The Canadian Hockey League today announced that forward Reid Gardiner of the Kelowna Rockets is the CHL Player of the Week for the playoff week ending April 16 after recording 12 points including six goals and six assists in three games with a plus-minus rating of plus-2.
Gardiner took over the WHL Playoff scoring lead with a trio of multi-point performances pacing the Rockets to a second round series victory over the Portland Winterhawks. In Game 3 last Tuesday he chipped in two assists despite a 4-2 loss, then elevated his play in Wednesday’s Game 4 scoring two goals and two assists as first star of the 7-2 victory. He wrapped up his week and the series in Friday’s Game 5 with a career-high six-point effort contributing to all six Rockets goals by netting four of his own and setting up two in the 6-2 victory. The Rockets will now compete in the WHL’s Western Conference Championship Series against the Seattle Thunderbirds beginning Friday.
A 21-year-old from Humboldt, Sask., the fifth year WHL veteran has 22 points in 11 playoff games thus far including 12 goals and 10 assists following a regular season campaign where he produced 37 points including 18 goals and 19 assists in 28 games. Gardiner played his first four seasons with the Prince Albert Raiders who selected him in the first round of the 2011 WHL Bantam Draft before beginning this season with the AHL’s Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins.
Also considered for the award this week was Los Angeles Kings prospect Spencer Watson of the Mississauga Steelheads who scored five goals and one assist for six points in three games helping his club advance to the OHL’s Eastern Conference Final in a five-game series win over the Oshawa Generals. In the QMJHL, Ottawa Senators prospect Filip Chlapik scored once with four assists for five points in two games helping his Charlottetown Islanders advance with a four-game series win over the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles.
2016-17 CHL Post-Season Players of the Week:
Apr. 10 – Apr. 16: Reid Gardiner (Kelowna Rockets)
Apr. 3 – Apr. 9: Giorgio Estephan (Lethbridge Hurricanes)
Mar. 27 – Apr. 2: Ethan Bear (Seattle Thunderbirds)
Mar. 20 – Mar. 26: Sam Steel (Regina Pats)
2016-17 CHL Regular Season Players of the Week:
Mar. 13 – Mar. 19: Brandon Hagel (Red Deer Rebels)
Mar. 6 – Mar. 12: Daniel Sprong (Charlottetown Islanders)
Feb. 27 – Mar. 5: Gabriel Vilardi (Windsor Spitfires)
Feb. 20 – Feb. 26: Michael McLeod (Mississauga Steelheads)
Feb. 13 – Feb. 19: Christophe Boivin (Acadie-Bathurst Titan)
Feb. 6 – Feb. 12: Mathew Barzal (Seattle Thunderbirds)
Jan. 30 – Feb. 5: Alex DeBrincat (Erie Otters)
Jan. 23 – Jan. 29: Tyler Boland (Rimouski Oceanic)
Jan. 16 – Jan. 22: Alexis D’Aoust (Shawinigan Cataractes)
Jan. 9 – Jan. 15: Kole Sherwood (Flint Firebirds)
Jan. 2 – Jan. 8: Brayden Burke (Moose Jaw Warriors)
Dec. 26 – Jan. 1: Adam Brooks (Regina Pats)
Dec. 12 – Dec. 18: Vitalii Abramov (Gatineau Olympiques)
Dec. 5 – Dec. 11: Hayden Hodgson (Saginaw Spirit)
Nov. 28 – Dec. 4: Sergey Zborovskiy (Regina Pats)
Nov. 21 – Nov. 27: Jayden Halbgewachs (Moose Jaw Warriors)
Nov. 14 – Nov. 20: Alexander Katerinakis (Blainville-Boisbriand Armada)
Nov. 7 – Nov. 13: Nico Hischier (Halifax Mooseheads)
Oct. 31 – Nov. 6: Alex DeBrincat (Erie Otters)
Oct. 24 – Oct. 30: Bobby MacIntyre (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds)
Oct. 17 – Oct. 23: Kale Clague (Brandon Wheat Kings)
Oct. 10 – Oct. 16: Jeremy Bracco (Kitchener Rangers)
Oct. 3 – Oct. 9: Cameron Askew (Moncton Wildcats)
Sept. 26 – Oct. 2: Sam Steel (Regina Pats)
Sept. 21 – Sept. 25: Kameron Kielly (Charlottetown Islanders)
Reid and his teammates kick off the Western Conference Finals on Friday night in Kent, Washington at the ShoWare Center for game one against the Seattle Thunderbirds. That game starts at 7:35pm. Game two goes the following evening at 7:05pm in Kent.
The Series then shifts to Kelowna for games three and four. Tickets for games three and four are on sale now at the Select Your Tickets box office.
Full series schedule:
|1||Kelowna||@||Seattle||Friday, April 21||7:35|
|2||Kelowna||@||Seattle||Saturday, April 22||7:05|
|3||Seattle||@||Kelowna||Tuesday, April 25||7:05|
|4||Seattle||@||Kelowna||Wednesday, April 26||7:05|
|5 *||Kelowna||@||Seattle||Friday, April 28||7:35|
|6 *||Seattle||@||Kelowna||Sunday, April 30||5:05|
|7 *||Kelowna||@||Seattle||Tuesday, May 2||7:05|
* If necessary
Tickets are available for Rockets home games through selectyourtickets.com, at the Prospera Place box office or by phone at 250-762-5050.