Monday, January 25, 2016

Hurricanes Estephan named WHL Player of the Week

Calgary, AB - The Western Hockey League announced today that Lethbridge Hurricanes forward Giorgio Estephan has been named the WHL Player of the Week for the week ending January 24th, 2016.

Estephan recorded eight points (3g-5a) to go along with a plus-8 rating in three games to lead the Lethbridge Hurricanes to a record of 3-0-0-0 for the week and extend their season-high win streak to 10 straight.

On Wednesday, January 20th against the Spokane Chiefs, Estephan was in on all four Hurricanes goals as he recorded four points (1g-3a) to guide Lethbridge to a 4-0 victory. Estephan also finished the game with a plus-4 rating and earned second star honours. On Saturday, January 23rd, Estephan recorded another multi-point performance with a goal and two assists to propel the Hurricanes to a 4-3 overtime victory against the Moose Jaw Warriors. Estephan was named the game’s first star for his efforts. The following night, Estephan scored the opening goal against the Edmonton Oil Kings which stood as the game winner in a 3-0 victory.

The 18-year-old Edmonton, AB native has collected 63 points (27g-36a) in 48 games this season to sit tied for seventh in scoring amongst all WHL skaters. The 6-0, 189 lb forward is in his third WHL campaign with Lethbridge and has amassed 139 points (63g-76a) in 179 career WHL regular season contests.

The WHL has also nominated Jordan Papirny of the Brandon Wheat Kings for the Vaughn CHL Goaltender of the Week award. Papirny, a 1996-born netminder from Edmonton, AB posted a record of 2-0-0-0 with two shutouts. On Friday, January 22nd, Papirny was named the game’s first star for his 33 save performance against the Prince Albert Raiders in a 3-0 shutout win on the road. On Sunday, January 24th against the Regina Pats, Papirny maintained his consistent play as he turned aside all 22 shots he faced to guide the Wheat Kings to a 4-0 victory and earn back-to-back shutouts. Currently in his third season with Brandon, Papirny has posted an 86-37-10-7 record with 11 shutouts in 143 career WHL regular season appearances.

WHL Player of the Week

Sept. 24 – Sept. 27: Alex Forsberg, Victoria Royals
Sept. 28 – Oct. 4: Reid Gardiner, Prince Albert Raiders
Oct. 5 – Oct. 11: Brayden Point, Moose Jaw Warriors
Oct. 12 – Oct. 18: Jon Martin, Swift Current Broncos
Oct. 19 – Oct. 25: Jesse Gabrielle, Prince George Cougars
Oct. 26 – Nov. 1: Mathew Barzal, Seattle Thunderbirds
Nov. 2 – Nov. 8: Nick Merkley, Kelowna Rockets
Nov. 9 – Nov. 15: Jackson Houck, Calgary Hitmen
Nov. 16 – Nov. 22: Tyson Baillie, Kelowna Rockets
Nov. 23 – Nov. 29: Justin Gutierrez, Lethbridge Hurricanes
Nov. 30 – Dec. 6: Tyler Benson, Vancouver Giants
Dec. 7 – Dec. 13: Rihards Bukarts, Portland Winterhawks
Dec. 14 – Dec. 20: Kailer Yamamoto, Spokane Chiefs
Dec. 28 – Jan. 3: Adam Brooks, Regina Pats
Jan. 4 – Jan. 10: Adam Helewka, Spokane Chiefs
Jan. 11 – Jan. 17: Reid Gardiner, Prince Albert Raiders
Jan. 18 – Jan. 24: Giorgio Estephan, Lethbridge Hurricanes

Vaughn CHL Goaltender of the Week (WHL Nominee)

Sept. 24 – Sept. 27: Landon Bow, Swift Current Broncos
Sept. 28 – Oct. 4: Coleman Vollrath, Victoria Royals
Oct. 5 – Oct. 11: Coleman Vollrath, Victoria Royals
Oct. 12 – Oct 18: Ian Scott, Prince Albert Raider
Oct. 19 – Oct. 25: Adin Hill, Portland Winterhawks
Oct. 26 – Nov. 1: Adin Hill, Portland Winterhawks
Nov. 2 – Nov. 8: Landon Bow, Swift Current Broncos
Nov. 9 – Nov. 15: Carter Hart, Everett Silvertips
Nov. 16 – Nov. 22: Declan Hobbs, Kootenay ICE
Nov. 23 – Nov. 29: Carter Hart, Everett Silvertips
Nov. 30 – Dec. 6: Ty Edmonds, Prince George Cougars
Dec. 7 – Dec. 13: Connor Ingram, Kamloops Blazers
Dec. 14 – Dec. 20: Nick Schneider, Medicine Hat Tigers
Dec. 28 – Jan. 3: Carter Hart, Everett Silvertips
Jan. 4 – Jan. 10: Landon Bow, Seattle Thunderbirds
Jan. 11 – Jan. 17: Zach Sawchenko, Moose Jaw Warriors
Jan. 18 – Jan. 24: Jordan Papirny, Brandon Wheat Kings

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