Toronto, ON – The Canadian Hockey League today announced that forward Craig Cunningham of the Vancouver Giants is the CHL Player of the Week for the week ending April 4. In two playoff games Cunningham scored three goals and three assists for six points with a plus-minus rating of plus-3.
Cunningham began his week scoring a goal and two assists in a 9-6 win over the Portland Winterhawks in Game one of the Kal Tire WHL Western Conference Semi-Finals on Saturday. One day later he led his club to a 7-4 victory to extend the Giants series lead to 2-0 over the Winterhawks and was named first star of the contest with two goals and one assist.
Cunningham, a 19-year-old from Trail, BC, is playing in his fourth WHL season with the Giants. He was recently named a first team WHL All-Star after recording 97 points in 72 regular season games and currently leads the league in playoff scoring with 16 points in six games.
Also considered for the award was Ryan Ellis of the Windsor Spitfires who led the OHL in scoring with six points in two games including one goal and five assists. The Spitfires currently lead their second round playoff series 3-0 over the Plymouth Whalers. In the QMJHL, Gabriel Dumont scored five points including three goals and two assists for the Drummondville Voltigeurs who currently lead the Rimouski Oceanic 2-0 in their second round series.
2009-10 CHL Players of the Week – Regular Season:
Mar. 8 – Mar. 14: Matt Puempel, Peterborough Petes
Mar. 1 – Mar. 7: Austin Watson, Peterborough Petes
Feb. 22 – Feb. 28: Michael Stickland, Swift Current Broncos
Feb. 15 – Feb. 21: Luke Adam, Cape Breton Screaming Eagles
Feb. 8 – Feb. 14: Brandon Kozun, Calgary Hitmen
Feb. 1 – Feb. 7: Michael Bournival, Shawinigan Cataractes
Jan. 25 – Jan. 31: Mikhail Stefanovich, Quebec Remparts
Jan. 18 – Jan. 24: Tyler Seguin, Plymouth Whalers
Jan. 11 – Jan. 17: Taylor Beck, Guelph Storm
Jan. 4 – Jan. 10: Taylor Hall, Windsor Spitfires
Dec. 27 – Jan. 3: Tye McGinn, Gatineau Olympiques
Dec. 14 – Dec. 20: Brayden McNabb, Kootenay Ice
Dec. 7 – Dec. 13: Jonathan Audy-Marchessault, Quebec Remparts
Nov. 30 – Dec. 6: Johnny Lazo, Tri-City Americans
Nov. 23 – Nov. 29: Philippe Cornet, Rouyn-Noranda Huskies
Nov. 16 – Nov. 22: Tyler Toffoli, Ottawa 67’s
Nov. 9 – Nov. 15: Matt Calvert, Brandon Wheat Kings
Nov. 2 – Nov. 8: Trevor Parkes, Montreal Juniors
Oct. 26 – Nov. 1: Tomas Kubalik, Victoriaville Tigres
Oct. 19 – 25: Taylor Hall, Windsor Spitfires
Oct. 12 – 18: Mark Isherwood, Medicine Hat Tigers
Oct. 5 – 11: Jason Bast, Moose Jaw Warriors
Sept. 28 – Oct. 4: Jordan Weal, Regina Pats
Sept. 21 – 27: Jonathan Hazen, Val-d’Or Foreurs
Sept. 14 – 20: Luke Pither, Barrie Colts