CHL Announces Weekly Award Winners

Drakkar’s Ivan Chekhovich named CHL Player of the Week

 

Toronto, ON – The Canadian Hockey League today announced that San Jose Sharks prospect Ivan Chekhovich of the Baie-Comeau Drakkar is the CHL Player of the Week for the regular season week ending December 9 scoring six goals and three assists for nine points in three games with a plus-minus rating of plus-3.

Chekhovich becomes the league’s first two-time award recipient this season after producing a trio of multi-point performances to help the Drakkar climb back into a second place tie in the QMJHL’s overall standings.  On Tuesday night he scored twice with an assist and earned third star honours as part of an 8-3 win over the visiting Chicoutimi Sagueneens.  Chekhovich would finish the week with back-to-back first star performances in Friday and Saturday home wins over the Victoriaville Tigres.  His output in those contests included four points sparked by his fourth hat-trick of the season in a 7-1 victory, and two points including his league-leading 29th goal of the season.  The Drakkar now carry an overall record of 22-8-1-1 which puts them even with the Moncton Wildcats behind only the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies.

A 19-year-old from Yekaterinburg, Russia, Chekhovich is playing in his third QMJHL season with the Drakkar after being chosen third overall in the 2016 CHL Import Draft.  He’s currently tied for second in QMJHL scoring with 54 points in 32 games which is just six points shy of his career-high in 65 games last season.  The seventh round pick of the Sharks in the 2017 NHL Draft is one of three CHL players named to Russia’s Selection Camp roster for the 2019 IIHF World Junior Championship.

Also considered for the award this week was Brett Neumann of the Kingston Frontenacs who scored six goals and two assists for eight points in three games, and Vancouver Canucks prospect Jett Woo of the Moose Jaw Warriors with one goal and six assists for seven points in three games.

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

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 2019 NHL Draft prospect Dustin Wolf of the Everett Silvertips is the Vaughn CHL Goaltender of the Week for the regular season week ending December 9 posting a 3-0-0-0 record including one shutout for a goals-against-average of 1.00 and save percentage of .967.

Wolf turned aside 89 shots last week in a trio of victories for the Silvertips who extended their winning-streak to nine games strengthening their lead atop the WHL’s Western Conference standings.  On Wednesday he made 25 saves in a 4-2 victory over the Spokane Chiefs, then stopped a season-high 43 shots on Saturday in a 2-1 win over the Seattle Thunderbirds earning third star honours.  His week wrapped up Sunday with his third shutout of the season making 21 saves to blank the Chiefs by a 2-0 score while earning first star honours on home ice.  The Silvertips have won 10 of their last 11 games and currently hold a 25-7-1-0 record chasing their second straight U.S Division title.

A 17-year-old from Tustin, California, Wolf was chosen by Everett in the fifth round of the 2016 WHL Bantam Draft.  He’s currently tied for the league lead in wins with a personal record of 23-7-1-0 while his goals-against-average of 1.84 and save percentage of .928 are both third best in the WHL.  Wolf was recently listed as a ‘C’ prospect by NHL Central Scouting among November’s Players to Watch for the 2019 NHL Draft.

Also considered for the award was fellow 2019 NHL Draft prospect Colten Ellis of the Rimouski Oceanic who posted a 2-0-0-0 record making 61 saves for a goals-against-average of 2.00 and save percentage of .938.  In the OHL, rookie Andrew MacLean of the Owen Sound Attack won his only start of the week with 42 saves to stop the London Knights 15-game win-streak finishing the contest with a goals-against-average of 1.00 and save percentage of .977.

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

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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CHL Announces Weekly Award Winners

MacLeod and Luukkonen top weekly performers

Voltigeurs’ Gregor MacLeod named CHL Player of the Week

Toronto, ON – The Canadian Hockey League today announced that overage forward Gregor MacLeod of the Drummondville Voltigeurs is the CHL Player of the Week for the regular season week ending December 2 recording nine points in two games including four goals and five assists with a plus-minus rating of plus-6.

MacLeod produced a pair of multi-point performances last week helping the Voltigeurs remain one of the hottest teams in the country extending their winning-streak to six.  On Friday night he scored a career-high five points with one goal and four assists as first star of a 7-3 win over the Gatineau Olympiques, then scored a hat-trick plus an assist on Sunday afternoon as second star of a 10-3 win against the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada.  MacLeod now has points in seven-straight games while the Voltigeurs have climbed to third place in the QMJHL’s overall standings with a 20-6-1-1 record.

A 20-year-old from Dartmouth, NS, MacLeod is playing in his third QMJHL season and first with the Voltigeurs after beginning his career with the Charlottetown Islanders and finishing last season with the Quebec Remparts.  He’s currently tied for ninth in league scoring and second on his team with 38 points in 25 games which includes 17 goals and 21 assists.  He’s on pace to surpass his offensive production of a year ago where he scored 19 goals and 26 assists for 45 points in 54 games.

