Blazers’ Randord Named CHL Player of the Week


April 9, 2013, Toronto, ON (ISN) – The Canadian Hockey League today announced that Brendan Ranford of the Kamloops Blazers is the CHL Player of the Week for the playoff week ending April 7 collecting eight points in three games including three goals and five assists with a plus-minus rating of plus-5.

Ranford helped the Blazers build a 2-0 series lead over the Kelowna Rockets in the WHL’s Western Conference Semi-Finals earning first star honours in each of the first two road games.  On Saturday night in Game 1 he scored twice including the game-winner as part of the 4-2 victory, then scored a goal and an assist in Game 2 on Sunday in the 5-1 win.  His week also included a four-assist effort last Monday night in the Blazers’ 6-2 win over the Victoria Royals in the decisive sixth game of their first round series.

Ranford, a 20-year-old from Edmonton, AB, is playing in his fifth and final WHL season with the Blazers.  He produced 87 points in 70 regular season games this season and now sits tied for third in playoff scoring with 14 points through eight games.

Also considered for the award this week was Andreas Athanasiou of the Barrie Colts who scored two goals and four assists for six points in three straight wins against the Oshawa Generals in OHL Eastern Conference Semi-Final action.  Christopher Clapperton of the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada was also considered after scoring one goal with six assists for seven points in two straight wins against the Val-d’Or Foreurs in second round action of the QMJHL playoffs.

2012-13 CHL Players of the Week – Playoffs:

Apr. 1 – Apr. 7: Brendan Ranford, Kamloops Blazers

Mar. 25 – Mar. 31: Mitchell Theoret, Barrie Colts

Mar. 18 – Mar. 24: Martin Frk, Halifax Mooseheads

2012-13 CHL Players of the Week – Regular Season:

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: Nikita Kucherov, Rouyn-Noranda Huskies

Feb. 4 – Feb. 10: Kerby Rychel, Windsor Spitfires

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