Toronto, ON – The Canadian Hockey League today announced that defenceman Evan Bouchard of the London Knights is the CHL Player of the Week for the first week of playoff action ending March 24 with seven points in two games including two goals and five assists with a plus-minus rating of plus-3.
The Knights captain helped his squad climb to a 2-0 series advantage over the eighth-seed Windsor Spitfires beginning with a four-point effort as first star of Game 1 on Friday that saw him notch two goals and two assists, including a helper on teammate Alec Regula’s game-winning goal in the 4-3 decision. The Edmonton Oilers first round draft pick then added another three assists and earned third star honours in a 5-0 victory in Game 2 and sits first in OHL playoff scoring. Game 3 against the Spitfires goes Tuesday in Windsor.
Bouchard, 19, is in his fourth season with the Knights and is coming off a campaign in which he recorded 16 goals and 37 assists for 53 points in just 45 games. The Oakville, Ont., native also appeared in seven games with the Oilers earlier this season and was part of Team Canada at the 2019 IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship. In all, Bouchard has registered 201 points in 223 career OHL regular-season contests.
Also considered for the award this week was Everett Silvertips blue-liner Jake Christiansen, who tallied one goal and four assists for five points in two playoff games against the Tri-City Americans, as well as Charlottetown Islanders left-wing Daniel Hardie, who registered three goals and one assist for four points in two contests versus the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles.
2018-19 CHL Players of the Week – Playoffs:
Mar. 18 – Mar. 24: Evan Bouchard (London Knights)
2018-19 CHL Players of the Week – Regular Season:
Mar. 11 – Mar. 17: Jason Robertson (Niagara IceDogs)
Mar. 4 – Mar. 10: Greg Meireles (Kitchener Rangers)
Feb. 25 – Mar. 3: Nate Schnarr (Guelph Storm)
Feb. 18 – Feb. 24: Brayden Tracey (Moose Jaw Warriors)
Feb. 11 – Feb. 17: Maxime Comtois (Drummondville Voltigeurs)
Feb. 4 – Feb. 10: Alexis Lafreniere (Rimouski Oceanic)
Jan. 28 – Feb. 3: Samuel Asselin (Halifax Mooseheads)
Jan. 21 – Jan. 27: Ethan Crossman (Baie-Comeau Drakkar)
Jan. 14 – Jan. 20: Morgan Frost (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds)
Jan. 7 – Jan. 13: Bowen Byram (Vancouver Giants)
Dec. 31 – Jan. 6: Arthur Kaliyev (Hamilton Bulldogs)
Dec. 24 – Dec. 30: Kyle Maksimovich (Erie Otters)
Dec. 10 – Dec. 16: Justin Brazeau (North Bay Battalion)
Dec. 3 – Dec. 9: Ivan Chekhovich (Baie-Comeau Drakkar)
Nov. 26 – Dec. 2: Gregor MacLeod (Drummondville Voltigeurs)
Nov. 19 – Nov. 25: Brett Leason (Prince Albert Raiders)
Nov. 12 – Nov. 18: Peter Abbandonato (Rouyn-Noranda Huskies)
Nov. 5 – Nov. 11: Jason Robertson (Kingston Frontenacs)
Oct. 29 – Nov. 4: Joachim Blichfeld (Portland Winterhawks)
Oct. 22 – Oct. 28: Ivan Chekhovich (Baie-Comeau Drakkar)
Oct. 15 – Oct. 21: Justin Brazeau (North Bay Battalion)
Oct. 8 – Oct. 14: Damien Giroux (Saginaw Spirit)
Oct. 1 – Oct. 7: Dawson Davidson (Saskatoon Blades)
Sept. 24 – Sept. 30: Luka Burzan (Brandon Wheat Kings)
Sept. 19 – Sept. 23: Kirby Dach (Saskatoon Blades)