WHL Announces Weekly Award Winners

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PATS’ NICK HENRY NAMED
WHL PLAYER OF THE WEEK

The Western Hockey League announced today that Regina Pats forward Nick Henry has been named the WHL Player of the Week for the week ending February 26, 2017.

Henry registered 10 points (3G-7A) in four games to help the Pats go 3-0-1-0 this past week.

On Monday, February 20, Henry collected an assist in a 3-2 overtime win at Prince Albert to start his week. On Wednesday, February 22, he then notched a goal and an assist in a 4-1 win at Saskatoon and was named second star for his effort. Henry exploded for four points, including three assists, on Friday, February 24 in a 7-0 win versus Swift Current and was once again recognized with second star honours. He rounded out the weekend with another strong performance on Sunday, February 26, tallying a goal and two assists in a 5-4 overtime loss at Swift Current.

A 17-year-old product of Portage la Prairie, MB, Henry ranks first among all WHL rookies in scoring with 74 points (31G-43A) in 61 games. Those totals are good enough to also place Henry 15th in the WHL’s overall scoring race.

The 6-foot, 190-pound right winger is eligible for the 2017 NHL Draft and was ranked 25th among North American skaters by NHL Central Scouting in its midterm rankings.

Originally selected by the Everett Silvertips in the third round (59th) of the 2014 WHL Bantam Draft, Henry was traded to the Pats after which he de-committed from the NCAA’s Western Michigan University to sign with Regina in September 2016.

Henry’s selection marks the sixth time this season a Regina Pat has earned WHL Player of the Week honours. Sam Steel (October 2), Connor Hobbs (November 6), Adam Brooks (November 13, January 1) and Sergey Zborovskiy (December 4) have all previously been recognized.

WARRIORS’ ZACH SAWCHENKO NAMED
WHL GOALTENDER OF THE WEEK

Western Hockey League announced today that Moose Jaw Warriors goaltender Zach Sawchenko has been named the WHL Goaltender of the Week and the league nominee for Vaughn CHL Goaltender of the Week for the week ending February 26, 2017.

This is the second consecutive week and third time this season the 19-year-old product of Calgary, AB, has been named WHL Goaltender of the Week. Sawchenko went 4-0-0-0 this past week with a 1.50 goals-against average, .946 save percentage and one shutout.

On Tuesday, February 21, Sawchenko stopped 19 shots in a 6-3 win at Medicine Hat. He followed that up by turning aside 32 shots on Wednesday, February 22, in a 3-1 win at Lethbridge, being named first star. Carrying on with his steady play, Sawchenko blocked another 25 shots on Saturday, February 25, in a 5-2 win versus Swift Current. On Sunday, February 26, the veteran goaltender wrapped up his weekend by making another 29 saves in a 2-0 win at Saskatoon, earning first star honours.
Through 44 appearances in his fourth WHL season, Sawchenko is 27-11-5-1 with a 2.66 GAA, .921 SV% and three shutouts. He ranks among WHL leaders in GAA (fifth), SV% (T-3rd), wins (T-3rd) and shutouts (T-5th).

Sawchenko was recognized as WHL Goaltender of the Week for the week ending February 20 after going 2-0-0-0. With an accompany 0.50 GAA, .981 SV% and one shutout, he went on to be named Vaughn CHL Goaltender of the Week. Prior to that, he was named WHL Goaltender of the Week for the week ending November 6, 2016, and was subsequently tabbed with Vaughn CHL Goaltender of the Week honours.

Sawchenko and Carter Hart (Everett Silvertips) are the only two WHL goaltenders to defend WHL Goaltender of the Week honours and both have logged recognition three times this season.

The 6-foot-1, 175-pound Sawchenko is eligible for the 2017 NHL Draft.

Originally selected by the Moose Jaw Warriors in the second round (33rd) of the 2012 WHL Bantam Draft, he has amassed a career record of 85-62-11-4 with a 3.09 GAA, .908 SV% and nine shutouts in 170 career WHL regular season appearances.

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