Toronto, ON – The Canadian Hockey League today announced that top scorer Brett Leason of the Prince Albert Raiders is the CHL Player of the Week for the regular season week ending November 25 scoring six goals and four assists for 10 points in three games with a plus-minus rating of plus-8.
Leason produced a trio of multi-point performances and earned first star honours in all three victories last week for the Raiders who extended their winning-streak to a franchise record 16 games. On Tuesday he scored his first career hat-trick as part of a 5-1 win over the Lethbridge Hurricanes improving the Raiders undefeated home record to 13-0-0-0. His week continued Friday with two goals including a shorthanded game-winner while adding two assists in a 7-3 road win against the Medicine Hat Tigers, then wrapped up Saturday with a goal and two assists in a 5-1 road victory against the Kootenay ICE. The Raiders remain the CHL’s top ranked team with a 23-1-0-0 record.
A 19-year-old from Calgary, Alta., Leason is enjoying a breakout season atop the CHL scoring ranks with 54 points in 24 games powered by 25 goals and 29 assists. He also carries a plus-40 rating which leads all CHL skaters. These figures have already shattered his previous bests of 16 goals and 33 points collected across 66 games between the Raiders and Tri-City Americans last season. Leason was originally chosen by the Americans in the third round of the 2014 WHL Bantam Draft and was recently recognized by NHL Central Scouting with a ‘C’ rating for the 2019 NHL Draft.
Also considered for the award this week was Detroit Red Wings prospect Joseph Veleno of the Drummondville Voltigeurs who scored five goals and five assists for 10 points in three games, and Philadelphia Flyers prospect Morgan Frost of the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds who scored twice with seven assists for nine points in three games.
The Raiders have won a CHL award now in back-to-back weeks. Last week, Ian Scott took home Vaughn CHL Goaltender of the Week honours.
2018-19 CHL Players of the Week – Regular Season:
Nov. 19 – Nov. 25: Brett Leason (Prince Albert Raiders)
Nov. 12 – Nov. 18: Peter Abbandonato (Rouyn-Noranda Huskies)
Nov. 5 – Nov. 11: Jason Robertson (Kingston Frontenacs)
Oct. 29 – Nov. 4: Joachim Blichfeld (Portland Winterhawks)
Oct. 22 – Oct. 28: Ivan Chekhovich (Baie-Comeau Drakkar)
Oct. 15 – Oct. 21: Justin Brazeau (North Bay Battalion)
Oct. 8 – Oct. 14: Damien Giroux (Saginaw Spirit)
Oct. 1 – Oct. 7: Dawson Davidson (Saskatoon Blades)
Sept. 24 – Sept. 30: Luka Burzan (Brandon Wheat Kings)
Sept. 19 – Sept. 23: Kirby Dach (Saskatoon Blades)