Calgary, Alta. – The Western Hockey League announced today that San Jose Sharks prospect Joachim Blichfeld of the Portland Winterhawks has been named the WHL McSweeney’s Player of the Month for December 2018.
Blichfeld recorded 26 points (13G-13A) and a plus-seven rating in 11 games during December, vaulting the Frederikshavn, Denmark product into the WHL scoring lead as the Winterhawks posted a 7-1-3-0 record in the final month of 2018, keeping them in second place in the U.S. Division and moving them to within a point of second place in the WHL’s Western Conference.
With points in 10 of 11 games this month, Blichfeld had six multi-point efforts, including the third five-point game of his WHL career. He also had a pair of four-point games and three three-point games. Blichfeld also recorded three multi-goal games during the month, including the third hat trick of his WHL career December 2 against the Kootenay ICE. He also had a pair of two-goal games.
Blichfeld was named the first star of the game four times during the month, earning a pair of second star of the game honours as well. He was recognized as the WHL’s first star of the night once.
He currently leads the WHL with 72 points (34G-38A), including 12 power-play goals, three short-handed goals, and three game-winning goals. Blichfeld also leads the WHL in goals and is tied for third in assists.
The 6-foot-1, 188-pound, 20-year-old forward was drafted by the San Jose Sharks in the seventh round, 210th overall, at the 2016 NHL Draft. Blichfeld signed a three-year, entry-level contract with the NHL club in December 2017. The Winterhawks selected Blichfeld in the second round, 85th overall, in the 2016 Canadian Hockey League Import Draft.
Since joining the Winterhawks, Blichfeld has appeared in 156 WHL regular season games, posting 186 points (86G-100A), including 27 power-play goals, four short-handed goals, and 12 game-winning goals. He’s also appeared in 23 WHL playoff games, posting 19 points (8G-11A), including two power-play goals and one game-winning goal.
The Winterhawks return to action Friday, January 4 (7:00 p.m. CT) against the Swift Current Broncos, beginning a six-game road trip through the East Division.
WHL McSweeney’s Player of the Month
December: Joachim Blichfeld, Portland Winterhawks
November: Brett Leason, Prince Albert Raiders
September/October: Brett Leason, Prince Albert Raiders
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.