Also considered for the award this week was Vegas Golden Knights prospect Cody Glass of the Portland Winterhawks who scored twice with six assists for eight points in two games, and Dallas Stars prospect Jason Robertson of the Niagara IceDogs with three goals and seven assists for 10 points in three games.

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

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)

Wolves’ Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen named Vaughn CHL Goaltender of the Week

Toronto, ON – The Canadian Hockey League today announced that Buffalo Sabres prospect Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen of the Sudbury Wolves is the Vaughn CHL Goaltender of the Week for the regular season week ending December 2 posting a 2-0-0-0 record including a shutout victory for a goals-against-average of 1.00 and save percentage of .960.

Luukkonen turned aside 48 of the 50 shots he faced last week helping the Wolves extend their winning-streak to four games to keep pace atop a crowded OHL Central Division.  He made 20 saves on Friday night as part of a 3-2 win against the Peterborough Petes, then recorded his second shutout of the season on Sunday afternoon against the Mississauga Steelheads with a 28-save performance that earned him first star honours in the 7-0 victory.  The Wolves now carry a 17-8-1-1 record and are tied for first in the division with the Niagara IceDogs.

A 19-year-old from Espoo, Finland, Luukkonen was chosen third overall by the Wolves in the 2018 CHL Import Draft becoming the first goaltender selected in the process since 2013.  So far this season he carries a 15-5-1-1 record with a goals-against-average of 2.50 and save percentage of .922 which are both among the league’s leaders.  Luukkonen was a second round pick by the Sabres in the 2017 NHL Draft and was recently invited to Finland’s Selection Camp for the 2019 IIHF World Junior Championship.

Also considered for the award this week was QMJHL rookie William Grimard of the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles who also went 2-0-0-0 winning one game by shutout while stopping a total of 34 shots for a goals-against-average of 1.00 and save percentage of .944.  In the WHL, Vegas Golden Knights prospect Jiri Patera of the Brandon Wheat Kings posted a 2-0-0-0 record stopping 62 total shots for a goals-against-average of 1.50 and save percentage of .954.

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

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)

CHL Announces Weekly Award Winners / La LCH dévoile les gagnants de ses prix hebdomadaires

Leason and Jessiman earn national honours

Raiders’ Brett Leason named CHL Player of the Week

Toronto, ON – The Canadian Hockey League today announced that top scorer Brett Leason of the Prince Albert Raiders is the CHL Player of the Week for the regular season week ending November 25 scoring six goals and four assists for 10 points in three games with a plus-minus rating of plus-8.

Leason produced a trio of multi-point performances and earned first star honours in all three victories last week for the Raiders who extended their winning-streak to a franchise record 16 games.  On Tuesday he scored his first career hat-trick as part of a 5-1 win over the Lethbridge Hurricanes improving the Raiders undefeated home record to 13-0-0-0.  His week continued Friday with two goals including a shorthanded game-winner while adding two assists in a 7-3 road win against the Medicine Hat Tigers, then wrapped up Saturday with a goal and two assists in a 5-1 road victory against the Kootenay ICE.  The Raiders remain the CHL’s top ranked team with a 23-1-0-0 record.

A 19-year-old from Calgary, Alta., Leason is enjoying a breakout season atop the CHL scoring ranks with 54 points in 24 games powered by 25 goals and 29 assists.  He also carries a plus-40 rating which leads all CHL skaters.  These figures have already shattered his previous bests of 16 goals and 33 points collected across 66 games between the Raiders and Tri-City Americans last season.  Leason was originally chosen by the Americans in the third round of the 2014 WHL Bantam Draft and was recently recognized by NHL Central Scouting with a ‘C’ rating for the 2019 NHL Draft.

Also considered for the award this week was Detroit Red Wings prospect Joseph Veleno of the Drummondville Voltigeurs who scored five goals and five assists for 10 points in three games, and Philadelphia Flyers prospect Morgan Frost of the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds who scored twice with seven assists for nine points in three games.

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

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)

Drakkar’s Kyle Jessiman named Vaughn CHL Goaltender of the Week

Toronto, ON – The Canadian Hockey League today announced that Kyle Jessiman of the Baie-Comeau Drakkar is the Vaughn CHL Goaltender of the Week for the regular season week ending November 25 after posting a 2-0-0-0 record with a goals-against-average of 0.96 and save percentage of .972.

Jessiman stopped 69 shots last week in a pair of road wins that helped the Drakkar improve their record to 19-6-1-1 to stand tied for second place in the QMJHL’s overall standings.  His 33 saves on Saturday earned him second star honours and preserved a 2-1 victory against the Halifax Mooseheads.  Jessiman would earn second star honours again on Sunday in another 2-1 triumph, this time in a shootout, stopping 36 shots plus three shootout attempts to defeat the Charlottetown Islanders.

A 19-year-old from Châteauguay, QC, Jessiman is playing in his fourth season but first with the Drakkar after three campaigns with the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles who chose him in the second round of the 2015 QMJHL Entry Draft.  So far this season he carries an 11-4-0-0 record with a goals-against-average of 2.80 and save percentage of .908.

