Calgary, Alta. – The Western Hockey League announced today that Medicine Hat Tigers captain James Hamblin has been named the WHL McSweeney’s Player of the Month for November 2019.
Hamblin recorded 24 points (11G-13A) and a plus-11 in 12 games during November. With their captain leading them offensively, the Tigers went 9-3-0-0 during the calendar month, keeping them in the mix for the Central Division lead and among the league’s best.
The 20-year-old product of Edmonton, Alta. recorded points in nine of 12 games during the month with eight multi-point efforts. Hamblin had one four-point effort and five three-point performances.
As part of those performances, Hamblin recorded four multi-goal games, including the first hat trick of his WHL career on November 2, 2019 against the Victoria Royals. During the month, Hamblin was recognized as the WHL On the Run Player of the Week for the week ending November 10, 2019.
Hamblin was recognized as the first star of the game on five separate occasions, also begin named the second star of the game once. He was also recognized as the WHL’s second star of the night twice.
The 5-foot-10, 181-pound forward is enjoying a strong overage season in the WHL. In 26 games, Hamblin has recorded 41 points (17G-24A), including four power-play goals, one short-handed goal, and three game-winning goals. He ranks second in WHL scoring, is tied for second in assists and is tied for fifth in goals.
In 287 WHL regular season games, Hamblin has 233 points (96G-137A), including 30 power-play goals, 11 short-handed goals, and 16 game-winning goals. He’s also appeared in 17 WHL playoff games, recording 12 points (7G-5A), including one power-play goal and two short-handed goals. The Tigers chosen Hamblin 17th overall in the 2014 WHL Bantam Draft.
Hamblin and the Tigers return to action on Tuesday, December 3 (7:00 p.m. MT) when they host the Lethbridge Hurricanes at the Canalta Centre.
WHL McSweeney’s Player of the Month
November: James Hamblin, Medicine Hat Tigers
September/October: Connor Zary, Kamloops Blazers
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, WHLplayers also form the nucleus of Canada’s National Junior Hockey Team.