Western Hockey League
Ethan Bear has been selected as the WHL Player of the Week. He accumulated four goals and six assists for 10 points in five games. Bear is second among all WHL defensemen with 62 points in 58 games with Seattle this season. He has a personal best 25 goals in 2016-17. The 19-year-old defender was chosen in the fifth round (124th overall) of the 2015 NHL Draft by the Edmonton Oilers. Regina’s Connor Hobbs leads the league among blueliners in scoring with 26 goals and 69 points in 53 matches. He had a goal and three assists in four games last week, but three points came in one appearance. Hobbs was chosen with the 143rd overall pick in the 2015 NHL Draft by the Washington Capitals. Zach Sawchenko earned the CHL Goaltender of the Week honor with a 2-0-0-0 record, a 0.50 goals-against average, a .981 save percentage and one shutout. The 19-year-old netminder stopped 52 shots during that span for the Moose Jaw Warriors. Lethbridge captain Tyler Wong racked up three goals and four helpers in two games last week. The 20-year-old winger has 43 goals and 85 points in 56 games this year. Wong played three games for the Toronto Marlies last season on an amateur tryout and he earned one assist.
Ontario Hockey League
Erie goaltender Joseph Murdaca captured the OHL Player of the Week distinction after he posted a 3-0-0-0 record with a 0.67 goals-against average, a .964 save percentage and one shutout. He turned aside 54 of the 56 shots he faced during that stretch. Montreal prospect Michael McNiven was great between the pipes too last week. He went 2-0-0-1 with a 0.97 goals-against average, a .960 save percentage and one shutout. McNiven went undrafted in 2015, but signed an entry-level deal with the Canadiens later that fall. Alex DeBrincat had a special week, while producing three goals and four assists in three games. He surpassed the 100-point mark for a third straight season. The Chicago prospect leads the OHL with 107 points in 51 contests. The second-round pick in 2016 also has 51 goals for a third consecutive year. Jeremy Brodeur, son of goaltending great Martin Brodeur, had a 2.77 goals-against average and a .932 save percentage in a pair of shootout wins. He didn’t allow a goal on 17 shots in the shootouts and stopped 82 other shots during his two appearances.
Quebec Major Junior Hockey League
Christophe Boivin was the CHL Player the of the Week and the first star in the QMJHL for the period ending Feb. 19. He amassed nine points, including four goals, in three appearances. He had a multi-point performance in each outing for the Acadie-Bathurst Titan and saved his best for last when he notched his first hat trick and a career-high five points to finish the week. He has 75 points in 57 games this campaign. The second star of the week went to Saint John Sea Dogs’ defender Thomas Chabot, who had five helpers and seven points in four matches. The 18th overall pick in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft by the Ottawa Senators has 34 points in 26 games this year. Columbus prospect Vitalii Abramov was the third star of the week. The Gatineau forward scored five goals and added three assists in four matches. The third-round choice in 2016 ranks second in the league points (87) and goals (43) in 56 games.