Also considered for the award this week were a pair of 2019 NHL Draft prospects including Hunter Jones of the Peterborough Petes who posted a 2-0-0-0 record including one shutout victory making a total of 68 saves for a goals-against-average of 1.00 and save percentage of .971, and Dustin Wolf of the Everett Silvertips who went 3-0-0-0 with a shutout victory stopping 73 shots for a goals-against-average of 1.33 and save percentage of .948.

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

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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La LCH dévoile les gagnants de ses prix hebdomadaires 

Les honneurs nationaux pour Leason et Jessiman
Brett Leason des Raiders est le joueur de la semaine dans la LCH 

Toronto (Ontario) – La Ligue canadienne de hockey a annoncé aujourd’hui que le meilleur marqueur de la Ligue de l’Ouest cette saison, Brett Leason des Raiders de Prince Albert est le Joueur de la semaine pour la semaine de saison régulière qui a pris fin le 25 novembre après avoir amassé six buts et quatre passes pour 10 points en trois matchs avec un différentiel de plus-8.

Leason a disputé trois matchs de plus d’un point et il a été élu la première étoile au terme de ces trois rencontres chez les Raiders, qui ont prolongé leur série de succès à 16 victoires consécutives, pour établir un record de club. Mardi, il a réussi son premier tour du chapeau en carrière dans un gain de 5-1 sur les Hurricanes de Lethbridge, portant la fiche invaincu des Raiders à domicile à 13-0-0-0. IL a poursuivi sur sa lancée vendredi avec un but gagnant en désavantage numérique en plus d’amasser deux passes dans un gain de 7-3 chez les Tigers à Medicine Hat, puis il a conclu samedi avec un but et deux passes dans un gain de 5-1 sur le ICE à Kootenay. Les Raiders demeurent la meilleure équipe de la LCH cette saison avec une fiche de 23-1-0-0.

Joueur de 19 ans originaire de Calgary en Alberta, Leason profite d’une saison de percée et il occupe le premier rang des marqueurs de la LCH avec 54 points en 24 rencontres grâces à une production de 25 buts et 29 passes. Il affiche aussi un différentiel de plus-40, en tête de tous les patineurs de la LCH. Ces statistiques lui permettent déjà d’améliorer ses marques personnelles de 16 buts et 33 points en 66 rencontres chez les Raiders et les Americans de Tri-City la saison dernière. Leason a été un choix de troisième ronde des Americans au Repêchage bantam de la Ligue de l’Ouest en 2014 et il a récemment reçu la Cote ‘C’ parmi les joueurs à surveiller pour le Repêchage de la LNH en 2019 par la Centrale de dépistage de la LNH.

Les autres joueurs pris en compte pour le titre hebdomadaire cette semaine étaient l’espoir des Red Wings de Detroit Joseph Veleno des Voltigeurs de Drummondville et l’espoir des Flyers de Philadelphie Morgan Frost des Greyhounds de Sault Ste. Marie. Veleno a marqué cinq buts et cinq passes pour 10 points en trois matchs, tandis que Frost a amassé deux buts et sept passes pour neuf points en trois rencontres.

Joueurs de la semaine dans la LCH – Saison régulière 2018-2019
19 au 25 novembre : Brett Leason (Raiders de Prince Albert)
12 au 18 novembre : Peter Abbandonato (Huskies de Rouyn-Noranda)
5 au 11 novembre : Jason Robertson (Frontenacs de Kingston)
29 octobre au 4 novembre : Joachim Blichfeld (Winterhawks de Portland)
22 au 28 octobre : Ivan Chekhovich (Drakkar de Baie-Comeau
15 au 21 octobre : Justin Brazeau (Battalion de North Bay)
8 au 14 octobre : Damien Giroux (Spirit de Saginaw)
1er au 7 octobre : Dawson Davidson (Blades de Saskatoon)
24 au 30 septembre : Luka Burzan (Wheat Kings de Brandon)
19 au 23 septembre : Kirby Dach (Blades de Saskatoon)

Kyle Jessiman du Drakkar est le gardien Vaughn de la semaine dans la LCH 

Toronto (Ontario) – La Ligue canadienne de hockey a annoncé aujourd’hui que Kyle Jessiman du Drakkar de Baie-Comeau est le gardien de la semaine Vaughn dans la LCH pour la semaine du calendrier régulier qui a pris fin le 25 novembre. Au cours de cette période, il a affiché un bilan de 2-0-0-0 avec une moyenne de buts alloués de 0,96 et un pourcentage d’arrêt de .972.

Jessiman a repoussé 69 tirs la semaine dernière dans une paire de victoires sur la route pour aider le Drakkar à porter sa fiche à 19-6-1-1, à égalité au deuxième rang du classement général de la LHJMQ. Ses 33 arrêts samedi lui ont valu la deuxième étoile et ont conduit à un gain de 2-1 sur les Mooseheads de Halifax. Jessiman a de nouveau été choisi la deuxième étoile dimanche dans une autre victoire de 2-1, cette fois en fusillade, au terme d’une prestation de 36 arrêts et de trois tirs de fusillade pour vaincre les Isladners de Charlottetown.

