Wildcats’ Gabriel Bourque Named CHL Player of the Week

By League Press Release

Toronto, ON – The Canadian Hockey League today announced that Gabriel Bourque of the Moncton Wildcats is the CHL Player of the Week following two games of the QMJHL Final.  Bourque scored five goals to lead the Wildcats to a 2-0 series lead over the Saint John Sea Dogs for the President Cup.

Bourque led the way with a hat-trick including the game-winner Friday night on the road in a 5-1 win in Game 1 to open the series as first star of the game.  The Wildcats offense continued at home in Game 2 on Sunday emerging with a 9-3 victory with Bourque contributing two goals as second star of the game.  By scoring his 16th goal of the playoffs, Bourque established a new Wildcats record for goals scored in one playoff year.  Game 3 of the series is set for Tuesday night in Saint John.

Bourque, a 19-year-old from Rimouski, QC, is playing in his third QMJHL season.  A fifth round draft choice of the Nashville Predators in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft and member of Canada’s National Junior Team, Bourque has 21 points in 17 playoff games.

Brandon Kozun of the Calgary Hitmen and defenceman Mark Cundari of the Windsor Spitfires were also considered for the award.  Kozun scored a goal and three assists for four points in two games to help the Hitmen take a 2-0 series lead over the Tri-City Americans in the WHL Finals for the Ed Chynoweth Cup.  Cundari scored two goals and three assists for five points in three games to help the Spitfires grab a commanding 3-0 series lead over the Barrie Colts in the OHL Finals for the Robertson Cup. 

2009-10 CHL Players of the Week – Playoffs:
Apr. 26 – May 2 : Gabriel Bourque, Moncton Wildcats
Apr. 19 – Apr. 25: Philip-Michaël Devos, Victoriaville Tigres
Apr. 12 – Apr. 18: Jeremy Morin, Kitchener Rangers
Apr. 5 – Apr. 11: Jeff Skinner, Kitchener Rangers
Mar. 29 – Apr. 4: Craig Cunningham, Vancouver Giants
Mar. 22 – Mar. 28: Nazem Kadri, London Knights
Mar. 15 – Mar. 21: Kelsey Tessier, Moncton Wildcats

2009-10 CHL Players of the Week – Regular Season:
Mar. 8 – Mar. 14: Matt Puempel, Peterborough Petes
Mar. 1 – Mar. 7: Austin Watson, Peterborough Petes
Feb. 22 – Feb. 28: Michael Stickland, Swift Current Broncos
Feb. 15 – Feb. 21: Luke Adam, Cape Breton Screaming Eagles
Feb. 8 – Feb. 14: Brandon Kozun, Calgary Hitmen
Feb. 1 – Feb. 7: Michael Bournival, Shawinigan Cataractes
Jan. 25 – Jan. 31: Mikhail Stefanovich, Quebec Remparts
Jan. 18 – Jan. 24: Tyler Seguin, Plymouth Whalers
Jan. 11 – Jan. 17: Taylor Beck, Guelph Storm
Jan. 4 – Jan. 10: Taylor Hall, Windsor Spitfires
Dec. 27 – Jan. 3: Tye McGinn, Gatineau Olympiques
Dec. 14 – Dec. 20: Brayden McNabb, Kootenay Ice
Dec. 7 – Dec. 13: Jonathan Audy-Marchessault, Quebec Remparts
Nov. 30 – Dec. 6: Johnny Lazo, Tri-City Americans
Nov. 23 – Nov. 29: Philippe Cornet, Rouyn-Noranda Huskies
Nov. 16 – Nov. 22: Tyler Toffoli, Ottawa 67’s
Nov. 9 – Nov. 15: Matt Calvert, Brandon Wheat Kings
Nov. 2 – Nov. 8: Trevor Parkes, Montreal Juniors
Oct. 26 – Nov. 1: Tomas Kubalik, Victoriaville Tigres
Oct. 19 – 25: Taylor Hall, Windsor Spitfires
Oct. 12 – 18: Mark Isherwood, Medicine Hat Tigers
Oct. 5 – 11: Jason Bast, Moose Jaw Warriors
Sept. 28 – Oct. 4: Jordan Weal, Regina Pats
Sept. 21 – 27: Jonathan Hazen, Val-d’Or Foreurs
Sept. 14 – 20: Luke Pither, Barrie Colts