Hitmens’ Sylvester Named Denny’s WHL Player of the Week

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March 11, 2013, Calgary, AB (ISN) – The Western Hockey League announced today that Calgary Hitmen forward Cody Sylvester is the Denny’s WHL Player of the Week, for the second time this season.

Sylvester collected 12 points, scoring five goals and seven assists to go with a +8 rating in four games over the past week, helping the Hitmen to a 4-0-0-0 road record in that span.

On Tuesday, March 5, the Hitmen were in Saskatoon to face the Blades. Sylvester collected seven points (one goal and six assists), a Hitmen franchise record for points in a single game, and was named the game’s 1st Star in their 9-5 win over the Blades. The next night, Wednesday, March 7, the Hitmen were in Prince Albert to face the Raiders. Sylvester gathered one goal and one assist in Hitmen’s 4-3 road victory over the Raiders. On Saturday, March 9, the Hitmen were back at home to host the Lethbridge Hurricanes. Sylvester picked up two goals in Hitmen’s 9-0 triumph over the ‘Canes. The Hitmen wrapped up a busy week Sunday, March 10, hosting the Red Deer Rebels. Sylvester scored one goal in the Hitmen’s 4-3 over-time win over the Rebels.

Sylvester currently sits 11th among all WHL scorers with 84 points (38 goals, 46 assists) in 66 games played thus far this season. The Calgary Hitmen are 6-3-0-1 in their past 10 contests and currently sit 3rd in the WHL Eastern Conference with a 44-20-1-4 record for 93 points.

A 20-year-old from Kelowna, BC, Sylvester is playing his fifth straight year with the Calgary Hitmen. Originally an 8th round selection in the 2007 WHL Draft, Sylvester has gone on to appear 313 career regular season games thus far, gathering 223 points (94 goals, 129 assists).

The WHL has also nominated Cole Cheveldave of the Kamloops Blazers for the CHL Goaltender of the Week Award. Cheveldave posted a 1-2-0-0 record this past week with one shut-out, stopping 76 of 81 shots faced for a 0.938 save-percentage and 1.68 goals-against average.

Denny’s WHL Player of the Week

Mar. 4 – Mar. 10: Cody Sylvester, Calgary Hitmen

Feb. 25 – Mar. 3: Michael St. Croix, Edmonton Oil Kings

Feb. 18 – Feb. 24: Justin Feser, Tri-City Americans

Feb. 11 – Feb. 17: Morgan Rielly, Moose Jaw Warriors

Feb. 4 – Feb. 10: Brenden Walker, Saskatoon Blades

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

Jan. 21 – Jan. 27: Henrik Samuelsson, Edmonton Oil Kings

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

Jan. 7 – Jan. 13: Troy Rutkowski, Portland Winterhawks

Dec. 31 – Jan. 6: Cody Sylvester, Calgary Hitmen

Dec. 17 – Dec. 30: Anthony Bardaro, Prince Albert Raiders

Dec. 10 – Dec. 16: Josh Nicholls, Saskatoon Blades

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

Nov. 26 – Dec. 2: Jaimen Yakubowski, Lethbridge Hurricanes

Nov. 19 – 25: Brendan Leipsic, Portland Winterhawks

Nov. 12 – 18: Colin Smith, Kamloops Blazers

Nov. 5 – Nov. 11: Mark McNeill, Prince Albert Raiders

Oct. 29 – Nov. 4: Justin Feser, Tri-City Americans

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

Oct. 15 – Oct. 21: Colin Smith, Kamloops Blazers

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

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

Sept. 24 – Sept. 30: Hunter Shinkaruk, Medicine Hat Tigers

Sept. 20 – Sept. 23: Nicolas Petan, Portland Winterhawks

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