Toronto, Ont. – The Canadian Hockey League today announced the fifth edition of the Vaughn CHL Team of the Week for the 2019-20 season based on individual performances from October 14-20. This week’s edition features Regina Pats defenceman Zach Wytinck and Kamloops Blazers goaltender Dylan Garand from the Western Hockey League.
The forward ranks are headlined by Sherbrooke Phoenix left-wing and Pittsburgh Penguins first-round selection Samuel Poulin, whose week concluded with 12 points (6G-6A) across three appearances. Poulin’s top performance came Sunday in a phenomenal eight-point showing (2G-6A) against the Shawinigan Cataractes that set a franchise record for points in a single game marking the first eight-point game in the QMJHL in a decade. For his efforts, Poulin was named the Ultramar Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) Player of the Week.
Also up front is Rimouski Oceanic overage centre Cedric Pare, who matched Poulin’s 12-point (6G-6A) output over three games. Pare sits second in QMJHL scoring with 32 points (18G-14A) in the season and is currently riding an 11-game point streak, with his most impressive performance coming in a six-point (4G-2A) night against the Quebec Remparts on Sunday to claim first-star recognition.
Sarnia Sting overage right-wing Sean Josling rounds out the forward ranks following a week in which he finished with 11 points (6G-5A) in three games. That stretch included Friday’s five-point outing (3G-2A) against the Oshawa Generals in which Josling claimed first-star honours and handed the first-place club its first loss this season.
Leading the way on the back end is Ottawa 67’s rearguard Noel Hoefenmayer, who put up six points (4G-2A) over three games. Hoefenmayer’s best performance came Sunday as the overager recorded his first career hat-trick, including the overtime winner in a 5-4 final versus the Hamilton Bulldogs to come away with first-star honours.
Rounding out the blue line is Regina Pats newly acquired defenceman Zach Wytinck, whose third and fourth appearances since joining the team from the Brandon Wheat Kings saw him register a total of five points (1G-4A). All four helpers came in Saturday’s shootout win over the Red Deer Rebels, including a secondary assist on Austin Pratt’s game-tying goal with only 15 seconds remaining in the final frame to help the overage defender earn third-star honours.
Between the pipes, Kamloops Blazers netminder and 2020 NHL Draft hopeful Dylan Garand was nearly unbeatable over two appearances as he stopped 48 of 49 shots to find the win column twice and come away with a 0.50 goals-against average and .980 save performance. The stretch included Friday’s 23-save effort against the Vancouver Giants that saw Garand notch his first shutout of the season, helping him claim WHL Eli Wilson Goaltending Goaltender of the Week honours.
About the Western Hockey League
Regarded as the world’s finest development league for junior hockey players, the Western Hockey League (WHL) head office is based in Calgary, Alberta. The WHL consists of 22 member Clubs with 17 located in Western Canada and five in the U.S. Pacific Northwest. A member of the Canadian Hockey League, the WHL has been a leading supplier of talent for the National Hockey League for over 50 years. The WHL is also the leading provider of hockey scholarships with over 350 graduates each year receiving WHL Scholarships to pursue a post-secondary education of their choice. Each season, WHL players also form thenucleus of Canada’s National Junior Hockey Team.