Calgary, Alta. – The Western Hockey League announced today that 2018 NHL Draft prospect and Spokane Chiefs defenceman Ty Smith has been named WHL On the Run Player of the Week for the week ending February 25, 2018.
Ranked 14th among North American skaters by NHL Central Scouting in January’s Midterm Rankings, Smith recorded 10 points (3G-7A) and a plus-12 rating in four games this week. The strong play helped the Chiefs move within a point of the Portland Winterhawks for second place in the competitive U.S. Division.
After being held pointless in a 4-1 loss to the Everett Silvertips at the start of the weekend, Smith delivered an incredible record-setting performance Friday, tallying a pair of goals and seven points in a 9-2 win against the Prince George Cougars. Smith scored Spokane’s third and fourth goals of the game, notching his fourth game-winning goal of the season. He also had five assists, two primary and three secondary with all seven of his points coming at even strength.
Smith’s night helped set a new Chiefs’ franchise record for points in a single game by a defenceman, one that had stood since 1986. In addition to being named the first star of the game, Smith was recognized by the WHL as the first star of the night for his efforts.
The Chiefs kept rolling Saturday, scoring a 5-3 win over the Kootenay ICE with Smith collecting his third goal of the week. Sunday, Smith and the Chiefs turned the tables on the Everett Silvertips in the finale of the regular season series, winning 5-2. The game featured a pair of assists by Smith, who earned first star honours in the game. All 10 of Smith’s points this week came at even-strength.
Smith, a 5-foot-10, 170-pound product of Lloydminster, Alta. has registered 68 points (13G-55A) in 60 games this season, good enough for second in scoring among WHL defencemen. Selected first overall by the Chiefs in the 2015 WHL Bantam Draft, Smith has appeared in 128 WHL regular season games, tallying 102 points (18G-84A), including five power-play goals and six game-winning goals.
At last month’s 2018 Sherwin-Williams CHL/NHL Top Prospects game, Smith served as the captain for Team Orr. Smith is the second Chief to earn the WHL On the Run Player of the Week honours after teammate Kailer Yamamoto earned the award in late January.
Sunday’s game against the Silvertips marked the beginning of a six-game road trip for the Chiefs that will continue Friday, March 2 (7:05 p.m. PST) against the Tri-City Americans.
WHL On the Run Player of the Week
Feb. 19 – Feb. 25: Ty Smith, Spokane Chiefs
Feb. 12 – Feb. 18: Jordy Bellerive, Lethbridge Hurricanes
Feb. 5 – Feb. 11: Tyler Soy, Victoria Royals
Jan. 29 – Feb. 4: Ty Ronning, Vancouver Giants
Jan. 22 – Jan. 28: Kailer Yamamoto, Spokane Chiefs
Jan. 15 – Jan. 21: Matt Fonteyne, Everett Silvertips
Jan. 8 – Jan. 14: Dylan Cozens, Lethbridge Hurricanes
Jan. 1 – Jan. 7: Matteo Gennaro, Swift Current Broncos
Dec. 27 – Dec. 31: Braylon Shmyr, Saskatoon Blades
Dec. 11 – Dec. 17: Nolan Volcan, Seattle Thunderbirds
Dec. 4 – Dec. 10: Stelio Mattheos, Brandon Wheat Kings
Nov. 27 – Dec. 3: Calen Addison, Lethbridge Hurricanes
Nov. 20 – Nov. 26: Cody Glass, Portland Winterhawks
Nov. 13 – Nov. 19: Jayden Halbgewachs, Moose Jaw Warriors
Nov. 6 – Nov. 12: Aleksi Heponiemi, Swift Current Broncos
Oct. 30 – Nov. 5: Jermaine Loewen, Kamloops Blazers
Oct. 23 – Oct. 29: Brett Howden, Moose Jaw Warriors
Oct. 16 – Oct. 22: Tyler Steenbergen, Swift Current Broncos
Oct. 9 – Oct. 15: Tyler Soy, Victoria Royals
Oct. 2 – Oct. 8: Kale Clague, Brandon Wheat Kings
Sept. 25 – Oct. 1: Tyler Steenbergen, Swift Current Broncos
Sept. 22 – Sept. 24: Kole Lind, Kelowna Rockets
About the Western Hockey League
Regarded as the world’s finest development league for junior hockey players, the Western Hockey League (WHL) head office is based in Calgary, Alberta. The WHL consists of 22 member Clubs with 17 located in Western Canada and five in the U.S. Pacific Northwest. A member of the Canadian Hockey League, the WHL has been a leading supplier of talent for the National Hockey League for over 50 years. The WHL is also the leading provider of hockey scholarships with over 350 graduates each year receiving WHL Scholarships to pursue a post-secondary education of their choice. Each season, WHL players also form the nucleus of Canada’s National Junior Hockey Team.