Denny's WHL Player of the Week



DENNY'S WHL PLAYER OF THE WEEK


OCTOBER 7, 2013 - OCTOBER 13, 2013: MATT PUFAHL, EVERETT SILVERTIPS

The Western Hockey League announced today that Everett Silvertips’ defenceman Matt Pufahl is the Denny’s WHL Player of the Week for the week ending October 13, 2013.    

Pufahl recorded six points on four goals and two assists along with a +5 rating over four games in the last week, helping lead the Silvertips to a 3-0-1-0 record on the road in that span.

On Tuesday, October 8th, Pufahl scored both goals and was named the game’s 1st Star in a 2-1 victory over his former Club, the Red Deer Rebels, in Red Deer, AB.  On Wednesday, October 9th, Pufahl enjoyed his second straight two-goal outing, including netting the game-winner, in a 4-2 victory over the Oil Kings in Edmonton, AB.  On Friday, October 11th, Pufahl notched an assist in a 3-2 shootout victory in Prince George over the Cougars.  Pufahl finished his week by recording an assist in a 4-3 overtime loss in Prince George on Saturday.

Pufahl, a 20-year-old from Saskatoon, SK, is in his fourth and final WHL campaign, and first season with the Everett Silvertips.  The 6’3”, 210-lb rearguard currently ranks second among all WHL defencemen with five goals and sits tied for third among blue liners with 10 points this season.  Pufahl was selected by the Red Deer Rebels in the fourth round, 68th overall, in the 2008 WHL Bantam Draft.


SEPTEMBER 30, 2013 - OCTOBER 6 , 2013: NICK MERKLEY, KELOWNA ROCKETS

The Western Hockey League announced today that Kelowna Rockets’ 16-year-old rookie forward Nick Merkley is the Denny’s WHL Player of the Week for the week ending October 6, 2013.    

Merkley recorded six points on four goals and two assists to go with a +6 rating over three games in the last week, helping lead the Rockets to three wins in that span.

On Wednesday, October 2nd, Merkley scored a pair of goals in the third period and was named the game’s 2nd Star in a 6-3 Rockets’ win over the Silvertips in Everett, WA.  On Friday, October 4th, Merkley scored another two goals, including the game-winner, and was named the game’s 3rd Star as the Rockets defeated the visiting Portland Winterhawks 6-2.  On Saturday, October 5th, Merkley chipped in a pair of assists for his third straight two-point outing as the Rockets defeated the Winterhawks 6-3 in Kelowna.

Merkley, a product of Calgary, AB, is in his first WHL season with the Rockets, having been drafted with the ninth overall selection in the 2012 WHL Bantam Draft.  The 5’11”, 176-lb center currently leads the Rockets in goals with five on the season, and ranks third among all WHL rookies in scoring with eight points in six games.


SEPTEMBER 23, 2013 - SEPTEMBER 29 , 2013: MITCH HOLMBERG, SPOKANE CHIEFS

The Western Hockey League announced today that Spokane Chiefs’ forward Mitch Holmberg is the Denny’s WHL Player of the Week for the week ending September 29, 2013.    

Holmberg recorded 10 points on five goals and five assists to go with a +6 rating over three games in the last week, helping lead the Chiefs to three wins in that span.

On Tuesday, September 24th, Holmberg scored two goals and two assists for a four-point outing while earning 1st Star honors in a 6-2 victory over the Victoria Royals in Victoria, B.C.  On Wednesday, September, 25th, Holmberg enjoyed his second four-point outing in as many nights, netting a goal and three assists as the Chiefs defeated the Royals 6-1 in Victoria.  On Saturday, September 28th, Holmberg scored both goals and was named the game’s 1st Star in a 2-1 win over the visiting Tri-City Americans.

Holmberg, a product of Sherwood Park, AB, currently leads all WHL players in scoring with eight goals and 14 points through the Chiefs’ first four games of the season.  The 20-year-old, five-year WHL veteran was the Chiefs’ first-round pick, 21st overall, in the 2008 WHL Bantam Draft.  Holmberg has played 246 career regular-season games for Spokane, amassing 93 goals and 192 points.