Joueur de 19 ans originaire Châteauguay au Québec, Jessiman dispute sa quatrième saison dans le circuit, mais sa première avec le Drakkar après trois campagnes chez les Screaming Eagles du Cap-Breton qui ont fait de lui un choix de deuxième ronde au Repêchage de la LHJMQ en 2015. Jusqu’à présent cette saison, il affiche un bilan de 11-4-0-0 avec une moyenne de buts alloués de 2,80 et un pourcentage d’arrêts de .908.

Les autres joueurs pris en compte pour le prix hebdomadaire cette semaine étaient deux espoirs de sélection de la LNH en 2019, soit Hunter Jones des Petes de Peterborough et Dustin Wolf des Silvertips d’Everett. Jones a affiché un bilan de 2-0-0-0 avec une victoire par jeu blanc, 68 arrêts, une moyenne de buts alloués de 1,00 et un pourcentage d’arrêt de .971, tandis que Wolf a présenté une fiche de 3-0-0-0 avec une victoire par jeu blanc, 73 arrêts, une moyenne de buts alloués de 1,33 et un pourcentage d’arrêt de .948.

Gardien de but de la semaine Vaughn dans la LCH – Saison régulière 2018-2019
19 au 25 novembre : Kyle Jessiman (Drakkar de Baie-Comeau)
12 au 18 novembre : Ian Scott (Raiders de Prince Albert)
5 au 11 novembre : Michael DiPietro (Spitfires de Windsor)
29 octobre au 4 novembre : Joseph Raaymakers (Knights de London)
22 au 28 octobre : Stephen Dhillon (IceDogs de Niagara)
15 au 21 octobre : Émile Samson (Armada de Blainville-Boisbriand)
8 au 14 octobre : Alexis Gravel (Mooseheads de Halifax)
1er au 7 octobre : Trent Miner (Giants de Vancouver)
24 au 30 septembre : Luke Richardson (Rangers de Kitchener)
19 au 23 septembre : Hunter Jones (Petes de Peterborough)

CHL Announces Weekly Award Winners

Toronto, ON – The Canadian Hockey League today announced that Dallas Stars prospect Jason Robertson of the Kingston Frontenacs is the CHL Player of the Week for the regular season week ending November 11 scoring nine points in three games with six goals and three assists.

Robertson continued scoring at a goal-per-game rate last week with two hat-trick performances including last Wednesday morning in a School Day road game against the Ottawa 67’s and Saturday night at home against the Oshawa Generals.  Both contests turned into four-point efforts with an assist added in each to give him second star recognition in the 6-4 loss to Ottawa and first star honours in the 5-1 win over Oshawa.  Robertson also chipped in an assist in Friday’s 2-1 loss to the Hamilton Bulldogs.

A 19-year-old from Northville, Michigan, Robertson is playing in his fourth season with the Frontenacs who made him a fourth round choice in the 2015 OHL Priority Selection.  This season he’s produced 22 goals and 11 assists for 33 points in 22 games which has him ranked seventh in OHL scoring contributing to almost 58% of the team’s total offense.  Robertson was a second round pick by the Stars in the 2017 NHL Draft.

Also considered for the award this week was Samuel Asselin of the Halifax Mooseheads who scored four goals and three assists for seven points in three games, and Riley Woods of the Spokane Chiefs who scored three goals and three assists for six points in two games.

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

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)

Spitfires’ Michael DiPietro named Vaughn CHL Goaltender of the Week

Toronto, ON – The Canadian Hockey League today announced that Vancouver Canucks prospect Michael DiPietro of the Windsor Spitfires is the Vaughn CHL Goaltender of the Week for the regular season week ending November 11 after posting a 2-0-0-0 record for a goals-against-average of 0.96 and save percentage of .969.

DiPietro began the week representing the CHL in the CIBC Canada Russia Series where he made 18 saves to backstop Team OHL to a 3-1 victory on Thursday night in Sarnia.  In league play he helped the Spitfires extend their winning-streak to four games stopping a total of 62 shots.  31 of those saves came on Saturday in a 2-1 shootout victory against the Guelph Storm where he also stopped six straight attempts to help secure the win.  His week wrapped up Sunday with 31 saves as part of a 7-1 win against the Saginaw Spirit.

A 19-year-old from Amherstburg, Ont., DiPietro is playing in his fourth OHL season after being chosen by his hometown club in the second round of the 2015 Priority Selection.  He helped the Spitfires capture the 2017 Memorial Cup on home ice and was named the 2018 OHL Goaltender of the Year.  This season he carries a 7-5-0-1 record and ranks second in OHL goals-against-average with a mark of 2.18 while his .926 save percentage is also among the league’s leaders.  DiPietro is the Spitfires all-time wins leader with 82 over his career and his 16 shutouts are tied for the OHL’s all-time mark.

