CHL Announces Weekly Award Winners

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)

OHL Announces Academic Players of the Month for January

Toronto, ON – The Ontario Hockey League today announced the OHL Academic Players of the Month for January 2017, including William Ennis of the Oshawa Generals, Ben Jones of the Niagara IceDogs, Luke Richardson of the Kitchener Rangers and Ryan McGregor of the Sarnia Sting.

East Division: Sixteen year-old defenceman William Ennis of the Oshawa Generals is the East Division Academic Player of the Month for January. A Grade 11 student at Maxwell Heights Secondary School, Ennis has adapted well to his new environment both on and off the ice this season. He is described by his teachers as responsible, conscientious and disciplined. Ennis is currently studying University level Math, Chemistry, High Performance Athletics and Grade 12 International Business, maintaining a 93% average in those courses. On the ice, Ennis has recorded an assist in 29 games as a rookie. The Gloucester, Ont. native was Oshawa’s third round (46th overall) pick in the 2016 OHL Priority Selection. 

Central Division: Seventeen year-old sophomore forward Ben Jones of the Niagara IceDogs is the Central Division Academic Player of the Month for January. The Grade 12 student at Governor Simcoe Secondary School currently maintains an 87% average in his University-level Advanced Functions, Biology and Chemistry courses. IceDogs Academic Advisor Tim Tope describes Jones as one who exemplifies what it means to be a student-athlete, demonstrating leadership in the classroom. The draft eligible centreman has 10 goals, 23 assists and 33 points in 43 games this season. The Waterloo, Ont. native was Niagara’s first round (7th overall) pick in the 2015 OHL Priority Selection.

Ben Jones of the Niagara IceDogs. Photo by Terry Wilson / OHL Images.
Ben Jones of the Niagara IceDogs. Photo by Terry Wilson / OHL Images.

Midwest Division: Seventeen year-old goaltender Luke Richardson of the Kitchener Rangers is the Midwest Division Academic Player of the Month, achieving high grades in Grade 12 International Business, Business Management and Earth and Space Sciences courses at Grand River Collegiate Institute. Richardson is described as a student who demonstrates a thorough knowledge of all subject content while adding unique insights to presented challenges. He also shows exceptional attention to detail in his work. The Barrie, Ont. native has played in five games with the Rangers this season, going 4-0 with a 2.96 goals-against average and a .917 save percentage. He was Kitchener’s fourth round (79th overall) pick in the 2015 OHL Priority Selection.

West Division: Eighteen year-old sophomore forward Ryan McGregor of the Sarnia Sting is the West Division Academic Player of the Month for January. McGregor currently maintains an 82% average over Grade 12 Functions, Kinesiology and Biology courses at Northern Collegiate Institute. On the ice, the draft eligible Burlington, Ont. native has 13 goals, seven assists and 20 points in 45 games. He was Sarnia’s second round (24th overall) pick in the 2015 OHL Priority Selection.

2016-17 OHL Academic Players of the Month:

East Division:
January – William Ennis (Oshawa Generals)
December – Nathan Dunkley (Kingston Frontenacs)
November – Matthew Strome (Hamilton Bulldogs)
October – Zach Gallant (Peterborough Petes)

Central Division:
January – Ben Jones (Niagara IceDogs)
December – Adam McMaster (North Bay Battalion)
November – Kyle Heitzner (Barrie Colts)
October – Jacob Ingham (Mississauga Steelheads)

Midwest Division:
January – Luke Richardson (Kitchener Rangers)
December – Nick Deakin-Poot (Guelph Storm)
November – Cade Robinson (Erie Otters)
October – Nick Suzuki (Owen Sound Attack)

West Division:
January – Ryan McGregor (Sarnia Sting) 
December – Damien Giroux (Saginaw Spirit)
November – Hunter Holmes (Flint Firebirds)
October – Cole Purboo (Windsor Spitfires)

During the 2015-16 season, the OHL centrally administered Scholarship Program facilitated scholarships for 315 OHL graduates attending 57 different academic institutions with a total scholarship payment in excess of $2.9 million.  Click here for more information about ‘OHL Players First’ programs.