Calgary, Alta. – The Western Hockey League announced today that Tri-City Americans defenceman Jake Bean has been named the WHL On the Run Player of the Week for the week ending April 15, 2018.
Bean, who was selected in the first round, 13th overall, by the Carolina Hurricanes in the 2016 NHL Draft, recorded eight assists and a plus-eight rating in two games as the Americans swept their Round Two series against the Victoria Royals, helping the team return to the Western Conference Championship for the first time since the 2012 WHL Playoffs.
In a 6-5 win against the Royals Tuesday, Bean had a career-best performance, tallying five assists. Four of them were primary assists, with one coming on the game-winning goal. For his efforts, Bean was named as the Second star of the night in the WHL.
Wednesday, Bean powered his team to victory with three assists in a 5-3 win against the Royals to sweep the series. Bean recorded three even-strength assists, earning first star of the game honours from the Americans.
Bean has had a strong performance in the 2018 WHL Playoffs, with 14 points (1G-13A) in eight games. His 14 points have him tied with Moose Jaw Warriors defenceman Kale Clague (Los Angeles Kings) for the scoring lead among defencemen in the 2018 WHL Playoffs.
His performance in the post-season are part of what has been a big season for Bean, who originally began the 2017-18 WHL regular season with the Calgary Hitmen. The 6-foot-1, 170-pound product of Calgary, Alta. had 48 points (12G-36A) in 67 games split between the Hitmen and Americans. He also played a strong role on the blue line for Hockey Canada at the 2018 IIHF World Junior Championship, helping them capture gold.
Overall, Bean has appeared in 219 career WHL regular season games, registering 196 points (49G-147A), including 24 power-play goals, one short-handed goal, and eight game-winning goals.
Bean and the Americans will take on the Everett Silvertips in the Western Conference Championship, with Game One schedule for Friday, April 20 (7:35 p.m. PT) at Angel Of The Winds Arena in Everett, Wash.
WHL On the Run Player of the Week
Apr. 9 – Apr. 15: Jake Bean, Tri-City Americans
Apr. 2 – Apr. 8: Michael Rasmussen, Tri-City Americans
Mar. 26 – Apr. 1: Brayden Burke, Moose Jaw Warriors
Mar. 19 – Mar. 25: Brad Morrison, Lethbridge Hurricanes
Mar. 12 – Mar. 18: Dillon Dube, Kelowna Rockets
Mar. 5 – Mar. 11: Jayden Halbgewachs, Moose Jaw Warriors
Feb. 26 – Mar. 4: Cody Glass, Portland Winterhawks
Feb. 19 – Feb. 25: Ty Smith, Spokane Chiefs
Feb. 12 – Feb. 18: Jordy Bellerive, Lethbridge Hurricanes
Feb. 5 – Feb. 11: Tyler Soy, Victoria Royals
Jan. 29 – Feb. 4: Ty Ronning, Vancouver Giants
Jan. 22 – Jan. 28: Kailer Yamamoto, Spokane Chiefs
Jan. 15 – Jan. 21: Matt Fonteyne, Everett Silvertips
Jan. 8 – Jan. 14: Dylan Cozens, Lethbridge Hurricanes
Jan. 1 – Jan. 7: Matteo Gennaro, Swift Current Broncos
Dec. 27 – Dec. 31: Braylon Shmyr, Saskatoon Blades
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
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.