Toronto, ON – The Canadian Hockey League today announced that Zach O’Brien of the Acadie-Bathurst Titan is the CHL Player of the Week after recording 12 points in three games including six goals and six assists with an impressive plus-minus rating of plus-11 for the week ending January 6.
O’Brien led the Titan to three wins last week highlighted by a five-point performance and two straight hat-tricks. After recording three assists in a 6-1 win over the PEI Rocket last Thursday, O’Brien scored his first hat-trick of the season on Friday and added an assist as first star of a 5-3 win over the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles. He finished the week with another first star performance on Sunday netting his second straight hat-trick and adding two assists as part of a 5-2 win over the Moncton Wildcats.
O’Brien, a 20-year-old from St. John’s, Newfoundland, is playing in his third full QMJHL season. Third in league scoring with 62 points in 40 games, O’Brien continues to build on his QMJHL record of 166 consecutive regular season games without being assessed a penalty.
Also considered for the award this week was Sarnia Sting rookie Nikolay Goldobin who scored eight goals and four assists for 12 points in five games, and Cody Sylvester of the Calgary Hitmen who scored two goals and six assists for eight points in four games.
2012-13 CHL Players of the Week:
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