Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Pither Earns CHL Player of the Week Honors

So to celebrate getting the OK to hit the road from his knee surgery, one person who shall remain nameless got himself a case of the flu or a cold.

Still there is some good news to report thanks to Paul Krotz, the Manager of Media and Information Services who sent out this press release regarding the first CHL player of the week; Luke Pither of the Barrie Colts of the OHL.

Luke Pither of the Barrie Colts Named CHL Player of the Week

For Immediate Release

Tuesday September 22,2009

Toronto, ON – The Canadian Hockey League today announced that Luke Pither of the Barrie Colts is the CHL Player of the Week for the week ending September 20 scoring seven goals in two games.

Pither led the Colts to two wins to open the 2009-10 OHL regular season this week. His seven goals included two game-winners in a week that began with a four goal performance over the Owen Sound Attack Thursday night as first star of the game. He followed that up with a hat-trick to edge the Niagara IceDogs 5-4 in overtime on Saturday as second star of the game. Six of his seven goals were scored on the power play.

Pither, a 20-year-old forward from Burketon, ON, is playing in his fifth OHL season but first with the Colts. Last season he scored 35 goals and 37 assists for 72 points in 64 games with the Belleville Bulls and the Guelph Storm. Prior to the start of the season, Pither was invited to attend the New York Rangers training camp as a free agent.

Considered for the award this week from the WHL was Tyler Fiddler from the Calgary Hitmen who scored four goals and one assist for five points in two games. Three of his goals were scored in under nine minutes Friday as first star of a 6-2 win over the Red Deer Rebels. Jacob LegacĂ© received consideration for scoring three goals and three assists for six points in two games for the QMJHL’s Chicoutimi SaguenĂ©ens.

Kind of hard to disagree with that kind of week but we feel kind of silly doing another post to award Pither as our Prospect of the Week so we will just tag along on the CHL and offer our congrats to Luke.

(Pither courtesy of the New York Rangers)


Nat Loh said...

Which invitees actually got contracts?

Amos said...

glad to hear your knee is starting to improve, sorry to hear about your illness, hope it isn't swine flu!
sounds like pither is a man with a mission, i hope luke walker feels the same way.

Jess Rubenstein said...


It appears that Daniel Bartek is the only one who will earn a contract this year. That is because he is 21 and could not return to junior

As for the other 3, it was more that the Rangers did not have contracts to offer. That will change by next spring.


I would say that the remaining 3 are all on a mission given the way they have started their season