Cory Flett

Toronto, ON – The Canadian Hockey League today announced that Saskatoon Blades defenceman Dalton Thrower is the CHL Player of the Week for the week ending January 1 after scoring 11 points in four games including three goals and eight assists.

Thrower helped the Blades win a pair of games this past week highlighted by a big six-point game on Friday against the Prince Albert Raiders where he scored two goals and picked up four assists as second star of a 9-4 win. The Blades also beat the Brandon Wheat Kings on Sunday with Thrower scoring once and adding three assists as second star of the 8-2 win. His week also included a one assist performance despite a 7-2 loss to the Edmonton Oil Kings last Tuesday before being held pointless on Thursday in a 5-2 loss to the Raiders.

Thrower, an 18-year-old from North Vancouver, BC, is playing in his third full WHL season with the Blades. Thrower is the first defenceman to claim the CHL honour this season and is currently ranked ninth among WHL defencemen in scoring with 30 points in 39 games played.

Also considered for the award this week was defenceman Beau Schmitz of the Plymouth Whalers who scored four goals and one assist for five points in three games. In the QMJHL, Brandon Hynes of the Victoriaville Tigres scored three goals and seven assists for 10 points in three games.

2011-12 CHL Players of the Week:

Dec. 26 – Jan. 1: Dalton Thrower, Saskatoon Blades

Dec. 12 – Dec. 18: Alexandre Mallet, Rimouski Oceanic

Dec, 5 – Dec. 11: Yanni Gourde, Victoriaville Tigres

Nov. 28 – Dec. 4: Christian Thomas, Oshawa Generals

Nov. 21 – Nov. 27: Ty Rattie, Portland Winterhawks

Nov. 14 – Nov. 20: Alex Saulnier, Moncton Wildcats

Nov. 7 – Nov. 13: Ryan Spooner, Kingston Frontenacs

Oct. 31 – Nov. 6: 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