Toronto, ON – The Canadian Hockey League today announced that Stefan Noesen of the Plymouth Whalers is the CHL Player of the Week for the playoff week ending April 1 after scoring five goals and seven assists for 12 points in four games with a plus-minus rating of plus-4.
Noesen produced two five-point games last week and helped the Whalers erase a 2-0 deficit with four straight victories to win their first round playoff series over the Guelph Storm in six games. He scored two goals and three assists as first star of a 7-1 win in Game 3 last Tuesday, and then picked up an assist on Thursday in a 5-2 win in Game 4 to even the series 2-2. His second five-point game of the series came Saturday when he scored a hat-trick and two assists as first star of the 9-3 Game 5 win before setting up the Game 6 overtime winner on Sunday in the 2-1 series-clinching game. The Whalers will now face the Kitchener Rangers in the OHL’s Western Conference Semi-Finals beginning Friday night.
Noesen, a 19-year-old from Plano, Texas, is playing in his third OHL season with the Whalers. The Ottawa Senators prospect was a first round selection at the 2011 NHL Entry Draft and scored a career-high 38 goals and 82 points in 63 games this season and is currently tied for first in OHL playoff scoring with 14 points in six games.
Also considered for the award this week was Tomas Jurco of the Saint John Sea Dogs who scored two goals and five assists for seven points in the final two games of their first round series win over the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles. In the WHL, Ty Rattie of the Portland Winterhawks scored six goals and two assists for eight points in the final two games of their first round series win over the Kelowna Rockets.
2011-12 CHL Playoff Players of the Week:
Mar. 26 – Apr. 1: Stefan Noesen, Plymouth Whalers
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