Toronto, ON – The Canadian Hockey League today announced that Columbus Blue Jackets prospect Kole Sherwood of the Flint Firebirds is the CHL Player of the Week for the week ending January 15 after scoring seven goals and four assists for 11 points in three games with a plus-minus rating of plus-7.
Sherwood recorded a trio of multi-point efforts last week helping the Firebirds earn three of a possible six road points to stay competitive in the OHL’s Western Conference playoff race maintaining a record of 20-18-1-3 holding onto eighth place. His week was highlighted by a seven-point performance last Tuesday where he tied an all-time franchise record with five goals, one shy of the all-time OHL record of six, while adding two assists as first star of an 11-2 victory over the Saginaw Spirit. Sherwood continued to play a key role in the Firebirds offense into the weekend scoring once with an assist on Friday despite a 5-2 loss to the Niagara IceDogs, then extended his personal point-streak to a career-high eight games on Saturday with a goal and assist as third star of a 4-3 shootout loss to the Erie Otters.
A 19-year-old from New Albany, Ohio, Sherwood is playing in his second career OHL season and first with the Firebirds after winning an OHL and Mastercard Memorial Cup title with the London Knights last season. He currently ranks 13th in OHL scoring with 50 points in 38 games including 22 goals and 28 assists. Sherwood made history in July, 2015, when he became the first Columbus native to sign an entry-level contract with the hometown Blue Jackets.
Also considered for the award this week was Tyler Wong of the Lethbridge Hurricanes who scored five goals and five assists for 10 points in four games, and Tyler Boland of the Rimouski Oceanic who scored three goals and six assists for nine points in four games.
2016-17 CHL Players of the Week:
Jan. 9 – Jan. 15: Kole Sherwood (Flint Firebirds)
Jan. 2 – Jan. 8: Brayden Burke (Moose Jaw Warriors)
Dec. 26 – Jan. 1: Adam Brooks (Regina Pats)
Dec. 12 – Dec. 18: Vitalii Abramov (Gatineau Olympiques)
Dec. 5 – Dec. 11: Hayden Hodgson (Saginaw Spirit)
Nov. 28 – Dec. 4: Sergey Zborovskiy (Regina Pats)
Nov. 21 – Nov. 27: Jayden Halbgewachs (Moose Jaw Warriors)
Nov. 14 – Nov. 20: Alexander Katerinakis (Blainville-Boisbriand Armada)
Nov. 7 – Nov. 13: Nico Hischier (Halifax Mooseheads)
Oct. 31 – Nov. 6: Alex DeBrincat (Erie Otters)
Oct. 24 – Oct. 30: Bobby MacIntyre (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds)
Oct. 17 – Oct. 23: Kale Clague (Brandon Wheat Kings)
Oct. 10 – Oct. 16: Jeremy Bracco (Kitchener Rangers)
Oct. 3 – Oct. 9: Cameron Askew (Moncton Wildcats)
Sept. 26 – Oct. 2: Sam Steel (Regina Pats)
Sept. 21 – Sept. 25: Kameron Kielly (Charlottetown Islanders)