Calgary, AB – The Western Hockey League announced today that Calgary Hitmen defenceman Jake Bean has been named the WHL Player of the Week for the week ending January 29, 2017.
Bean delivered eight points (3G-5A) in three games to help the Hitmen go 1-1-1-0 this past week.
On Friday, January 27, Bean put four points, including a hat trick, on the board in a 6-5 overtime loss to the Regina Pats and was named second star for his efforts. On Saturday, January 28, Bean followed up with a second consecutive four-point performance, collecting four assists in an 8-3 win at Kootenay and was once again named second star. Only the Brandon Wheat Kings were able to silence the Calgary defender, rendering him without a point on Sunday, January 29, in a 6-1 loss.
An 18-year-old product of Calgary, AB, Bean leads all Hitmen defenders in scoring with 27 points (6G-21A) in 20 games to this point in his third WHL season. He also represented Team Canada at the 2017 IIHF World Junior Championship in Montreal and Toronto, bringing home a silver medal.
The 6-foot-1, 169-pound defenceman was selected in the first round (13th) of the 2016 NHL Draft by the Carolina Hurricanes and signed a three-year, entry-level contract with the team in July 2016.
In 139 career WHL regular season games, Bean has tallied 130 points (35G-95A). He was not selected at the WHL Bantam Draft, instead listed by the Calgary Hitmen.
WHL Player of the Week
Sept. 23 – Sept. 25: Chad Butcher, Medicine Hat Tigers
Sept. 26 – Oct. 2: Sam Steel, Regina Pats
Oct. 3 – Oct. 9: Cody Glass, Portland Winterhawks
Oct. 10 – Oct. 16: Tyler Benson, Vancouver Giants
Oct. 17 – Oct. 23: Kale Clague, Brandon Wheat Kings
Oct. 24 – Oct. 30: Kailer Yamamoto, Spokane Chiefs
Oct. 31 – Nov. 6: Connor Hobbs, Regina Pats
Nov. 7 – Nov. 13: Adam Brooks, Regina Pats
Nov. 14 – Nov. 20: Alexander True, Seattle Thunderbirds
Nov. 21 – Nov. 27: Jayden Halbgewachs, Moose Jaw Warriors
Nov. 28 – Dec. 4: Sergey Zborovskiy, Regina Pats
Dec. 5 – Dec. 11: Calvin Thurkauf, Kelowna Rockets
Dec. 12 – Dec. 18: Deven Sideroff, Kamloops Blazers
Dec. 26 – Jan. 1: Adam Brooks, Regina Pats
Jan. 2 – Jan. 8: Brayden Burke, Moose Jaw Warriors
Jan. 9 – Jan. 15: Tyler Wong, Lethbridge Hurricanes
Jan. 16 – Jan. 22: Tyler Soy, Victoria Royals
Jan. 23 – Jan. 29: Jake Bean, Calgary Hitmen