Brendan Ranford named WHL Player of the Week

By League Press Release

CALGARY, AB. – The Western Hockey League announced today that Kamloops Blazers’ forward Brendan Ranford is the WHL Player of the Week.

collected eight points, scoring three goals and five assists to go with a +3 rating, in three games over the past week helping the Blazers to a 3-0-0-0 record.

On Wednesday, February 8, the Blazers hosted the high flying Tri-City Americans at the Interior Savings Centre in Kamloops.  Ranford scored 2 goals and added an assist in the Blazers 5-1 triumph over the Ams’.  On Friday, February 10 the Rockets were in Kamloops to face the Blazers.  Ranford netted one goal, added two assists and was named the games 1st Star in the Blazers come-from-behind 5-4 overt-time win over the Rockets.  The Rockets hosted the Blazers on Saturday, February 11, in the back half of their home-and-home series.  Ranford gathered a pair of assists in the Blazers 3-2 victory.

currently ranks 10th among all WHL scorers with 72 points (32 goals, 50 assists) in 53 games played thus far this season.  The Kamloops Blazers have won seven of their last 10 games and currently sit 1st in the WHL Western Conference and entire League with a 40-12-1-3 record for 84 points.

A 19-year-old from Edmonton, AB, Ranford is in his fourth full season with the Kamloops Blazers.  He was a 15th overall selection in the 2007 WHL Draft and was a 7th round pick by the Philadelphia Flyers in the 2010 NHL Draft.

The WHL has also nominated Nathan Lieuwen of the Kootenay Ice for the CHL Goaltender of the Week Award.  Lieuwen posted a 2-1-0-0 record this past week with one shut-out, stopping 80 of 84 shots faced for a 0.952 save-percentage and 1.33 goals-against average.  Lieuwen, a 20-year-old from Abbotsford, BC, currently leads all WHL goalies with 0.923 save-percentage and 2.24 goals-against average.

WHL Player of the Week

Feb. 6 – Feb. 12: Brendan Ranford, Kamloops Blazers
Jan. 30 – Feb. 5: Dominik Uher, Spokane Chiefs
Jan. 23 – Jan. 29: Mark McNeill, Prince Albert Raiders
Jan. 16 – Jan. 22: Michael St. Croix, Edmonton Oil Kings
Jan. 9 – Jan. 15: Colin Smith, Kamloops Blazers
Jan. 2 – Jan. 8: Brendan Gallagher, Vancouver Giants
Dec. 27 – Jan. 1: Dalton Thrower, Saskatoon Blades
Dec. 2 – Dec. 18: Patrick Holland, Tri-City Americans
Dec. 5 – Dec. 11: Mike Winther, Prince Albert Raiders
Nov. 28 – Dec. 4: Michael St. Croix, Edmonton Oil Kings
Nov. 21 – Nov. 27: Ty Rattie, Portland Winterhawks
Nov. 14 – Nov. 20: Mark Stone, Brandon Wheat Kings
Nov. 7 – Nov. 13: Alex Petrovic, Red Deer Rebels
Oct. 31 – Nov. 6: Hunter Shinkaruk, Medicine Hat Tigers
Oct. 24 – Oct. 30: Cody Beach, Moose Jaw Warriors
Oct. 17 – Oct. 23: Brendan Gallagher, Vancouver Giants
Oct. 10 – Oct. 16: Sven Bartschi, Portland Winterhawks
Oct. 3 – Oct. 9: Emerson Etem, Medicine Hat Tigers
Sept. 26 – Oct. 2: Mark Stone, Brandon Wheat Kings
Sept. 22 – Sept. 25: Adam Hughesman, Tri-City Americans