Calgary, Alta. – The Western Hockey League announced today that Vancouver Giants defenceman Bowen Byram has been named the WHL On the Run Player of the Week for the week ending March 31, 2019.
The top-rated prospect for the 2019 National Hockey League Draft recorded six points (2G-4A) and carried a plus-seven rating in four contests as the Giants won their first-round series in the 2019 WHL Playoffs against the Seattle Thunderbirds in six games.
Byram’s week began Tuesday as he recorded a goal and two assists in a 6-4 win against the Thunderbirds. He scored Vancouver’s second goal while picking up assists on their third and fourth goals in the contest. Byram’s leading performance in the game earned him first-star honours for the game and third-star honours for the night in the WHL.
With the series tied 2-2, Byram stepped up with another big contribution Friday, earning the primary assist on the game-winning goal to deliver a 3-2 victory to the Giants in Game 5.
Saturday, Byram helped close out the series win with a goal and an assist in a 5-1 win against the Thunderbirds. The Cranbrook, B.C. product scored Vancouver’s first goal of the game and assisted on their fourth goal.
The 6-foot-1, 192-pound defenceman has eight points (3G-5A) in the 2019 WHL Playoffs, ranking him second in WHL defensive scoring. In 13 WHL Playoff games, Byram has 15 points (6G-9A).
Byram is coming off a strong regular season, which saw him record 71 points (26G-45A) in 67 games, including seven power-play goals, one short-handed goal, and nine game-winning goals. His 26 goals ranked first among all CHL defencemen while his 71 points ranked him third in WHL defensive scoring and tied for fourth among CHL defencemen.
In 138 WHL regular season games for his career, Byram has 98 points (32G-66A), including 10 power-play goals, one short-handed goal, and 11 game-winning goals.
Originally selected third overall by the Giants at the 2016 WHL Bantam Draft, Byram is ranked fourth among North American skaters by NHL Central Scouting and has been projected as the top defenceman available in this year’s draft.
The Giants are currently awaiting results from the first-round series between the Victoria Royals and Kamloops Blazers to learn their opponent for the second round of the 2019 WHL Playoffs.
WHL On the Run Player of the Week
March 25 – 31: Bowen Byram, Vancouver Giants
March 18 – March 24: Jake Christiansen, Everett Silvertips
March 11 – March 17: Connor Zary, Kamloops Blazers
March 4 – March 10: Jordy Bellerive, Lethbridge Hurricanes
Feb. 25 – March 3: Jake Elmer, Lethbridge Hurricanes
Feb. 18 – Feb 24: Brayden Tracey, Moose Jaw Warriors
Feb. 11 – Feb. 17: Stelio Mattheos, Brandon Wheat Kings
Feb. 4 – Feb. 10: Cole Fonstad, Prince Albert Raiders
Jan. 28 – Feb. 3: Connor Dewar, Everett Silvertips
Jan. 21 – Jan. 27: Justin Almeida, Moose Jaw Warriors
Jan. 14 – Jan. 20: Justin Almeida, Moose Jaw Warriors
Jan. 7 – Jan. 13: Bowen Byram, Vancouver Giants
Dec. 31 – Jan. 6: Noah Philp, Seattle Thunderbirds
Dec. 27 – Dec. 30: Noah Gregor, Prince Albert Raiders
Dec. 10 – Dec. 16: Dante Hannoun, Victoria Royals
Dec. 3 – Dec. 9: Jett Woo, Moose Jaw Warriors
Nov. 26 – Dec. 2: Cody Glass, Portland Winterhawks
Nov. 19 – Nov. 25: Brett Leason, Prince Albert Raiders
Nov. 12 – Nov. 18: Tristin Langan, Moose Jaw Warriors
Nov. 5 – Nov. 11: Riley Woods, Spokane Chiefs
Oct. 29 – Nov. 4: Joachim Blichfeld, Portland Winterhawks
Oct. 22 – Oct. 28: Alexander Alexeyev, Red Deer Rebels
Oct. 15 – Oct. 21: Mark Kastelic, Calgary Hitmen
Oct. 8 – Oct. 14: Brett Leason, Prince Albert Raiders
Oct. 1 – Oct. 7: Dawson Davidson, Saskatoon Blades
Sept. 24 – Sept. 30: Luka Burzan, Brandon Wheat Kings
Sept. 21 – Sept. 23: Kirby Dach, Saskatoon Blades
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.