WHL Announces Weekly Award Winners

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Seattle Thunderbirds defenceman Ethan Bear has been named the WHL Player of the Week for the week ending May 7, 2017.

Bear registered three points (1G-2A) in two games as the Thunderbirds split the opening two contests of the 2017 WHL Championship Series presented by Rogers in Regina.

Back in the lineup after missing time due to injury, Bear logged a goal and an assist on Friday, May 5, as the Thunderbirds claimed a 2-1 overtime win at Regina to open the 2017 WHL Championship Series. The performance was good enough for third-star honours. On Saturday, May 6, Bear tallied one assist as the Thunderbirds fell to the Regina Pats in overtime by a 4-3 margin.

Bear sits second in WHL Playoffs scoring among all WHL defencemen with 19 points (6G-13A) in 13 games. His six goals are tied for first among all WHL defencemen.

The 19-year-old product of Ochapowace, Sask., finished the WHL regular season third in scoring among defencemen, with 70 points (28G-42A) through 67 games.

A fifth-round pick (124th) of the NHL’s Edmonton Oilers at the 2015 NHL Draft, the 5-foot-11, 205-pound defencemen has accumulated 192 points (66G-126A) in 264 career WHL regular season contests, all with the Thunderbirds. Additionally, Bear has notched 48 points (17G-31A) in 46 career WHL post-season outings.

He was originally a second-round pick (25th) of the Seattle Thunderbirds at the 2012 WHL Bantam Draft.

Bear and the Thunderbirds host the Regina Pats for Games 3, 4 and 5 of the 2017 WHL Championship Series presented by Rogers, with Game 3 slated for Tuesday, May 9 (7:35 p.m. PT) at the ShoWare Center in Kent, Wash.

Regina Pats goaltender Tyler Brown has been named the WHL Goaltender of the Week and the league nominee for Vaughn CHL Goaltender of the Week for the week ending May 7, 2017.

The 20-year-old Brown went 1-1 with a 2.39 goals-against average, .911 save percentage and 51 saves over 126 minutes played as the Regina Pats split the opening two games of the 2017 WHL Championship Series with the Seattle Thunderbirds. This is the fourth time this season Brown has been named WHL Goaltender of the Week. He was previously named WHL Goaltender of the Week for the week ending March 12, the week ending April 16 and the week ending April 23.

On Friday, May 5, Brown stopped 24 of 26 shots in a 2-1 overtime loss versus Seattle. The following night, the veteran goaltender stopped 27 of 30 shots in a 4-3 overtime win versus Seattle.

To this point in the 2017 WHL Playoffs, Brown is 13-6 with a 2.16 GAA and .925 SV%. He sits among the WHL Playoffs leaders in wins (T-1st), GAA (2nd) and SV% (3rd).

Brown, who is in his third WHL campaign, went 33-8-5-1 with a 2.64 GAA, .911 SV% and five shutouts in 50 regular season appearances. The 6-foot-1, 178-pound product of Winnipeg has gone 61-34-7-6 with a 2.94 GAA, .908 SV% and seven shutouts in 119 career WHL regular season appearances.

In 31 career WHL post-season appearances, Brown is 20-11 with a 2.36 GAA, .921 SV% and two shutouts.

Brown and the Pats visit the Seattle Thunderbirds for Games 3, 4 and 5 of the 2017 WHL Championship Series presented by Rogers, with Game 3 slated for Tuesday, May 9 (7:35 p.m. PT) at the ShoWare Center in Kent, Wash.

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. 26Jan. 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
Jan. 30 – Feb. 5: Kole Lind, Kelowna Rockets
Feb. 6 – Feb. 12: Mathew Barzal, Seattle Thunderbirds
Feb. 13 – Feb. 19: Ethan Bear, Seattle Thunderbirds
Feb. 20 – Feb. 27: Nick Henry, Regina Pats
Feb. 28 – March 5: Tyler Wong, Lethbridge Hurricanes
March 6 – March 12: Cody Glass, Portland Winterhawks
March 13 – March 19: Brandon Hagel, Red Deer Rebels
March 20 – March 27: Sam Steel, Regina Pats
March 28 – April 2:  Ethan Bear, Seattle Thunderbirds
April 3 – April 9: Giorgio Estephan, Lethbridge Hurricanes
April 10 – April 16: Reid Gardiner, Kelowna Rockets
April 17 – April 23: Reid Gardiner, Kelowna Rockets
April 24 – April 30: Adam Brooks, Regina Pats
May 1 – May 7: Ethan Bear, Seattle Thunderbirds

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. 26Jan. 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
Jan. 30 – Feb. 5: Stuart Skinner, Lethbridge Hurricanes
Feb. 6 – Feb. 12: Brodan Salmond, Kelowna Rockets
Feb. 13 – Feb. 19: Zach Sawchenko, Moose Jaw Warriors
Feb. 20 – Feb. 27: Zach Sawchenko, Moose Jaw Warriors
Feb. 28 – March 5: Michael Herringer, Kelowna Rockets
March 6 – March 12: Tyler Brown, Regina Pats
March 13 – 19: Cole Kehler, Portland Winterhawks
March 20 – 27: Michael Herringer, Kelowna Rockets
March 28 – April 2: Carter Hart, Everett Silvertips
April 3 – April 9: Jordan Papirny, Swift Current Broncos
April 10 – April 16: Tyler Brown, Regina Pats
April 17 – April 23: Tyler Brown, Regina Pats
April 24 – April 30: Carl Stankowski, Seattle Thunderbirds
May 1 – May 7: Tyler Brown, Regina Pats

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