 assists for 32 points. He finished last season with 85 points in 54 appearances.

Also considered for the award this week was Carolina Hurricanes prospect Stelio Mattheos of the Brandon Wheat Kings with nine points in three games, including four goals and five assists, and Oshawa Generals forward Nando Eggenberger, who picked up four goals and two assists for six points in three games.

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

Feb. 11 – Feb. 17: Maxime Comtois (Drummondville Voltigeurs)

Feb. 4 – Feb. 10: Alexis Lafreniere (Rimouski Oceanic)

Jan. 28 – Feb. 3: Samuel Asselin (Halifax Mooseheads)

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)

Winterhawks’ Joel Hofer named Vaughn CHL Goaltender of the Week

Toronto, ON – The Canadian Hockey League today announced that St. Louis Blues prospect Joel Hofer of the Portland Winterhawks is the Vaughn CHL Goaltender of the Week for the regular season week ending February 17 with a 2-0-0-0 record including one shutout victory with a goals-against average of 1.00 and save percentage of .967.

Hofer claims the honour for the first time this season after turning aside 59 shots in two games last week to help the Winterhawks improve to 36-16-3-3 on the season clinching a berth in the WHL’s Western Conference playoffs. Against the Red Deer Rebels on Saturday, Hofer stopped 25 shots in an eventual 2-0 victory en route to first star honours and his third shutout of the season. The following night, he came up with a 34-save performance against the Seattle Thunderbirds in a 5-2 win as he improved to 13-25-2-1 on the season.

The 18-year-old Winnipeg, Man., native is competing in his second season in the Western Hockey League. Acquired from the Swift Current Broncos in a January trade, Hofer has notched a .920 save percentage and 2.76 goals-against average in 11 games since the deal.

Also considered for the award this week was Jonathan Lemieux of the Val-d’Or Foreurs who posted a 2-0-0-0 record in two appearances making 60 saves overall for a goals-against average of 1.00 and save percentage of .969. In the OHL, Kai Edmonds of the Barrie Colts went 2-0-0-0, stopping 51 shots for a goals-against average of 1.50 and save percentage of .944.

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

Feb. 11 – Feb. 17: Joel Hofer (Portland Winterhawks)

Feb. 4 – Feb. 10: Mads Sogaard (Medicine Hat Tigers)

Jan. 28 – Feb. 3: Jet Greaves (Barrie Colts)

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: Emile 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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