Calgary, Alta. – The Western Hockey League announced today that Seattle Thunderbirds forward Nolan Volcan has been named WHL On the Run Player of the Week for the week ending December 17, 2017.
Volcan recorded seven points (2G-5A) in only two games this week as the Thunderbirds won back-to-back games to close out the pre-holiday schedule.
Friday, the 19-year-old product of Edmonton, Alta., collected a goal and an assist as the Thunderbirds defeated the Prince George Cougars by a 5-3 margin at the accesso ShoWare Center in Kent. Volcan was awarded first star recognition for his efforts. He followed up with a five-point outburst, including a goal and four assists, as the Thunderbirds soared in a 10-3 road win over the Spokane Chiefs on Sunday evening. Volcan’s offensive explosion earned him first star honours in Spokane.
As a veteran leading the defending 2017 WHL Champion Thunderbirds, Volcan is enjoying a career-high rate of production thus far in 2017-18. He sits atop the Thunderbirds scoring charts with 36 points (13G-23A) in 33 games. Those numbers have the 5-foot-9, 192-pound left winger well on his way to besting the previous career marks he set in 2016-17, when he tallied 44 points (16G-28A) in 64 games.
Volcan was originally selected in second round (27th overall) by the Thunderbirds at the 2013 WHL Bantam Draft. In 226 career WHL regular season games, he has collected 134 points (54G-80A). Through 44 career WHL Playoff games, he has 17 points (7G-10A) to his credit.
Volcan and the Thunderbirds return to action following the Christmas break with a home-and-home set against the Spokane Chiefs, beginning Wednesday, December 27 at Spokane and wrapping up Friday, December 29 back in Kent.
WHL On the Run Player of the Week
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