Sven Bartschi named CHL Player of the Week

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Toronto, ON – The Canadian Hockey League today announced that forward Sven Bartschi is the CHL Player of the Week after scoring four goals and one assist for five points in three playoff games for the week ending May 6.

Bartschi opened the WHL Championship Series with a goal in Game 1 last Thursday night despite a 3-2 loss to the Edmonton Oil Kings.  He followed that up with a pair of first star performances including Friday night in Game 2 where he scored two goals in a 5-1 win, and on Sunday where he scored once and added an assist as part of the 4-3 victory which gave the Winterhawks a 2-1 series lead.  The series is now tied 2-2 with Game 5 scheduled for Thursday night in Edmonton.

Bartschi, a 19-year-old from Langenthal, Switzerland, is playing in his second full WHL season with the Winterhawks.  Selected 13th overall by the Calgary Flames in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, Bartschi is currently second in WHL playoff scoring with 32 points including 13 goals and 19 assists in 19 games played.
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Sven Bartschi named WHL Player of the Week

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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

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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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