CALGARY, AB. – The Western Hockey League announced today that Edmonton Oil Kings’ forward Michael St. Croix is the WHL Player of the Week.

St. Croix collected eight points, scoring three goals and five assists to go with a +5 rating, in three games over the past week helping the Oil Kings to a 3-0-0-0 record. 

On Tuesday, November 29, the Oil Kings hosted the Spokane Chiefs at Rexall Place in Edmonton.  St. Croix scored one goal, added two assists and was named the games 1st Star in the Oil Kings 4-1 win over the Chiefs.  On Thursday, December 1, in Edmonton, St. Croix collected one assist in the Oil Kings 6-1 victory over the Calgary Hitmen.  The Oil Kings welcomed the Saskatoon Blades on Sunday, December 4; St. Croix scored two goals, two assists and was named games 1st Star as the Oil Kings down the Blades 8-3. 

St. Croix currently sits 11th overall among all WHL scorers with 41 points (16 goals, 25 assists) in 29 games played.  The Oil Kings have won six straight games and sit 2nd in the WHL Central Division and Eastern Conference with an 18-8-1-2 record for 39 points, just two back of the leading Kootenay Ice.

An 18-year-old from Winnipeg, MB, St. Croix is in his third full season with the Edmonton Oil Kings.  The Oil Kings made St. Croix the 4th overall selection in the 2008 WHL Draft and the New York Rangers recently selected the forward in the 4th round of the 2011 NHL Draft.

The WHL has also nominated Liam Liston of the Lethbridge Hurricanes for the CHL Goaltender of the Week Award.  Liston, an 18-year-old from St. Albert, AB, stopped all 38 shots on Sunday, December 4th, to shut-out the Spokane Chiefs 1-0, he was also named the games 1st Star.

WHL Player of the Week
Nov. 28 – Dec. 4: Michael St. Croix, Edmonton Oil Kings
Nov. 21 – Nov. 27: Ty Rattie, Portland Winterhawks
Nov. 14 – Nov. 20: Mark Stone, Brandon Wheat Kings
Nov. 7 – Nov. 13: Alex Petrovic, Red Deer Rebels
Oct. 31 – Nov. 6: Hunter Shinkaruk, Medicine Hat Tigers
Oct. 24 – Oct. 30: Cody Beach, Moose Jaw Warriors
Oct. 17 – Oct. 23: Brendan Gallagher, Vancouver Giants
Oct. 10 – Oct. 16: Sven Bartschi, Portland Winterhawks
Oct. 3 – Oct. 9: Emerson Etem, Medicine Hat Tigers
Sept. 26 – Oct. 2: Mark Stone, Brandon Wheat Kings
Sept. 22 – Sept. 25: Adam Hughesman, Tri-City Americans

Photo by Andy Devlin

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