Also considered for the award this week was Max Paddock of the Regina Pats who posted a 2-0-0-0 record including a shutout victory stopping 59 shots in total for a goals-against-average of 0.50 and save percentage of .983.  In the QMJHL, Fabian Iacobo of the Victoriaville Tigres also went 2-0-0-0 making 59 saves for a goals-against-average of 1.00 and save percentage of .967.

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

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)

CHL Announces Weekly Award Winners

Winterhawks’ Joachim Blichfeld named CHL Player of the Week

Toronto, ON – The Canadian Hockey League today announced that San Jose Sharks prospect Joachim Blichfeld of the Portland Winterhawks is the CHL Player of the Week for the regular season week ending November 4 after scoring four goals and five assists for nine points in three games with a plus-minus rating of plus-2.

Blichfeld produced a trio of multi-point performances over the weekend to move into third in WHL scoring helping the Winterhawks win all three games to move into second place in the WHL’s U.S Division where they hold a 10-6-0-1 record.  He recorded back-to-back two-point efforts earning third star honours in a pair of home wins against the Victoria Royals including Friday night with a goal and an assist in the 7-3 victory and Saturday scoring the game-winner plus an assist in the 2-1 triumph.  His week wrapped up Sunday with a five-point outing to match a season-high against the Spokane Chiefs scoring twice with three assists in the 8-6 win.

A 20-year-old from Frederikshavn, Denmark, Blichfeld is playing in his third WHL season since joining the Winterhawks in the second round of the 2016 CHL Import Draft.  So far this season he’s scored 14 goals and 21 assists for 35 points in 17 games.  He was selected by the Sharks in the seventh round of the 2016 NHL Draft.

Also considered for the award this week was Kevin Hancock of the Owen Sound Attack who scored four goals and five assists for nine points in three games, and Peter Abbandonato of the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies who scored once with six assists for seven points in three games.

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

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)

Knights’ Joseph Raaymakers named Vaughn CHL Goaltender of the Week

Toronto, ON – The Canadian Hockey League today announced that Joseph Raaymakers of the London Knights is the Vaughn CHL Goaltender of the Week for the regular season week ending November 4 posting a 2-0-0-0 record including a shutout victory with a goals-against-average of 1.02 and save percentage of .965.

Raaymakers turned aside 55 shots last week as the Knights stayed hot with wins in six of their last seven to move into a first place tie in the OHL’s Midwest Division standings with a 10-4-2-0 record.  The overage netminder made 25 saves on Friday as part of a 6-2 win over the Flint Firebirds, then earned his first shutout of the season on Sunday afternoon against the Kitchener Rangers with 30 saves as first star of the 3-0 victory.

A 20-year-old from Chatham, Ont., Raaymakers is playing in his fifth OHL season and second with the Knights after joining the league as a member of the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds where he was the club’s second round pick in the 2014 OHL Priority Selection.  This season he carries a 4-3-2-0 record with a goals-against-average of 2.67 and save percentage of .917.  His Sunday shutout brings his career total to seven.

Also considered for the award this week was Ethan Anders of the Red Deer Rebels who posted a 34-save shutout performance in his lone appearance of the week for a goals-against-average of 0.00 and save percentage of 1.000, and Mark Grametbauer of the Acadie-Bathurst Titan who went 1-1-0-0 stopping 87 shots for a goals-against-average of 2.03 and save percentage of .956.

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

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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Chekhovich and Dhillon earn national honours

Drakkar’s Ivan Chekhovich named CHL Player of the Week

Toronto, ON – The Canadian Hockey League today announced that San Jose Sharks prospect Ivan Chekhovich of the Baie-Comeau Drakkar is the CHL Player of the Week for the regular season week ending October 28 after scoring five goals and three assists for eight points in three games with a plus-minus rating of plus-3.

Chekhovich began the week in style delivering his second five-point performance of the 2018-19 season which included a hat-trick and two assists as first star of Wednesday’s 6-5 shootout victory over the Quebec Remparts.  On Friday night he contributed a first period goal as part of another shootout victory for the Drakkar, this time against the Chicoutimi Sagueneens by a 4-3 score to open the rivalry week home-and-home series.  The Drakkar also emerged victorious in Saturday’s rematch in Baie-Comeau by a 4-1 score with Chekhovich netting a goal and an assist while earning third star honours.  The three-game win-streak lifted the Drakkar back into first place in the QMJHL’s overall standings with a 12-3-0-1 record.

A 19-year-old from Yekaterinburg, Russia, Chekhovich is playing in his third QMJHL season with the Drakkar since joining the club as the third overall selection in the 2016 CHL Import Draft.  Through 16 games his 10 goals and 14 assists give him 24 points which ranks tied for fifth overall in the QMJHL.  The seventh round pick of the Sharks in 2017 is expected to compete in the 2018 CIBC Canada Russia Series representing his country against Team QMJHL November 13 in Sherbooke and November 15 in Drummondville.

