Toronto, ON – The Canadian Hockey League today announced that Hunter Shinkaruk of the Medicine Hat Tigers is the CHL Player of the Week for the week ending November 5 after scoring seven goals and four assists for 11 points in three games.
Shinkarurk opened the week with back-to-back hat-trick performances including last Tuesday night when he scored three goals and added three assists for a career-best six-point game as part of a 10-2 win over the Everett Silvertips where he was named first star of the game. Shinkaruk would be named the game’s first star again on Saturday night in Brandon scoring three goals in a 4-3 overtime win over the Brandon Wheat Kings. His week wrapped up Sunday scoring a goal and an assist despite a 4-3 overtime loss to the Regina Pats.
Shinkaruk, a 17-year-old from Calgary, AB, is playing in his second WHL season with the Tigers. Eligible for the 2013 NHL Entry Draft, he is currently seventh in WHL scoring with 28 points in 20 games and second in the league in goals scored with 20 trailing teammate and former CHL Player of the Week Emerson Etem.
Also considered for the award this week was Matt Puempel of the Peterborough Petes who scored four goals and two assists for six points in three games, and Anton Zlobin of the Shawinigan Cataractes who scored five goals and two assists for seven points in three games.
2011-12 CHL Players of the Week:
Oct. 31 – Nov. 5: Hunter Shinkaruk, Medicine Hat Tigers
Oct. 24 – Oct. 30: Jonathan Huberdeau, Saint John Sea Dogs
Oct. 17 – Oct. 23: Brandon Saad, Saginaw Spirit
Oct. 10 – Oct. 16: Nail Yakupov, Sarnia Sting
Oct. 3 – Oct. 9: Emerson Etem, Medicine Hat Tigers
Sept. 26 – Oct. 2: Mark Stone, Brandon Wheat Kings
Sept. 21 – Sept. 25: Tanner Pearson, Barrie Colts