SEPTEMBER 19, 2013 - SEPTEMBER 22 , 2013: JULIUS HONKA, SWIFT CURRENT BRONCOS

The Western Hockey League announced today that Swift Current Broncos rookie defenceman Julius Honka is the Denny’s WHL Player of the Week.    

Honka netted 6 points over two games, scoring one goal and five assists to go with a +4 rating while helping the Broncos to a pair of victories over the Regina Pats during the opening weekend of the 2013-14 regular season.    

On Thursday, September 19th, Honka scored once and set up two more for a three-point effort to go with 2nd Star honors in his WHL regular-season debut as the Broncos skated to a 7-2 victory over the Pats in Regina, SK.

On Saturday, September 21st, Honka picked up three assists and was named the game’s 1st Star as the Broncos edged the visiting Pats 3-2 in Swift Current, SK.

Honka, a 17-year-old from Jyvaskyla, Finland, is just beginning his first season in the WHL with the Broncos.  The 5’11”, 175-lb rearguard was the Broncos’ first-round pick, 34th overall, in the 2013 CHL Import Draft.  Honka is eligible for the 2014 NHL Draft.

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2012-13 WHL Player of the Week
Mar. 11 – Mar. 17: Nicolas Petan, Portland Winterhawks
Mar. 4 – Mar. 10: Cody Sylvester, Calgary Hitmen
Feb. 25 – Mar. 3: Michael St. Croix, Edmonton Oil Kings
Feb. 18 – Feb. 24: Justin Feser, Tri-City Americans
Feb. 11 – Feb. 17: Morgan Rielly, Moose Jaw Warriors
Feb. 4 – Feb. 10: Brenden Walker, Saskatoon Blades
Jan. 28 – Feb. 3: Colin Smith, Kamloops Blazers
Jan. 21 – Jan. 27: Henrik Samuelsson, Edmonton Oil Kings
Jan. 14 – Jan. 20: Alex Gogolev, Victoria Royals
Jan. 7 – Jan. 13: Troy Rutkowski, Portland Winterhawks
Dec. 31 – Jan. 6: Cody Sylvester, Calgary Hitmen
Dec. 17 – Dec. 30: Anthony Bardaro, Prince Albert Raiders
Dec. 10 – Dec. 16: Josh Nicholls, Saskatoon Blades
Dec. 3 – Dec. 9: Jaimen Yakubowski, Lethbridge Hurricanes
Nov. 26 – Dec. 2: Jaimen Yakubowski, Lethbridge Hurricanes
Nov. 19 – Nov. 25: Brendan Leipsic, Portland Winterhawks
Nov. 12 – Nov. 18: Colin Smith, Kamloops Blazers
Nov. 5 – Nov. 11: Mark McNeill, Prince Albert Raiders
Oct. 29 – Nov. 4: Justin Feser, Tri-City Americans
Oct. 22 – Oct. 28: Curtis Valk, Medicine Hat Tigers
Oct. 15 – Oct. 21: Colin Smith, Kamloops Blazers
Oct. 8 – Oct. 14: JC Lipon, Kamloops Blazers
Oct. 1 – Oct. 7: JC Lipon, Kamloops Blazers
Sept. 24 – Sept. 30: Hunter Shinkaruk, Medicine Hat Tigers
Sept. 20 – Sept. 23: Nicolas Petan, Portland Winterhawks

