Calgary, Alta. – The Western Hockey League announced today that Montréal Canadiens prospect and Prince Albert Raiders forward Cole Fonstad has been named the WHL On the Run Player of the Week for the week ending February 10, 2019.
Fonstad recorded eight points (5G-3A) and a plus-six rating in three games this week as the Raiders went a perfect 3-0-0-0 to wrap up a Central Division swing, becoming the first team to secure a 2019 WHL Playoff berth with 88 points last Tuesday. The Raiders now hold a 45-7-0-2 record for 92 points.
Monday against Edmonton, Fonstad scored the Raiders’ fifth goal at even strength, which supported a 5-1 win in Prince Albert’s favour. On Friday night in Calgary, Fonstad aided the Raiders in an 8-2 victory over the Hitmen with two goals and three assists. Scoring two even-strength goals, assisting on two even-strength goals and one power-play goal, Fonstad was awarded the first star of the game as well as the third star of the night in the WHL. Fonstad’s career-high five-point night allowed him to surpass the 100-assist mark in his WHL career.
Fonstad’s success continued on Saturday night in Lethbridge where he scored twice and marked his 20th multi-point game of the 2018-19 WHL Regular Season. In a tight 6-5 win over the Hurricanes, Fonstad scored Prince Albert’s third and sixth goals of the game, both at even strength to earn the third star of the game.
With 60 points (26G-34A) in 54 games, Fonstad is well on his way to outdoing his career-high record of 73 points (21G-52A) in 72 games, set in 2017-18. The eight-point week placed the Estevan, Sask., native into a tie for 18th in WHL scoring this season. This also marks Fonstad’s second straight 20-goal campaign of his WHL career.
The Montréal Canadiens selected Fonstad in the fifth round, 128th overall, at the 2018 NHL Draft. In 197 career WHL regular season games, Fonstad has tallied 160 points (58G-102A), including 13 power-play goals and 10 game-winning goals. The Raiders originally selected the 5-foot-10, 165-pound Fonstad in the first round, fifth overall, at the 2015 WHL Bantam Draft.
This is the fourth time a Raider has won the award this season. Brett Leason has won it for Oct. 8 to Oct. 14 and Nov. 19 to Nov. 25, while Noah Gregor earned the honours for Dec. 27 to Dec. 30.
Returning to action Wednesday, February 13 (7:00 p.m. CT), Fonstad and the Raiders will take on the Swift Current Broncos at Innovation Credit Union i-plex.
The Raiders return to the Art Hauser Centre on Friday night to take on the Brandon Wheat Kings. Puck drop is 7 p.m. Tickets are available at raiderhockey.com and the Raider Office.
WHL On the Run Player of the Week
Feb. 4 – Feb. 10: Cole Fonstad, Prince Albert Raiders
Jan. 28 – Feb. 3: Connor Dewar, Everett Silvertips
Jan. 21 – Jan. 27: Justin Almeida, Moose Jaw Warriors
Jan. 14 – Jan. 20: Justin Almeida, Moose Jaw Warriors
Jan. 7 – Jan. 13: Bowen Byram, Vancouver Giants
Dec. 31 – Jan. 6: Noah Philp, Seattle Thunderbirds
Dec. 27 – Dec. 30: Noah Gregor, Prince Albert Raiders
Dec. 10 – Dec. 16: Dante Hannoun, Victoria Royals
Dec. 3 – Dec. 9: Jett Woo, Moose Jaw Warriors
Nov. 26 – Dec. 2: Cody Glass, Portland Winterhawks
Nov. 19 – Nov. 25: Brett Leason, Prince Albert Raiders
Nov. 12 – Nov. 18: Tristin Langan, Moose Jaw Warriors
Nov. 5 – Nov. 11: Riley Woods, Spokane Chiefs
Oct. 29 – Nov. 4: Joachim Blichfeld, Portland Winterhawks
Oct. 22 – Oct. 28: Alexander Alexeyev, Red Deer Rebels
Oct. 15 – Oct. 21: Mark Kastelic, Calgary Hitmen
Oct. 8 – Oct. 14: Brett Leason, Prince Albert Raiders
Oct. 1 – Oct. 7: Dawson Davidson, Saskatoon Blades
Sept. 24 – Sept. 30: Luka Burzan, Brandon Wheat Kings
Sept. 21 – Sept. 23: Kirby Dach, Saskatoon Blades