Saskatchewan rookie Connor Gay named March WHL Grad of the Month

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  • Former Regina Pat, Red Deer Rebel, and Saskatoon Blade Connor Gay posted nine points in eight March games to put the finishing touches on his Canada West rookie season
  • Gay is the sixth and final recipient of the award this season, joining Alberta’s Jamie Crooks (October), Calgary’s Elgin Pearce (November), Lethbridge’s Jay Merkley (December), Saskatchewan’s Jesse Forsberg (January), and MRU’s Connor Rankin (February)

EDMONTON – Rookie Saskatchewan Huskies forward Connor Gay is the sixth and final recipient of the Canada West WHL Graduate of the Month after posting nine points in the month of March.

A veteran of 237 Western Hockey League regular season games between the Regina Pats, Red Deer Rebels, and Saskatoon Blades, Gay showed his scoring touch in the final weeks of the season. Gay registered three goals and an assist in the Canada West Final against Alberta, before adding a goal and four assists at the University Cup in Fredericton, N.B. March 16-19.

Gay, who concluded a four-year WHL career in 2015-16 with a 72-point season for his hometown Saskatoon Blades, finished his rookie campaign with 14 points in a combined 14 Canada West regular season and playoff games.

The Arts & Science student was held off the scoresheet in just three Canada West games he played for the Huskies, who dropped the Canada West Final to Alberta in three games, before earning a runner-up finish at the University Cup.

The other nominee for the WHL Grad of the Month award was Alberta’s Cole Linaker, who posted a goal and four assists for the Golden Bears in the Canada West Final.

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Previous Canada West WHL Graduates of the Month 

2016-17 Recipients:
October: Jamie Crooks, Alberta
November: Elgin Pearce, Calgary
December: Jay Merkley, Lethbridge
January: Jesse Forsberg, Saskatchewan
February: Connor Rankin, Mount Royal 

2015-16 Recipients:
October: Anthony Bardaro, UBC
November: Tyler Fiddler, Mount Royal
January: Kohl Bauml, Saskatchewan
February: Elgin Pearce, Calgary
March: Jordon Cooke, Saskatchewan

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