Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Slaney Player of the Week

Press Release

Toronto, ON – The Canadian Hockey League today announced that Robert Slaney of the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles is the Boston Pizza CHL Player of the Week for the week ending December 14. Slaney scored five goals and two assists for seven points in four games with a plus-minus rating of plus-1.

Slaney began his scoring Friday night in Saint John as the Screaming Eagles beat the Sea Dogs 4-3 in overtime. He had a second period power play goal and set up Nick MacNeil for the overtime winner collecting two points on the night. The two teams squared off again on Saturday and Slaney led the charge for the Screaming Eagles scoring two second period goals including a power play goal followed by a shorthanded marker that would stand as the game winning goal. Slaney was named first star of the 5-2 win. Slaney and the Screaming Eagles finished their Maritimes road trip in Moncton on Sunday shutting out the Wildcats 3-0. Slaney was again named first star of the game after opening the scoring with the game winning goal and adding an assist and the empty netter in the victory.

Slaney, a 20-year-old forward from Upper Island Cove, Newfoundland, is playing in his fourth QMJHL season with the Screaming Eagles. Slaney was the 2007-08 winner of the Marcel-Robert Trophy as the Scholastic Player of the Year. Slaney currently leads the Screaming Eagles and his seventh in league scoring with 18 goals and 28 assists for 46 points in 34 games this season.

Ian Duval of the Moose Jaw Warriors receives honourable mention as the WHL’s nominee for this award after scoring five goals and two assists for seven points in three games. The Warriors won all three games and Duval was twice recognized as second star of the game as well as first star in the other contest. Cameron Gaunce of the OHL’s Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors was the Boston Pizza OHL Player of the Week with two three-point games accumulating one goal and five assists in three games.

2008-09 Boston Pizza CHL Player of the Week

Dec. 16 – Robert Slaney, Cape Breton Screaming Eagles
Dec. 9 – John Tavares, Oshawa Generals
Dec. 2 – Andrej Nestrasil, Victoriaville Tigres
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

Press Release

Tuesday-December 16, 2008

Toronto, ON – The Canadian Hockey League today announced that Michael Hutchinson of the Barrie Colts is the ADT CHL Goaltender of the Week for the week ending December 14. Hutchinson posted a shutout win along with a goals-against-average of 1.00 and a save percentage of .972 in two games.

Hutchinson played in back-to-back games for the Colts beginning Thursday night at home to one of the OHL’s top teams the Brampton Battalion. He steered aside all 36 shots he faced and was the first star of the game with his third shutout of the season in the 4-0 win. The following night Friday, Hutchinson made 33 saves as the Colts beat the Kingston Frontenacs 7-2. In 20 games played this season Hutchinson has a goals-against-average of 2.79 and a save percentage of .920.

Hutchinson, an 18-year-old from Barrie, ON is in his third season playing for his hometown Colts team. He was selected in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft by the Boston Bruins in the third round, number 77 overall.

Nicholas Champion of the QMJHL’s Acadie-Bathurst Titan was also considered for the award winning two games on the road and posting a 2.28 goals-against-average and a .931 save percentage. Darcy Kuemper of the Red Deer Rebels represents the WHL’s nominee enjoying a 2-0-0-0 week with a shutout win. The 18-year-old rookie from Saskatoon, SK allowed just one goal on 50 shots in two games.

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2008-09 ADT CHL Goaltender of the Week

Dec. 16 – Michael Hutchinson, Barrie Colts
Dec. 9 – Chet Pickard, Tri-City Americans
Dec. 2 – Torrie Jung, Edmonton Oil Kings
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

Top Ten

TORONTO, Wednesday, December 17, 2008 – The Canadian Hockey League today announced its most recent CHL Mosaik MasterCard Top 10 rankings for the 2008-09 season.

Three Quebec Major Junior Hockey League teams managed to crack the upper echelon of the CHL: the Drummondville Voltigeurs, the Shawinigan Cataractes and the Moncton Wildcats.

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 Spitfire (28-4-0-1)
2. Calgary Hitmen (29-5-1-1)
3. Drummondville Voltigeurs (27-4-0-2)
4. Vancouver Giants (27-2-0-3)
5. Shawinigan Cataractes (28-7-0-0)
6. London Knights (24-7-0-1)
7. Moncton Wildcats (25-3-2-2)
8. Tri-City Americans (23-8-0-2)
9. Brampton Battalion (22-10-1-0)
10. Belleville Bulls (22-10-2-2)

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

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