Toronto, ON – The Canadian Hockey League today announced that Charlie Coyle of the Saint John Sea Dogs is the CHL Player of the Week for the first week of the 2012 CHL Playoffs ending March 25 after recording 10 points in two games scoring six goals and four assists with an impressive plus-minus rating of plus-9.
Coyle made his CHL playoff debut with two five-point games last week to lead the top ranked Sea Dogs to a 2-0 first round series lead over the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles. In both games Coyle recorded a hat-trick and added two assists as first star of the contest including a 13-4 win on Friday and an 8-1 win on Saturday, both times tying a franchise record for most points in a single playoff game.
Coyle, a 20-year-old from East Weymouth, Massachusetts, joined the Sea Dogs midway through this season and collected 38 points in 23 games. A member of the U.S National Junior Team at the 2012 World Junior Championship, Coyle is a Minnesota Wild prospect selected by the San Jose Sharks in the first round, 28th overall in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.
Also considered for the award this week was the OHL’s Ryan Strome who scored three goals and five assists for eight points in three games to lead the Niagara IceDogs to a 2-1 series lead over the Oshawa Generals. In the WHL, Jordan Martinook of the Vancouver Giants picked up three goals and five assists for eight points in two victories over the Spokane Chiefs in first round playoff action.
2011-12 CHL Playoff Players of the Week:
Mar. 19 – Mar. 25: Charlie Coyle, Saint John Sea Dogs
2011-12 CHL Regular Season 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