The Western Hockey League announced today that Medicine Hat Tigers captain James Hamblin has been named the WHL On the Run
Hamblin recorded seven points (2G-5A) and a plus-seven rating in three wins for the Medicine Hat Tigers this past week. The performance helped the Tigers open up a six-point lead on the Calgary Hitmen for second place in the Central Division, also placing them two points behind the division-leading Edmonton Oil Kings.
The Tigers’ week began with a 4-2 win against the Portland Winterhawks Tuesday, which saw Hamblin record a goal and an assist. Hamblin followed that up with a pair of assists in a 5-2 win over the Winnipeg ICE Friday.
Hamblin saved his best performance for last, potting a goal and three points in a 9-1 win over the Red Deer Rebels Saturday. The game featured the 11th short-handed goal of Hamblin’s WHL career as the Tigers once again surged offensively. Hamblin was also named the second star of the game.
The 5-foot-10, 181-pound product of Edmonton, Alta. now ranks in a tie for the WHL scoring lead with 14 points (5G-9A) through 10 games. Those figures include one short-handed goal and one game-winning goal. Medicine Hat originally chose the 20-year-old with the 17th-overall selection of the 2014 WHL Bantam Draft.
In 271 WHL regular season games, Hamblin has recorded 206 points (84-122A), including 26 power-play goals, 11 short-handed goals, and 14 game-winning goals. He’s also appeared in 17 WHL playoffs games, posting 12 points (7G-5A), including one power-play goal and two short-handed goals.
Celebrating their 50th season, the 7-2-1-0 Tigers are back in action Tuesday, October 15 (7:00 p.m. MT), hosting the Saskatoon Blades at the Canalta Centre.