CHL Announces Weekly Award Winners

WHL’s Clague and Kehler earn CHL top honour

Wheat Kings’ Kale Clague named CHL Player of the Wee

Toronto, ON – The Canadian Hockey League today announced that Los Angeles Kings prospect Kale Clague of the Brandon Wheat Kings is the CHL Player of the Week for the week ending October 8 after recording eight points in three games including five goals and three assists with a plus-minus rating of plus-9.

Clague recorded a trio of multi-point performances for the Wheat Kings who won all three games of their weekend Alberta road trip.  Starting off in Edmonton Friday night, the defenceman netted his first career hat-trick which featured an even strength, power play, and shorthanded marker, earning first star honours in the 7-3 win over the Oil Kings.  Clague was named first star again Saturday night in Red Deer with two goals and one assist in a 5-2 win over the Rebels, and finished the weekend with two assists as part of a 5-3 win over the Calgary Hitmen on Sunday.

A 19-year-old from Lloydminster, Alta., Clague is playing his fourth season with the Wheat Kings who selected sixth overall in the 2013 WHL Bantam Draft.  The second round pick of the Kings in the 2016 NHL Draft has produced at a rate of 2.40 points-per-game since returning from his NHL Camp collecting 12 points through five contests.  Clague was a member of Canada’s National Junior Team at the 2017 IIHF World Junior Championship and in just 48 games of WHL action last season tallied five goals and 35 assists.

Also considered for the award this week was Vegas Golden Knights prospect Nick Suzuki of the Owen Sound Attack with three goals and four assists for seven points in two games, and Anthony Poulin of the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada who recorded seven points in three games with four goals and three assists.

2017-18 CHL Players of the Week:

Oct. 2 – Oct. 8: Kale Clague (Brandon Wheat Kings)

Sept. 25 – Oct. 1: Tyler Steenbergen (Swift Current Broncos)

Sept. 21 – Sept. 24: Kole Lind (Kelowna Rockets)

Winterhawks’ Cole Kehler named Vaughn CHL Goaltender of the Week

Toronto, ON – The Canadian Hockey League today announced that Cole Kehler of the Portland Winterhawks is the Vaughn CHL Goaltender of the Week for the week ending October 8 after posting a 2-0-0-0 record with a goals-against-average of 1.50 and save percentage of .945.

Kehler stopped 52 shots last week in a pair of victories over U.S Division rivals the Spokane Chiefs helping the Winterhawks take over first place with a 5-1-0-0 record.  On Friday night Kehler’s 30-save performance earned him first star honours in the 6-1 win at Spokane, then on Sunday he made 22 saves as part of a 7-2 win over the Chiefs on home ice for his fourth straight victory to open the 2017-18 season.

A native of Altona, Man., Kehler turns 20-years-old in December and is competing in his fourth and final WHL season.  He played his first two seasons with the Kamloops Blazers who selected him in the sixth round of the 2012 WHL Bantam Draft before joining the Winterhawks for the 2016-17 campaign where he posted a 32-17-0-3 record with two shutouts along with a goals-against of 3.10 and save percentage of .910.  So far this season he carries a 4-0-0-0 record with a goals-against-average of 2.25 and save percentage of .907.

Also considered for the award this week was Samuel Harvey of the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies who posted a 1-0-0-1 record with 49 saves for a goals-against-average of 1.44 and save percentage of .942, and Edmonton Oilers prospect Dylan Wells of the Peterborough Petes who made 84 saves with a 1-0-0-1 record along with a goals-against-average of 1.92 and save percentage of .955.

2017-18 Vaughn CHL Goaltenders of the Week:

Oct. 2 – Oct. 8: Cole Kehler (Portland Winterhawks)

Sept. 25 – Oct. 1: Dereck Baribeau (Quebec Remparts)

Sept. 21 – Sept. 24: Michael DiPietro (Windsor Spitfires)

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CHL Announces Weekly Award Winners

Steenbergen and Baribeau lead undefeated Broncos and Remparts

Broncos’ Tyler Steenbergen named CHL Player of the Wee

Toronto, ON – The Canadian Hockey League today announced that Arizona Coyotes prospect Tyler Steenbergen of the Swift Current Broncos is the CHL Player of the Week for the week ending October 1 after recording nine points in two games including six goals and three assists with a plus-minus rating of plus-5.

Steenbergen’s two multi-point performances launched him into a tie atop the CHL scoring race and helped the Broncos continue their winning ways opening the 2017-18 season with a perfect 3-0-0-0 record.  On Wednesday night Steenbergen scored twice and picked up two assists in a 5-3 road win over the 2018 Mastercard Memorial Cup host Regina Pats, then collected five points on Friday night in Brandon including a career-high four goals as first star of a 7-2 win over the Wheat Kings.

A 19-year-old from Sylvan Lake, Alta., Steenbergen is playing his fourth season with the Broncos who selected him 12th overall in the 2013 WHL Bantam Draft.  Last season he tied for the WHL lead in goals with 51, while his 90 points in 72 games tied for ninth best and helped earn him a fifth round selection by the Coyotes in the 2017 NHL Draft.

Also considered for the award this week was overage forward Yvan Mongo of the Drummondville Voltigeurs who scored twice with five assists for seven points in two  games, and Florida Panthers prospect Jonathan Ang of the Peterborough Petes with three goals and four assists for seven points in three games.

2017-18 CHL Players of the Week:

Sept. 25 – Oct. 1: Tyler Steenbergen (Swift Current Broncos)

Sept. 21 – Sept. 24: Kole Lind (Kelowna Rockets)

Remparts’ Dereck Baribeau named Vaughn CHL Goaltender of the Week

Toronto, ON – The Canadian Hockey League today announced that Minnesota Wild prospect Dereck Baribeau of the Quebec Remparts is the Vaughn CHL Goaltender of the Week for the week ending October 1 after posting a 2-0-0-0 record including a shutout victory with a goals-against-average of 0.50 and save percentage of .973.

