CALGARY, AB. – The WHL Player of the Week is forward Darian Dziurzynski of the Saskatoon Blades. Dziurzynski scored five goals and had a +3 rating, in just two games this past week.
On Wednesday, October 6th the Saskatoon Blades hosted the U.S. Division powerhouse Tri-City Americans to the Credit Union Centre. Dziurzynski found the net twice leading the Blades to a 5-3 victory and was named the games 2nd Star. On Friday, October 8th, East Division rivals the Moose Jaw Warriors travelled to Saskatoon to face the Blades. Dziurzynski had a 1st Star performance netting three goals for the hat-trick including a short-handed marker leading the Blades to a 6-4 win over the Warriors.
Dziurzynski’s five goals this past week has him sitting 3rd among all WHL goal scorers with seven goals in seven games. The Saskatoon Blades have won four straight contests and currently sit in top spot of the WHL East Division with a 6-1-0-0 record.
Dziurzynski, a 19-year-old from Lloydminster, Alberta, is entering his fourth full season with the Saskatoon Blades. The undrafted winger has appeared in 174 career games with the Blades scoring 34 goals, 32 assists and 66 points.
The WHL has also nominated Darcy Kuemper of the Red Deer Rebels for the CHL Goaltender of the Week Award. Kuemper posted a 4-0-0-0 road record this past week, stopping 88 of 91 shots faced for a remarkable 0.850 goals-against average and 0.967 save percentage. Kuemper, a native of Saskatoon, SK, back-stopped the Rebels to four straight road victories through the WHL East Division earning 1st Star honours twice along with a 3rd Star selection.
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Oct. 3 – Oct. 10: Darian Dziurzynski, Saskatoon Blades
Sept. 27 – Oct. 3: Brad Ross, Portland Winterhawks
Sept. 24 – Sept. 26: Tyler Maxwell, Everett Silvertips