WHL Announces Weekly Award Winners

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HITMEN’S BEAN NAMED
WHL PLAYER OF THE WEEK

Calgary, AB – The Western Hockey League announced today that Calgary Hitmen defenceman Jake Bean has been named the WHL Player of the Week for the week ending January 29, 2017.

Bean delivered eight points (3G-5A) in three games to help the Hitmen go 1-1-1-0 this past week.
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On Friday, January 27, Bean put four points, including a hat trick, on the board in a 6-5 overtime loss to the Regina Pats and was named second star for his efforts. On Saturday, January 28, Bean followed up with a second consecutive four-point performance, collecting four assists in an 8-3 win at Kootenay and was once again named second star. Only the Brandon Wheat Kings were able to silence the Calgary defender, rendering him without a point on Sunday, January 29, in a 6-1 loss.

An 18-year-old product of Calgary, AB, Bean leads all Hitmen defenders in scoring with 27 points (6G-21A) in 20 games to this point in his third WHL season. He also represented Team Canada at the 2017 IIHF World Junior Championship in Montreal and Toronto, bringing home a silver medal.

The 6-foot-1, 169-pound defenceman was selected in the first round (13th) of the 2016 NHL Draft by the Carolina Hurricanes and signed a three-year, entry-level contract with the team in July 2016.

In 139 career WHL regular season games, Bean has tallied 130 points (35G-95A). He was not selected at the WHL Bantam Draft, instead listed by the Calgary Hitmen.

WINTERHAWKS’ KEHLER NAMED
WHL GOALTENDER OF THE WEEK

Calgary, AB – The Western Hockey League announced today that Portland Winterhawks goaltender Cole Kehler has been named the WHL Goaltender of the Week and the league nominee for Vaughn CHL Goaltender of the Week for the week ending January 29, 2017.
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A 19-year-old product of Altona, MB, Kehler went 1-0-0-0 this past week, with a 1.00 goals-against average and .979 save percentage.

On Friday, January 27, Kehler made 47 saves in a 4-1 win at Everett and was named first star for his efforts.

Through 37 appearances this his third WHL season and first with the Winterhawks, Kehler is 18-14-0-2 with a 3.15 GAA and .910 SV%.

The 6-foot-4, 205-pound goaltender has amassed a career record of 22-32-2-2 with a 3.86 GAA and .887 SV%.

Kehler was originally selected in the sixth round (123rd) by the Kamloops Blazers at the 2012 WHL Bantam Draft.

WHL Player of the Week
Sept. 23 – Sept. 25: Chad Butcher, Medicine Hat Tigers
Sept. 26 – Oct. 2: Sam Steel, Regina Pats
Oct. 3 – Oct. 9: Cody Glass, Portland Winterhawks
Oct. 10 – Oct. 16: Tyler Benson, Vancouver Giants
Oct. 17 – Oct. 23: Kale Clague, Brandon Wheat Kings
Oct. 24 – Oct. 30: Kailer Yamamoto, Spokane Chiefs
Oct. 31 – Nov. 6: Connor Hobbs, Regina Pats
Nov. 7 – Nov. 13: Adam Brooks, Regina Pats
Nov. 14 – Nov. 20: Alexander True, Seattle Thunderbirds
Nov. 21 – Nov. 27: Jayden Halbgewachs, Moose Jaw Warriors
Nov. 28 – Dec. 4: Sergey Zborovskiy, Regina Pats
Dec. 5 – Dec. 11: Calvin Thurkauf, Kelowna Rockets
Dec. 12 – Dec. 18: Deven Sideroff, Kamloops Blazers
Dec. 26 – Jan. 1: Adam Brooks, Regina Pats
Jan. 2 – Jan. 8: Brayden Burke, Moose Jaw Warriors
Jan. 9 – Jan. 15: Tyler Wong, Lethbridge Hurricanes
Jan. 16 – Jan. 22: Tyler Soy, Victoria Royals
Jan. 23 – Jan. 29: Jake Bean, Calgary Hitmen

WHL Goaltender of the Week/Vaughn CHL Goaltender of the Week nominee
Sept. 23 – Sept. 25: Travis Child, Swift Current Broncos
Sept. 26 – Oct. 2: Nick Schneider, Medicine Hat Tigers
Oct. 3 – Oct. 9: Logan Flodell, Saskatoon Blades
Oct. 10 – Oct. 16: Ryan Kubic, Vancouver Giants
Oct. 17 – Oct. 23: Michael Herringer, Kelowna Rockets
Oct. 24 – Oct. 30: Payton Lee, Kootenay ICE
Oct. 31 – Nov. 6: Zach Sawchenko, Moose Jaw Warriors
Nov. 7 – Nov. 13: Patrick Dea, Edmonton Oil Kings
Nov. 14 – Nov. 20: Carter Hart, Everett Silvertips
Nov. 21 – Nov. 27: Carter Hart, Everett Silvertips
Nov. 28 – Dec. 4: Connor Ingram, Kamloops Blazers
Dec. 5 – Dec. 11: Dylan Ferguson, Kamloops Blazers
Dec. 12 – Dec. 18: Ty Edmonds, Prince George Cougars
Dec. 26 – Jan. 1: Griffen Outhouse, Victoria Royals
Jan. 1 – Jan. 8: Rylan Parenteau, Tri-City Americans
Jan. 9 – Jan. 15: Carter Hart, Everett Silvertips
Jan. 16 – Jan. 22: Rylan Toth, Seattle Thunderbirds
Jan. 23 – Jan. 29: Cole Kehler, Portland Winterhawks

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