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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CHL Announces Weekly Award Winners

Oceanic’s Alexis Lafreniere named CHL Player of the Week

Toronto, ON – The Canadian Hockey League today announced that forward Alexis Lafreniere of the Rimouski Oceanic is the CHL Player of the Week for the regular season week ending February 10 with eight points in two games including five goals and three assists with a plus-minus rating of plus-6.

Lafreniere recorded consecutive four-point outings in a pair of games last week to help push the Oceanic’s win streak to 11 games and improve to a 36-14-3-0 record for second place in the QMJHL’s East Division.  His week began Wednesday with a hat-trick plus one assist and first star honours in a 5-4 victory over the Chicoutimi Sagueneens.  The 2020 NHL Draft hopeful then followed up that performance two nights later with two goals and two assists in a 4-0 win against the Shawinigan Cataractes en route to another first star recognition at the outdoor Winter Classic.  This marks the first time this season in which Lafreniere has been named the CHL Player of the Week, and the first member from the Oceanic to do so this year.

A 17-year-old from St-Eustache, Que., Lafreniere is starring in his second career season.  The first-overall selection in the 2017 QMJHL Entry Draft, Lafreniere leads the Oceanic in scoring with 32 goals and 55 assists for 87 points in 47 games.  He finished last season with 80 points in 60 appearances and was named CHL Rookie of the Year.

Also considered for the award this week was 2019 NHL Draft prospect Arthur Kaliyev of the Hamilton Bulldogs with eight points in three games, including four goals and four assists, and Montreal Canadiens prospect Cole Fonstad of the Prince Albert Raiders after scoring five goals and three assists for eight points in three games.

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

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)

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 February 10 with a 3-0-0-0 record including one shutout with a goals-against average of 1.30 and save percentage of .960.

Sogaard claims the honour for the second time this season after turning aside 96 shots in three games last week to help the Tigers improve to 31-18-3-2 on the season.  Against the Kootenay ICE on Wednesday, Sogaard stopped 23 shots in an eventual 6-3 victory.  Two nights later, Sogaard received first star honours following his 41-save performance against the Everett Silvertips to earn his third shutout of the season in a 1-0 win.  He then wrapped up the week Sunday with 32 saves against the Portland Winterhawks en route to a 2-1 victory and back-to-back first star honours.

The 18-year-old Danish netminder is competing in his first season in the Western Hockey League after being selected 32nd overall by the Tigers in the 2018 CHL Import Draft.  In 27 games this season, the rookie has notched a 15-4-2 record alongside a .935 save percentage and 2.19 goals-against average.  Sogaard was listed third among North American goaltenders in NHL Central Scouting’s midterm rankings for the 2019 NHL Draft.

Also considered for the award this week was Tristan Cote-Cazenave of the Victoriaville Tigres who posted a 2-0-1-0 record, including back-to-back shutouts for a goals-against average of 1.33 and save percentage of .960.  In the OHL, Los Angeles Kings prospect Jacob Ingham of the Mississauga Steelheads went 3-0-0-0, stopping 86 shots for a goals-against average of 1.26 and save percentage of .956.

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

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

CHL Announces Weekly Award Winners

Mooseheads’ Samuel Asselin named CHL Player of the Week

Toronto, ON – The Canadian Hockey League today announced that forward Samuel Asselin of the Halifax Mooseheads is the CHL Player of the Week for the regular season week ending February 3 with 11 points in three games including six goals and five assists with a plus-minus rating of plus-12.

Asselin recorded two multi-goal efforts in a pair of games last week to help push the Mooseheads’ win streak to three games and improve to a 36-11-2-1 record atop the QMJHL’s Maritimes Division. His week began Thursday with a four-point showing, including two goals and two assists, and second star honours in a 7-5 win over the Victoriaville Tigres. The 2018 Memorial Cup champion then followed up that performance Saturday with a five-point night, including his second career hat-trick and two assists, in an 8-2 victory against the Sherbrooke Phoenix en route to first star recognition. He then closed out the week Sunday adding one goal and one assist in a 4-2 win over the Moncton Wildcats and was named the game’s third star. Asselin is the first member of the Mooseheads to be recognized as the CHL Player of the Week this season.

