Calgary, Alta. – The Western Hockey League announced today that Lethbridge Hurricanes forward Oliver Okuliar has been named the WHL On the Run Player of the Week for the week ending November 3, 2019.
Okuliar recorded eight points (7G-1A) in three games as the Hurricanes earned five of six points on a three-game road trip through the province of Manitoba. The productive weekend has elevated the Hurricanes to second place in the Central Division with an 11-4-0-3 record, two points behind the division-leading Edmonton Oil Kings.
After scoring in Wednesday’s 4-3 shootout loss to the Winnipeg ICE, Okuliar recorded back-to-back hat tricks to lift his team to an 8-2 win over the ICE Friday and a 5-2 decision against the Brandon Wheat Kings Saturday. Okuliar added an assist in Friday’s performance for the first four-point game of his WHL career.
Hat tricks in back-to-back games made Okuliar the first Hurricanes skater to accomplish the feat by himself since Mitch Fadden did so on January 30 and January 31, 2007.
The 6-foot-1, 185-pound product of Trencin, Slovakia scoring Lethbridge’s first goal in each of the three games. In addition to a pair of power-play goals, Okuliar scored a short-handed goal.
Okuliar owns the longest active goal-scoring streak in the WHL, having recorded a goal in seven consecutive games. His eight-game point streak is currently the second-longest active point steak in the WHL.
Selected by the Hurricanes with the 49th-overall selection of the 2019 Canadian Hockey League Import Draft, Okuliar has recorded 24 points (15G-9A) in 18 games, including four power-play goals, two short-handed goals, and three game-winning goals. Okuliar leads the WHL with 15 goals and is tied for third in league scoring.
The Hurricanes return to action on Wednesday, November 6 (7:00 p.m. MT), playing host to the Swift Current Broncos at the ENMAX Centre in southern Alberta.
WHL On the Run Player of the Week
October 28 – November 3: Oliver Okuliar, Lethbridge Hurricanes
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.