Raiders’ Leason named WHL McSweeney’s Player of the Month
Calgary, Alta. – The Western Hockey League announced today that Prince Albert Raiders forward Brett Leason has been named the WHL McSweeney’s Player of the Month for September and October 2018.
Leason has been the breakout star across the entire Canadian Hockey League to begin the 2018-19 regular season, recording 35 points (15G-20A) in 16 games along with a plus-27 rating to power the Raiders to an incredible 15-1-0-0 record, placing them first in the entire WHL.
Of the 16 games Leason has played, 13 have been multi-point efforts, including a four-point game, four three-point games, and eight two-point games. Leason is also presently on a nine-game multi-point streak and has goals in eight of his last nine games. Leason has four multi-goal games to his credit as well.
Leason has been named the WHL On the Run Player of the Week once this season. He’s been named the first star of the game four times this season, earning a pair of second star honours and three third star honours. He’s been named the WHL first star of the night once and also been named the third star of the night by the league once.
Selected in the third round, 50th overall, of the 2014 WHL Bantam Draft by the Tri-City Americans, Leason appeared in 81 games with the Americans, posting 19 points (9G-10A). Since his trade to the Raiders, Leason’s offensive game has found another level with the Calgary, Alta. product recording 67 points (30G-37A) in 70 games with the East Division club.
The 6-foot-4, 199-pund 19-year-old was named to Team WHL for the 2018 CIBC Canada Russia Series earlier this month, playing alongside teammates Parker Kelly and goaltender Ian Scott. Leason is the first Raiders player to be named WHL McSweeney’s Player of the Month since Leon Draisaitl captured the honours in March 2014.
Before that, Leason and the Raiders will play once this coming weekend, playing host to the Kootenay ICE on Friday, November 2 (7:00 p.m. MT).
WHL McSweeney’s Player of the Month
September/October: Brett Leason, Prince Albert Raiders
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.