Mark McNeill named CHL Player of the Week

By League Press Release

Toronto, ON – The Canadian Hockey League today announced that forward Mark McNeill of the Prince Albert Raiders is the CHL Player of the Week for the week ending January 29 after scoring five goals and three assists for eight points in three games with a plus-minus rating of plus-7.

McNeill began his week last Wednesday night by scoring four goals for the first time in his career and added an assist to match a season-high of five points in one game despite a 6-5 loss to the Medicine Hat Tigers where he was named second star.  He also scored a goal on Friday night as part of a 7-6 win over the Kootenay Ice, and recorded two assists on Saturday in a 6-3 win over the Lethbridge Hurricanes.

McNeill, an 18-year-old from Edmonton, Alberta, is playing in his third full WHL season with the Raiders.  The first round pick of the Chicago Blackhawks in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft has 55 points in 47 games this season with 23 goals and 32 assists.

Also considered for the award this week was Tobias Rieder of the Kitchener Rangers who scored four goals and four assists for eight points in three games, along with Alex Micallef of the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada who picked up three goals and three assists for six points in four games.

2011-12 CHL Players of the Week:

Jan. 23 – Jan. 29: Mark McNeill, Prince Albert Raiders

Jan. 16 – Jan. 22: Michael St. Croix, Edmonton Oil Kings

Jan. 9 – Jan. 15: Guillaume Asselin, Chicoutimi Sagueneens

Jan. 2 – Jan. 8: Tyler Toffoli, Ottawa 67’s

Dec. 26 – Jan. 1: Dalton Thrower, Saskatoon Blades

Dec. 12 – Dec. 18: Alexandre Mallet, Rimouski Oceanic

Dec, 5 – Dec. 11: Yanni Gourde, Victoriaville Tigres

Nov. 28 – Dec. 4: Christian Thomas, Oshawa Generals

Nov. 21 – Nov. 27: Ty Rattie, Portland Winterhawks

Nov. 14 – Nov. 20: Alex Saulnier, Moncton Wildcats

Nov. 7 – Nov. 13: Ryan Spooner, Kingston Frontenacs

Oct. 31 – Nov. 6: Hunter Shinkaruk, Medicine Hat Tigers

Oct. 24 – Oct. 30: Jonathan Huberdeau, Saint John Sea Dogs

Oct. 17 – Oct. 23: Brandon Saad, Saginaw Spirit

Oct. 10 – Oct. 16: Nail Yakupov, Sarnia Sting

Oct. 3 – Oct. 9: Emerson Etem, Medicine Hat Tigers

Sept. 26 – Oct. 2: Mark Stone, Brandon Wheat Kings

Sept. 21 – Sept. 25: Tanner Pearson, Barrie Colts