The CHL Daily News

By League Press Release

JEAN-FRANCOIS RACINE OF DRUMONDVILLE IS THE CHL PLAYER OF THE WEEK

The CHL Player of the Week for the week ending Feb. 10, 2002 is goaltender
Jean-Francois Racine of the Drummondville Voltigeurs of the Quebec Major
Junior Hockey League.

Racine turned in brilliant performances in two games this week, allowing
just one goal while stopping 65 of the 66 shots he faced for a save
percentage of .985 as Drummondville won both of its games this past week.
His goals against average for the week was 0.50.

On Friday, Racine made 30 saves as the Voltigeurs edged the Rimouski Oceanic
4-1. Then on Sunday he posted the seventh shutout of his career, stopping
all 35 shots he faced, as Drummondville edged the Baie-Comeau Drakkar 1-0.

Racine was also selected as the QMJHL Defensive Player of the Week. He takes
the CHL Player of the Week honours over the other league nominees, including
Philippe Lacasse of the Hull Olympiques, the QMJHL Offensive Player of the
Week, Jason Spezza of the Belleville Bulls, the OHL’s Player of the Week and
Joffrey Lupul of the Medicine Hat Tigers, the Husky WHL Player of the Week.

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. The CHL
Player of the Month for January will be announced in Wednesday’s CHL Daily
News.

WESTERN HOCKEY LEAGUE

There are three games in the WHL on Tuesday night. Kootenay is at Kelowna,
Portland plays at Medicine Hat and Vancouver is in Moose Jaw.

There were no games in the WHL on Monday night.

The Husky WHL Player of the Week is forward Joffrey Lupul of the Medicine
Hat Tigers. Lupul earned the honour by picking up three goals and seven
assists for 10 points in three games.

Lupul’s big week started Feb. 5 when he had one goal and three assists in a
6-3 win over the visiting Lethbridge Hurricanes. On Feb. 8, he then scored
one goal in a 5-2 loss to the Moose Jaw Warriors.

Then on Feb. 10, Lupul had a five-point game against the Hurricanes in
Lethbridge, scoring once and adding four assists in a 7-4 Medicine Hat
victory.

The 18-year-old Edmonton, Alberta native is eligible for the 2002 NHL Entry
Draft.

ONTARIO HOCKEY LEAGUE

There are two games in the OHL on Tuesday night. Belleville plays at
Kingston and Sault Ste. Marie is in Sudbury.

On Monday night in the OHL, the Erie Otters defeated the Toronto St. Michael
‘s Majors 5-3 in a re-scheduled game.

At Toronto, Mike Rice scored a pair of goals for the winners while Adam
Munroe made 21 saves in goal for the Otters. Matt Ellis had one goal and
three assists for the Majors, who lost for just the fourth time at home this
season.

The OHL Player of the Week for the week ending Feb. 10 is forward Jason
Spezza of the Belleville Bulls.

Spezza played just one game this past week but what a game it was. On Feb.
9, he had an eight-point game, figuring in on all of his team’s goals as the
Bulls crushed the London Knights 8-2.

Spezza’s three goals and five assists tied the Belleville team record for
points in one game with three other players. In just 10 games since coming
to Belleville in a trade from Windsor, the number two overall pick of the
Ottawa Senators in June’s NHL Draft has 11 goals and 20 assists for 31
points.

It’s the second time in four weeks the 18-year-old Etobicoke native has won
OHL Player of the Week honours. He was also the CHL Player of the Week Jan.
29.

QUEBEC MAJOR JUNIOR HOCKEY LEAGUE

There are four games in the QMJHL on Tuesday night. Shawinigan (4) plays in
Drummondville, Chicoutimi is at Moncton, Baie-Comeau plays at Montreal and
Quebec visits Val-d’Or.

There was one game in the QMJHL on Monday night. The Acadie-Bathurst Titan
(1) continued their slump as they dropped a 3-0 decision to Rouyn-Noranda.

The loss was the fifth in a row for the Titan, who barely held on to their
number one ranking this past week. Jean-Francois Nogues made 33 saves in
goal to pick up the shutout for the Titan while Mathieu Bastien had one goal
and one assist. Adam Russo had to make just 17 saves for the losers as the
Titan out-shot the Huskies 33-20.

The Quebec Major Junior Hockey League’s Defensive Player of the Week is also
the Canadian Hockey League’s Player of the Week for the week ending Feb. 10.

Jean-Francois Racine of the Drummondville Voltigeurs of the QMJHL took both
honours this week after turning in two superb performances in a row, helping
his team to a pair of victories.

Racine stopped 65 of the 66 shots he faced in his two outings for a save
percentage for the week of .985 and a goals against average of 0.50. On Feb.
8 he made 30 saves in a 4-1 win over the Rimouski Oceanic and followed that
performance up by posting his seventh career shutout on Feb. 10, when the
Voltigeurs blanked the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies 1-0.

Racine made 35 saves in the shutout victory. He has played in 49 of his team
‘s 56 games to date.

The QMJHL Offensive Player of the Week is forward Philippe Lacasse of the
Hull Olympiques.

Lacasse scored five goals and added four assists for nine points in just two
games this past week. Lacasse was the CHL’s Player of the Week Nov. 27.

On Feb. 8 against the Acadie-Bathurst Titan, Lacasse had one goal and one
assist in a 3-2 overtime win for Hull. The next night against the
Rouyn-Noranda Huskies, Lacasse turned in a seven-point game, four goals and
three assists, during an 8-2 Hull victory.

Lacasse now has 101 points, which puts him fourth in QMJHL scoring. He also
has 250 points in his QMJHL career.

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

**CORRECTION – In Monday’s CHL Daily News, it was stated that the Guelph
Storm were in the Bank of Montreal MasterCard Top 10 rankings for the first
time this season. The Storm are in fact on the Top 10 list for the fifth
time this season, the last time in December.**