Sven Bartschi named WHL Player of the Week

by League Press Release

CALGARY, AB. – The Western Hockey League announced today that Portland Winterhawks forward Sven Bartschi is the WHL Player of the Week.

Bartschi picked up five points, scoring four goals and one assist in three games over the last week helping the Winterhawks to a 2-1 series lead in the 2012 WHL Championship Series presented by Husky and Kal Tire against the Edmonton Oil Kings.

On Thursday, May 3rd, game one of the WHL Championship Series opened in Edmonton at Rexall Place.  Bartschi scored one goal in the 'Hawks 3-2 loss to the Oil Kings.  The next night, Friday, May 4th, in Edmonton, Bartschi collected two goals and was named the games 1st Star in the Winterhawks 5-1 win over the Oil Kings.  On Sunday, May 6th, the series shifted to Portland with game three at the Rose Garden.  Bartschi picked up one goal, one assist and was again named the games 1st Star in the Winterhawks 4-3 victory over the Oil Kings.  He currently sits 2nd among all WHL scorers in the playoffs with 30 points (11 goals, 19 assists) in 18 games played.
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Top 10 WHL Centers

by Glen Erickson
Photo: Mark McNeill (CHI) was one of the top centers playing in the WHL in 2011-12. (Photo courtesy of Aaron Bell/CHL Images)

The criteria remain the same as our ranking of goaltenders, wingers and defensemen. All players ranked have been drafted or signed by NHL teams. There are many different kinds of centermen; those who primarily excel offensively and those who contribute in other ways to the success of their respective teams.

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Michigan Star to make the Jump to Junior

by Jeff Bromley
When the Kootenay ICE finished their 1999-2000
Memorial Cup finalist season, they lost a good percentage of their offensive output when Captain Mike Green (Florida) and line-mate Jaroslav
Svoboda (Carolina) graduated to the professional ranks. For any club, even as one as deep as the ICE, it is a dent on the stats sheet that would
be a heady task to replace.

Well, if forecasts are accurate, consider it replaced.

The Kootenay ICE announced this past week that Marek Svatos, Kootenay’s 47th overall CHL import draft pick and NCAA Michigan Wolverine
star Mike Comrie, an Edmonton Oiler 1999 NHL Draft pick (91st overall) will both be joining the club for the 2000-01 season. For Svatos, a Kosice,
Slovakia native the move to North America a full two weeks ahead of the beginning of training camp will only benefit him in making the transition
to his new Canadian surroundings. For Comrie however, making the jump to junior from the NCAA is more of a strategic move. The fact that
Comrie will no doubt enhance his professional aspirations by making the transfer if only for the fact that the WHL plays almost double the
amount of regular season games (72 as opposed to 40) and the increased ice time will only be to his benefit in trying to make the jump to the
NHL. Mike Comrie’s arrival to the Kootenays also enhances his contract position with the Edmonton Oilers due to a path carved out by Comrie’s
former Michigan Wolverine teammate Mike Van Ryn.
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