Also considered for the award this week was last week’s recipient Justin Brazeau of the North Bay Battalion with four goals and four assists for eight points in three games, and Washington Capitals prospect Alexander Alexeyev of the Red Deer Rebels who scored three goals and five assists for eight points in four games.

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

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)

IceDogs’ Stephen Dhillon named Vaughn CHL Goaltender of the Week

Toronto, ON – The Canadian Hockey League today announced that Stephen Dhillon of the Niagara IceDogs is the Vaughn CHL Goaltender of the Week for the regular season week ending October 28 with a 3-0-0-0 record including a shutout victory with a goals-against-average of 0.97 and save percentage of .970.

Dhillon picked up his first shutout of the season last Wednesday with a 28-save performance that earned him first star honours in a 3-0 victory over the Peterborough Petes.  He helped extend the IceDogs winning-streak to four with a pair of road wins in Michigan including a 3-2 shootout triumph on Saturday over the Saginaw Spirit where he made 36 saves, then a 7-1 win over the Flint Firebirds on Sunday where he stopped 33 and was named the game’s third star.  Niagara has now climbed into first place in the OHL’s Central Division standings with a 9-4-2-0 record.

A 20-year-old from Buffalo, New York, Dhillon is now a five-year veteran of the IceDogs who chose him in the third round of the 2014 OHL Priority Selection.  He’s on pace for his best season to date with seven wins in 11 games while carrying a goals-against-average of 2.59 and a save percentage of .921.

Also considered for the award this week was Creed Jones of the Gatineau Olympiques who posted a 2-0-0-0 record stopping 64 shots for a goals-against-average of 1.00 and save percentage of .970.  In the WHL, 2019 NHL Draft prospect Dustin Wolf of the Everett Silvertips who posted a 3-1-0-0 record including a shutout victory stopping 93 shots for a goals-against-average of 1.01 and save percentage of .959.

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

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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Battalion’s Justin Brazeau named CHL Player of the Week

Toronto, ON – The Canadian Hockey League today announced that Justin Brazeau of the North Bay Battalion is the CHL Player of the Week for the regular season week ending October 21 after recording nine points in two games including four goals and five assists with a plus-minus rating of plus-3.

Brazeau produced a pair of multi-point performances highlighted by a Battalion record-tying output to take over the lead in the OHL’s scoring race.  He scored a goal and an assist on Thursday earning second star honours despite a 4-3 loss to the Mississauga Steelheads, then scored a hat-trick with four assists on Sunday as first star of an 8-3 win over the Kingston Frontenacs.  The hat-trick was his second of the season, scored entirely in the first period, while the seven points match the club’s all-time best set by Wojtek Wolski back in 2006.

A 20-year-old from New Liskeard, Ont., Brazeau is playing in his fourth season with the Battalion who chose him in the 13th round of the 2014 OHL Priority Selection.  His league-best 25 points in 12 games includes 12 goals and 13 assists bringing him a third of the way towards his career-high 75 points recorded in 68 games last season.  The overage forward was named team captain prior to the 2018-19 season after attending San Jose Sharks Training Camp as a Free Agent invite.

Also considered for the award this week was Mark Kastelic of the Calgary Hitmen who scored five goals and three assists for eight points in four games, and Daniel Hardie of the Charlottetown Islanders with three goals and three assists for six points in two games.

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

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)

Armada’s Émile Samson named Vaughn CHL Goaltender of the Week

Toronto, ON – The Canadian Hockey League today announced that Émile Samson of the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada is the Vaughn CHL Goaltender of the Week for the regular season week ending October 21 after posting a 2-0-0-0 record with one shutout for a goals-against-average of 0.50 and save percentage of .984.

Samson turned aside 61 shots last week for the Armada who climbed into seventh place in the QMJHL’s overall standings holding a 7-4-1-0 record.  He recorded his first shutout of the season on Friday night with a 32-save performance to blank the Val-d’Or Foreurs by a 4-0 score while earning third star honours.  On Saturday night he delivered a first star effort against the Quebec Remparts featuring 29 saves in a 4-1 triumph.

A 19-year-old from Lévis, Quebec, Samson is playing in his second QMJHL season with the Armada after joining the club as a Free Agent one year ago.  So far this season he carries a 6-2-1-0 record with the league’s second best goals-against-average and save percentage with marks of 1.86 and .939 respectively.  Last season as a rookie he won 17 of his 27 regular season appearances followed by another 13 playoff victories helping the Armada reach the President Cup Final.

Also considered for the award this week was Boston Bruins prospect Kyle Keyser of the Oshawa Generals who posted a 3-0-0-0 record making 88 saves for a goals-against-average of 1.33 and save percentage of .957, and rookie Trent Miner of the Vancouver Giants who went 1-0-1-0 stopping 59 shots for a goals-against-average of 1.48 and save percentage of .952.

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

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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Spirit’s Damien Giroux named CHL Player of the Week

Toronto, ON – The Canadian Hockey League today announced that Minnesota Wild prospect Damien Giroux of the Saginaw Spirit is the CHL Player of the Week for the regular season week ending October 14 after scoring four goals and three assists for seven points in two games with a plus-minus rating of plus-7.

