ST. CROIX NAMED CHL PLAYER OF THE WEEK

Tue Mar 5

Toronto, ON – The Canadian Hockey League today announced that forward Michael St. Croix of the Edmonton Oil Kings is the CHL Player of the Week after scoring two goals and seven assists for nine points in three games with a plus-minus rating of plus-5 for the week ending March 3.

St. Croix led the Eastern Conference leading Oil Kings to three wins last week producing multi-point efforts in all three games.  Last Tuesday night he scored once with two assists as second star of a 6-2 road win over the Seattle Thunderbirds.  He then scored the game-winner with just 1:03 remaining in the third period and also recorded an assist in a thrilling Wednesday night showdown visiting the WHL’s top ranked team the Portland Winterhawks and claimed third star honours in the 4-3 victory.  His week wrapped up in Everett on Friday with his second four-point game of the season this time with four helpers as first star of a 7-1 win over the Silvertips.

St. Croix, a 19-year-old from Winnipeg, MB, is playing in his fourth WHL season with the Oil Kings.  Selected by the New York Rangers in the fourth round of the 2011 NHL Draft, St. Croix is currently ninth in WHL scoring with 83 points including 33 goals and 50 assists.

Also considered for the award this week was Dallas Stars prospect Brett Ritchie of the Niagara IceDogs who scored five goals and three assists for nine points in three games, and 2013 NHL Draft top prospect Anthony Mantha of the Val-d’Or Foreurs with two goals and four assists for six points in three games.

2012-13 CHL Players of the Week:
Feb. 25 – Mar. 3: Michael St. Croix, Edmonton Oil Kings
Feb. 18 – Feb. 24: Justin Feser, Tri-City Americans
Feb. 11 – Feb. 17: Nikita Kucherov, Rouyn-Noranda Huskies
Feb. 4 – Feb. 10: Kerby Rychel, Windsor Spitfires
Jan. 28 – Feb. 3: Colin Smith, Kamloops Blazers
Jan. 21 – Jan. 27: Dmitrij Jaskin, Moncton Wildcats
Jan. 14 – Jan. 20: Alex Gogolev, Victoria Royals
Jan. 7 – Jan 13: Valentin Zykov, Baie-Comeau Drakkar
Dec. 31 – Jan. 6: Zach O’Brien, Acadie-Bathurst Titan
Dec. 24 – Dec. 30: Anton Zlobin, Val-d’Or Foreurs
Dec. 10 – Dec. 16: Alex Galchenyuk, Sarnia Sting
Dec. 3 – Dec. 9: Jaimen Yakubowski, Lethbridge Hurricanes
Nov. 26 – Dec. 2: Josh Currie, PEI Rocket
Nov. 19 – Nov. 25: Scott Kosmachuk, Guelph Storm
Nov. 12 – Nov. 18: Raphaël Bussières, Baie-Comeau Drakkar
Nov. 5 – Nov. 11 : Philippe Maillet, Victoriaville Tigres
Oct. 29 – Nov. 4 : Brett Ritchie, Niagara IceDogs
Oct. 22 – Oct. 28: Curtis Valk, Medicine Hat Tigers
Oct. 15 – Oct. 21: Hunter Garlent, Guelph Storm
Oct. 8 – Oct. 14: JC Lipon, Kamloops Blazers
Oct. 1 – Oct. 7: JC Lipon, Kamloops Blazers
Sept. 24 – Sept. 30: Jean-Sébastien Dea, Rouyn-Noranda Huskies
Sept. 20 – Sept. 23: Jonathan Drouin, Halifax Mooseheads