Wheat Kings’ Matt Calvert named Boston Pizza WHL Player of the Week

By League Press Release

CALGARY, AB. – The BOSTON PIZZA WHL Player of the Week is forward Matt Calvert of the Brandon Wheat Kings.

Calvert picked up 10 points, scoring four goals and six assists in three games to go with a +6 rating this past week, helping the Wheat Kings post a 3-0-0-0 record in that span.

On Tuesday, February 3rd, the Wheat Kings hosted the Red Deer Rebels at Westman Place in the Keystone Centre. Calvert scored one goal and added three assists as the Wheat Kings defeated the Rebels 5-0. He was also named the games 1st Star. On Friday, February 6th, East Division rivals the Prince Albert Raiders rolled into Brandon to face the Wheaties. Calvert picked up an assist as the Wheat Kings downed the Raiders 7-4.

The following evening, Saturday, February 7th, the Wheat Kings wrapped up their three game home stand hosting the Edmonton Oil Kings. Calvert netted his first career hat trick and added two assists as the Wheat Kings defeated the Oil Kings 6-1. His two power play goals, short-handed goal, game winning goal and five points earned Calvert 1st Star honours following the game.

Calvert’s 10 points over the last three games has him sitting sixth in team scoring with 46 points (16 goals, 30 assists) in 42 games. The Wheat Kings have won four straight games and 11 of their last 13 contests. With a record of 37-15-3-1 Brandon finds themselves just six points back of the Saskatoon Blades for top spot in the WHL East Division and second in the Eastern Conference.

Calvert, a 19 year-old forward from Brandon, Manitoba, is in his second season in the Western Hockey League with the Brandon Wheat Kings. During the 2008 NHL Entry Draft he was selected in the fifth round by the Columbus Blue Jackets.

The WHL has also nominated Mark Guggenberger of the Kelowna Rockets for the ADT CHL Goaltender of the Week Award. Guggenberger posted a 3-0-0-0 record this past week, allowing just three goals on 57 shots for an outstanding 0.970 goals-against average and .947 save percentage.

Guggenberger, a 19 year-old from Richfield, Minnesota, is in his second season of play in the WHL. Since joining the Kelowna Rockets from the Swift Current Broncos earlier this year he has posted an impressive 7-2-1-1 record.

Boston Pizza WHL Player of the Week
Sept. 18 – Sept. 21: Jordan Weal, Regina Pats
Sept. 22 – Sept. 28: Joel Broda, Moose Jaw Warriors
Sept. 29 – Oct. 5: Casey Pierro-Zabotel, Vancouver Giants
Oct. 6 – Oct. 12: Evander Kane, Vancouver Giants
Oct. 13 – Oct. 19: Jay Fehr, Brandon Wheat Kings
Oct. 20 – Oct. 26: Jamie Benn, Kelowna Rockets
Oct. 27 – Nov. 2: Dana Tyrell, Prince George Cougars
Nov. 3 – Nov. 9: C.J. Stretch, Kamloops Blazers
Nov. 10 – Nov. 16: Andy Smith, Chilliwack Bruins
Nov. 17 – Nov. 23: Scott Glennie, Brandon Wheat Kings
Nov. 24 – Nov. 30: Taylor Procyshen, Tri-City Americans
Dec. 1 – Dec. 7: Brett Sonne, Calgary Hitmen
Dec. 8 – Dec. 14: Ian Duval, Moose Jaw Warriors
Dec. 15 – Dec. 28: Brandon Kozun, Calgary Hitmen
Dec. 29 – Jan. 4: Joel Broda, Moose Jaw Warriors
Jan. 5 – Jan. 11: Evander Kane, Vancouver Giants
Jan. 12 – Jan. 18: Brayden Schenn, Brandon Wheat Kings
Jan. 19 – Jan. 25: Keith Seabrook, Calgary Hitmen
Jan. 26 – Feb. 1: Drayson Bowman, Spokane Chiefs
Feb. 2 – Feb. 8: Matt Calvert, Brandon Wheat Kings