Yanni Gourde named CHL Player of the Week

By League Press Release

Toronto, ON – The Canadian Hockey League today announced that for the third time this season QMJHL Top Scorer Yanni Gourde is the CHL Player of the Week.  For the week ending March 18 Gourde scored three goals and four assists for seven points in two games with a plus-minus rating of plus-3 to finish the QMJHL regular season.

Gourde began the week with a five-point game on Friday against one of the QMJHL’s top teams the Shawinigan Cataractes.  He scored the game-winning goal along with four assists as first star of the 7-5 win.  He would also claim first star honours on Sunday wrapping up his week with a two-goal performance including the game-winner extending his current point-streak to nine straight games in a 4-0 shutout win over the Rimouski Oceanic.

Gourde, a 20-year-old from St-Narcisse, Quebec, is playing in his fourth QMJHL season with the Tigres.  He finished the 2011-12 regular season as the QMJHL scoring champion with 124 points in 68 games including 37 goals and 87 assists.  He has also been nominated for the Michel-Brière Trophy awarded to the league’s Most Valuable Player, and is also a Marcel-Robert Trophy nominee for Scholastic Player of the Year.

Also considered for the award this week was Matej Stransky of the Saskatoon Blades who picked up nine points in three games with three goals and six assists, and Andrew Yogan of the Peterborough Petes who scored four goals and four assists for eight points in three games.

2011-12 CHL Players of the Week:

Mar. 12 – Mar. 18: Yanni Gourde, Victoriaville Tigres

Mar. 5 – Mar. 11: Emerson Etem, Medicine Hat Tigers

Feb. 27 – Mar. 4: Michael Sgarbossa, Sudbury Wolves

Feb. 20 – Feb. 26: Brendan Shinnimin, Tri-City Americans

Feb. 13 – Feb. 19: Michael Ferland, Brandon Wheat Kings

Feb. 6 – Feb. 12: Cameron Brace, Owen Sound Attack

Jan. 30 – Feb. 5: Yanni Gourde, Victoriaville Tigres

Jan. 23 – Jan. 29: Mark McNeill, Prince Albert Raiders

Jan. 16 – Jan. 22: Michael St. Croix, Edmonton Oil Kings

Jan. 9 – Jan. 15: Guillaume Asselin, Chicoutimi Sagueneens

Jan. 2 – Jan. 8: Tyler Toffoli, Ottawa 67’s

Dec. 26 – Jan. 1: Dalton Thrower, Saskatoon Blades

Dec. 12 – Dec. 18: Alexandre Mallet, Rimouski Oceanic

Dec, 5 – Dec. 11: Yanni Gourde, Victoriaville Tigres

Nov. 28 – Dec. 4: Christian Thomas, Oshawa Generals

Nov. 21 – Nov. 27: Ty Rattie, Portland Winterhawks

Nov. 14 – Nov. 20: Alex Saulnier, Moncton Wildcats

Nov. 7 – Nov. 13: Ryan Spooner, Kingston Frontenacs

Oct. 31 – Nov. 6: Hunter Shinkaruk, Medicine Hat Tigers

Oct. 24 – Oct. 30: Jonathan Huberdeau, Saint John Sea Dogs

Oct. 17 – Oct. 23: Brandon Saad, Saginaw Spirit

Oct. 10 – Oct. 16: Nail Yakupov, Sarnia Sting

Oct. 3 – Oct. 9: Emerson Etem, Medicine Hat Tigers

Sept. 26 – Oct. 2: Mark Stone, Brandon Wheat Kings

Sept. 21 – Sept. 25: Tanner Pearson, Barrie Colts