Calgary, Alta. – The Western Hockey League announced today that Winnipeg ICE forward Connor McClennon has been named the WHL On the Run Player of the Week for the week ending January 5, 2020.
The 2020 NHL Draft prospect recorded 11 points (4G-7A) and a plus-eight rating in four games as the ICE took over the top spot in the WHL’s East Division, claiming six of a possible eight points from their week of action. Through 39 games, the ICE have a record of 24-14-1-0, good for 49 points.
In the ICE’s final game of 2019, McClennon scored twice in a 3-2 win against the Prince Albert Raiders, notching the first and third goals of the game. He was named the third star of the game and the second star of the night in the WHL.
Wednesday, McClennon raised his game with a goal and four points in a 6-1 win over the Saskatoon Blades. McClennon scored the opening goal of the game for the ICE and assisted on their third, fourth, and sixth goals. He was named the second star of the game for his performance.
Returning to home ice Saturday, McClennon posted a goal and three points in a 6-3 win against the Raiders. McClennon assisted on both of Winnipeg’s first two goals and scored their third, claiming the honours of third star of the game. In a 5-3 loss to the Raiders Sunday, McClennon recorded a pair of assists, extending his multi-point game streak to five.
A ‘B’-rated prospect for the 2020 NHL Draft, the 5-foot-8, 156-pound product of Wainwright, Alta. is enjoying a career year. Through 39 games in the 2019-20 WHL Regular Season, McClennon has 47 points (20G-27A), including five power-play goals, one short-handed goal, and three game-winning goals. He’s currently on an 11-game point streak, which has included nine multi-point games.
For his WHL career, the 17-year-old McClennon has appeared in 90 WHL regular season games, posting 76 points (34G-42A), including eight power-play goals, one short-handed goal, and five game-winning goals. The ICE originally selected McClennon second overall at the 2017 WHL Bantam Draft.
In the midst of a nine-game home stand, the ICE return to action on Wednesday, January 8 (7:30 p.m. CT) when they play host to the Medicine Hat Tigers at Wayne Fleming Arena.
WHL On the Run Player of the Week
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.