TORONTO, Wednesday, October 22, 2008 – The Canadian Hockey League today announced its most recent CHL Mosaik MasterCard Top 10 rankings for the 2008-09 season. Four Quebec Major Junior Hockey League teams managed to crack the upper echelon of the CHL: The Quebec Remparts, the Moncton Wildcats, the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles and the Shawinigan Cataractes.Boston Pizza CHL Player of the Week
The weekly rankings of the Canadian Hockey League's top 10 teams are selected by a panel of National Hockey League scouts.
CHL Mosaik MasterCard Top 10 Rankings
1. Windsor Spitfires (12-1-0-0)
2. Quebec Remparts (11-1-0-0)
3. Moncton Wildcats (11-0-2-0)
4. Spokane Chiefs (8-1-0-3)
5. Cape Breton Screaming Eagles (11-4-0-0)
6. Calgary Hitmen (10-3-0-0)
7. Vancouver Giants (7-0-0-3)
8. London Knights (8-3-0-1)
9. Shawinigan Cataractes (11-4-0-0)
10. Guelph Storm (8-4-0-1)
By: Canadian Hockey LeagueADT CHL Goaltender of the Week
The Canadian Hockey League today announced that Matthew Pistilli of the Shawinigan Cataractes is the Boston Pizza CHL Player of the Week for the week ending October 19 after scoring six goals and four assists for ten points in three games finishing with a plus-4 plus-minus rating.
Pistilli led the Cataractes to three wins this week including a 7-0 victory Tuesday night over the Drummondville Voltigeurs where he recorded two goals and one assist and was named the first star of the game. Pistilli would repeat as the first star of the game Friday night when he scored his fourth career QMJHL hat-trick and added two assists in an 8-3 win over the Rimouski Oceanic. Pistilli would finish his week Saturday with a goal and an assist in a 7-5 win over the Val d’Or Foreurs.
Pistilli, a 20-year-old from Montreal, QC is in his fifth QMJHL season and is currently tied for the league lead in goals scored with 12 while the entire Cataractes team leads all QMJHL teams in goals for with 78. Pistilli played in 63 games last season for the Gatineau Olympiques and scored 37 goals and 56 assists for 93 points.
The WHL nominee was Jay Fehr of the Brandon Wheat Kings who had two four-point nights this week accumulating five goals and four assists for nine points in three games leading the 2010 MasterCard Memorial Cup hosts to a 2-0-1-0 record. In the OHL, rookie goaltender Brandon Foote of the Brampton Battalion was the nominee for the award after going 4-0-0-0 and posting two shutouts.
2008-09 Boston Pizza CHL Player of the Week
Oct. 21 – Matthew Pistilli, Shawinigan Cataractes
Oct. 14 – Justin DiBenedetto, Sarnia Sting
Oct. 7 – Stefan Della Rovere, Barrie Colts
Sept. 30 – Joel Broda, Moose Jaw Warriors
Sept. 23 – Michael Stinziani, Cape Breton Screaming Eagles
By: Canadian Hockey League
The Canadian Hockey League today announced that Brandon Foote of the Brampton Battalion is the ADT CHL Goaltender of the Week for the week ending October 19.
Foote, a 17-year-old rookie from Whitby, ON, led the Brampton Battalion to a 4-0-0-0 record this week picking up all four victories including his first two OHL career shutouts. His week began with a 16 save shutout win over the Sudbury Wolves 4-0 in Brampton Monday afternoon where he was named third star of the game. His second shutout came in a close 1-0 win Friday night on the road over the Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors. His 23 saves made him first star of the game and earned Battalion head coach Stan Butler his 400th CHL win. Foote also made 37 saves in a 5-4 win over the Barrie Colts Thursday night, and 16 saves on Sunday when the Battalion defeated the Majors 5-3. In the four games, Foote maintained a 1.75 goals-against-average and a .929 save percentage.
Martin Jones of the Calgary Hitmen was the WHL nominee for the award this week going 3-0-0-0 with a shutout win after making 23 saves Thursday night when the Hitmen defeated the Lethbridge Hurricanes 4-0. Timo Pielmeier backstopped the Shawinigan Cataractes to a 3-0-0-0 record this week posting 39 saves for his first shutout of the season in a 7-0 win over the Drummondville Voltigeurs to represent the QMJHL nominee for the ADT CHL Goaltender of the Week award.
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2008-09 ADT CHL Goaltender of the Week
Oct. 21 – Brandon Foote, Brampton Battalion
Oct. 14 – Calvin Pickard, Seattle Thunderbirds
Oct. 7 – Olivier Roy, Cape Breton Screaming Eagles
Sept. 30 – Andrew Engelage, Windsor Spitfires
Sept. 23 – Jamie Tucker, Vancouver Giants
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