Jamie Benn Named BOSTON PIZZA – WHL Player of the Week

By League Press Release

CALGARY, AB. – The BOSTON PIZZA WHL Player of the Week is first year forward Jamie Benn of the Kelowna Rockets.

Benn picked up seven points in four games during the week of December 10th through to December 16th. He scored four goals, three assists and was plus four, helping the Rockets to a 3-0-0-1 record in that span, during their long six game road trip through the WHL Eastern Conference.

On Tuesday, December 11th, in game three of their six game road trip, the Rockets rolled into the Civic Centre in Moose Jaw to face the Warriors. Benn netted the game tying goal late in the second period but ended up losing the contest 3-2 in the shoot-out. Benn was also named the games 3rd Star.

On Wednesday, December 12th, the Rockets arrived to the eastern tip of the WHL to face the Brandon Wheat Kings. Benn scored two goals and two assists in the Rockets 5-4 win over the Wheat Kings.

On Friday, December 14th, at the Art Hauser Centre in Prince Albert, the Kelowna Rockets took on the Raiders. Benn picked up one assist in the Rockets 3-2 win.

Finally, on Saturday, December 15th, the Rockets wrapped up their ‘six games in nine nights’ road trip at the Credit Union Centre in Saskatoon, taking on the Blades. Benn sniped the game winning goal in over-time downing the Blades 3-2. He was also named the games 1st Star.

Benn’s consistent play over the past week has the Rockets undefeated in their last four, and has helped his Club garner a 6-2-0-2 record in their last 10 games heading into the Christmas beak.

Benn, an 18 year old from Victoria, BC, joined the Rockets from the Victoria Grizzlies back on October 1st, 2007. He was named the BCHL Rookie of the Year in 2006-07 after scoring 42 goals and 65 points in 53 games played. He was selected in the 5th round of the 2007 NHL Entry Draft by the Dallas Stars.

The WHL has also nominated Tyson Sexsmith of the Vancouver Giants for the ADT CHL Goaltender of the Week Award.

Boston Pizza WHL Player of the Week
Sept. 24 – Sept. 30: Mitch Fadden, Lethbridge Hurricanes
Oct.1 – Oct. 7: Tyler Dittmer, Brandon Wheat Kings
Oct. 8 – Oct. 14: Tyler Ennis, Medicine Hat Tigers
Oct. 15 – Oct. 21: Oscar Moller, Chilliwack Bruins
Oct. 22 – 28: Jason Reese, Tri City Americans
Oct. 29 – Nov. 4: Dana Tyrell, Prince George Cougars
Nov. 5 – Nov.11: Spencer Machacek, Vancouver Giants
Nov. 12 – Nov.18: Drayson Bowman, Spokane Chiefs
Nov. 19 – Nov.25: Drayson Bowman, Spokane Chiefs
Nov. 26 – Dec.2: Mark Santorelli, Chilliwack Bruins
Dec. 3 – Dec.9: Jason Bast, Moose Jaw Warriors
Dec. 10 – Dec.16: Jamie Benn, Kelowna Rockets