Derek Hulak voted February’s WHL Graduate of the Month

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March 7, 2014, EDMONTON (ISN) – Canada West Universities Athletic Association and the Western Hockey League proudly recognize former Saskatoon Blades forward Derek Hulak from the University of Saskatchewan Huskies as the WHL Graduate of the Month for February.

Hulak, who played two seasons with the Regina Pats and another two with the Blades, becomes the 26th monthly winner for the Huskies. Brennan Bosch was the last Huskie to win the award, back in March 2013.

The award is voted on by Canada West men’s hockey coaches, with each monthly winner during the season receiving a $500 cheque towards the cost of education, a plaque, a letter from WHL Commissioner Ron Robison and a computer bag. Canada West will also honour recipient at a home game, with an invitation to appear on the WHL Radio Show.

For each of the last three seasons, Hulak has been honoured as one of the Canada West student-athletes to receive a WHL Scholarship. Administered centrally by the WHL Office, the Scholarship is solely funded by member Clubs of the WHL. For every season a player plays in the WHL, they receive a full-year guaranteed Scholarship, including tuition, textbooks and compulsory fees, to a post-secondary institution of their choice.

Back in October 2002, Derek’s brother, Dan Hulak, a defenceman for the Huskies, was named Canada West-WHL Graduate of the Month.

Hulak, 24, was recently named Canada West Player of the Year, voted a First Team All-Star and won the Dave “Sweeney” Schriner Scoring Trophy. In 2011-12, he also won the scoring title and was named a CIS First Team All-Canadian.

A fourth-year Business student playing his hometown of Saskatoon, Hulak is the active Canada West leader in assists and near the top in points. Since 2010, his conference season totals include 34 goals, 89 assists and 123 points over 87 games, to go with 20 points in 18 playoff games. In 2013, before a packed hometown crowd, Hulak played at his first University Cup, picking up an assist in two games. The University of Saskatchewan will host the event again this year, March 20-23 at Credit Union Centre.

During the month of February, Hulak accumulated 13 points over the Huskies’ final five regular season contests to run away with the scoring title by 12 points over his nearest rival, while Saskatchewan went 4-1 over that span to finish third in the Canada West standings at 17-10-1.

In the post-season, the Huskies went 1-2 in quarter-final play against UBC, meaning their next game will be when they host the 2014 CIS Tournament. Hulak had a goal and two assists in three playoff games. For the month as a whole, Hulak had 7-9-16 and was named the game’s 3rd Star on three occasions.

During four full seasons in the Western Hockey League with Regina and Saskatoon, he buried 95 goals and added 147 helpers for 242 points in 267 games, plus an additional 16 points in 18 career playoff matches.

Career statistics for Derek Hulak, courtesy LeagueStat & the WHL Network.

http://whl.ca/roster/show/id/432

http://www.leaguestat.com/canadawest/men/en/stats/player.php?id=492

 

 

 

Regular Season

 

 

 

 

 

Playoffs

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GP

G

A

Pts

PIM

+/-

GP

G

A

Pts

PIM

+/-

2005-06

Regina

WHL

1

0

0

0

0

-2

1

0

0

0

0

E

2006-07

Regina

WHL

19

6

4

10

12

+1

2006-07

Saskatoon

WHL

31

12

14

26

14

-11

2007-08

Saskatoon

WHL

72

16

30

46

36

-25

2008-09

Saskatoon

WHL

72

30

46

76

50

+18

7

3

4

7

4

+2

2009-10

Saskatoon

WHL

72

31

53

84

71

+41

10

2

7

9

4

+4

2010-11

Huskies

CW

11

2

4

6

0

-5

1

0

1

1

0

+1

2011-12

Huskies

CW

28

11

33

44

14

+22

8

1

7

8

6

+2

2012-13

Huskies

CW

20

8

17

25

8

+6

6

4

4

8

6

E

2013-14

Huskies

CW

28

13

35

48

12

+1

3

2

1

3

4

+1

Canada West Totals

 

 

87

34

89

123

34

+24

18

7

13

20

16

+4

WHL Totals

 

 

267

95

147

242

183

+22

18

5

11

16

8

+6

Notable former teammates from the WHL who turned pro include Edmonton Oilers star forward Jordan Eberle, Washington Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby, one-time Columbus Blue Jackets winger Colton Gillies and Colorado Avalanche minor league defenceman Stefan Elliott.

Other nominees for February’s Canada West-WHL Graduate of the Month were Ben Ferguson (Alberta) and Joe Caligiuri (Manitoba).

Statistics for Derek Hulak in February: 

Date                Opponent                 Result               G-A-P          +/-     Notes

Feb. 1              vs. Calgary               W,10-2              2-4-6          +1     3rd Star, 4 assists in 1st, SH goal

Feb. 7              at UBC                      W,3-1                0-1-1          +1     4 shots, assist on GWG

Feb. 8              at UBC                      L,5-1                1-0-1           -1     6 shots

Feb. 14            vs. Regina                 W,7-2                1-2-3           E      3rd Star

Feb. 15            at Regina                   W,4-1                1-1-2         +1      Assist on GWG

Feb. 21            vs. UBC*                   L,5-0                 0-0-0         -2      

Feb. 22            vs. UBC*                   W,5-2                0-1-1         +2      Assist on GWG

Feb. 23            vs. UBC*                   L,6-4                 2-0-2         +1      3rd Star, 8 shots

TOTALS                                          4-1 CW           5-8-13       +2       3rd Star x 2, 13 points

                                                          1-2 Playoffs     2-1-3         +1      3rd Star x 1, 10 shots

Saskatchewan Huskies “WHL Graduate of the Month” winners (26)

                                    No.      Months

Dean Beuker (F)          4          Feb. 03, Nov. 03, Oct.04, Oct.05

Wayde Bucsis (F)         2          Nov. 90, Nov. 92

Brian Purdy (F) 2          Feb. 96, Nov. 96

Trevor Ethier (F)          2          Feb. 98, Mar. 98

Keegan McAvoy (F)      2          Jan. 04, Mar. 07

Kyle Bortis (F) 2          Oct. 11, Dec. 12

Rob McKechney (D)     1          Nov. 89

Roydon Gunn (G)         1          Jan. 92

Jason Becker (D)         1          Dec. 95

Jeff Calvert (G) 1          Feb. 97

Jeff Helperl (D) 1          Oct. 98

Jon Barkman (F)          1          Feb. 02

Dan Hulak (D)             1          Oct. 02

Brent Twordik (F)        1          Mar. 05

Mason Wallin (F)         1          Oct. 06

Steven DaSilva (F)      1          Oct. 08

Brennan Bosch (F)       1          Mar. 13

Derek Hulak (F)           1          Feb. 14

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