2011-12 WHL Player of the Week

Mar. 12 – Mar. 18: Matej Stransky, Saskatoon Blades
Mar. 5 – Mar. 11: Emerson Etem, Medicine Hat Tigers
Feb. 27 – Mar. 4: Sven Bartschi, Portland Winterhawks
Feb. 20 – Feb. 26: Brendan Shinnimin, Tri-City Americans
Feb. 13 – Feb. 19: Michael Ferland, Brandon Wheat Kings
Feb. 6 – Feb. 12: Brendan Ranford, Kamloops Blazers
Jan. 30 – Feb. 5: Dominik Uher, Spokane Chiefs
Jan. 23 – Jan. 29: Mark McNeill, Prince Albert Raiders
Jan. 16 – Jan. 22: Michael St. Croix, Edmonton Oil Kings
Jan. 9 – Jan. 15: Colin Smith, Kamloops Blazers
Jan. 2 – Jan. 8: Brendan Gallagher, Vancouver Giants
Dec. 27 – Jan. 1: Dalton Thrower, Saskatoon Blades
Dec. 2 – Dec. 18: Patrick Holland, Tri-City Americans
Dec. 5 – Dec. 11: Mike Winther, Prince Albert Raiders
Nov. 28 – Dec. 4: Michael St. Croix, Edmonton Oil Kings
Nov. 21 – Nov. 27: Ty Rattie, Portland Winterhawks
Nov. 14 – Nov. 20: Mark Stone, Brandon Wheat Kings
Nov. 7 – Nov. 13: Alex Petrovic, Red Deer Rebels
Oct. 31 – Nov. 6: Hunter Shinkaruk, Medicine Hat Tigers
Oct. 24 – Oct. 30: Cody Beach, Moose Jaw Warriors
Oct. 17 – Oct. 23: Brendan Gallagher, Vancouver Giants
Oct. 10 – Oct. 16: Sven Bartschi, Portland Winterhawks
Oct. 3 – Oct. 9: Emerson Etem, Medicine Hat Tigers
Sept. 26 – Oct. 2: Mark Stone, Brandon Wheat Kings
Sept. 22 – Sept. 25: Adam Hughesman, Tri-City Americans

2010-11 WHL Player of the Week

Mar. 14 – Mar. 20: Mark McNeill, Prince Albert Raiders
Mar. 7 – Mar. 13: Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Red Deer Rebels
Feb. 28 – Mar. 6: Nino Niederreiter, Portland Winterhawks
Feb. 21 – Feb. 27: Brendan Gallagher, Vancouver Giants
Feb. 14 – Feb. 20: Mark Stone, Brandon Wheat Kings
Feb. 7 – Feb. 13: Quinton Howden, Moose Jaw Warriors
Jan. 31 – Feb. 6: Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Red Deer Rebels
Jan. 24 – Jan. 30: Cody Chikie, Kelowna Rockets
Jan. 17 – Jan. 23: Tyler Johnson, Spokane Chiefs
Jan. 10 – Jan. 16: Darcy Kuemper, Red Deer Rebels
Jan. 3 – Jan. 9: Stefan Elliott, Saskatoon Blades
Dec. 27 – Jan. 2: Austin Fyten, Lethbridge Hurricanes
Dec. 13 – Dec. 19: Jonathan Parker, Prince Albert Raiders
Dec. 6 – Dec. 12: Cody Eakin, Swift Current Broncos
Nov. 29 – Dec. 5: Mark Pysyk, Edmonton Oil Kings
Nov. 22 – Nov. 28: Linden Vey, Medicine Hat Tigers
Nov. 15 – Nov. 21: Kellan Tochkin, Everett Silvertips
Nov. 8 – Nov. 14: Brendan Ranford, Kamloops Blazers
Nov. 1 – Nov. 7: Mitchell Callahan, Kelowna Rockets
Oct. 25 – Oct. 31: Andrej Kudrna, Red Deer Rebels
Oct. 18 – Oct. 24: Craig Cunningham, Vancouver Giants
Oct. 11 – Oct. 17: Sena Acolatse, Prince George Cougars
Oct. 4 – Oct. 10: Darian Dziurzynski, Saskatoon Blades
Sept. 27 – Oct. 3: Brad Ross, Portland Winterhawks
Sept. 24 – Sept. 26: Tyler Maxwell, Everett Silvertips