Giroux contributed to seven of the Spirit’s eight goals last week helping extend their winning-streak to five games for a hold of first place in the OHL’s West Division standings with a 6-2-1-0 record.  His first of back-to-back multi-point performances featured a career-high five points and first hat-trick scored entirely in the third period to earn first star honours of a 6-2 win over the North Bay Battalion.  On Sunday the first year captain scored the game-winning goal for the second straight game and added one assist as second star of a 2-1 victory over the Kitchener Rangers.

An 18-year-old from Hanmer, Ont., Giroux is playing in his third season with the Spirit after being chosen by the club in the third round of the 2016 OHL Priority Selection.  So far this season he’s produced six goals and five assists for 11 points in nine games following a sophomore season of 19 goals and 24 assists for 43 points in 68 games.  Giroux was picked by the Wild in the fifth round of the 2018 NHL Draft in June.

Also considered for the award this week was forward Brett Leason of the Prince Albert Raiders who scored five goals and three assists for eight points in three games, and top 2020 NHL Draft prospect Alexis Lafreniere of the Rimouski Oceanic who scored twice with seven assists for nine points in four games.

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

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)

Mooseheads’ Alexis Gravel named Vaughn CHL Goaltender of the Week

Toronto, ON – The Canadian Hockey League today announced that Chicago Blackhawks prospect Alexis Gravel of the Halifax Mooseheads is the Vaughn CHL Goaltender of the Week for the regular season week ending October 14 after posting a 2-0-0-0 record including one shutout victory for a goals-against-average of 1.00 and save percentage of .970.

Gravel turned aside 65 shots last week for the Mooseheads who have now won three-straight games and rank second in the QMJHL’s overall standings with an 8-2-0-0 record.  On Thursday night his 35-save performance earned him third star honours in an 8-2 road win over the Charlottetown Islanders.  Then on Sunday his 30-save effort produced his second career shutout and first star honours blanking the Acadie-Bathurst Titan by a 5-0 score.

An 18-year-old from Asbestos, Que., Gravel is playing in his third season with the Mooseheads who chose him in the second round of the 2016 QMJHL Entry Draft.  So far this season he has six wins in eight starts for the 2019 Memorial Cup presented by Kia hosts maintaining a 2.51 goals-against-average and a .927 save percentage which improve upon his 2017-18 marks of 3.38 and .890 respectively in 39 appearances.  Gravel was a sixth round selection by the Blackhawks in the 2018 NHL Draft.

Also considered for the award this week was 2019 NHL Draft prospect Hunter Jones of the Peterborough Petes who posted a 4-0-0-0 record making 122 saves for a goals-against-average of 1.19 and save percentage of .968.  In the WHL, Toronto Maple Leafs prospect Ian Scott of the Prince Albert Raiders maintained a 3-0-0-0 record including one shutout victory while stopping a total of 77 shots for a goals-against-average of 1.00 and save percentage of .963.

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

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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Blades’ Dawson Davidson named CHL Player of the Week

Toronto, ON – The Canadian Hockey League today announced that Saskatoon Blades defenceman Dawson Davidson is the CHL Player of the Week for the regular season week ending October 7 with eight points in four games including one goal and seven assists along with a plus-minus rating of plus-6.

Davidson leads the CHL in scoring among defencemen following a week where a trio of multi-point performances helped spark three straight wins for the Blades lifting them into second place in the WHL’s Eastern Conference standings with a 6-2-0-0 record.  The three Blades wins came at the end of a four-game Alberta road trip that began last Tuesday night with a 5-4 loss to the Red Deer Rebels with Davidson tallying two assists.  The next night in Edmonton, Davidson matched a season-high with a goal and two assists earning third star honours in a 5-3 victory that handed the Oil Kings their first loss of the season.  His weekend included one assist as part of a 3-0 win over the Calgary Hitmen on Friday, then two assists as second star of a 3-2 shootout win over the Lethbridge Hurricanes on Saturday.  Davidson’s point total last week included four even strength marks and four on special teams including three with the man advantage.  He is the second member of the Blades to earn CHL Player of the Week honours in three weeks this season following forward Kirby Dach.

A 20-year-old from Moosomin, Sask., Davidson is playing in his fifth WHL season since joining the league as a third round pick of the Kamloops Blazers in the 2013 WHL Bantam Draft.  The majority of his career was spent in Kamloops playing 124 games for the Blazers before a trade led him to the Regina Pats where he finished the 2016-17 campaign and started 2017-18.  Since being acquired by the Blades last season his tenure has included 34 games where he amassed 28 points including two goals and 10 assists for 12 points in eight games this season.

Also considered for the award this week was fellow overage defenceman Gabriel Bilodeau of the Gatineau Olympiques who scored once with four assists for five points in a trio of victories.  In the OHL, Philadelphia Flyers prospect Isaac Ratcliffe of the Guelph Storm scored three goals and two assists for five points in a pair of wins.

