Shane McColgan named WHL Player of the Week

By League Press Release

CALGARY, AB. – The Western Hockey League announced today that Kelowna Rockets forward Shane McColgan is the WHL Player of the Week.

McColgan picked up five points, scoring three goals and two assists to go with a +2 rating in two games over the last week, helping the Rockets to 4-0 series win over the Prince George Cougars in the 2010 Husky WHL Eastern Conference Quarter-Final.

On Tuesday, March 29th, the Rockets were in Prince George to face the Cougars in game three of their opening round series.  McColgan scored a goal, an assist and was named the games 1st Star as the Rockets outlasted the Cougars 7-6.  The next night, Wednesday, March 30th, McColgan found the back of the net twice, including the game-winner, added an assist and was named the 1st Star of game four as the Rockets defeated the Cougars 4-2.

The Kelowna Rockets have advanced to the Kal Tire WHL Western Conference Semi-Final and will face the top ranked Portland Winterhawks starting on Thursday, April 7th at 7:00pm PT in the Rose Garden.

McColgan, an 18-year-old (born 1993) from Manhattan Beach, CA, is playing his second full season with the Kelowna Rockets.  He played in the 2011 Home Hardware CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game and in NHL Central Scouting’s Mid-Term rankings he is projected as a 4th round pick in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.

The WHL has also nominated Drew Owsley of the Tri-City Americans for the CHL Goaltender of the Week Award.  Owsley posted a 2-0-0-0 record this past week with one shut-out, stopping 39 of 40 shots faced for a 0.50 goals-against average and .975 save percentage.  Owsley, a 20-year-old (born 1991) from Lethbridge, AB, led the Americans to a pair of wins last week over the Vancouver Giants to win their opening round WHL Playoff series 4-0.

WHL Player of the Week – 2011 WHL Playoffs
Mar. 28 – Apr. 3: Shane McColgan, Kelowna Rockets
Mar. 21 – Mar. 27: Brett Ferguson, Red Deer Rebels

WHL Player of the Week – 2010-11 WHL Regular Season

Mar. 14 – Mar. 20: Mark McNeill, Prince Albert Raiders
Mar. 7 – Mar. 13: Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Red Deer Rebels
Feb. 28 – Mar. 6: Nino Niederreiter, Portland Winterhawks
Feb. 21 – Feb. 27: Brendan Gallagher, Vancouver Giants
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 Chikie, Kelowna Rockets
Jan. 17 – Jan. 23: Tyler Johnson, Spokane Chiefs
Jan. 10 – Jan. 16: Darcy Kuemper, Red Deer Rebels
Jan. 3 – Jan. 9: Stefan Elliott, Saskatoon Blades
Dec. 27 – Jan. 2: Austin Fyten, Lethbridge Hurricanes
Dec. 13 – Dec. 19: Jonathan Parker, Prince Albert Raiders
Dec. 6 – Dec. 12: Cody Eakin, Swift Current Broncos
Nov. 29 – Dec. 5: Mark Pysyk, Edmonton Oil Kings
Nov. 22 – Nov. 28: Linden Vey, Medicine Hat Tigers
Nov. 15 – Nov. 21: Kellan Tochkin, Everett Silvertips
Nov. 8 – Nov. 14: Brendan Ranford, Kamloops Blazers
Nov. 1 – Nov. 7: Mitchell Callahan, Kelowna Rockets
Oct. 25 – Oct. 31: Andrej Kudrna, Red Deer Rebels
Oct. 18 – Oct. 24: Craig Cunningham, Vancouver Giants
Oct. 11 – Oct. 17: Sena Acolatse, Prince George Cougars
Oct. 4 – Oct. 10: Darian Dziurzynski, Saskatoon Blades
Sept. 27 – Oct. 3: Brad Ross, Portland Winterhawks
Sept. 24 – Sept. 26: Tyler Maxwell, Everett Silvertips