Thunderbirds’ Bear named WHL Player of the Week


Calgary, Alta. – The Western Hockey League announced today that Seattle Thunderbirds defenceman Ethan Bear has been named the WHL Player of the Week for the week ending April 2, 2017.

Bear registered seven points (2G-5A) in two games, helping the Thunderbirds complete a four-game sweep of the Tri-City Americans in their first-round playoff series.

On Wednesday, March 29, Bear shredded the Americans for two goals and three assists in a 9-2 win at Tri-City, earning first-star recognition for his efforts. He followed that up with another two assists on Friday, March 31 in a 5-2 win at Tri-City as the Seattle Thunderbirds collected a fourth consecutive victory to advance to the second round of the 2017 WHL Playoffs.

Bear, who signed a three-year, entry-level contract with the Edmonton Oilers in July 2016, is currently tied for the WHL Playoffs scoring lead among defencemen with nine points (2G-7A) alongside David Quenneville of the Medicine Hat Tigers.

He finished the 2016-17 WHL regular season third in scoring among defencemen with 70 points (28G-42A) in 67 games.

A fifth-round pick (124th) of the Edmonton Oilers at the 2015 NHL Draft, Bear has accumulated 192 points (66G-126A) in 264 career WHL regular season outings. Additionally, he has 38 points (13G-25A) to his credit through 37 career WHL playoff games.

This is Bear’s second WHL Player of the Week honour in 2016-17. He was previously recognize for the week ending February 19, 2017.

The 5-foot-11, 205-pound product of Ochapowace, Sask., was originally a second-round pick (25th) of the Seattle Thunderbirds at the 2012 WHL Bantam Draft.

Bear and the Thunderbirds will look to extend their post-season success from the first round into the second round when they take on the Everett Silvertips in a best-of-seven series beginning Friday, April 7 at Xfinity Arena.

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
Jan. 30 – Feb. 5: Kole Lind, Kelowna Rockets
Feb. 6 – Feb. 12: Mathew Barzal, Seattle Thunderbirds
Feb. 13 – Feb. 19: Ethan Bear, Seattle Thunderbirds
Feb. 20 – Feb. 26: Nick Henry, Regina Pats
Feb. 27 – March 5: Tyler Wong, Lethbridge Hurricanes
March 6 – March 12: Cody Glass, Portland Winterhawks
March 13 – March 19: Brandon Hagel, Red Deer Rebels
March 20 – March 26: Sam Steel, Regina Pats
March 27 – April 2: Ethan Bear, Seattle Thunderbirds

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