A 20-year-old from L’Assomption, Que., Asselin is playing in his fourth career season. The Mooseheads acquired Asselin from the Acadie-Bathurst Titan in a September trade. He’s tallied a league-leading 40 goals and 29 assists with Halifax this season. During last year’s playoff championship run, Asselin scored three goals and eight assists for 11 points in 20 games.

Also considered for the award this week was Dallas Stars prospect Riley Damiani of the Kitchener Rangers with nine points in three games, including four goals and five assists, and Minnesota Wild prospect Conor Dewar of the Everett Silvertips after scoring four goals and four assists for eight points in two games.

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

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)

Colts’ Jet Greaves named Vaughn CHL Goaltender of the Week

Toronto, ON – The Canadian Hockey League today announced that rookie Jet Greaves of the Barrie Colts is the Vaughn CHL Goaltender of the Week for the regular season week ending February 3 with a 1-0-0-1 record and a goals-against average of 1.45 and save percentage of .971.

Greaves claims the honour for the first time this season after stopping 100 shots in two games last week in back-to-back 50-save efforts to help the Colts improve to 21-25-2-1 on the season. Against the London Knights on Friday, Greaves turned aside 50 shots, including 21 saves in the opening frame, before being named second star of the eventual 3-2 shootout loss. The following night, Greaves received first star honours for his 50 saves in a 3-1 win over the Mississauga Steelheads.

A 17-year-old from Cambridge, Ont., Greaves was chosen by the Colts in the third round of the 2017 OHL Priority Selection. In his OHL rookie season, Greaves has notched a 5-6-1 record alongside a 2.81 goals-against average and a .924 save percentage in 16 games.

Also considered for the award this week was Tristan Cote-Cazenave of the Victoriaville Tigres who posted a 1-1-0-0 record, stopping a total of 71 shots for a goals-against average of 2.40 and save percentage of .934. In the WHL, Reece Klassen of the Spokane Chiefs went 1-0-0-1 with a shutout victory, stopping 34 shots in total for a goals-against average of 0.71 and save percentage of .971.

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

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)

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)

CHL Announces Weekly Award Winners

Greyhounds’ Morgan Frost named CHL Player of the Week

Toronto, ON – The Canadian Hockey League today announced that Philadelphia Flyers prospect Morgan Frost of the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds is the CHL Player of the Week for the regular season week ending January 20 after scoring seven goals and three assists for 10 points in three games with a plus-minus rating of plus-10.

Frost led the Greyhounds to three wins last week extending their winning-streak to six games extending their lead atop the OHL’s West Division standings where they carry a 30-10-4-1 record.  His weekend road trip began in North Bay on Thursday contributing an assist in a 5-1 win over the Battalion, and continued Saturday in Barrie with two goals and two assists earning second star honours in an 8-5 win over the Colts.  His week wrapped up Sunday with an impressive five-goal performance against the Wolves earning first star honours in the 7-4 victory.  The hat-trick alone set a new personal best for Frost who produced a pair of goals at even strength along with a shorthanded, power play, and empty-net marker in total to reach the 30-goal plateau for the second straight season.

A 19-year-old from Aurora, Ont., Frost is playing in his fourth season with the Greyhounds who chose him in the fourth round of the 2015 OHL Priority Selection.  He is currently third in OHL scoring with 75 points in just 38 games and leads the OHL with a 1.97 points-per-game average.  Frost represented Canada at the 2019 IIHF World Junior Championship and was a first round pick by the Flyers in the 2017 NHL Draft.

Also considered for the award this week was 2020 NHL Draft prospect Alexis Lafreniere of the Rimouski Oceanic who scored five goals and two assists for seven points in four games, and Pittsburgh Penguins prospect Justin Almeida of the Moose Jaw Warriors who scored three goals and five assists for eight points in four games.

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

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)

Voltigeurs’ Olivier Rodrigue named Vaughn CHL Goaltender of the Week

Toronto, ON – The Canadian Hockey League today announced that Edmonton Oilers prospect Olivier Rodrigue of the Drummondville Voltigeurs is the Vaughn CHL Goaltender of the Week for the regular season week ending January 20 posting a 2-0-0-0 record with a goals-against-average of 1.00 and save percentage of .963.

