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 8, 2020.
Eligible for selection at the 2020 NHL Draft, Zary recorded nine points (4G-5A) and a plus-nine rating across four games this week. Extending their winning streak to six games, the Blazers clinched their first B.C. Division title since 2012 Saturday.
Zary opened his week on Wednesday with a single assist in Kamloops’ 4-2 home win over the Vancouver Giants. In Friday’s 6-3 home win against the Lethbridge Hurricanes, Zary recorded a hat trick, tallying his team’s second, third, and sixth goals of the contest to earn him third-star honours for the game.
Heading south of the 49th parallel Saturday, Zary posted a pair of assists in an 8-1 win over the Tri-City Americans. Sunday, Zary closed out his week with a goal and two assists in a 6-1 triumph over the Americans. Zary scored his team’s second goal while assisting on their first and third goals as well. For his efforts, Zary was named the second star of the game and the third star of the night in the WHL Sunday.
Culminating Zary’s performances for the week, the Saskatoon, Sask. product saw his point streak extended to eight games, with 17 points (7G-10A) in that span.
Following an impressive second season in the WHL, the 18-year-old Zary has stepped up his performance again this season. In 56 games, the 6-foot-0, 180-pound forward has registered 86 points (38G-48A), including 15 power-play goals, three short-handed goals, and five game-winning goals. Zary ranks second on the Blazers in goals, assists, and points. Among WHL skaters, Zary is fifth in overall scoring, tied for fifth in goals, and stands alone for 12th place in assists.
At the 2016 WHL Bantam Draft, the Blazers selected Zary in the second round, 37th overall. For his WHL career excluding playoffs, Zary has recorded 184 points (74G-110A) in 188 games, including 26 power-play goals, six short-handed goals, and 13 game-winning goals. He’s also appeared in four WHL playoff games, posting four points (3G-1A), including one power-play goal, one short-handed goal, and one game-winning goal.
The Blazers will wrap up play against the WHL’s U.S. Division in their next game, facing the Spokane Chiefs on Tuesday, March 10 (7:05 p.m. PT) at Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena.
WHL On the Run Player of the Week
March 2 – March 8: Connor Zary, Kamloops Blazers
February 24 – March 1: Ty Smith, Spokane Chiefs
February 17 – February 23: Aidan De La Gorgendiere, Saskatoon Blades
February 10 – February 16: Seth Jarvis, Portland Winterhawks
February 3 – February 9: Johnny Ludvig, Portland Winterhawks
January 27 – February 2: Adam Beckman, Spokane Chiefs
January 20 – January 26: Seth Jarvis, Portland Winterhawks
January 13 – January 19: Zane Franklin, Kamloops Blazers
January 6 – January 12: Seth Jarvis, Portland Winterhawks
December 30 – January 5: Connor McClennon, Winnipeg ICE
December 23 – December 29: Orrin Centazzo, Kamloops Blazers
December 9 – December 15: Adam Beckman, Spokane Chiefs
December 2 – December 8: Jake Christiansen, Everett Silvertips
November 25 – December 1: Cole Reinhardt, Brandon Wheat Kings
November 18 – November 24: Logan Barlage, Lethbridge Hurricanes
November 11 – November 17: Cole Reinhardt, Brandon Wheat Kings
November 4 – November 10: James Hamblin, Medicine Hat Tigers
October 28 – November 3: Oliver Okuliar, Lethbridge Hurricanes
October 21 – October 27: Jake Gricius, Portland Winterhawks
October 14 – October 20: Orca Wiesblatt, Calgary Hitmen
October 7 – October 13: James Hamblin, Medicine Hat Tigers
September 30 – October 6: Ty Smith, Spokane Chiefs
September 23 – September 29: Dylan Cozens, Lethbridge Hurricanes
September 20 – September 22: Bryce Kindopp, Everett Silvertips
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.