Calgary, Alta. – The Western Hockey League announced today that Kamloops Blazers forward Connor Zary has been named the WHL On the Run Player of the Week for the week ending March 17, 2019.
Zary recorded nine points (5G-4A) and a plus-seven rating in four games this week as the Blazers went 3-0-0-1 to finish off their 2018-19 WHL Regular Season schedule. The Blazers’ record this weekend resulted in a tie with the Kelowna Rockets for the final playoff spot in the WHL’s B.C. Division and Western Conference. The tiebreaker game will be played on Tuesday, March 19 (7:00 p.m. PT) at the Sandman Centre in Kamloops.
In a 5-1 win against the Spokane Chiefs Tuesday, Zary scored the Blazers’ second and fifth goals on the power play and at even strength; respectively. For his efforts, Zary was awarded the third star of the game. The next night, the Blazers hosted the Victoria Royals and Zary recorded one even-strength goal in an 8-0 win for Kamloops.
Zary’s success continued on Friday in Kamloops to kick off a home-and-home series with the Prince George Cougars. Scoring one goal and adding two assists, Zary was awarded the first star of the game. In Prince George the following night, Zary repeated his three-point performance with one short-handed goal and two assists as the Blazers defeated the Cougars 4-2.
Both of his weekend goals came during timely moments for the Blazers. Friday, Zary’s goal came in the final minute of regulation to prolong the game into overtime, earning the Blazers a single point as the Cougars eventually took the win. Saturday, Zary blocked a shot at the blue line on the penalty kill and scored on the ensuing short-handed breakaway for the game-winning goal.
With 67 points (24G-43A) in 63 games, the Saskatoon, Sask. product finished the season second in team scoring. Over the 2018-19 WHL Regular Season, Zary has totalled six power-play goals, two short-handed goals and six game-winning goals.
The 6-foot-0, 175-pound centreman was selected in the second round, 37th overall, at the 2016 WHL Bantam Draft by the Blazers. In 131 career WHL regular season games, Zary has tallied 96 points (35G-61A), including 11 power-play goals, two short-handed goals and eight game-winning goals.
Battling for the final 2019 WHL Playoff spot, the Blazers host the Rockets on Tuesday, March 19 (7 p.m. PT) at the Sandman Centre.
WHL On the Run Player of the Week
March 11- March 17: Connor Zary, Kamloops Blazers
March 4 – March 10: Jordy Bellerive, Lethbridge Hurricanes
Feb. 25 – March 3: Jake Elmer, Lethbridge Hurricanes
Feb. 18 – Feb 24: Brayden Tracey, Moose Jaw Warriors
Feb. 11 – Feb. 17: Stelio Mattheos, Brandon Wheat Kings
Feb. 4 – Feb. 10: Cole Fonstad, Prince Albert Raiders
Jan. 28 – Feb. 3: Connor Dewar, Everett Silvertips
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.