Rodrigue backstopped the Voltigeurs to a pair of victories last week that extended their winning-streak to five games improving their record to 35-9-1-0 where they remain in second place in the QMJHL’s overall standings.  He turned aside 52 shots in total beginning with a 15-save effort on Tuesday night as second star of a 7-1 win over the Victoriaville Tigres, then made 37 saves on Saturday as third star of a 6-1 road win over the Sherbrooke Phoenix.

An 18-year-old from Chicoutimi, QC, Rodrigue is playing in his third season with Drummondville after being the third overall pick by the Voltigeurs in the 2016 QMJHL Entry Draft.  He currently leads the league in wins carrying a personal record of 27-6-1-0 while his goals-against-average of 2.44 and save percentage of .902 are among the league’s leaders.  He was chosen by the Oilers in the second round of the 2018 NHL Draft.

Also considered for the award this week was Stephen Dhillon of the Niagara IceDogs who posted a 3-0-0-0 record with one shutout making 102 saves in total for a 1.67 goals-against-average with a .953 save percentage.  In the WHL, James Porter of the Kelowna Rockets finished the week with a 1-0-0-0 record including a shutout victory stopping all 44 shots faced in a pair of appearances for a perfect goals-against-average of 0.00 and save percentage of 1.000.

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

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)

CHL Announces Weekly Award Winners

Giants’ Bowen Byram named CHL Player of the Week

Toronto, ON – The Canadian Hockey League today announced that NHL Draft prospect Bowen Byram of the Vancouver Giants is the CHL Player of the Week for the regular season week ending January 13 recording six points in two games including three goals and three assists with a plus-minus rating of plus-6.

Byram becomes just the second defenceman to earn the award this season after setting a Giants record with a five-point performance on Saturday.  His two goals and three assists not only shattered his previous contest high of three points but earned him first star honours in the 7-4 win over the Kamloops Blazers and set a new franchise mark for single game points by a defenceman.  On Sunday Byram opened the scoring in a 3-2 win over the Victoria Royals extending the Giants winning-streak to three.  This keeps them perched firmly atop the WHL’s B.C Division standings with a 26-12-2-0 record and nine points ahead of the aforementioned Royals.

A 17-year-old from Cranbrook, B.C., Byram is playing in his second full season with the Giants.  He was chosen by the club with the third overall pick in the 2016 WHL Bantam Draft and is currently tied for fourth in league scoring among defencemen with 39 points in 40 games including 13 goals and 26 assists.  He is one of 11 CHL skaters to receive an ‘A’ rating in NHL Central Scouting’s ‘Players to Watch’ list released in November and will compete for Team Cherry in the 2019 Sherwin-Williams CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game on January 23 in Red Deer.

Also considered for the award this week was Philadelphia Flyers prospect Isaac Ratcliffe of the Guelph Storm scoring seven goals and three assists for 10 points in four games, and NHL Draft prospect Maxim Cajkovic of the Saint John Sea Dogs with three goals and four assists for seven points in three games.  Cajkovic will join Byram on Team Cherry in next week’s showcase.

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

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)

Screaming Eagles’ Kevin Mandolese named Vaughn CHL Goaltender of the Week

Toronto, ON – The Canadian Hockey League today announced that Ottawa Senators prospect Kevin Mandolese of the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles is the Vaughn CHL Goaltender of the Week for the regular season week ending January 13 posting a 2-0-0-0 record including one shutout with a goals-against-average of 0.50 and save percentage of .983.

Mandolese turned aside 58 shots last week allowing just one goal in two games between-the-pipes for the Screaming Eagles who extended their winning-streak to three and climbed into a fifth place tie in the QMJHL’s overall standings.  On Friday night his 37-save performance earned first star honours in a 3-0 shutout of the Halifax Mooseheads, and on Saturday his 21 saves were enough to beat the Shawinigan Cataractes by a 4-1 score.  Cape Breton now holds a 26-14-1-2 record for 55 points which is even with the Moncton Wildcats and behind Halifax by only six points.