Baribeau backstopped the Remparts to a pair of victories last week extending his personal winning-streak to four games as the club remains a perfect 4-0-0-0 to start the 2017-18 season.  His week included a 17-save effort on Friday night in a 3-1 victory over the Shawinigan Cataractes, followed by a 19-save shutout performance on Saturday where he earned first star honours in the 3-0 win against the Gatineau Olympiques.

The 18-year-old Quebec native is playing in his third QMJHL season and first full campaign with his hometown Remparts after beginning his career with the Val-d’Or Foreurs who selected him with the fifth overall pick in the 2015 QMJHL Entry Draft.  He played 12 games with Quebec after joining the club midway through last season posting a 5-4-0-0 record with a goals-against-average of 3.19 and save percentage of .900.  So far this season he leads the league with a goals-against-average of 0.75 along with a save percentage of .965 which ranks second overall.  Baribeau joined the Wild organization just prior to this season signing with the club as a free agent on September 18.

Also considered for the award this week was recently signed Detroit Red Wings prospect Kaden Fulcher of the Hamilton Bulldogs who posted a 2-0-0-1 record including a shutout victory with 82 saves for a goals-against-average of 1.26 and save percentage of .953, and Prince George’s Tavin Grant who helped the Cougars earn their first win of the season with a 47-save performance shutting out the Portland Winterhawks.

2017-18 Vaughn CHL Goaltenders of the Week:

Sept. 25 – Oct. 1: Dereck Baribeau (Quebec Remparts)

Sept. 21 – Sept. 24: Michael DiPietro (Windsor Spitfires)

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Otters’ Dylan Strome named CHL Player of the Week

Toronto, ON – The Canadian Hockey League today announced that Arizona Coyotes prospect Dylan Strome of the Erie Otters is the CHL Player of the Week for the final playoff week ending May 14 with seven points in three games including two goals and five assists and a plus-minus rating of plus-3.

Strome produced a trio of multi-point performances last week for the Otters who captured the Robertson Cup as 2017 OHL Champions with a five-game series victory over the Mississauga Steelheads.  Leading 2-0 in the series, the Otters earned a split in Mississauga with Strome scoring a goal and an assist in both Monday’s Game 3 loss by a 4-3 score, and Wednesday’s Game 4 win by a 5-2 count.  This set up an opportunity for the Otters to finish the series on home ice in Friday’s Game 5 where they delivered a 4-3 overtime triumph before a record crowd with Strome contributing three assists that helped erase a 2-0 deficit and clinch the win giving the Otters a berth in the 2017 Mastercard Memorial Cup and their first OHL prize since 2002.

A 20-year-old from Mississauga, Ont., Strome played four full seasons in Erie after being chosen by the Otters second overall in the 2013 OHL Priority Selection.  His 2016-17 campaign included 75 points in just 35 games played followed by a post-season where he scored 14 goals and 20 assists for 34 points in 22 playoff contests.  The third overall pick of the Coyotes in the 2015 NHL Draft is the leading scorer in Otters franchise history setting both regular season (354 point in 219 games) and playoff (86 points in 69 games) records in 2017.

Also considered for the award this week was Tampa Bay Lightning prospect and last week’s recipient Mathieu Joseph with five assists in two games that led to a 4-0 series win over the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada giving his Saint John Sea Dogs a third President Cup title.  In the WHL, the Seattle Thunderbirds captured their first Ed Chynoweth Cup with playoff MVP honours awarded to New York Islanders prospect Mathew Barzal who contributed two goals and three assists for five points over the final four games of the T-Birds 4-2 series win over the Regina Pats.

2016-17 CHL Post-Season Players of the Week:

May 8 – May 14: Dylan Strome (Erie Otters)
May 1 – May 7: Mathieu Joseph (Saint John Sea Dogs)
Apr. 24 – Apr. 30: Anthony Cirelli (Erie Otters)
Apr. 17 – Apr. 23: Alex Barré-Boulet (Blainville-Boisbriand Armada)
Apr. 10 – Apr. 16: Reid Gardiner (Kelowna Rockets)
Apr. 3 – Apr. 9: Giorgio Estephan (Lethbridge Hurricanes)
Mar. 27 – Apr. 2: Ethan Bear (Seattle Thunderbirds)
Mar. 20 – Mar. 26: Sam Steel (Regina Pats)

2016-17 CHL Regular Season Players of the Week:

Mar. 13 – Mar. 19: Brandon Hagel (Red Deer Rebels)
Mar. 6 – Mar. 12: Daniel Sprong (Charlottetown Islanders)
Feb. 27 – Mar. 5: Gabriel Vilardi (Windsor Spitfires)
Feb. 20 – Feb. 26: Michael McLeod (Mississauga Steelheads)
Feb. 13 – Feb. 19: Christophe Boivin (Acadie-Bathurst Titan)
Feb. 6 – Feb. 12: Mathew Barzal (Seattle Thunderbirds)
Jan. 30 – Feb. 5: Alex DeBrincat (Erie Otters)
Jan. 23 – Jan. 29: Tyler Boland (Rimouski Oceanic)
Jan. 16 – Jan. 22: Alexis D’Aoust (Shawinigan Cataractes)
Jan. 9 – Jan. 15: Kole Sherwood (Flint Firebirds)
Jan. 2 – Jan. 8: Brayden Burke (Moose Jaw Warriors)
Dec. 26 – Jan. 1: Adam Brooks (Regina Pats)
Dec. 12 – Dec. 18: Vitalii Abramov (Gatineau Olympiques)
Dec. 5 – Dec. 11: Hayden Hodgson (Saginaw Spirit)
Nov. 28 – Dec. 4: Sergey Zborovskiy (Regina Pats)
Nov. 21 – Nov. 27: Jayden Halbgewachs (Moose Jaw Warriors)
Nov. 14 – Nov. 20: Alexander Katerinakis (Blainville-Boisbriand Armada)
Nov. 7 – Nov. 13: Nico Hischier (Halifax Mooseheads)
Oct. 31 – Nov. 6: Alex DeBrincat (Erie Otters)
Oct. 24 – Oct. 30: Bobby MacIntyre (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds)
Oct. 17 – Oct. 23: Kale Clague (Brandon Wheat Kings)
Oct. 10 – Oct. 16: Jeremy Bracco (Kitchener Rangers)
Oct. 3 – Oct. 9: Cameron Askew (Moncton Wildcats)
Sept. 26 – Oct. 2: Sam Steel (Regina Pats)
Sept. 21 – Sept. 25: Kameron Kielly (Charlottetown Islanders)

