CALGARY, AB. – The Western Hockey League announced today that Saskatoon Blades’ forward Matej Stransky is the WHL Player of the Week.
Stransky collected nine points, scoring three goals and six assists to go with a +1 rating, in three games over the past week helping the Saskatoon Blades to a 2-1-0-0 record.
On Tuesday, March 13, the Blades hosted the Prince Albert Raiders; Stransky gathered one goal, four assists and was named the games 3rd Star in the Blades 11-5 win. The Blades then closed out their regular season with a home-and-home series with their WHL East Division rivals the Swift Current Broncos, starting Friday, March 23 in Swift Current. Stransky scored one goal, two assists and was named the games 3rd Star in the Blades 5-3 win over the Broncos. The next night, Saturday, March 24 in Saskatoon, Stransky picked up one goal in the Blades 7-3 loss to the Broncos.
Stransky finished the regular season 18th among all WHL scorers gathering 81 points (39 goals, 42 assists) in 70 games played. The Blades closed out the season ranked 5th in the WHL Eastern Conference and will face the Medicine Hat Tigers in the Husky WHL Eastern Conference Quarter-Final opening round 2012 WHL Playoff series.
An 18-year-old from Ostrava, CZE, Stransky is playing his second full season with the Saskatoon Blades. He was selected 61st overall in the 2010 CHL Import Draft by the Blades and selected by the Dallas Stars in the 6th round of the 2011 NHL Draft.
The WHL has also nominated Corbin Boes of the Brandon Wheat Kings for the CHL Goaltender of the Week Award. Boes posted a 2-0-0-1 record this past week, stopping 90 of 95 shots faced for a 0.947 save-percentage and 1.63 goals-against average. Boes, an 18-year-old from Saskatoon, SK, led Wheat Kings to a pair of victories over the Regina Pats and a hard fought come from behind shoot-out loss to the Moose Jaw Warriors earlier in the week.
WHL Player of the Week
Mar. 12 – Mar. 18: Matej Stransky, Saskatoon Blades
Mar. 5 – Mar. 11: Emerson Etem, Medicine Hat Tigers
Feb. 27 – Mar. 4: Sven Bartschi, Portland Winterhawks
Feb. 20 – Feb. 26: Brendan Shinnimin, Tri-City Americans
Feb. 13 – Feb. 19: Michael Ferland, Brandon Wheat Kings
Feb. 6 – Feb. 12: Brendan Ranford, Kamloops Blazers
Jan. 30 – Feb. 5: Dominik Uher, Spokane Chiefs
Jan. 23 – Jan. 29: Mark McNeill, Prince Albert Raiders
Jan. 16 – Jan. 22: Michael St. Croix, Edmonton Oil Kings
Jan. 9 – Jan. 15: Colin Smith, Kamloops Blazers
Jan. 2 – Jan. 8: Brendan Gallagher, Vancouver Giants
Dec. 27 – Jan. 1: Dalton Thrower, Saskatoon Blades
Dec. 2 – Dec. 18: Patrick Holland, Tri-City Americans
Dec. 5 – Dec. 11: Mike Winther, Prince Albert Raiders
Nov. 28 – Dec. 4: Michael St. Croix, Edmonton Oil Kings
Nov. 21 – Nov. 27: Ty Rattie, Portland Winterhawks
Nov. 14 – Nov. 20: Mark Stone, Brandon Wheat Kings
Nov. 7 – Nov. 13: Alex Petrovic, Red Deer Rebels
Oct. 31 – Nov. 6: Hunter Shinkaruk, Medicine Hat Tigers
Oct. 24 – Oct. 30: Cody Beach, Moose Jaw Warriors
Oct. 17 – Oct. 23: Brendan Gallagher, Vancouver Giants
Oct. 10 – Oct. 16: Sven Bartschi, Portland Winterhawks
Oct. 3 – Oct. 9: Emerson Etem, Medicine Hat Tigers
Sept. 26 – Oct. 2: Mark Stone, Brandon Wheat Kings
Sept. 22 – Sept. 25: Adam Hughesman, Tri-City Americans