The first Ultramar Player of the Week of the 2019 President Cup Playoffs is Charlottetown Islanders winger Daniel Hardie. In two postseason games, the Brampton, Ontario scored three times and added one assist to help the Islanders take a 2-0 lead in their series with the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles.
On Friday night in Charlottetown, Hardie kicked off his playoff run by firing on all cylinders, registering a team high nine shots on goal in the game. He finally found the back of the net after taking a cross-ice pass from Hunter Drew on the power play and squeezing his shot past the Cape Breton netminder from the faceoff dot, 5:55 into the third period.
Following their 3-2 overtime win over the Screaming Eagles on Friday night, Hardie and the Islanders were back in action at the Eastlink Centre on Saturday night. Hardie wasted no time getting on the scoresheet in this one however. He got the primary assist on Kevin Gursoy’s opening goal midway through the first frame, before scoring a goal of his own with just under two minutes left in the period.
Hardie wasn’t done yet. After Cape Breton tied the game back at 2-2, the 20-year-old forward picked up a loose puck outside the crease and chipped in his second goal of the game to make it 3-2 for the Islanders. Hardie would once again end the game by leading his team with seven shots on goal, helping the Islanders skate to a 6-4 win.
Hardie’s strong start to the playoffs comes as no surprise as he ended the regular season on top of mostly every offensive stat category by leading the Islanders in; goals (34), assists (44), points (78) and power play goals (10).
A player invited to Rimouski’s training camp in 2016, Hardie spent his first season in the QMJHL with the Océanic before being traded to the Saint John Sea Dogs prior to the 2017-18 season. He finally landed with the Islanders after being traded from Saint John to Charlottetown at last season’s trade deadline.
2018-19 Ultramar Player of the Week:
Week 1 | Sept. 20 – Sept. 23: Josh Lawrence (Sea Dogs | Saint John)
Week 2 | Sept. 24 – Sept. 30: Ivan Chekhovich (Drakkar | Baie-Comeau)
Week 3 | Oct. 1 – Oct. 7: Gabriel Bilodeau (Olympiques | Gatineau)
Week 4 | Oct. 8 – Oct. 14: Alexis Gravel (Mooseheads | Halifax)
Week 5 | Oct. 15 – Oct. 21: Émile Samson (Armada | Blainville-Boisbriand)
Week 6 | Oct. 22 – Oct. 28: Ivan Chekhovich (Drakkar | Baie-Comeau)
Week 7 | Oct. 29 – Nov. 4: Peter Abbandonato (Huskies | Rouyn-Noranda)
Week 8 | Nov. 5 – Nov. 11: Samuel Asselin (Mooseheads | Halifax)
Week 9 | Nov. 12 – Nov. 18: Peter Abbandonato (Huskies | Rouyn-Noranda)
Week 10 | Nov. 19 – Nov. 25: Joseph Veleno (Voltigeurs | Drummondville)
Week 11 | Nov. 26 – Dec. 2: Gregor MacLeod (Voltigeurs | Drummondville)
Week 12 | Dec. 3 – Dec. 9: Ivan Chekhovich (Drakkar | Baie-Comeau)
Week 13 | Dec. 10 – Dec. 16: Nicolas Guay (Voltigeurs | Drummondville)
Week 14 | Dec. 28 – Dec. 30: Yann-Félix Lapointe (Phoenix | Sherbrooke)
Week 15 | Dec. 31 – Jan. 6: Matthew Welsh (Islanders | Charlottetown)
Week 16 | Jan. 7 – Jan. 13: Kevin Mandolese (Screaming Eagles | Cape Breton)
Week 17 | Jan. 14 – Jan. 20: Alexis Lafrenière (Oceanic | Rimouski)
Week 18 | Jan. 21 – Jan. 27: Ethan Crossman (Drakkar | Baie-Comeau)
Week 19 | Jan. 28 – Feb. 3: Samuel Asselin (Mooseheads | Halifax)
Week 20 | Feb.4 – Feb. 10: Alexis Lafrenière (Oceanic | Rimouski)
Week 21 | Feb 11 – Feb. 17: Maxime Comtois (Voltigeurs | Drummondville)
Week 22 | Feb. 18 – Feb. 24: Joseph Veleno (Voltigeurs | Drummondville)
Week 23 | Feb.25 – Mar.3: Peter Abbandonato (Huskies | Rouyn-Noranda)
Week 24 | Mar.4 – Mar.10: Jonathan Lemieux (Foreurs | Val-d’Or)
Week 25 | Mar.11 – Mar.16: Vladislav Kotkov (Saguenéens | Chicoutimi)
-Start of playoffs-
Week 26 | Mar. 22 – Mar. 24: Daniel Hardie (Islanders | Charlottetown)