Thunderbirds’ Carl Stankowski named Vaughn CHL Goaltender of the Week

Toronto, ON – The Canadian Hockey League today announced that rookie Carl Stankowski of the Seattle Thunderbirds is the Vaughn CHL Goaltender of the Week for the final playoff week ending May 14 after posting a 3-1 record with a goals-against-average of 2.64 and save percentage of .909.

Stankowski turned aside an impressive 104 shots last week backstopping the Thunderbirds to the franchise’s first Ed Chynoweth Cup with a 4-2 series win over the Regina Pats.  Following a 1-1 series split in Regina, the scene shifted to Seattle for Game 3 last Tuesday where the Pats struck first earning a 3-2 win with Stankowski making 25 saves.  The T-Birds responded with two home ice wins including Wednesday’s Game 4 with an 18-save effort by Stankowski in the 6-1 win, and Friday’s Game 5 where he denied 33 shots to preserve the 7-4 victory putting his club one win away from the title.  Back in Regina for Game 6 on Sunday, the T-Birds erased a late 3-1 third period deficit to force overtime before emerging victorious in front of Stankowski who stopped 28 shots in the series finale.

A recently turned 17-year-old from Calgary, AB, Stankowski is the youngest netminder to lead his team to a WHL Championship since fellow 16-year-old rookie Dan Blackburn won with the 2000 Kootenay Ice.  Stankowski was Seattle’s second round pick in the 2014 WHL Bantam Draft and made just seven regular season appearances before his playoff crease duties.  In post-season play he produced a 16-4 record with a 2.50 goals-against-average and .911 save percentage.

Also considered for the award this week was last week’s recipient Carolina Hurricanes prospect Callum Booth who helped the Saint John Sea Dogs capture their third President Cup with a 4-0 series win over the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada making 42 saves with a 2-0 record along with a goals-against-average of 0.50 and save percentage of .977.  In the OHL, Troy Timpano hoisted the Robertson Cup with the Erie Otters posting a 2-1 record last week with 72 saves, a goals-against-average of 2.99, and save percentage of .889 as part of a 4-1 series win over the Mississauga Steelheads.

2016-17 Vaughn CHL Playoff Goaltenders of the Week:

May 8 – May 14: Carl Stankowski (Seattle Thunderbirds)
May 1 – May 7: Callum Booth (Saint John Sea Dogs)
Apr. 24 – Apr. 30: Matthew Mancina (Mississauga Steelheads)
Apr. 17 – Apr. 23: Matthew Mancina (Mississauga Steelheads)
Apr. 10 – Apr. 16: Dylan Wells (Peterborough Petes)
Apr. 3 – Apr. 9: Joseph Raaymakers (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds)
Mar. 27 – Apr. 2: Carter Hart (Everett Silvertips)
Mar. 20 – Mar. 26: Kyle Jessiman (Cape Breton Screaming Eagles)

2016-17 Vaughn CHL Regular Season Goaltenders of the Week:
Mar. 13 – Mar. 19: Cole Kehler (Portland Winterhawks)
Mar. 6 – Mar. 12: Callum Booth (Saint John Sea Dogs)
Feb. 27 – Mar. 5: Matthew Villalta (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds)
Feb. 20 – Feb. 26: Zach Sawchenko (Moose Jaw Warriors)
Feb. 13 – Feb. 19: Zach Sawchenko (Moose Jaw Warriors)

Feb. 6 – Feb. 12: Brodan Salmond (Kelowna Rockets)
Jan. 30 – Feb. 5: Stuart Skinner (Lethbridge Hurricanes)
Jan. 23 – Jan. 29: Jeremy Helvig (Kingston Frontenacs)
Jan. 16 – Jan. 22: Matthew Welsh (Charlottetown Islanders)
Jan. 9 – Jan. 15: Michael DiPietro (Windsor Spitfires)
Jan. 2 – Jan. 8: Francis Leclerc (Blainville-Boisbriand Armada)
Dec. 26 – Jan. 1: Griffen Outhouse (Victoria Royals)
Dec. 12 – Dec. 18: Dylan Wells (Peterborough Petes)
Dec. 5 – Dec. 11: Michael DiPietro (Windsor Spitfires)
Nov. 28 – Dec. 4: Connor Ingram (Kamloops Blazers)
Nov. 21 – Nov. 27: Carter Hart (Everett Silvertips)
Nov. 14 – Nov. 20: Matthew Villalta (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds)
Nov. 7 – Nov. 13: Patrick Dea (Edmonton Oil Kings)
Oct. 31 – Nov. 6: Zach Sawchenko (Moose Jaw Warriors)
Oct. 24 – Oct. 30: Troy Timpano (Erie Otters)
Oct. 17 – Oct. 23: Reilly Pickard (Acadie-Bathurst Titan)
Oct. 10 – Oct. 16: Ryan Kubic (Vancouver Giants)
Oct. 3 – Oct. 9: Logan Flodell (Saskatoon Blades)
Sept. 26 – Oct. 2: Samuel Harvey (Rouyn-Noranda Huskies)
Sept. 21 – Sept. 25: Liam Herbst (Guelph Storm)

Sea Dogs’ Mathieu Joseph named CHL Player of the Week

Toronto, ON – The Canadian Hockey League today announced that Tampa Bay Lightning prospect Mathieu Joseph of the Saint John Sea Dogs is the CHL Player of the Week for the playoff week ending May 7 after scoring twice with three assists for five points in two games.

