Sept 22, 2014 (ISN) – Calgary, AB – The Western Hockey League announced today that Swift Current Broncos’
forward Jay Merkley is the Denny’s WHL Player of the Week for the week ending
September 21, 2014.
Merkley recorded five goals and two assists for seven points along with a +4 rating
in two games to lead the Broncos to back-to-back wins over the Moose Jaw Warriors to
open the 2014-15 WHL Regular Season.
On Friday, September 19th, Merkley scored three goals and added an assist while
being named the game’s 1st Star in a 6-0 shutout victory over the visiting Warriors
in Swift Current. On Saturday, September 20th, Merkley scored two more goals,
including the game-winner, and recorded an assist as the Warriors skated to a 5-2
victory in Moose Jaw.
Merkley, a 19-year-old from Calgary, AB, is in his fourth season in the WHL, and
second full campaign with the Swift Current Broncos. The 5’11”, 195-lb centre leads
all WHL players in goals and points through the first weekend of play in the 2014-15
regular season. Originally selected by the Lethbridge Hurricanes in the first
round, third overall, in the 2010 WHL Bantam Draft, Merkley has scored 67 goals and
125 points in 205 career WHL games. He is eligible for the 2015 NHL Draft.
The WHL has also nominated Carter Hart of the Everett Silvertips for the Vaughn CHL
Goaltender of the Week award. The 16-year-old product of Sherwood Park, AB, posted
1-0 record in his only start on opening weekend, stopping all 26 shots he faced
while earning 1st Star honours in a 1-0 road victory over the Seattle Thunderbirds
on Saturday, September 20th. The shutout also marked Hart’s first career WHL
victory. The Silvertips’ eighth-round pick, 158th overall, in the 2013 WHL Bantam
Draft, Hart appeared in two games as a 15-year-old for the ‘Tips last season. He is
eligible for the 2016 NHL Draft.