An 18-year-old from Blainville, QC, Mandolese is playing in his third career season with the Screaming Eagles who chose him 13th overall in the 2016 QMJHL Entry Draft.  This season is already shaping up to be his best statistically with a personal record of 17-8-1-2 including two shutouts with a goals-against-average of 2.79 and save percentage of .897 which are all improvements over last year’s totals.  Mandolese was selected by the Senators in the sixth round of the 2018 NHL Draft.

Also considered for the award this week was Buffalo Sabres prospect Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen of the Sudbury Wolves who returned to action following a gold medal performance with Finland at the World Juniors to post a 2-0-0-0 record with a shutout victory making 45 saves for a goals-against-average of 1.50 and save percentage of .938.  In the WHL, NHL Draft prospect Taylor Gauthier of the Prince George Cougars went 3-1-0-0 with two shutout victories while stopping 97 shots for an overall goals-against-average of 1.26 and save percentage of .951.  Gauthier will suit up for Team Cherry at next week’s Sherwin-Williams CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game.

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

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)

CHL Announces Weekly Award Winners

OHL sweeps weekly honours with Kaliyev and Prosvetov

Bulldogs’ Arthur Kaliyev named CHL Player of the Week

Toronto, ON – The Canadian Hockey League today announced that NHL Draft prospect Arthur Kaliyev of the Hamilton Bulldogs is the CHL Player of the Week for the regular season week ending January 6 after scoring seven goals with four assists for 11 points in four games with a plus-minus rating of plus-2.

Kaliyev helped the defending OHL champion Bulldogs earn seven of a possible eight points by producing four multi-point performances.  He closed out the 2018 calendar with two goals on New Year’s Eve in a 4-3 shootout win over the Erie Otters, then contributed a goal and an assist on Wednesday starting 2019 with a 7-1 win over the Kingston Frontenacs.  The projected first round NHL pick earned first star honours on Saturday with two goals including the overtime winner plus an assist in a 4-3 victory against the Sarnia Sting, then matched a season-high on Sunday with four points including a pair of goals and assists in a 6-5 shootout loss to the Niagara IceDogs where he was awarded third star recognition.  The Bulldogs are battling to stay in the OHL’s Eastern Conference playoff picture sporting an 18-18-3-1 record which currently puts them in eighth.

Arthur Kaliyev of the Hamilton Bulldogs. Photo by Terry Wilson / OHL Images.
Arthur Kaliyev of the Hamilton Bulldogs. Photo by Terry Wilson / OHL Images.

A 17-year-old from Staten Island, New York, Kaliyev was chosen by the Bulldogs in the second round of the 2017 OHL Priority Selection.  The sophomore ranks fourth in OHL scoring with 31 goals and 32 assists for 63 points in 40 games.  His 31 goals equal an impressive rookie total produced over 68 games a year ago where he compiled 48 points.  Kaliyev is among the 40 CHL players invited to compete in the 2019 Sherwin-Williams CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game and one of 11 ‘A’ rated prospects by NHL Central Scouting.

Also considered for the award this week was San Jose Sharks prospect Ivan Chekhovich of the Baie-Comeau Drakkar with two goals and nine assists for 11 points in four games, and Noah Philp of the Seattle Thunderbirds with four goals and four assists for eight points in three games.

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

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)

Spirit’s Ivan Prosvetov named Vaughn CHL Goaltender of the Week

Toronto, ON – The Canadian Hockey League today announced that Arizona Coyotes prospect Ivan Prosvetov of the Saginaw Spirit is the Vaughan CHL Goaltender of the Week for the regular season week ending January 6 posting a 3-0-0-0 record including one shutout for a goals-against-average of 1.00 and save percentage of .969.

Prosvetov turned aside 93 shots last week helping the OHL’s Spirit stay hot with wins in 10 of their last 11 games including six straight victories to improve their West Division record to 24-11-2-2 just one point behind first place Sault Ste. Marie.  The highlight of his week was undoubtedly Sunday’s shutout performance with an incredible 54 saves to earn first star honours of the 2-0 decision over the Sudbury Wolves.  The 54 saves is the most recorded by an OHL goaltender in a shutout effort since Sudbury’s Alain Valiquette made 57 back in March, 2011.  Prosvetov’s week also included 21 saves in a 9-1 win over the Flint Firebirds on Wednesday, and 18 saves in a 5-2 win over the Kitchener Rangers on Saturday.