Joseph’s back-to-back multi-point performances helped the Sea Dogs take advantage of home ice to open the QMJHL Championship Series seizing a 2-0 series lead against the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada.  In Game 1 on Friday he scored an insurance marker and added two assists in the 6-3 victory, then picked up another insurance tally plus an assist as third star of a 4-0 triumph in Game 2 on Saturday before a Sportsnet and TVA Sports national broadcast audience.  The series for the President Cup shifts to Blainville-Boisbriand for Game 3 on Tuesday followed by Game 4 on Wednesday in another contest available from coast-to-coast on Sportsnet 360 and TVA Sports 2.

A 20-year-old from Chambly, Que., Joseph is playing in his fourth season with the Sea Dogs who selected him in the third round of the 2013 QMJHL Entry Draft.  This season he delivered career-high offensive numbers with 36 goals and 44 assists for 80 points in 54 games for the first place Sea Dogs and currently ranks second in playoff scoring with 27 points including 13 goals and 14 assists through 16 games.  The fourth round pick of the Lightning in the 2015 NHL Draft represented Canada at the 2017 IIHF World Junior Championship.

Also considered for the award this week was Edmonton Oilers prospect Ethan Bear of the Seattle Thunderbirds with a goal and two assists for three points in two games of the WHL Championship Series earning a 1-1 split with the Regina Pats.  In the OHL Championship Series, Carolina Hurricanes prospect Warren Foegele of the Erie Otters scored twice in two games against the Mississauga Steelheads helping his club grab a pair of wins on home ice to open the final.

2016-17 CHL Post-Season Players of the Week:
May 1 – May 7: Mathieu Joseph (Saint John Sea Dogs)
Apr. 24 – Apr. 30: Anthony Cirelli (Erie Otters)
Apr. 17 – Apr. 23: Alex Barré-Boulet (Blainville-Boisbriand Armada)
Apr. 10 – Apr. 16: Reid Gardiner (Kelowna Rockets)
Apr. 3 – Apr. 9: Giorgio Estephan (Lethbridge Hurricanes)
Mar. 27 – Apr. 2: Ethan Bear (Seattle Thunderbirds)
Mar. 20 – Mar. 26: Sam Steel (Regina Pats)

2016-17 CHL Regular Season Players of the Week:

Mar. 13 – Mar. 19: Brandon Hagel (Red Deer Rebels)
Mar. 6 – Mar. 12: Daniel Sprong (Charlottetown Islanders)
Feb. 27 – Mar. 5: Gabriel Vilardi (Windsor Spitfires)
Feb. 20 – Feb. 26: Michael McLeod (Mississauga Steelheads)
Feb. 13 – Feb. 19: Christophe Boivin (Acadie-Bathurst Titan)
Feb. 6 – Feb. 12: Mathew Barzal (Seattle Thunderbirds)
Jan. 30 – Feb. 5: Alex DeBrincat (Erie Otters)
Jan. 23 – Jan. 29: Tyler Boland (Rimouski Oceanic)
Jan. 16 – Jan. 22: Alexis D’Aoust (Shawinigan Cataractes)
Jan. 9 – Jan. 15: Kole Sherwood (Flint Firebirds)
Jan. 2 – Jan. 8: Brayden Burke (Moose Jaw Warriors)
Dec. 26 – Jan. 1: Adam Brooks (Regina Pats)
Dec. 12 – Dec. 18: Vitalii Abramov (Gatineau Olympiques)
Dec. 5 – Dec. 11: Hayden Hodgson (Saginaw Spirit)
Nov. 28 – Dec. 4: Sergey Zborovskiy (Regina Pats)
Nov. 21 – Nov. 27: Jayden Halbgewachs (Moose Jaw Warriors)
Nov. 14 – Nov. 20: Alexander Katerinakis (Blainville-Boisbriand Armada)
Nov. 7 – Nov. 13: Nico Hischier (Halifax Mooseheads)
Oct. 31 – Nov. 6: Alex DeBrincat (Erie Otters)
Oct. 24 – Oct. 30: Bobby MacIntyre (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds)
Oct. 17 – Oct. 23: Kale Clague (Brandon Wheat Kings)
Oct. 10 – Oct. 16: Jeremy Bracco (Kitchener Rangers)
Oct. 3 – Oct. 9: Cameron Askew (Moncton Wildcats)
Sept. 26 – Oct. 2: Sam Steel (Regina Pats)
Sept. 21 – Sept. 25: Kameron Kielly (Charlottetown Islanders)

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Sea Dogs’ Callum Booth named Vaughn CHL Goaltender of the Week

Toronto, ON – The Canadian Hockey League today announced that Carolina Hurricanes prospect Callum Booth of the Saint John Sea Dogs is the Vaughn CHL Goaltender of the Week for the playoff week ending May 7 after recording a 2-0 victory including one shutout with a goals-against-average of 1.50 and save percentage of .944.

Booth made 51 saves in the opening two games of the QMJHL Championship Series backstopping the top ranked Sea Dogs to a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven final against the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada.  In Friday’s Game 1 he turned aside 24 shots as part of the Sea Dogs’ 6-3 triumph on home ice, then earned second star honours before a national Sportsnet and TVA Sports broadcast audience in Game 2 on Saturday in Saint John with 27 saves in the 3-0 win setting a team record with his third shutout of the post-season.  The series for the President Cup shifts to Blainville-Boisbriand for Game 3 on Tuesday followed by Game 4 on Wednesday in another contest available from coast-to-coast on Sportsnet 360 and TVA Sports 2.

