Calgary, Alta. – The Western Hockey League announced today that Edmonton Oil Kings forward Jalen Luypen has been named WHL Player of the Week presented by Journie Rewards for the week ending March 7, 2021.
Luypen, 18, helped boost the Oil Kings to a third consecutive victory on Friday night, striking for a short-handed goal that stood up to be the game-winning tally in a 4-2 win over the Medicine Hat Tigers at the Downtown Community Arena in Edmonton. Luypen’s second goal of the season came midway through the third period, breaking a 2-2 deadlock. In addition to the short-handed goal, Luypen added a primary assist on Liam Keeler’s first period power-play goal, which opened the scoring.
The 5-foot-10, 155-pound product of Kelowna, B.C. maintained a hot hand on Saturday night in Medicine Hat, registering his third goal of the campaign midway through the second period, helping the Oil Kings secure a 3-1 road win over the Tigers at Co-op Place. Luypen’s marker tied the game 1-1 after Medicine Hat had opened the scoring in the first period.
Luypen owns a four-game point streak to start the 2020-21 WHL Regular Season, playing a key role in the Oil Kings undefeated start to the campaign. A third-year forward, Luypen sits tied for fifth in scoring in the WHL this season, having registered five points (3G-2A) in four games.
Originally selected by the Oil Kings in the ninth round (180th overall) in the 2017 WHL Draft, Luypen has played 115 career WHL regular season games, collecting 36 points (19G-17A).
Luypen and the Oil Kings will enjoy some time off from Central Division competition, returning to play on Friday, March 19 (7 p.m. MT) when they host the Red Deer Rebels at the Downtown Community Arena.
WHL Player of the Week presented by Journie Rewards
March 1, 2021 – Dylan Guenther, Edmonton Oil Kings
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 375 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.