Thunderbirds defenceman Korchinski named WHL Player of the Week

Calgary, Alta. – The Western Hockey League announced today that Seattle Thunderbirds defenceman Kevin Korchinski has been named WHL Player of the Week for the week ending April 24, 2022.

The 17-year-old led all WHL blueliners with six points (1G-5A) in two WHL Playoffs outings with the Thunderbirds this past week, helping Seattle take a 2-0 series lead in their first-round set with the Kelowna Rockets.

The product of Saskatoon, Sask. collected three assists in his WHL Playoffs debut Friday, April 22, helping the Thunderbirds post a 6-0 victory in Game 1 versus the Rockets.

Korchinski matched that point total the following night, scoring once and adding a pair of helpers as Seattle defeated Kelowna 7-3.

The 6-foot-2, 175-pound rearguard earned Third Star honours in Saturday’s contest.

Korchinski is rated as the #20 North American Skater in the most recent NHL Central Scouting rankings ahead of the 2022 NHL Draft. This season, he became the first WHL defenceman in 32 years to record 60 or more assists in his first year of NHL Draft eligibility.

He was originally selected by the Thunderbirds with the 10th overall pick in the 2019 WHL Draft. In 93 career WHL regular season and playoff appearances, Korchinski has accrued 81 points (5G-76A).

Korchinski and the Seattle Thunderbirds will continue their first-round series with the Kelowna Rockets in Game 3, scheduled for Tuesday, April 26 (7:05 p.m. PT, Prospera Place).

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.

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