2009-10 WHL Player of the Week
Mar. 8 – Mar. 14: Matt Calvert, Brandon Wheat Kings
Mar. 1 – Mar. 7: Brandon McMillan, Kelowna Rockets
Feb. 22 – Feb. 28: Michael Stickland, Swift Current Broncos
Feb. 15 – Feb. 21: Mitch Wahl, Spokane Chiefs
Feb. 8 – Feb. 14: Brandon Kozun, Calgary Hitmen
Feb. 1 – Feb. 7: Martin Jones, Calgary Hitmen
Jan. 25 – Jan. 31: Tyson Barrie, Kelowna Rockets
Jan. 18 – Jan. 24: Scott Glennie, Brandon Wheat Kings
Jan. 11 – Jan. 17: Jesse Ismond, Kootenay Ice
Jan. 4 – Jan. 10: Brendan Rowinski, Moose Jaw Warriors
Dec. 27 – Jan. 3: Kevin Connauton, Vancouver Giants
Dec. 14 – Dec. 20: Brayden McNabb, Kootenay Ice
Dec. 7 – Dec. 13: Wacey Hamilton, Medicine Hat Tigers
Nov. 30 – Dec. 6: Johnny Lazo, Tri-City Americans
Nov. 23 – Nov. 29: Dustin Sylvester, Kootenay Ice
Nov. 16 – Nov. 22: Ryan Howse, Chilliwack Bruins
Nov. 9 – Nov. 15: Matt Calvert, Brandon Wheat Kings
Nov. 2 – Nov. 8: Brendan Shinniman, Tri-City Americans
Oct. 26 – Nov. 1: Stefan Elliott, Saskatoon Blades
Oct. 19 – Oct. 25: Brandon Kozun, Calgary Hitmen
Oct. 12 – Oct. 18: Mark Isherwood, Medicine Hat Tigers
Oct. 5 – Oct. 11: Jason Bast, Moose Jaw Warriors
Sept. 28 – Oct. 4: Jordan Weal, Regina Pats
Sept. 21 – Sept. 27: Andrew Hayes, Brandon Wheat Kings
Sept. 17 – Sept. 20: Tyler Fiddler, Calgary Hitmen

2008-09 WHL Player of the Week
Sept. 18 – Sept. 21: Jordan Weal, Regina Pats
Sept. 22 – Sept. 28: Joel Broda, Moose Jaw Warriors
Sept. 29 – Oct. 5: Casey Pierro-Zabotel, Vancouver Giants
Oct. 6 – Oct. 12: Evander Kane, Vancouver Giants
Oct. 13 – Oct. 19: Jay Fehr, Brandon Wheat Kings
Oct. 20 – Oct. 26: Jamie Benn, Kelowna Rockets
Oct. 27 – Nov. 2: Dana Tyrell, Prince George Cougars
Nov. 3 – Nov. 9: C.J. Stretch, Kamloops Blazers
Nov. 10 – Nov. 16: Andy Smith, Chilliwack Bruins
Nov. 17 – Nov. 23: Scott Glennie, Brandon Wheat Kings
Nov. 24 – Nov. 30: Taylor Procyshen, Tri-City Americans
Dec. 1 – Dec. 7: Brett Sonne, Calgary Hitmen
Dec. 8 – Dec. 14: Ian Duval, Moose Jaw Warriors
Dec. 15 – Dec. 28: Brandon Kozun, Calgary Hitmen
Dec. 29 – Jan. 4: Joel Broda, Moose Jaw Warriors
Jan. 5 – Jan. 11: Evander Kane, Vancouver Giants
Jan. 12 – Jan. 18: Brayden Schenn, Brandon Wheat Kings
Jan. 19 – Jan. 25: Keith Seabrook, Calgary Hitmen
Jan. 26 – Feb. 1: Drayson Bowman, Spokane Chiefs
Feb. 2 – Feb. 8: Matt Calvert, Brandon Wheat Kings
Feb. 9 – Feb. 15: Brandon Kozun, Calgary Hitmen
Feb. 16 – Feb. 22: Tyler Ennis, Medicine Hat Tigers
Feb. 23 – Mar. 1: Mitch Fadden, Tri-City Americans
Mar. 2 – Mar. 8: Colin Long, Kelowna Rockets
Mar. 9 – Mar. 15: Drayson Bowman, Spokane Chiefs

