Calgary, Alta. – The Western Hockey League announced today that Pittsburgh Penguins prospect and Moose Jaw Warriors forward Justin Almeida has been named the WHL On the Run Player of the Week for the week ending January 27, 2019.
Almeida recorded seven points (4G-3A), and a plus-five rating in three games this week as the Warriors went a perfect 3-0-0-0 to wrap up a seven game road trip with a 6-0-1-0 record, moving them within three points of the Saskatoon Blades for second place in the East Division.
Closing out the team’s biennial road trip through the B.C. Division Tuesday, Almeida delivered a goal and an assist in a 3-2 overtime victory against his former team, the Prince George Cougars. Almeida assisted on Moose Jaw’s first goal, then scored the game-winning goal 30 seconds into overtime. The performance earned Almeida first-star honours for the game and second-star honours for the night in the WHL.
Friday against the Edmonton Oil Kings, Almeida had another goal and an assist, aiding the Warriors’ 5-2 win in Alberta’s capital. Almeida netted a short-handed goal and was named the game’s first star. Saturday, Almeida added a pair of goals and an assist as the Warriors wrapped up the road trip with a 3-1 win against the Medicine Hat Tigers. Almeida scored the first and third goals of the game for the Warriors, adding a primary assist on his team’s second goal, earning second-star honours for the evening.
Almeida’s seven-point week propelled the Kitimat, B.C. product into a tie for sixth place in WHL scoring this season. Through 42 games, Almeida has totalled 66 points (18G-48A), including six power-play goals, two short-handed goals, and two game-winning goals.
The Pittsburgh Penguins selected Almeida in the fifth round, 129th overall, at the 2018 National Hockey League Draft. In 234 career WHL regular season games, Almeida has tallied 198 points (74G-124A), including 21 power-play goals, eighth short-handed goals, and 13 game-winning goals. Originally, the Cougars selected the 5-foot-11, 160-pound Almeida fifth overall at the 2014 WHL Bantam Draft.
Returning to action Friday, February 1 (7:00 p.m. CT), the Warriors will host the Tigers at Mosaic Place.
WHL On the Run Player of the Week
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.