The CHL Daily News

By League Press Release

The CHL Player of the Week for the week ending Jan. 27, 2002 is forward
Jason Spezza of the Belleville Bulls of the Ontario Hockey League.

Spezza, selected second overall in last June’s NHL Entry Draft by the Ottawa
Senators, had a seven-point game against the Sarnia Sting on Jan. 25. In
three road games this week, Spezza had five goals and five assists as he
figured in on 10 of Belleville’s 13 goals.

Against Sarnia, Spezza fired three goals and added four assists to lead the
Bulls to a 9-2 victory. The next night in Plymouth, during a 4-3 Belleville
loss, Spezza added one goal and one assist.

His week ended the next night in Windsor, where he scored the Bulls’ lone
goal in a 3-1 loss to the hometown Spitfires.

Spezza beat out the other league winners, including WHL Player of the Week,
forward Justin Kelly of the Saskatoon Blades, and the Quebec Major Junior
Hockey league Players of the Week, Michel Ouellet of the Rimouski Oceanic
(Offensive) and Eric Lafrance of the Hull Olympiques (Defensive).

The CHL Player of the Week is selected from among the three leagues’
nominees and announced in Tuesday’s editions of the CHL Daily News.

CHL PLAYERS OF THE WEEK

Jan. 29 – Jason Spezza, Belleville Bulls, OHL
Jan. 22 – Jarret Stoll, Kootenay Ice, WHL
Jan. 15 – Brad Boyes, Erie Otters, OHL
Jan. 8 – Ryley Layden, Lethbridge Hurricanes, WHL
Dec. 17 – Andre Martineau, Cape Breton Screaming Eagles, QMJHL
Dec. 10 – Shawn Roed, Portland Winter Hawks, WHL
Dec. 3 – Andy Chiodo, Toronto St. Michael’s Majors, OHL
Nov. 27 – Philippe Lacasse, Hull Olympiques, QMJHL
Nov. 20 – Yanick Lehoux, Baie-Comeau Drakkar, QMJHL
Nov. 13 – Marek Svatos, Kootenay Ice, WHL
Nov. 6 – Ales Hemsky, Hull Olympiques, QMJHL
Oct. 29 – Tomas Plihal, Kootenay Ice, WHL
Oct. 22 – Brad Boyes, Erie Otters, OHL
Oct. 15 – Jason King, Halifax Mooseheads, QMJHL

2001-2002 CHL PLAYERS OF THE MONTH

DECEMBER, 2001 – Pierre-Alexandre Parenteau, Chicoutimi Sagueneens, QMJHL
NOVEMBER, 2001 – Pierre-Marc Bouchard, Chicoutimi Sagueneens, QMJHL
OCTOBER, 2001 – Nathan Robinson, Belleville Bulls, OHL

WESTERN HOCKEY LEAGUE

There are five games in the WHL Tuesday night. Lethbridge is at Kootenay,
Brandon is at Red Deer (6), Seattle plays at Tri-City, Portland visits
Kamloops and Swift Current (3) is in Prince Albert.

On Monday night in the WHL, Calgary and Brandon battled to a 5-5 tie while
Spokane defeated Prince George 5-2.

At Calgary, Brandon scored four unanswered goals in the third period to
rally from a 5-1 deficit to pick up a point. Jim Jakes and Jordin Tootoo
both had two goals and one assist for the Wheat Kings, while Chad Wolkowski
and Tyler Beechey both scored twice for the Hitmen. Wade Davis added four
assists for Calgary before 6,196 fans.

At Prince George, Brad Schell scored a pair of goals to lead Spokane to its
win. Brandin Cote added one goal and two assists while Curtis Darling made
31 saves in goal. Dan Hamhuis had two assists for Prince George.

The Husky WHL Player of the Week is forward Justin Kelly of the Saskatoon
Blades.

Kelly scored five goals and added three assists in just two games this past
week to earn the honour. Among his five goals were three power play goals, a
shorthanded goal and both of his team’s game-winning goals in two wins this
past week.

Kelly fired four goals in a 7-2 win over Prince Albert Jan. 25 and followed
that performance up with a one goal, three assists effort in a 9-3 win over
Prince Albert two nights later.

The 20-year-old Abbotsford, B.C. native is a free agent.

ONTARIO HOCKEY LEAGUE

There were no games in the OHL on Monday night or on Tuesday night.

The OHL Player of the Week for the week ending Jan. 27 is forward Jason
Spezza of the Belleville Bulls.

Spezza, the second player taken in last June’s NHL Entry Draft by the Ottawa
Senators, recorded five goals and five assists in just three games last week
to earn both the OHL and CHL Player of the Week honours.

Spezza’s week included a brilliant seven-point effort during the Bulls 9-2
romp over Sarnia on Jan. 25. He had three goals and four assists in that
contest, the Bulls’ lone win in their three-game western swing.

He added one goal and one assist in Belleville’s 4-3 loss to Plymouth Jan.
26 and scored his team’s lone goal in a 3-1 loss to Windsor Jan. 27. Spezza
wound up figuring in on 10 of his team’s 13 goals during the three road
games.

QUEBEC MAJOR JUNIOR HOCKEY LEAGUE

There are no games in the QMJHL on Tuesday night.

On Monday night in the QMJHL, Cape Breton and Halifax (9) battled to a 2-2
tie.

David Cloutier scored a pair of goals for the Screaming Eagles, while
Marc-Andre Fleury made 46 saves in goal before 7,891 fans. Dany Dallaire had
to make just 19 saves in goal for the Mooseheads.

The QMJHL Players-of-the-Week for the week ending Jan. 27 are forward Michel
Ouellet of the Rimouski Oceanic (Offensive) and goaltender Eric Lafrance of
the Hull Olympiques (Defensive).

Ouellet, a draft pick of the Pittsburgh Penguins of the National Hockey
League, played in three games last week, all Rimouski wins, while scoring
four goals and adding five assists.

His big week started Jan. 23 with one goal and two assists in a 3-1 win over
Baie-Comeau. On Jan. 25 Ouellet had two assists in a 3-1 win over Quebec and
on Jan. 27, had three goals and one assist in a 5-3 win over Montreal.

Lafrance played in two games and won both, while allowing just one goal and
posting a goals against average of 0.50, along with a save percentage of
.978.

On Jan. 22 in a 3-1 win over Montreal, Lafrance made 21 saves. On Jan. 25 he
posted his first shutout of the season, a 2-0 win over the powerful
Shawinigan Cataractes, in which he made 23 saves.

The 19-year-old is a free agent.

For complete QMJHL statistics and standings, visit the official QMJHL site.