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

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)

Giants’ Trent Miner named Vaughn CHL Goaltender of the Week

Toronto, ON – The Canadian Hockey League today announced that Vancouver Giants rookie Trent Miner is the Vaughn CHL Goaltender of the Week for the regular season week ending October 7 after posting a 2-0-0-0 record including a shutout victory with a goals-against-average of 1.00 and save percentage of .964.

Miner turned aside 54 shots across his first two starts of the 2018-19 WHL season helping the Giants extend their winning-streak to four games putting them in a first place tie atop the Western Conference standings with a 6-1-0-0 record.  On Wednesday night he earned his first career shutout with a 21-save performance and third star honours blanking the Kelowna Rockets by a 5-0 score on the road.  He followed that effort with 33 saves on Saturday night in Prince George including 14 stops in the third period alone to preserve a 3-2 victory over the Cougars.

A 17-year-old from Brandon, Man., Miner was chosen 20th overall by the Giants in the 2016 WHL Bantam Draft.  His two games this season follow his WHL debut of a year ago where he appeared in nine regular season games and carried a 3-4-0-0 record with a goals-against-average of 4.20 and save percentage of .885.  He also appeared in three playoff contests and earned a victory in Game 1 of the first round series against the Victoria Royals.  Miner is eligible for the 2019 NHL Draft.

Also considered for the award this week was Buffalo Sabres prospect Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen who made 99 saves for a goals-against-average of 1.66 and save percentage of .952 winning all three games of a Sudbury Wolves road trip.  In the QMJHL, Alexis Shank of the Chicoutimi Sagueneens went 1-0-0-1 with a shutout victory stopping 40 shots in total for a goals-against-average of 0.96 and save percentage of .952.

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

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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Burzan the best from Brandon, Richardson represents Rangers

Wheat Kings’ Luka Burzan named CHL Player of the Week

Toronto, ON – The Canadian Hockey League today announced that 2019 NHL Draft prospect Luka Burzan of the Brandon Wheat Kings is the CHL Player of the Week for the regular season week ending September 30 scoring five goals and one assist for six points in just one game played with a plus-minus rating of plus-3.

Burzan’s single game performance last week was one to remember leading the Wheat Kings to an 8-4 win over the Lethbridge Hurricanes on Saturday night.  The five goal output by the game’s first star shattered his previous career-high of two, while his six points doubled his previous high of three.  This marks the best single game performance in the CHL this season while Burzan equals former Wheat King Jayce Hawryluk who produced the same totals on March 2, 2016.

An 18-year-old from Surrey, BC, Burzan is playing in his third WHL season after being chosen sixth overall by the Moose Jaw Warriors in the 2015 WHL Bantam Draft.  He joined Brandon midway through the 2017-18 campaign and tallied 21 points in his final 30 games.  So far this season his eight points in three games are tied for third overall in league scoring.  He was recently listed as a ‘C’ rated prospect by NHL Central Scouting in their Preliminary edition of ‘Players to Watch’ for the 2019 NHL Draft.

Also considered for the award this week was San Jose Sharks prospect Ivan Chekhovich of the Baie-Comeau Drakkar who scored four goals and four assists for eight points in three games, and overage forward Lucas Chiodo of the Barrie Colts who scored three goals and four assists for seven points in two games.

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

Sept. 24 – Sept. 30: Luka Burzan (Brandon Wheat Kings)
Sept. 19 – Sept. 23: Kirby Dach (Saskatoon Blades)

Rangers’ Luke Richardson named Vaughn CHL Goaltender of the Week

Toronto, ON – The Canadian Hockey League today announced that Luke Richardson of the Kitchener Rangers is the Vaughn CHL Goaltender of the Week for the regular season week ending September 30 after posting a 2-0-0-0 record with a goals-against-average of 1.00 and save percentage of .970.

Richardson turned aside 64 shots last week in a pair of victories to keep the Rangers undefeated at 3-0-0-0 to start the 2018-19 season.  He earned back-to-back first star honours including Friday night following a 31-save performance and 5-1 victory over the Ottawa 67’s, then Saturday in Windsor after making 33 saves in a 4-1 triumph over the Spitfires.

A 19-year-old from Barrie, Ont., Richardson has now played parts of four seasons with the Rangers who chose him in the fourth round of the 2015 OHL Priority Selection.  He currently carries a league-best goals-against-average of 1.33 and save percentage of .956 after finishing last season with marks of 3.22 and .898 across 39 appearances.

Also considered for the award this week was Tristan Côté-Cazenave of the Victoriaville Tigres who posted a 2-0-0-1 record with 89 saves for a goals-against-average of 0.97 and save percentage of .967.  In the WHL, Ian Scott of the undefeated Prince Albert Raiders went 2-0-0-0 making 63 saves for a goals-against-average of 2.00 and save percentage of .940

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

Sept. 24 – Sept. 30: Luke Richardson (Kitchener Rangers)
Sept. 19 – Sept. 23: Hunter Jones (Peterborough Petes)