Winterhawks forward Klassen named WHL Player of the Week

Calgary, Alta. – The Western Hockey League announced today that Portland Winterhawks forward Gabe Klassen has been named WHL Player of the Week for the week ending September 25, 2022.

The 19-year-old veteran forward recorded six goals in two outings this past weekend as the Winterhawks claimed back-to-back road victories over the Kamloops Blazers and Kelowna Rockets to open the 2022-23 WHL Regular Season.

Klassen started the weekend with a two-goal effort Friday, September 23, logging the game-winning goal with a power-play effort 1:34 into a 3-0 win over the Blazers. In addition to his two goals on eight shots, Klassen was successful on 11/19 faceoffs (57.9 per cent) and was named the first star of the game.

On Saturday, September 24, Klassen recorded his third-career hat trick with a four-goal performance. Once again, he opened the scoring – this time converting a penalty shot 5:11 into the first period of play. He added his fourth goal of the campaign in the second period, before striking twice in the third period to help the Winterhawks erase a 4-2 deficit en route to a 6-5 overtime victory. Klassen once again went 11/19 (57.9 per cent) in the faceoff circle and was named the first star of the game.

Through one week, Klassen leads the WHL in goals (6), points (6), and first goals (2).

Prior to the start of the WHL season, Klassen attended training camp with the NHL’s Colorado Avalanche.

The 5-foot-10, 176-pound product of Prince Albert, Sask., is in his fourth WHL campaign after being selected by the Winterhawks 19th overall in the 2018 WHL Draft. He set career highs for goals (33), assists (31), and points (64) during the 2021-22 season. In 119 career WHL Regular Season games, Klassen has registered 96 points (54G-42A).

Following a two-game B.C. Division road swing, Klassen and the Winterhawks return to Portland for the Club’s home opener on Saturday, October 1 (6 p.m. PT) when the Tri-City Americans visit Veterans Memorial Coliseum.

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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