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Hurricanes’ Giorgio Estephan named CHL Player of the Week
Tyler Barrett

Toronto, ON – The Canadian Hockey League today announced that Buffalo Sabres prospect Giorgio Estephan of the Lethbridge Hurricanes is the CHL Player of the Week for the playoff week ending April 9 after scoring four goals and three assists for seven points in three games.

Estephan began his week by helping the Hurricanes advance to the second round of the WHL’s Eastern Conference Playoffs with a seven game series win over the Red Deer Rebels.  In Game 7 last Tuesday he scored a goal and added two assists as third star of the 6-2 victory as the Canes captured their first playoff series win since 2009.  Thus far in Eastern Conference Semi-Final action against Medicine Hat, the series is tied 1-1 following Friday’s Game 1 decision which favoured the Tigers by a 4-0 score, and Saturday’s 7-4 win for the Hurricanes in Game 2 powered by Estephan’s four-point performance which included a hat-trick, assist, and first star honours.

A 20-year-old from Edmonton, AB, Estephan has played all four years of his WHL career with the Hurricanes who selected him fourth overall in the 2012 WHL Bantam Draft.  He is currently tied with teammate Tyler Wong for first in playoff scoring with 13 points in just seven games played following a regular season campaign where he recorded a career-high 89 points including 35 goals and 54 assists in 68 games played.  Estephan was a sixth round pick of the Sabres in the 2015 NHL Draft.

Also considered for the award this week was Alex Barré-Boulet of the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada who scored three goals and two assists for five points in two games of a second round series split against the Acadie-Bathurst Titan, and 2017 NHL Draft prospect Jason Robertson of the Kingston Frontenacs with a goal and five assists for six points in three games.

2016-17 CHL Post-Season Players of the Week:
Apr. 3 – Apr. 9: Giorgio Estephan (Lethbridge Hurricanes)
Mar. 27 – Apr. 2: Ethan Bear (Seattle Thunderbirds)
Mar. 20 – Mar. 26: Sam Steel (Regina Pats)

2016-17 CHL Regular Season Players of the Week:
Mar. 13 – Mar. 19: Brandon Hagel (Red Deer Rebels)
Mar. 6 – Mar. 12: Daniel Sprong (Charlottetown Islanders)
Feb. 27 – Mar. 5: Gabriel Vilardi (Windsor Spitfires)
Feb. 20 – Feb. 26: Michael McLeod (Mississauga Steelheads)
Feb. 13 – Feb. 19: Christophe Boivin (Acadie-Bathurst Titan)
Feb. 6 – Feb. 12: Mathew Barzal (Seattle Thunderbirds)
Jan. 30 – Feb. 5: Alex DeBrincat (Erie Otters)
Jan. 23 – Jan. 29: Tyler Boland (Rimouski Oceanic)
Jan. 16 – Jan. 22: Alexis D’Aoust (Shawinigan Cataractes)
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)

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