A 19-year-old from Moscow, Russia, Prosvetov joined the Spirit this season after being chosen 13th overall in the 2018 CHL Import Draft.  He’s compiled a 20-6-1-0 record with an OHL best three shutout victories and powered recently by eight straight wins.  The fourth round pick by the Coyotes in the 2018 NHL Draft also has an overall goals-against-average of 3.07 and save percentage of .902.

Also considered for the award this week was Matthew Welsh of the Charlottetown Islanders who stopped 98 shots across a trio of victories while carrying a goals-against-average of 1.33 and save percentage of .961.  In the WHL, NHL Draft prospect Nolan Maier of the Saskatoon Blades posted a 3-0-0-0 record making a total of 76 saves for a goals-against-average of 1.65 and save percentage of .938.

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

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)

CHL Announces Weekly Award Winners

Otters’ Kyle Maksimovich named CHL Player of the Week

Toronto, ON – The Canadian Hockey League today announced that Erie Otters captain Kyle Maksimovich is the CHL Player of the Week for the regular season week ending December 30 recording seven points in two games including four goals and three assists with a plus-minus rating of plus-3.

Maksimovich started the schedule’s second half with a pair of multi-point efforts while reaching a personal milestone and climbing the Otters record books during the club’s Michigan road trip.  His return from the holiday break featured a hat-trick performance plus an assist as first star of Friday’s 9-2 win over the Flint Firebirds, then a goal and two assists as third star of Saturday’s 6-4 loss to the Saginaw Spirit.  Maksimovich continued his strong play into the New Year with a pair of assists in Monday’s 4-3 shootout loss to the Hamilton Bulldogs to close 2018.  Over the weekend he became just the ninth player in Otters history to reach the century mark for career goals while moving into fifth on the club’s all-time points list.  The Otters are currently battling for a spot in the OHL’s Western Conference playoffs where they sit in ninth place with a 14-20-1-1 record trailing the Windsor Spitfires by three points.

A 20-year-old from Hamilton, Ont., Maksimovich is playing in his fifth career season with the Otters after being chosen in the third round of the 2014 OHL Priority Selection.  He’s currently ninth in league scoring with 51 points in 36 games tallying 20 goals and 31 assists.  The 2017 OHL champion has played in 289 career games for Erie scoring 100 goals and 176 assists for 276 points.

Also considered for the award this week was San Jose Sharks prospect Noah Gregor of the Prince Albert Raiders with five goals and two assists for seven points in three games, and defenceman Yann-Felix Lapointe of the Sherbrooke Phoenix who scored twice with two assists for four points in two games.

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

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)

67’s’ Cedrick Andree named Vaughn CHL Goaltender of the Week

Toronto, ON – The Canadian Hockey League today announced that Cedrick Andree of the Ottawa 67’s is the Vaughn CHL Goaltender of the Week for the regular season week ending December 30 posting a 2-0-0-0 record with a goals-against-average of 1.50 and save percentage of .951.

Andree started the schedule’s second half with 58 saves in two victories for the OHL’s Eastern Conference leading 67’s against their toughest competition in the standings.  His return from the holiday break featured a 30-save performance as first star of Friday’s 4-1 win against the second place Niagara IceDogs, then 28 saves during Sunday’s 5-2 win over the third place Oshawa Generals.  The 67’s currently hold a 27-7-3-1 record for 58 points and despite a New Year’s Eve loss to Niagara on Monday, still lead the IceDogs by nine points.

An 18-year-old from Orleans, Ont., Andree is playing in his second season for his hometown team after being chosen in the 12th round of the 2016 OHL Priority Selection.  He currently leads the OHL in wins carrying an overall record of 23-4-1-1 while his goals-against-average of 2.56 and save percentage of .909 are among the league’s leaders.

Also considered for the award this week was Ottawa Senators prospect Kevin Mandolese of the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles who posted a 1-0-0-1 record stopping 60 shots for a goals-against-average of 2.31 and save percentage of .923.  In the WHL, Dean McNabb of the Regina Pats who his only start against the top ranked Prince Albert Raiders stopping 43 shots in the 2-1 road victory for a goals-against-average of 1.00 and save percentage of .977.

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

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)

CHL Announces Weekly Award Winners

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)

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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