Nino Niederreiter Named CHL Player of the Week

By League Press Release

Toronto, ON – The Canadian Hockey League today announced that forward Nino Niederreiter of the Portland Winterhawks is the CHL Player of the Week for the week ending March 6.  Niederreiter scored seven goals and added two assists for nine points in four games.

Niederreiter opened the week with two straight multi-point games including a first star performance with two goals and two assists in a 6-5 win over the Tri-City Americans on Tuesday.  He followed that up with his second hat-trick of the season on Friday as third star of a 9-1 win over the Seattle Thunderbirds.  He finished the week with a goal in each of the last two contests including one in a 5-0 win over the Vancouver Giants on Saturday where he was named first star of the game, and added another tally on Sunday despite a 6-2 loss to the Chilliwack Bruins on Sunday.

Niederreiter, an 18-year-old from Chur, Switzerland, is playing in his second WHL season with the Winterhawks and has collected 61 points in 49 games this season.  He was a first round selection of the New York Islanders in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft chosen fifth overall.

Also considered for the award this week was Ben Duffy of the PEI Rocket who scored two goals and five assists for seven points in three games.  David Pacan of the Niagara IceDogs led the OHL with nine points in three games scoring three goals with six assists.

2010-11 CHL Players of the Week:

Feb. 28 – Mar. 6: Nino Niederreiter, Portland Winterhawks

Feb. 21 – Feb. 27: Taylor Beck, Guelph Storm

Feb. 14 – Feb. 20: Mark Stone, Brandon Wheat Kings

Feb. 7 – Feb. 13: Quinton Howden, Moose Jaw Warriors

Jan. 31 – Feb. 6: Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Red Deer Rebels

Jan. 24 – Jan. 30: Cody Lindsay, Ottawa 67’s

Jan. 17 – Jan. 23: Tyler Johnson, Spokane Chiefs

Jan. 10 – Jan. 16: Sean Couturier, Drummondville Voltigeurs

Jan. 3 – Jan. 9: Zach O’Brien, Acadie-Bathurst Titan

Dec. 27 – Jan. 2: Joey Hishon, Owen Sound Attack

Dec. 13 – Dec. 19: Jonathan Parker, Prince Albert Raiders

Dec. 6 – Dec. 12: Cody Eakin, Swift Current Broncos

Nov. 29 – Dec. 5: Charles Hudon, Chicoutimi Saguenéens

Nov. 22 – Nov. 28: Zack Phillips, Saint John Sea Dogs

Nov. 15 – Nov. 21: Christian Thomas, Oshawa Generals

Nov. 8 – Nov. 14: Brendan Ranford, Kamloops Blazers

Nov. 1 – Nov. 7: Jason Akeson, Kitchener Rangers

Oct. 25 – Oct. 31: Andrej Kudrna, Red Deer Rebels

Oct. 18 – Oct. 24: Michaël Bournival, Shawinigan Cataractes

Oct. 11 – Oct. 17: Sena Acolatse, Prince George Cougars

Oct. 4 – Oct. 10: Nathan Moon, Kingston Frontenacs

Sept. 27 – Oct. 3: Brandon Hynes, Victoriaville Tigres

Sept. 23 – Sept. 26: Alex Aleardi, Plymouth Whalers