Burzan the best from Brandon, Richardson represents Rangers
Wheat Kings’ Luka Burzan named CHL Player of the Week
Toronto, ON – The Canadian Hockey League today announced that 2019 NHL Draft prospect Luka Burzan of the Brandon Wheat Kings is the CHL Player of the Week for the regular season week ending September 30 scoring five goals and one assist for six points in just one game played with a plus-minus rating of plus-3.
Burzan’s single game performance last week was one to remember leading the Wheat Kings to an 8-4 win over the Lethbridge Hurricanes on Saturday night. The five goal output by the game’s first star shattered his previous career-high of two, while his six points doubled his previous high of three. This marks the best single game performance in the CHL this season while Burzan equals former Wheat King Jayce Hawryluk who produced the same totals on March 2, 2016.
An 18-year-old from Surrey, BC, Burzan is playing in his third WHL season after being chosen sixth overall by the Moose Jaw Warriors in the 2015 WHL Bantam Draft. He joined Brandon midway through the 2017-18 campaign and tallied 21 points in his final 30 games. So far this season his eight points in three games are tied for third overall in league scoring. He was recently listed as a ‘C’ rated prospect by NHL Central Scouting in their Preliminary edition of ‘Players to Watch’ for the 2019 NHL Draft.
Also considered for the award this week was San Jose Sharks prospect Ivan Chekhovich of the Baie-Comeau Drakkar who scored four goals and four assists for eight points in three games, and overage forward Lucas Chiodo of the Barrie Colts who scored three goals and four assists for seven points in two games.
2018-19 CHL Players of the Week – Regular Season:
Sept. 24 – Sept. 30: Luka Burzan (Brandon Wheat Kings)
Sept. 19 – Sept. 23: Kirby Dach (Saskatoon Blades)
Rangers’ Luke Richardson named Vaughn CHL Goaltender of the Week
Toronto, ON – The Canadian Hockey League today announced that Luke Richardson of the Kitchener Rangers is the Vaughn CHL Goaltender of the Week for the regular season week ending September 30 after posting a 2-0-0-0 record with a goals-against-average of 1.00 and save percentage of .970.
Richardson turned aside 64 shots last week in a pair of victories to keep the Rangers undefeated at 3-0-0-0 to start the 2018-19 season. He earned back-to-back first star honours including Friday night following a 31-save performance and 5-1 victory over the Ottawa 67’s, then Saturday in Windsor after making 33 saves in a 4-1 triumph over the Spitfires.
A 19-year-old from Barrie, Ont., Richardson has now played parts of four seasons with the Rangers who chose him in the fourth round of the 2015 OHL Priority Selection. He currently carries a league-best goals-against-average of 1.33 and save percentage of .956 after finishing last season with marks of 3.22 and .898 across 39 appearances.
Also considered for the award this week was Tristan Côté-Cazenave of the Victoriaville Tigres who posted a 2-0-0-1 record with 89 saves for a goals-against-average of 0.97 and save percentage of .967. In the WHL, Ian Scott of the undefeated Prince Albert Raiders went 2-0-0-0 making 63 saves for a goals-against-average of 2.00 and save percentage of .940
2018-19 Vaughn CHL Goaltenders of the Week – Regular Season:
Sept. 24 – Sept. 30: Luke Richardson (Kitchener Rangers)
Sept. 19 – Sept. 23: Hunter Jones (Peterborough Petes)