The CHL Daily News

By League Press Release

The Canadian Hockey League’s Player of the Week for the week ending March 3 is forward Eric Johansson of the Tri-City Americans of the Western Hockey League.

The CHL Player of the Month for the month of February, 2002 is forward Cory Pecker of the Erie Otters of the Ontario Hockey League.

Johansson becomes just the second player to win the CHL Player of the Week Award twice this season. He previously win both the WHL and CHL honours on Feb. 5, joining Brad Boyes of the Erie Otters as the only player to win the awards twice. Boyes was OHL and CHL Player of the Week on Oct. 22 and Jan. 15.

Johansson had five goals and four assists for nine points in four games, all of them on the road, to beat out the other league nominees: Martin St. Pierre of the Guelph Storm of the OHL and Pierre-Marc Bouchard of the Chicoutimi Sagueneens of the QMJHL (Offensive) and goaltender Ghyslain Rousseau of the Baie-Comeau Drakkar (Defensive).

Pecker gets the CHL Player of the Month honours as he continues to make a tremendous comeback after suffering a serious arm injury. It’s his second consecutive Molson OHL Player of the Month Award as well.

Pecker scored 13 goals and nine assists for 22 points in 10 games last month, leading the Otters to a 7-2-1-0 record. The 20-year-old Montreal native recorded points in nine of 10 January games, including a five-point game (four goals, one assist) against Ottawa on February 15. He scored the game-winning goal three times last month.

Information on all the league winners of both Player of the Week and Player of the Month is listed below in the league recaps.

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 March will be announced in the April 3 edition of the CHL Daily News.

WESTERN HOCKEY LEAGUE

There are five games on the WHL schedule for Tuesday night. Lethbridge plays at Medicine Hat, Tri-City is in Red Deer (1), Saskatoon travels to Regina (7), Prince George is at Kamloops and Moose Jaw is in Prince Albert.

There were no games in the WHL on Monday night.

The Husky WHL Player of the Week is forward Eric Johansson of the Tri-City Americans, who is also this week’s CHL Player of the Week. Johansson earned player of the week honours by recording five goals and nine points in four road games, including two power-play goals.

On Wednesday, February 27th, Johansson recorded two goals and added an assist in a 4-3 victory against the Hurricanes in Lethbridge. On Friday, March 1st, Johansson scored a goal in a 4-4 tie against the Broncos in Swift Current.

On Saturday, March 2nd, Johansson recorded a goal and added two assists in a 4-3 loss against the Tigers in Medicine Hat. On Sunday, March 3rd, Johansson scored a goal and added an assist in a 5-3 loss against the Hitmen in Calgary.

Johansson, a 20-year-old from Edmonton, Alberta, was drafted by the Minnesota Wild in the 2000 NHL Entry Draft.

The WHL Players of the Month for the month of February are defenceman Jay Bouwmeester of the Medicine Hat Tigers (Eastern Conference) and forward Jarret Stoll of the Kootenay Ice (Western Conference).

Bouwmeester, an 18 year-old from Edmonton, Alberta recorded three goals and 14 points in 12 games during the Month of February including a power-play goal and a game-winning goal. Bouwmeester is eligible for the 2002 NHL Entry Draft.

Stoll, a 19-year-old from Yorkton, Saskatchewan recorded 14 goals and 22 points in 12 games during the Month of February, including seven power-play goals, a short-handed goal and two game-winning goals. Stoll was drafted by the Calgary Flames in the 2000 NHL Entry Draft.

ONTARIO HOCKEY LEAGUE

There is one game in the OHL on Tuesday night as Erie plays in Guelph.

There were no games in the OHL on Monday night.

The OHL Player of the Week for the Week for the week ending March 3 is Guelph Storm centre Martin St. Pierre.

St. Pierre scored four goals and five assists for nine points in five games this past week to claim the OHL honours. The 18-year-old Embrun native opened the week with two goals and an assist in a 5-2 win over the North Bay Centennials on February 28. He followed up with four assists in a 5-4 loss to the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds on March 1 and concluded the week with two goals, including his seventh game-winning goal of the season, in a 5-3 win over Mississauga on March 3.

St. Pierre is currently tied with Kevin Dallman for the team scoring lead with 30 goals and 50 assists for 80 points in 61 games.

The Molson OHL Player of the Month is forward Cory Pecker of the Erie Otters, who is also the CHL’s Player of the Month for February.

Pecker, who was also named the Molson OHL Player of the Month in January, scored 13 goals and nine assists for 22 points in 10 games last month leading the Otters to a 7-2-1-0 record.

The 20-year-old Montreal native recorded points in nine of 10 January games, including a five-point game (four goals, one assist) against Ottawa on February 15. He scored the game-winning goal three times last month.

Pecker, who is the active OHL career leader in goals with 148 in his five-year career, improved his team-leading season totals to 46 goals and 38 assists for 84 points in 47 games.

QUEBEC MAJOR JUNIOR HOCKEY LEAGUE

There are three games in the QMJHL on Tuesday night. Rimouski is at Halifax (8), Victoriaville plays in Rouyn-Noranda and Acadie-Bathurst (3) visits Sherbrooke.

There were no games in the QMJHL on Monday night.

The Quebec Major Junior Hockey League Players of the Week for the week ending March 3 are Chicoutimi Saguenéens centre Pierre-Marc Bouchard (Offensive) and goaltender Ghyslain Rousseau of the Baie-Comeau Drakkar (Defensive).

Bouchard is the Offensive Player of the Week in the QMJHL for the third time this season. Bouchard scored three goals and added seven assists for a total of 10 points in three games and was a plus 8.

In a 4-3 win over the Rimouski Océanic February 27, Bouchard picked up three assists. On March 1, Bouchard had three goals and three assists in an 8-6 win over the Drummondville Voltigeurs. On March 2, during a 4-3 win over Hull, Bouchard had one goal and one assist.

Bouchard now has 41 goals and 86 assist for 127 points to lead all QMJHL scorers.

Rousseau is the defensive player of the week in the QMJHL after picking up three wins, two on shutouts, in three games. He posted a 0.67 goals-against average and a .974 save percentage for the week.

Rousseau, a draft pick of the Buffalo Sabres, didn’t allow a goal for a span of 142 minutes and 24 seconds during the week, starting in a game against the Rimouski Océanic on February 24, and ending against the Drummondville Voltigeurs after 10:27 in the first period on March 2.

Ghyslain had 28 saves and picked up the shutout in a 5-0 win over Rimouski Feb. 28. On March 1 against the Hull Olympiques, he recorded 24 saves and picked up another shutout in a 4-0 victory. Finally the next day at the Henry-Léonard Centre against the Drummondville Voltigeurs, the left-handed goaltender made 23 saves in a 7-2 win.

With his four shutouts this season, Rousseau breaks the team record of three shutouts held by David St-Germain, who did that last season.

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