Everett, Wash. – The Western Hockey League announced today that Swift Current Broncos forward Matteo Gennaro has been named the WHL On the Run Player of the Week for the week ending May 6, 2018.
Gennaro recorded six points (2G-4A) and a plus-six rating in three games as the Broncos advanced from the Eastern Conference Championship to the 2018 Rogers WHL Championship Series and split the first two games of that best-of-seven series against the Everett Silvertips.
Monday, Gennaro tallied a goal and an assist as the Broncos won the Eastern Conference Championship with a 5-1 result over the Lethbridge Hurricanes. Gennaro scored the Broncos’ first of three goals in 96 seconds as they took over control of the game and the series. Gennaro also earned an assist on Swift Current’s fifth goal of the contest to seal the victory.
In Game One of the WHL Championship Friday, Gennaro earned a primary assist on Swift Current’s lone goal in a 2-1 loss to the Silvertips.
Gennaro and the Broncos struck back with a 4-3 overtime win in Game Two, with the St. Albert, Alta. product scoring a goal and adding a pair of assists. Gennaro’s goal was Swift Current’s first of the game and helped spark a comeback by the home side that ended with him also collecting primary assists on the Broncos’ third and fourth goals of the game.
All six of Gennaro’s points came at even strength. Through 22 games in the 2018 WHL Playoffs, Gennaro has 16 points (9G-7A). He’s had six goals on the power play and one game-winning goal. This week marks the second time during the 2017-18 WHL season Gennaro has earned WHL On the Run Player of the Week honours.
Originally selected in the second round, 41st overall, by the Prince Albert Raiders in the 2012 WHL Bantam Draft, the 6-foot-3, 198-pound Gennaro capped off the regular season portion of his WHL career in March. In 338 games between the Raiders, Calgary Hitmen and Broncos, Gennaro had 248 points (124G-124A), including 34 power-play goals, five short-handed goals and 16 game-winning goals.
With the 2018 Rogers WHL Championship Series tied 1-1, the series has now shifted to Everett, Wash. for the next three contests, beginning with Game Three at Angel of the Winds Arena on Tuesday, May 8, 2018 (7:05 p.m. PST).
WHL On the Run Player of the Week
Apr. 30 – May 6: Matteo Gennaro, Swift Current Broncos
Apr. 23 – Apr. 29: Brad Morrison, Lethbridge Hurricanes
Apr. 16 – Apr. 22: Aleksi Heponiemi, Swift Current Broncos
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.