Wednesday, November 26, 2008

New Rankings

Press Release

Toronto, Ontario – The Canadian Hockey League today announced the CHL Mosaik MasterCard Top 10 Rankings for this week. The weekly rankings of the Canadian Hockey League’s Top 10 are selected by a panel of National Hockey League scouts.

CHL Mosaik MasterCard Top-10 Rankings – Week 11

Rank Team (Record)
1. Windsor Spitfires (22-2-0-0)
2. Shawinigan Cataractes (22-4-0-0)
3. Calgary Hitmen (22-4-1-0)
4. Vancouver Giants (20-1-0-3)
5. Moncton Wildcats (19-2-2-1)
6. London Knights (19-5-0-1)
7. Brampton Battalion (18-6-0-0)
8. Drummondville Voltigeurs (19-4-0-2)
9. Cape Breton Screaming Eagles (19-6-1-0)
10. Medicine Hat Tigers (16-7-2-3)

Press Release

Toronto, ON – The Canadian Hockey League today announced that forward Scott Glennie of the Brandon Wheat Kings is the Boston Pizza CHL Player of the Week for the week ending November 23. Glennie scored six goals and two assists for eight points with a plus-minus rating of plus-2 in three games helping the Wheat Kings to a 2-0-0-1 record.

Glennie began his week on Tuesday when the Wheat Kings hosted the Spokane Chiefs. He scored two goals and was named the first star of the game in the 4-1 victory. On Friday night he scored one goal and two assists in a high scoring game that resulted in a 7-6 shootout victory in favour of the Kootenay Ice. Glennie finished the week strong as the first star of the game Saturday night after netting his second career WHL hat-trick including the overtime winner in a 5-4 win on the road against the Saskatoon Blades.

Glennie, a 17-year-old from Winnipeg, MB is in his second WHL season with the Wheat Kings. In 25 games this season, Glennie leads the Brandon Wheat Kings in scoring with 15 goals and 14 assists for 29 points. He is eligible for the 2009 NHL Entry Draft and was recently ranked fourth among WHL skaters by NHL Central Scouting.

Eric Tangradi of the Belleville Bulls represents the OHL nominee for the award for scoring four goals and five assists for nine points in three games. Tangradi was first star on Wednesday when he had a five-point night in an 8-1 win over the Niagara IceDogs. Michael Kirkpatrick of the Saint John Sea Dogs is the QMJHL nominee for scoring four goals, including two shorthanded, and one assist for five points in two games. Kirkpatrick had a four-point night in a 6-5 shootout win over the Moncton Wildcats on Saturday.

2008-09 Boston Pizza CHL Player of the Week

Nov. 25 – Scott Glennie, Brandon Wheat Kings
Nov. 18 – Mathew Sisca, Niagara IceDogs
Nov. 11 – Yannick Riendeau, Drummondville Voltigeurs
Nov. 4 – Dana Tyrell, Prince George Cougars
Oct. 28 – Jamie Benn, Kelowna Rockets
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


Toronto, ON – The Canadian Hockey League today announced that Antoine Lafleur of the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies is the ADT CHL Goaltender of the Week for the week ending November 23.

Lafleur helped the Telus Western Division leading Huskies earn two wins on the road this week. In the two games Lafleur posted a goals-against-average of 1.49 and a save percentage of .942. His week began on Friday night where he made 23 saves in a 3-2 win over the Chicoutimi Saguenéens. On Saturday night in Baie-Comeau, Lafleur made 26 saves in the 2-1 overtime win over the Drakkar. Lafleur was named the first star of that game.

Lafleur, a 19-year-old from Gatineau, QC is in his fourth QMJHL season and second with the Huskies. He began his career with the Prince Edward Island Rocket where he played two seasons. He was the first goalie to be credited with a goal scored in a 4-3 win over the Halifax Mooseheads September 25, 2005. Lafleur was selected by the New York Rangers in the second round, 48 overall in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft.

Honourable mention for the ADT CHL Goaltender of the Week award goes to Ryan Holfeld of the WHL’s Medicine Hat Tigers. The 19-year-old from LeRoy, SK went 2-0-0-0 for the Tigers allowing just two goals on 66 shots. Edward Pasquale of the OHL’s Saginaw Spirit was also nominated after posting three road wins with a 1.94 goals-against-average and a .941 save percentage including a first star 37 save performance in a 3-2 overtime win over the Owen Sound Attack on Wednesday night.

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2008-09 ADT CHL Goaltender of the Week

Nov. 25 – Antoine Lafleur, Rouyn-Noranda Huskies
Nov. 18 – Martin Jones, Calgary Hitmen
Nov. 11 – Tyson Sexsmith, Vancouver Giants
Nov. 4 – Mike Murphy, Belleville Bulls
Oct. 28 – Nicola Riopel, Moncton Wildcats
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

(Nathan also is a writer for Maineiacs Post to Post and the Maine Hockey Journal. He can be reached at

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