Thunderbirds’ Jim O’Brien Named CHL Player of the Week

By League Press Release

Toronto, ON – The Canadian Hockey League today announced that Jim O’Brien of the Seattle Thunderbirds is the CHL Player of the Week for the week ending Sunday February 24 after scoring two goals and six assists for eight points in three games.

O’Brien had three assists and was named second star in a 6-1 win over the Prince George Cougars on Wednesday, scored a goal and two assists in a 5-2 win over the Kelowna Rockets on Friday and finished the week with a goal and an assist in a 6-2 win over the Portland Winter Hawks on Saturday. He was plus-7 during the week.

The 19-year-old from Maplewood, Minnesota was a first round pick of the Ottawa Senators in 2007. He is in his first WHL season after playing at the University of Minnesota last season.

Michael Frolik of the Rimouski Oceanic was the QMJHL nominee after scoring two goals and five assists for seven points in three games and Kyle Gajewski of the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds was the OHL nominee after going 2-0-0-0 with a shutout last week.

2007-08 CHL Player of the Week
Sept. 23 – John Tavares, Oshawa Generals
Sept. 30 – Alex Pietrangelo, Niagara IceDogs
Oct. 7 – Tyler Dittmer, Brandon Wheat Kings
Oct. 14 – John Tavares, Oshawa Generals
Oct. 21 – Oscar Moller, Chilliwack Bruins
Oct. 28 – Yannick Weber, Kitchener Rangers
Nov. 5 – Brett MacLean, Oshawa Generals
Nov. 12 – Peter-James Corsi, Halifax Mooseheads
Nov. 19 – Drayson Bowman, Spokane Chiefs
Nov. 26 – Drayson Bowman, Spokane Chiefs
Dec. 4 – Mark Santorelli, Chilliwack Bruins
Dec. 11 – Justin Hodgman, Erie Otters
Dec. 18 – Thomas McCollum, Guelph Storm
Jan. 1 – Alexandre Picard-Hooper, Saint John Sea Dogs
Jan. 8 – Brett Parnham, Oshawa Generals
Jan. 15 – John Tavares, Oshawa Generals
Jan. 22 – Jamie Benn, Kelowna Rockets
Jan. 29 – Brett Morrison, Rouyn-Noranda Huskies
Feb. 5 – Ryan White, Calgary Hitmen
Feb. 12 – Michael Swift, Niagara IceDogs
Feb. 19 – Matthew Pistilli, Gatineau Olympiques
Feb. 26 – Jim O’Brien, Seattle Thunderbirds