Calgary, Alta. – The Western Hockey League announced today that Kelowna Rockets forward Dillon Dube has been named WHL On the Run Player of the Week for the week ending March 18, 2018.
Dube, who was selected by the Calgary Flames in the second round, 56th overall, of the 2016 NHL Draft recorded seven points (4G-3A) and a plus-five rating in two games this past week as the Rockets closed out their regular season on a five-game winning streak, helping them clinch their seventh B.C. Division title in franchise history.
In their division-clinching game Wednesday at Prospera Place against the Prince George Cougars, Dube recorded a pair of goals and three points in the Rockets’ 6-3 victory, scoring Kelowna’s second and fourth goals at even strength. He also recorded a primary assist on Kelowna’s third goal. Playing in the Rockets’ home and season finale Saturday against the Vancouver Giants, Dube recorded a pair of goals and four points in an 8-1 victory. Dube scored Kelowna’s third and sixth goals in the game, picking up one primary and one secondary assist as well. Saturday’s efforts were good enough to earn first star honours in the game.
Overall, six of Dube’s seven points this week came at even-strength with just a lone assist coming on the power play. The strong performances helped Dube end his career season on a high, with 84 points (38G-46A) in 53 games. Dube has added nine power-play goals, three short-handed goals and seven game-winning goals, setting career-highs those three figures as well. Earlier this year, Dube represented Canada on the international stage at the 2018 IIHF World Junior Championship, serving as the captain for Canada’s gold medal-winning squad. He also captained Team WHL at the 2017 CIBC Canada Russia Series.
The 5-foot-11, 186-pound product of Cochrane, Alta. was originally selected by the Rockets in the first round, 21st overall, of the 2013 WHL Bantam Draft. Since then, Dube has tallied 232 points (101G-131A) in 203 WHL regular season games. The 19-year-old has also tallied 26 power-play goals, three short-handed goals and 20 game-winning goals in his WHL career.
Dube’s victory marked the sixth time the WHL On the Run Player of the Week came from the B.C. Division. Overall, the East Division has captured the award 10 times while the U.S. Division earned six of the honours and the Central Division earned the award on three occasions.
Dube has also been a productive member of the Rockets in the WHL Playoffs, registering 39 points (14G-25A) in 54 career WHL Playoff games. Dube will look to continue his playoff success as the Rockets open up their first round playoff series against the Tri-City Americans on Thursday, March 22 (7:05 p.m. PDT) at Prospera Place.
WHL On the Run Player of the Week
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.