2007-08 WHL Player of the Week
Sept. 24 – Sept. 30: Mitch Fadden, Lethbridge Hurricanes
Oct.1 – Oct. 7: Tyler Dittmer, Brandon Wheat Kings
Oct. 8 – Oct. 14: Tyler Ennis, Medicine Hat Tigers
Oct. 15 – Oct. 21: Oscar Moller, Chilliwack Bruins
Oct. 22 – 28: Jason Reese, Tri City Americans
Oct. 29 – Nov. 4: Dana Tyrell, Prince George Cougars
Nov. 5 – Nov.11: Spencer Machacek, Vancouver Giants
Nov. 12 – Nov.18: Drayson Bowman, Spokane Chiefs
Nov. 19 – Nov.25: Drayson Bowman, Spokane Chiefs
Nov. 26 – Dec.2: Mark Santorelli, Chilliwack Bruins
Dec. 3 – Dec.9: Jason Bast, Moose Jaw Warriors
Dec. 10 – Dec.16: Jamie Benn, Kelowna Rockets
Dec. 24 – Dec.30: Tyler Ennis, Medicine Hat Tigers
Dec. 31 – Jan.6: Kyle Bortis, Calgary Hitmen
Jan. 7 Jan.13: James Reimer, Red Deer Rebels
Jan. 14 – Jan. 20: Jamie Benn, Kelowna Rockets
Jan. 21 – Jan. 27: Dan Gendur, Everett Silvertips
Jan. 28 – Feb. 3: Ryan White, Calgary Hitmen
Feb. 4 – Fe. 10: T.J. Fast, Tri City Americans
Feb. 11 – Feb. 17: Justin Bernhardt, Prince Albert Raiders
Feb. 18 – Feb. 24: Jim O’Brien, Seattle Thunderbirds
Feb. 25 – Mar. 2: Victor Bartley, Regina Pats
Mar. 3 – Mar. 9: Matt Calvert, Brandon Wheat Kings
Mar. 10 – Mar. 16: Evan Pighin, Chilliwack Bruins

2006-07 WHL PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Sep. 21 – Oct. 1:  Brett Robertson, Prince George Cougars
Oct.2    – Oct. 8:   Ben Maxwell, Kootenay Ice
Oct. 9   – Oct. 15: Andrew Clark, Brandon Wheat Kings
Oct. 16 – Oct. 22:  Ivan Rohac, Kamloops Blazers
Oct. 23 – Oct. 29:  Mark Santorelli, Chilliwack Bruins
Oct. 30 – Nov. 5:   Peter Mueller, Everett Silvertips
Nov. 6  – Nov. 12: Zach Boychuk, Lethbridge Hurricanes
Nov. 13– Nov. 19: Ted Vandermeer, Red Deer Rebels
Nov. 20– Nov. 26: Martin Hanzal, Red Deer Rebels
Nov. 27– Dec. 3:  Aaron Gagnon, Seattle Thunderbirds
Dec. 4  – Dec. 10: Riley Holzapfel, Moose Jaw Warriors
Dec. 11– Dec. 17: Brad Cole, Saskatoon Blades
Dec. 25– Dec. 31: Reid Jorgensen, Kamloops Blazers
Jan. 1  – Jan. 7:    Dylan Yeo, Calgary Hitmen
Jan. 8  – Jan. 15:  Chris Stevens, Medicine Hat Tigers
Jan. 16 – Jan. 21: Colton Yellow Horn, Tri-City Americans
Jan. 22 – Jan 28:  Zach Hamill, Everett Silvertips
Jan. 29 – Feb 4:   Mitch Fadden, Lethbridge Hurricanes
Feb. 5 –  Feb 11:  Curtis Billsten, Kootenay Ice
Feb. 12 – Feb 18:  Michael Grabner, Spokane Chiefs
Feb. 19 – Feb 25:  Aaron Gagnon, Seattle Thunderbirds
Feb. 26 – Mar 4:  Jeff Topilko, Brandon Wheat Kings
Mar. 5  – Mar 11: Ty Wishart, Prince George Cougars