Blazers’ Smith Named CHL Player of the Week

WHL Logo

February 6, 2013, Toronto, ON (ISN) – The Canadian Hockey League today announced that Kamloops Blazers’ forward Colin Smith is the CHL Player of the Week for the week ending February 3 after recording 10 points including four goals and six assists in four games.

The three-time WHL Player of the Week helped the Blazers pick up three wins last week beginning on Monday with a goal and two assists as second star of a 6-5 overtime win over the Kelowna Rockets. On Wednesday he scored once despite a 5-2 loss to the Portland Winterhawks but bounced back on Friday by matching a season-high with five points including a goal and four assists and was second star of the 7-4 win over the Spokane Chiefs. He wrapped up his week on Saturday extending his point-streak to six games with a goal in a 3-2 shootout win over the Everett Silvertips.

Smith, a 19-year-old from Edmonton, AB, is playing in his fourth full WHL season with the Blazers. Selected in the seventh round of the 2012 NHL Draft by the Colorado Avalanche, Smith is currently third in WHL scoring with 86 points in 55 games scoring 36 goals and 50 assists for the Blazers who sit third in the Western Conference with 75 points.

Also considered for the award this week was Detroit Red Wings prospect defenceman Ryan Sproul of the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds who scored three goals and three assists for six points in two games, and QMJHL rookie and 2013 NHL Draft prospect Martin Reway of the Gatineau Olympiques who scored four goals with two assists for six points in two games.

2012-13 CHL Players of the Week:

Jan. 28 – Feb. 3: Colin Smith, Kamloops Blazers

Jan. 21 – Jan. 27: Dmitrij Jaskin, Moncton Wildcats

Jan. 14 – Jan. 20: Alex Gogolev, Victoria Royals

Jan. 7 – Jan 13: Valentin Zykov, Baie-Comeau Drakkar

Dec. 31 – Jan. 6: Zach O’Brien, Acadie-Bathurst Titan

Dec. 24 – Dec. 30: Anton Zlobin, Val-d’Or Foreurs

Dec. 10 – Dec. 16: Alex Galchenyuk, Sarnia Sting

Dec. 3 – Dec. 9: Jaimen Yakubowski, Lethbridge Hurricanes

Nov. 26 – Dec. 2: Josh Currie, PEI Rocket

Nov. 19 – Nov. 25: Scott Kosmachuk, Guelph Storm

Nov. 12 – Nov. 18: Raphaël Bussières, Baie-Comeau Drakkar

Nov. 5 – Nov. 11 : Philippe Maillet, Victoriaville Tigres

Oct. 29 – Nov. 4 : Brett Ritchie, Niagara IceDogs

Oct. 22 – Oct. 28: Curtis Valk, Medicine Hat Tigers

Oct. 15 – Oct. 21: Hunter Garlent, Guelph Storm

Oct. 8 – Oct. 14: JC Lipon, Kamloops Blazers

Oct. 1 – Oct. 7: JC Lipon, Kamloops Blazers

Sept. 24 – Sept. 30: Jean-Sébastien Dea, Rouyn-Noranda Huskies

Sept. 20 – Sept. 23: Jonathan Drouin, Halifax Mooseheads