Winterhawks’ Blichfeld named CHL Player of the Week
Toronto, Ont. – The Canadian Hockey League today announced that San Jose Sharks prospect Joachim Blichfeld of the Western Hockey League’s Portland Winterhawks is the CHL Player of the Week for the regular season week ending November 4 after scoring nine points (4G-5A) in three games with a plus-minus rating of plus-2.
Blichfeld produced a trio of multi-point performances over the weekend to move into third in WHL scoring helping the Winterhawks win all three games to move into second place in the WHL’s U.S Division where they hold a 10-6-0-1 record. He recorded back-to-back two-point efforts, earning third star honours in a pair of home wins against the Victoria Royals including Friday night with a goal and an assist in the 7-3 victory and Saturday scoring the game-winner plus an assist in the 2-1 triumph. His week wrapped up Sunday with a five-point outing to match a season-high against the Spokane Chiefs scoring twice with three assists in the 8-6 win.
A 20-year-old from Frederikshavn, Denmark, Blichfeld is playing in his third WHL season since joining the Winterhawks in the second round, 85thoverall, of the 2016 CHL Import Draft. So far, the 6-foot-1, 188-pound forward has scored 35 points (14G-21A) in 17 games. He was selected by the Sharks in the seventh round, 210thoverall, of the 2016 NHL Draft and signed a three-year, entry-level contract with San Jose in December 2017.
Also considered for the award this week was Kevin Hancock of the Owen Sound Attack who scored four goals and five assists for nine points in three games, and Peter Abbandonato of the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies who scored once with six assists for seven points in three games.
2018-19 CHL Player of the Week
Oct. 29 – Nov. 4: Joachim Blichfeld (Portland Winterhawks)
Oct. 22 – Oct. 28: Ivan Chekhovich (Baie-Comeau Drakkar)
Oct. 15 – Oct. 21: Justin Brazeau (North Bay Battalion)
Oct. 8 – Oct. 14: Damien Giroux (Saginaw Spirit)
Oct. 1 – Oct. 7: Dawson Davidson, Saskatoon Blades
Sept. 24 – Sept. 30: Luka Burzan (Brandon Wheat Kings)
Sept. 19 – 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.