A 19-year-old from Montreal, Que., Booth is playing in his fourth QMJHL season and first with the Sea Dogs after being acquired from the Quebec Remparts in December.  So far in the 2017 QMJHL Playoffs the fourth round pick of the Hurricanes in the 2015 NHL Draft carries a 14-2 record with the league’s best goals-against-average with a mark of 1.81 along with the second best save percentage at .917.

Also considered for the award this week was Tyler Brown of the Regina Pats who posted a 1-1 record after a pair of overtime decisions to open the WHL Championship Series against the Seattle Thunderbirds making 51 saves and carrying a goals-against-average of 2.39 and save percentage of .911.  Back-to-back award recipient Matthew Mancina of the Mississauga Steelheads continued his stellar play between-the-pipes in the OHL Championship Series making 57 saves despite a pair of losses to the Erie Otters while posting a goals-against-average of 2.04 and save percentage of .934.

2016-17 Vaughn CHL Playoff Goaltenders of the Week:

May 1 – May 7: Callum Booth (Saint John Sea Dogs)
Apr. 24 – Apr. 30: Matthew Mancina (Mississauga Steelheads)
Apr. 17 – Apr. 23: Matthew Mancina (Mississauga Steelheads)
Apr. 10 – Apr. 16: Dylan Wells (Peterborough Petes)
Apr. 3 – Apr. 9: Joseph Raaymakers (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds)
Mar. 27 – Apr. 2: Carter Hart (Everett Silvertips)
Mar. 20 – Mar. 26: Kyle Jessiman (Cape Breton Screaming Eagles)

2016-17 Vaughn CHL Regular Season Goaltenders of the Week:
Mar. 13 – Mar. 19: Cole Kehler (Portland Winterhawks)
Mar. 6 – Mar. 12: Callum Booth (Saint John Sea Dogs)
Feb. 27 – Mar. 5: Matthew Villalta (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds)
Feb. 20 – Feb. 26: Zach Sawchenko (Moose Jaw Warriors)
Feb. 13 – Feb. 19: Zach Sawchenko (Moose Jaw Warriors)

Feb. 6 – Feb. 12: Brodan Salmond (Kelowna Rockets)
Jan. 30 – Feb. 5: Stuart Skinner (Lethbridge Hurricanes)
Jan. 23 – Jan. 29: Jeremy Helvig (Kingston Frontenacs)
Jan. 16 – Jan. 22: Matthew Welsh (Charlottetown Islanders)
Jan. 9 – Jan. 15: Michael DiPietro (Windsor Spitfires)
Jan. 2 – Jan. 8: Francis Leclerc (Blainville-Boisbriand Armada)
Dec. 26 – Jan. 1: Griffen Outhouse (Victoria Royals)
Dec. 12 – Dec. 18: Dylan Wells (Peterborough Petes)
Dec. 5 – Dec. 11: Michael DiPietro (Windsor Spitfires)
Nov. 28 – Dec. 4: Connor Ingram (Kamloops Blazers)
Nov. 21 – Nov. 27: Carter Hart (Everett Silvertips)
Nov. 14 – Nov. 20: Matthew Villalta (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds)
Nov. 7 – Nov. 13: Patrick Dea (Edmonton Oil Kings)
Oct. 31 – Nov. 6: Zach Sawchenko (Moose Jaw Warriors)
Oct. 24 – Oct. 30: Troy Timpano (Erie Otters)
Oct. 17 – Oct. 23: Reilly Pickard (Acadie-Bathurst Titan)
Oct. 10 – Oct. 16: Ryan Kubic (Vancouver Giants)
Oct. 3 – Oct. 9: Logan Flodell (Saskatoon Blades)
Sept. 26 – Oct. 2: Samuel Harvey (Rouyn-Noranda Huskies)
Sept. 21 – Sept. 25: Liam Herbst (Guelph Storm)

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Otters’ Anthony Cirelli named CHL Player of the Week

Toronto, ON – The Canadian Hockey League today announced that Tampa Bay Lightning prospect Anthony Cirelli of the Erie Otters is the CHL Player of the Week for the playoff week ending April 30 after scoring four goals and five assists for nine points in four games with a plus-minus rating of plus-6.

Cirelli helped the Otters earn an OHL Western Conference title claiming the Wayne Gretzky Trophy with a 4-2 series win over the Owen Sound Attack with a trio of multi-point performances in the final three games.  In Game 3 last Monday he contributed an assist despite the 6-3 loss, then scored a goal and an assist in Game 4 on Wednesday earning first star honours as the Otters tied the series 2-2 with a 4-3 victory.  Cirelli’s play was again impactful in Game 5 on Friday with two assists in the 4-2 win, then in Game 6 on Sunday helped clinch the series with a hat-trick and an assist as first star of the 7-2 win.  The Otters have now advanced to the OHL Championship Series where they will face the Mississauga Steelheads beginning Thursday in Erie.

Anthony Cirelli of the Erie Otters. Photo by Aaron Bell/OHL Images
Anthony Cirelli of the Erie Otters. Photo by Aaron Bell/OHL Images

A 19-year-old from Woodbridge, ON, Cirelli is playing in his third OHL season and first with the Otters after being acquired from the Oshawa Generals in January.  In 17 playoff games he ranks fifth in scoring with 23 points including 13 goals and 10 assists.  In 25 games with Erie he scored 12 goals and 18 assists for 30 points bringing his 2016-17 totals to a career-high 25 goals and 39 assists for 64 points in 51 games.  The third round pick of the Lightning helped the Generals capture a 2015 OHL Championship and a 2015 Mastercard Memorial Cup title scoring the overtime winner against the Kelowna Rockets in Quebec City.

