Calgary Hitmen’s Kris Foucault named Boston Pizza WHL Player of the Week

By League Press Release

CALGARY, AB. – The BOSTON PIZZA WHL Player of the Week is forward Kris Foucault of the Calgary Hitmen. 

Foucault picked up three points, scoring two goals and an assist to go with a +3 rating in two games over the last week, helping the Calgary Hitmen win the 2009 Husky WHL Eastern Conference Championship Series over the Brandon Wheat Kings 4-0.
 
On Tuesday, April 21st, the Calgary Hitmen were at Westman Place in Brandon for game three of the Eastern Conference Championship, leading the series 2-0.  Foucault scored two goals and one assist as the Hitmen defeated the Wheat Kings 4-3 to take a 3-0 series lead.  He was also named the games 2nd Star.
 
The next evening, Wednesday, April 22nd, the Wheat Kings hosted the Hitmen in game four of the series at Westman Place.  Foucault helped pace the Hitmen to a 6-4 victory over the Wheat Kings and was on the ice for the game winning goal.  With the win, the Calgary Hitmen claim their first Husky Eastern Conference Championship since 1999 and advance to the 2009 WHL Championship Series to contend for the Ed Chynoweth Cup.  For his efforts throughout the series Kris Foucault was also named the Husky Eastern Conference Championship Most Valuable Player.
 
The Calgary Hitmen will host either the Kelowna Rockets or Vancouver Giants in games one and two of the WHL Championship Series, at the Pengrowth Saddledome, on Friday, May 1st and Saturday, May 2nd, times to be determined.
 
Foucault, an 18 year-old from Calgary, Alberta, is playing his second season in the WHL and the joined the Hitmen organization at the 2009 trade deadline.  He picked up 16 points (nine goals, seven assists) in 22 games played with the Hitmen this season and is currently tied for most goals scored in the 2009 WHL Playoffs with 10 goals in 12 games.
 
The WHL has also nominated Mark Guggenberger of the Kelowna Rockets for the ADT CHL Goaltender of the Week Award.  Guggenberger posted a 2-1-0-0 record this past week with two shut-outs, allowing just three goals on 63 shots for a 1.000 goals-against average and .952 save percentage. 
 
Guggenberger, a 19 year-old from Richfield, Minnesota, is in his second season of play in the WHL.  After joining the Kelowna Rockets from the Swift Current Broncos earlier this year he posted an impressive 17-3-1-2 record to close out the regular season.  Thus far in the playoffs Guggenberger’s record stands at 11-4 with a 2.100 GAA and .912 save percentage.
 
BOSTON PIZZA WHL Player of the Week – 2009 WHL Playoffs
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Apr. 20 – Apr. 26: Kris Foucault, Calgary Hitmen
Apr. 13 – Apr. 19: Mikael Backlund, Kelowna Rockets
Apr. 6 – Apr. 12: Colby Robak, Brandon Wheat Kings
Mar. 30 – Apr. 5: Jonathon Blum, Vancouver Giants
Mar. 23 – Mar. 29: Mitch Fadden, Tri-City Americans
Mar. 16 – Mar. 22: Matt Lowry, Brandon Wheat Kings