Blazers’ Colin Smith Named CHL Player of the Week
Toronto, ON – The Canadian Hockey League today announced that Kamloops Blazers’ forward Colin Smith is the CHL Player of the Week for the week ending February 3 after recording 10 points including four goals and six assists in four games.
The three-time WHL Player of the Week helped the Blazers pick up three wins last week beginning on Monday with a goal and two assists as second star of a 6-5 overtime win over the Kelowna Rockets. On Wednesday he scored once despite a 5-2 loss to the Portland Winterhawks but bounced back on Friday by matching a season-high with five points including a goal and four assists and was second star of the 7-4 win over the Spokane Chiefs. He wrapped up his week on Saturday extending his point-streak to six games with a goal in a 3-2 shootout win over the Everett Silvertips.
Smith, a 19-year-old from Edmonton, AB, is playing in his fourth full WHL season with the Blazers. Selected in the seventh round of the 2012 NHL Draft by the Colorado Avalanche, Smith is currently third in WHL scoring with 86 points in 55 games scoring 36 goals and 50 assists for the Blazers who sit third in the Western Conference with 75 points.
Also considered for the award this week was Detroit Red Wings prospect defenceman Ryan Sproul of the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds who scored three goals and three assists for six points in two games, and QMJHL rookie and 2013 NHL Draft prospect Martin Reway of the Gatineau Olympiques who scored four goals with two assists for six points in two games.
2012-13 CHL Players of the Week:
Jan. 28 – Feb. 3: Colin Smith, Kamloops Blazers
Jan. 21 – Jan. 27: Dmitrij Jaskin, Moncton Wildcats
Jan. 14 – Jan. 20: Alex Gogolev, Victoria Royals
Jan. 7 – Jan 13: Valentin Zykov, Baie-Comeau Drakkar
Dec. 31 – Jan. 6: Zach O’Brien, Acadie-Bathurst Titan
Dec. 24 – Dec. 30: Anton Zlobin, Val-d’Or Foreurs
Dec. 10 – Dec. 16: Alex Galchenyuk, Sarnia Sting
Dec. 3 – Dec. 9: Jaimen Yakubowski, Lethbridge Hurricanes
Nov. 26 – Dec. 2: Josh Currie, PEI Rocket
Nov. 19 – Nov. 25: Scott Kosmachuk, Guelph Storm
Nov. 12 – Nov. 18: Raphaël Bussières, Baie-Comeau Drakkar
Nov. 5 – Nov. 11 : Philippe Maillet, Victoriaville Tigres
Oct. 29 – Nov. 4 : Brett Ritchie, Niagara IceDogs
Oct. 22 – Oct. 28: Curtis Valk, Medicine Hat Tigers
Oct. 15 – Oct. 21: Hunter Garlent, Guelph Storm
Oct. 8 – Oct. 14: JC Lipon, Kamloops Blazers
Oct. 1 – Oct. 7: JC Lipon, Kamloops Blazers
Sept. 24 – Sept. 30: Jean-Sébastien Dea, Rouyn-Noranda Huskies
Sept. 20 – Sept. 23: Jonathan Drouin, Halifax Mooseheads