Also considered for the award this week was Toronto Maple Leafs prospect Adam Brooks of the Regina Pats who scored one goal and seven assists for eight points in four games advancing to the WHL Championship Series with a 4-2 series win over the Lethbridge Hurricanes.  In addition, Ottawa Senators prospect Thomas Chabot of the Saint John Sea Dogs scored twice with four assists for six points in four games advancing to the QMJHL Final with a 4-2 series win over the Chicoutimi Sagueneens.

2016-17 CHL Post-Season Players of the Week:
Apr. 24 – Apr. 30: Anthony Cirelli (Erie Otters)
Apr. 17 – Apr. 23: Alex Barré-Boulet (Blainville-Boisbriand Armada)
Apr. 10 – Apr. 16: Reid Gardiner (Kelowna Rockets)
Apr. 3 – Apr. 9: Giorgio Estephan (Lethbridge Hurricanes)
Mar. 27 – Apr. 2: Ethan Bear (Seattle Thunderbirds)
Mar. 20 – Mar. 26: Sam Steel (Regina Pats)

2016-17 CHL Regular Season Players of the Week:

Mar. 13 – Mar. 19: Brandon Hagel (Red Deer Rebels)
Mar. 6 – Mar. 12: Daniel Sprong (Charlottetown Islanders)
Feb. 27 – Mar. 5: Gabriel Vilardi (Windsor Spitfires)
Feb. 20 – Feb. 26: Michael McLeod (Mississauga Steelheads)
Feb. 13 – Feb. 19: Christophe Boivin (Acadie-Bathurst Titan)
Feb. 6 – Feb. 12: Mathew Barzal (Seattle Thunderbirds)
Jan. 30 – Feb. 5: Alex DeBrincat (Erie Otters)
Jan. 23 – Jan. 29: Tyler Boland (Rimouski Oceanic)
Jan. 16 – Jan. 22: Alexis D’Aoust (Shawinigan Cataractes)
Jan. 9 – Jan. 15: Kole Sherwood (Flint Firebirds)
Jan. 2 – Jan. 8: Brayden Burke (Moose Jaw Warriors)
Dec. 26 – Jan. 1: Adam Brooks (Regina Pats)
Dec. 12 – Dec. 18: Vitalii Abramov (Gatineau Olympiques)
Dec. 5 – Dec. 11: Hayden Hodgson (Saginaw Spirit)
Nov. 28 – Dec. 4: Sergey Zborovskiy (Regina Pats)
Nov. 21 – Nov. 27: Jayden Halbgewachs (Moose Jaw Warriors)
Nov. 14 – Nov. 20: Alexander Katerinakis (Blainville-Boisbriand Armada)
Nov. 7 – Nov. 13: Nico Hischier (Halifax Mooseheads)
Oct. 31 – Nov. 6: Alex DeBrincat (Erie Otters)
Oct. 24 – Oct. 30: Bobby MacIntyre (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds)
Oct. 17 – Oct. 23: Kale Clague (Brandon Wheat Kings)
Oct. 10 – Oct. 16: Jeremy Bracco (Kitchener Rangers)
Oct. 3 – Oct. 9: Cameron Askew (Moncton Wildcats)
Sept. 26 – Oct. 2: Sam Steel (Regina Pats)
Sept. 21 – Sept. 25: Kameron Kielly (Charlottetown Islanders)

Steelheads’ Matthew Mancina named Vaughn CHL Goaltender of the Week

Toronto, ON – The Canadian Hockey League today announced that Matthew Mancina of the Mississauga Steelheads is the Vaughn CHL Goaltender of the Week for the playoff week ending April 30 after posting a 2-0 record including a shutout victory with a goals-against-average of 0.40 and save percentage of .981.

Mancina earns the award for a second straight week after backstopping the Steelheads to an OHL Eastern Conference title earning the Bobby Orr Trophy following a 4-0 series sweep of the Peterborough Petes.  In his two starts last week Mancina made 52 saves including 28 in Game 3 of the series last Monday in a 2-1 double overtime victory, then turned aside all 24 shots he faced on Wednesday in Game 4 earning first star honours in the 7-0 shutout.  The Steelheads will now face the Erie Otters in the OHL Championship Series beginning Thursday in Erie.

Matthew Mancina of the Mississauga Steelheads. Photo by Terry Wilson / OHL Images.
Matthew Mancina of the Mississauga Steelheads. Photo by Terry Wilson / OHL Images.

A recently turned 21-year-old from Tecumseh, Ont., Mancina is playing in his fourth OHL season but first with the Steelheads after being acquired from the Petes prior to the 2016-17 campaign.  So far this post-season he carries an 8-1 record with a goals-against-average of 1.90 and save percentage of .924 with two shutouts.  Originally a third round choice of the Guelph Storm in the 2012 OHL Priority Selection, Mancina’s OHL tenure has included 157 regular season games including 76 victories between his three clubs.

Also considered for the award this week was Florida Panthers prospect Samuel Montembeault of the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada who posted a 3-0 record stopping 84 shots with a goals-against-average of 2.67 and save percentage of .913 advancing to the QMJHL Final with a 4-1 series win over the Charlottetown Islanders.  In addition, rookie Carl Stankowski of the Seattle Thunderbirds went 3-1 stopping 119 shots with a goals-against-average of 2.26 and save percentage of .930 advancing to the WHL Championship Series with a 4-2 series win over the Kelowna Rockets.

