(ISN) – CALGARY, AB – The Western Hockey League announced today that Victoria Royals defenseman Travis Brown is the Denny’s WHL Player of the Week for the week ending January 4th, 2015.
Brown notched five points (1g-4a), while posting a plus-six rating in two games over the past week leading the Royals to two straight victories in that span.
On Friday, January 2nd, Brown had a four-point outing (1g-3a) and finished the game with a plus-four rating while claiming first star honours in an 8-1 triumph over the visiting Spokane Chiefs. On Saturday, January 3rd, Brown potted his 15th goal of the season and extended his point streak to six games as Victoria defeated the Chiefs 4-2.
Brown, a 20-year-old Winnipeg, MB product, currently sits tied with teammate Joe Hicketts for the scoring lead amongst WHL rearguards with 38 points and his 15 goals is also good for first in the league for defensemen. The 6’2″, 198 lb defenseman is in his fifth WHL campaign and second as a member of the Victoria Royals. Originally a fourth-round pick, 76th overall, of the Moose Jaw Warriors in the 2009 WHL Bantam Draft, Brown has amassed 162 points (45g-117a) in 251 career regular season contests. Brown was selected by the Chicago Blackhawks in the fifth round, 149th overall in the 2012 NHL Draft.
The WHL has also nominated Adin Hill of the Portland Winterhawks for the Vaughn CHL Goaltender of the Week award. Hill, an 18-year-old from Calgary, AB, registered a 0.67 goals-against average and a .978 save percentage, including two shutouts, in three starts during the past week. On Wednesday, December 31st, Hill stopped 26 shots as the Winterhawks fell to the visiting Seattle Thunderbirds 2-1. On Saturday, January 3rd, Hill turned aside all 35 shots he faced and was named the game’s first star as Portland blanked the visiting Tri-City Americans 3-0. Hill finished the week by making 29 saves to record his second straight shutout while also earning first star honours in a 4-0 victory over the visiting Thunderbirds on Sunday. He currently leads all goalies this season with a .934 save percentage and his 2.44 goals-against average is good for third place. Now in his second WHL campaign with the Portland Winterhawks, Hill has posted a 14-5 record with two shutouts in 22 career regular season appearances.
Denny’s WHL Player of the Week
Dec. 29 – Jan. 4: Travis Brown, Victoria Royals
Dec. 15 – Dec. 28: Trevor Cox, Medicine Hat Tigers
Dec. 8 – Dec. 14: Cole Sanford, Medicine Hat Tigers
Dec. 1 – Dec. 7: Connor Rankin, Calgary Hitmen
Nov. 24 – Nov. 30: Oliver Bjorkstrand, Portland Winterhawks
Nov. 17 – Nov. 23: Lane Bauer, Edmonton Oil Kings
Nov. 10 – Nov. 16: Sam Reinhart, Kootenay Ice
Nov. 3 – Nov. 9: Rourke Chartier, Kelowna Rockets
Oct. 27 – Nov. 2: Josh Morrissey, Prince Albert Raiders
Oct. 20 – Oct. 26: Conner Bleackley, Red Deer Rebels
Oct. 13 – Oct. 19: Joe Hicketts, Victoria Royals
Oct. 6 – Oct. 12: Ivan Nikolishin, Everett Silvertips
Sept. 29 – Oct. 5: Madison Bowey, Kelowna Rockets
Sept. 22 – Sept. 28: Carson Stadnyk, Everett Silvertips
Sept. 19 – Sept. 21: Jay Merkley, Swift Current Broncos