Calgary, Alta. – The Western Hockey League announced today that Portland Winterhawks forward Jake Gricius has been named the WHL On the Run Player of the Week for the week ending October 27, 2019.
Gricius recorded seven points (3G-4A) and a plus-four rating in two games this week as the Winterhawks enjoyed victories against the Prince Albert Raiders and Spokane Chiefs. The pair of wins extended the team’s winning streak to three games and moved them to within a single point of the Everett Silvertips for the lead in the U.S. Division.
In Wednesday’s 4-3 win against the Raiders, Gricius recorded a goal and an assist, scoring their third goal and picking up a helper on the team’s final goal of the game. For his performance, Gricius earned third-star honours.
Saturday, Gricius posted a career-high five points in a 6-3 win over the Chiefs. The 6-foot-3, 200-pound product of Colorado Springs, Colo. Scored the fifth and sixth goals of the game for Portland, adding assists on their first three goals. His career night earned Gricius the first star of the game, first star of the night in the WHL, and the Canadian Hockey League’s Player of the Night honours.
Listed by the Winterhawks, the 20-year-old Gricius is producing at a career-best rate with 15 points (5G-10A), including one power-play goal, in 12 games during the 2019-20 WHL Regular Season.
In 220 WHL regular season games, Gricius has 114 points (55G-59A), including 20 power-play goals, two short-handed goals, and nine game-winning goals. He’s also added seven points (3G-4A), including one power-play goal, and 28 WHL playoff games.
Up next for Gricius and the Winterhawks is a duel against the division-leading Silvertips on Friday, November 1 (7:35 p.m. PT) at Angel of the Winds Arena.
WHL On the Run Player of the Week
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.