2016-17 Vaughn CHL Playoff Goaltenders of the Week:

Apr. 24 – Apr. 30: Matthew Mancina (Mississauga Steelheads)
Apr. 17 – Apr. 23: Matthew Mancina (Mississauga Steelheads)
Apr. 10 – Apr. 16: Dylan Wells (Peterborough Petes)
Apr. 3 – Apr. 9: Joseph Raaymakers (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds)
Mar. 27 – Apr. 2: Carter Hart (Everett Silvertips)
Mar. 20 – Mar. 26: Kyle Jessiman (Cape Breton Screaming Eagles)

2016-17 Vaughn CHL Regular Season Goaltenders of the Week:
Mar. 13 – Mar. 19: Cole Kehler (Portland Winterhawks)
Mar. 6 – Mar. 12: Callum Booth (Saint John Sea Dogs)
Feb. 27 – Mar. 5: Matthew Villalta (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds)
Feb. 20 – Feb. 26: Zach Sawchenko (Moose Jaw Warriors)
Feb. 13 – Feb. 19: Zach Sawchenko (Moose Jaw Warriors)

Feb. 6 – Feb. 12: Brodan Salmond (Kelowna Rockets)
Jan. 30 – Feb. 5: Stuart Skinner (Lethbridge Hurricanes)
Jan. 23 – Jan. 29: Jeremy Helvig (Kingston Frontenacs)
Jan. 16 – Jan. 22: Matthew Welsh (Charlottetown Islanders)
Jan. 9 – Jan. 15: Michael DiPietro (Windsor Spitfires)
Jan. 2 – Jan. 8: Francis Leclerc (Blainville-Boisbriand Armada)
Dec. 26 – Jan. 1: Griffen Outhouse (Victoria Royals)
Dec. 12 – Dec. 18: Dylan Wells (Peterborough Petes)
Dec. 5 – Dec. 11: Michael DiPietro (Windsor Spitfires)
Nov. 28 – Dec. 4: Connor Ingram (Kamloops Blazers)
Nov. 21 – Nov. 27: Carter Hart (Everett Silvertips)
Nov. 14 – Nov. 20: Matthew Villalta (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds)
Nov. 7 – Nov. 13: Patrick Dea (Edmonton Oil Kings)
Oct. 31 – Nov. 6: Zach Sawchenko (Moose Jaw Warriors)
Oct. 24 – Oct. 30: Troy Timpano (Erie Otters)
Oct. 17 – Oct. 23: Reilly Pickard (Acadie-Bathurst Titan)
Oct. 10 – Oct. 16: Ryan Kubic (Vancouver Giants)
Oct. 3 – Oct. 9: Logan Flodell (Saskatoon Blades)
Sept. 26 – Oct. 2: Samuel Harvey (Rouyn-Noranda Huskies)
Sept. 21 – Sept. 25: Liam Herbst (Guelph Storm)

Armada’s Alex Barré-Boulet named CHL Player of the Week

Toronto, ON – The Canadian Hockey League today announced that forward Alex Barré-Boulet of the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada is the CHL Player of the Week for the playoff week ending April 23 after scoring five goals and five assists for 10 points in four games with a plus-minus rating of plus-3.

Barré-Boulet recorded a trio of multi-point performances last week for the Armada who came back to defeat the Acadie-Bathurst Titan in a seven-game QMJHL quarter-final series, followed by a two-game split to open league semi-final action against the Charlottetown Islanders.  Last Monday night he contributed three assists in the Armada’s 4-1 Game 6 win over the Titan to even the series, then earned first star honours in Game 7 on Tuesday scoring his first career playoff hat-trick and adding an assist in the 7-1 series-clinching victory.  Although held off the scoresheet in a 3-0 loss to the Islanders in Game 1 of round three action on Friday, Barré-Boulet led the offensive charge in Saturday’s Game 2 with two goals and an assist as first star of the 5-4 win.

A 19-year-old from Montmagny, QC, Barré-Boulet is playing in his third QMJHL season and first with the Armada who acquired him midway through this season from the Drummondville Voltigeurs.  The 5’10’’, 158 lb, centre currently leads the QMJHL playoff scoring race with 12 goals and 12 assists for 24 points through 13 games after finishing the regular season campaign 11th in league scoring with 81 points in 65 games including 33 points in 28 games for Blainville-Boisbriand.

Also considered for the award this week was last week’s recipient Reid Gardiner of the Kelowna Rockets who scored three goals and two assists for five points in two games of the WHL’s Western Conference Final against the Seattle Thunderbirds.  In the OHL, Alex DeBrincat of the Erie Otters scored three goals and four assists for seven points across three games which included a Game 7 win over the London Knights and a 1-1 series split in the Western Conference Final against the Owen Sound Attack.

2016-17 CHL Post-Season Players of the Week:
Apr. 17 – Apr. 23: Alex Barré-Boulet (Blainville-Boisbriand Armada)
Apr. 10 – Apr. 16: Reid Gardiner (Kelowna Rockets)
Apr. 3 – Apr. 9: Giorgio Estephan (Lethbridge Hurricanes)
Mar. 27 – Apr. 2: Ethan Bear (Seattle Thunderbirds)
Mar. 20 – Mar. 26: Sam Steel (Regina Pats)

2016-17 CHL Regular Season Players of the Week:

Mar. 13 – Mar. 19: Brandon Hagel (Red Deer Rebels)
Mar. 6 – Mar. 12: Daniel Sprong (Charlottetown Islanders)
Feb. 27 – Mar. 5: Gabriel Vilardi (Windsor Spitfires)
Feb. 20 – Feb. 26: Michael McLeod (Mississauga Steelheads)
Feb. 13 – Feb. 19: Christophe Boivin (Acadie-Bathurst Titan)
Feb. 6 – Feb. 12: Mathew Barzal (Seattle Thunderbirds)
Jan. 30 – Feb. 5: Alex DeBrincat (Erie Otters)
Jan. 23 – Jan. 29: Tyler Boland (Rimouski Oceanic)
Jan. 16 – Jan. 22: Alexis D’Aoust (Shawinigan Cataractes)
Jan. 9 – Jan. 15: Kole Sherwood (Flint Firebirds)
Jan. 2 – Jan. 8: Brayden Burke (Moose Jaw Warriors)
Dec. 26 – Jan. 1: Adam Brooks (Regina Pats)
Dec. 12 – Dec. 18: Vitalii Abramov (Gatineau Olympiques)
Dec. 5 – Dec. 11: Hayden Hodgson (Saginaw Spirit)
Nov. 28 – Dec. 4: Sergey Zborovskiy (Regina Pats)
Nov. 21 – Nov. 27: Jayden Halbgewachs (Moose Jaw Warriors)
Nov. 14 – Nov. 20: Alexander Katerinakis (Blainville-Boisbriand Armada)
Nov. 7 – Nov. 13: Nico Hischier (Halifax Mooseheads)
Oct. 31 – Nov. 6: Alex DeBrincat (Erie Otters)
Oct. 24 – Oct. 30: Bobby MacIntyre (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds)
Oct. 17 – Oct. 23: Kale Clague (Brandon Wheat Kings)
Oct. 10 – Oct. 16: Jeremy Bracco (Kitchener Rangers)
Oct. 3 – Oct. 9: Cameron Askew (Moncton Wildcats)
Sept. 26 – Oct. 2: Sam Steel (Regina Pats)
Sept. 21 – Sept. 25: Kameron Kielly (Charlottetown Islanders)

