April 1, 2013, Calgary, AB (ISN) – The Western Hockey League announced today that Portland Winterhawks forward Brendan Leipsic is the Denny’s WHL Player of the Week.
Leipsic collected 9 points, scoring four goals and five assists, while posting a +3 rating in three games over the past week as the skated to a 2-1 record in three games of their Kal Tire WHL Western Conference quarter final series versus the Everett Silvertips.
On Wednesday, March 27th, Leipsic scored once and set up two more while earning 2nd Star honors in a 7-3 road victory over the Silvertips in Game 3 of the series. On Friday, March 29th, Leipsic scored twice and picked up three assists for a five-point effort while earning 2nd Star honors in an 11-4 win over the Silvertips in Everett in Game 4 of the series. On Saturday, March 30th, Leipsic scored for a third straight game as the Winterhawks fell 3-2 to the visiting Silvertips in Game 5 of the series.
Leipsic, an 18-year-old from Winnipeg, MB, is in his third full season in the WHL with the Portland Winterhawks. The 5’9″, 170-lb center currently shares the WHL lead in post-season scoring with 11 points in just five games. A Nashville Predators prospect, Leipsic shared the WHL regular-season scoring lead with Portland line mate Nic Petan, each posting 120 points, and led all WHL players with 49 goals.
The WHL has also nominated Laurent Brossoit of the Edmonton Oil Kings for the CHL Goaltender of the Week award. Brossoit, a 19-year-old from Surrey, B.C., managed a perfect 3-0 record, including a shutout, in three starts for the Oil Kings over the last week as they eliminated the Kootenay Ice in their Husky WHL Eastern Conference quarter-final series. Brossoit allowed just two goals on 70 shots in three games last week for a sparkling 0.67 goals-against average and a .971 save percentage in that span.
Denny’s WHL Player of the Week
Mar 25 – Mar 31: Brendan Leipsic, Portland Winterhawks
Mar 18 – Mar 24: Stephane Legault, Edmonton Oil Kings
Mar 11 – Mar 17: Nicolas Petan, Portland Winterhawks
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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