Steelheads’ Matthew Mancina named Vaughn CHL Goaltender of the Week

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Toronto, ON – The Canadian Hockey League today announced that goaltender Matthew Mancina of the Mississauga Steelheads is the Vaughn CHL Goaltender of the Week for the playoff week ending April 23 after posting a 2-0 record including a shutout victory with a goals-against-average of 1.50 and save percentage of .944.

Mancina made 51 saves last week for the Steelheads in a pair of road victories giving the Steelheads a 2-0 series lead in the OHL’s Eastern Conference Championship Series against the Peterborough Petes.  In Game 1 on Thursday he made 27 saves in the 5-3 win, then earned second star honours in Game 2 on Saturday with his first career playoff shutout powered by a 24-save performance in the 3-0 triumph.  The victory improved the Steelheads’ perfect playoff road record to 8-0 and marked a sixth straight playoff win for the club and Mancina.  With a 2-1 double overtime victory on Monday, the Steelheads now have a commanding 3-0 series lead.

A 20-year-old from Tecumseh, Ont., Mancina is playing in his fourth OHL season but first with the Steelheads after being acquired from the Petes prior to the 2016-17 campaign.  So far this post-season he carries a 7-1 record with a goals-against-average of 2.12 and save percentage of .916.  Originally a third round choice of the Guelph Storm in the 2012 OHL Priority Selection, Mancina’s OHL tenure has included 157 regular season games including 76 victories between his three clubs.

Also considered for the award this week was Tyler Brown of the Regina Pats who made 74 saves spread out across a Game 7 win over the Swift Current Broncos and a 1-1 series split in the WHL’s Eastern Conference Final against the Lethbridge Hurricanes for an overall record of 2-1 with a goals-against-average of 1.53 and save percentage of .937.  In the QMJHL, Carolina Hurricanes prospect Callum Booth of the Saint John Sea Dogs went 1-1 including an overtime loss in semi-final action against the Chicoutimi Sagueneens making 72 saves for a goals-against-average of 1.65 and save percentage of .947.

2016-17 Vaughn CHL Playoff Goaltenders of the Week:

Apr. 17 – Apr. 23: Matthew Mancina (Mississauga Steelheads)
Apr. 10 – Apr. 16: Dylan Wells (Peterborough Petes)
Apr. 3 – Apr. 9: Joseph Raaymakers (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds)
Mar. 27 – Apr. 2: Carter Hart (Everett Silvertips)
Mar. 20 – Mar. 26: Kyle Jessiman (Cape Breton Screaming Eagles)

2016-17 Vaughn CHL Regular Season Goaltenders of the Week:
Mar. 13 – Mar. 19: Cole Kehler (Portland Winterhawks)
Mar. 6 – Mar. 12: Callum Booth (Saint John Sea Dogs)
Feb. 27 – Mar. 5: Matthew Villalta (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds)
Feb. 20 – Feb. 26: Zach Sawchenko (Moose Jaw Warriors)
Feb. 13 – Feb. 19: Zach Sawchenko (Moose Jaw Warriors)

Feb. 6 – Feb. 12: Brodan Salmond (Kelowna Rockets)
Jan. 30 – Feb. 5: Stuart Skinner (Lethbridge Hurricanes)
Jan. 23 – Jan. 29: Jeremy Helvig (Kingston Frontenacs)
Jan. 16 – Jan. 22: Matthew Welsh (Charlottetown Islanders)
Jan. 9 – Jan. 15: Michael DiPietro (Windsor Spitfires)
Jan. 2 – Jan. 8: Francis Leclerc (Blainville-Boisbriand Armada)
Dec. 26 – Jan. 1: Griffen Outhouse (Victoria Royals)
Dec. 12 – Dec. 18: Dylan Wells (Peterborough Petes)
Dec. 5 – Dec. 11: Michael DiPietro (Windsor Spitfires)
Nov. 28 – Dec. 4: Connor Ingram (Kamloops Blazers)
Nov. 21 – Nov. 27: Carter Hart (Everett Silvertips)
Nov. 14 – Nov. 20: Matthew Villalta (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds)
Nov. 7 – Nov. 13: Patrick Dea (Edmonton Oil Kings)
Oct. 31 – Nov. 6: Zach Sawchenko (Moose Jaw Warriors)
Oct. 24 – Oct. 30: Troy Timpano (Erie Otters)
Oct. 17 – Oct. 23: Reilly Pickard (Acadie-Bathurst Titan)
Oct. 10 – Oct. 16: Ryan Kubic (Vancouver Giants)
Oct. 3 – Oct. 9: Logan Flodell (Saskatoon Blades)
Sept. 26 – Oct. 2: Samuel Harvey (Rouyn-Noranda Huskies)
Sept. 21 – Sept. 25: Liam Herbst (Guelph Storm)