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The United States Hockey League announced the CCM Forward, Defenseman and Goaltender of the Week for Week 8 of the 2016-17 season. Muskegon teammates Andrei Svechnikov and Bo Hanson won weekly awards after the Lumberjacks swept the weekend, while goaltenders Logan Halladay and Jaxon Castor won Co-Goaltender of the Week honors with near identical stats. CCM Hockey is the official equipment provider of the USHL.
Forward: Andrei Svechnikov – Muskegon Lumberjacks
2 GP: 2 goals, 2 assists, +1 rating
Svechnikov scored in back-to-back games over the weekend, including an overtime game-winning goal Sunday night. One week after leading the World U17 Hockey Challenge in scoring, the rookie forward extended his point streak to eight games with a four-point weekend. Sunday’s tally was his second game-winning goal this season. Svechnikov now has 13 points in 11 games, and is second in USHL rookie scoring. His point total ranks in the top-20 of USHL scoring. The 16-year old forward will be eligible for the 2018 NHL Draft. Svechnikov signed a tender with Muskegon prior to the 2016 USHL Phase I Draft and previously played for Ak Bars Kazan.
Defenseman: Bo Hanson – Muskegon Lumberjacks
2 GP: 1 goal, 4 assists, +4
Hanson now leads all USHL defensemen in scoring after a five-point weekend. The Lumberjacks captain scored Saturday’s game-winning goal late in the third period. He also dished out two assists in back-to-back nights. The Boise, ID native played in his 125th career USHL game on Sunday. Hanson spent last season on the NHL Central Scouting list and was named to the USHL/NHL Top Prospects Game. He also was named to the 2016 USHL All-Academic Team. The uncommitted defenseman was selected by the Lumberjacks in the 2014 USHL Phase II Draft in the 2nd round, 25th overall. Hanson previously played for the Colorado Rampage (T1EHL).
Co-Goaltender: Logan Halladay – Bloomington Thunder
2-0-0-0, 1.00 GAA, .958 sv%
Halladay won back-to-back starts over the weekend for his fourth consecutive win in net, tying a career-high. After stopping 19 of 20 shots Friday night, Halladay stopped 27 of 28 for a weekend sweep of the Youngstown Phantoms. The Merrimack College commit is now 5-4-1-0 on the season with a 2.26 GAA and .926 sv%, and has been a major reason for the Thunder’s 6-3-1-0 record in the team’s last 10 games. Last season, Halladay was named Goaltender of the Week once (1/4/16) and had a career-high three shutouts. The Cary, NC native ranks in the top-10 in save percentage and top-20 in goals against average amongst USHL goaltenders this season. Halladay previously played for the Waterloo Black Hawks (USHL), Janesville Jets (NAHL), Chicago Young Americans (HPHL) and Carolina Jr. Hurricanes (Midget), and was originally a 2012 USHL Phase I Draft pick in the 3rd round, 37th overall.
Co-Goaltender: Jaxon Castor – Dubuque Fighting Saints
2-0-0-0, 1.00 GAA, .958 sv%
Castor won back-to-back starts over the weekend, including a 30-save shutout on Saturday. The shutout was the second of the season, and third of Castor’s career. The Arizona State University commit is now 7-6-0-1 on the season with a 1.94 GAA and .917 sv%. Castor has won three of his last four starts, and was a big factor in Dubuque sweeping Green Bay on the weekend. The Phoenix, AZ native is in his second season with the Fighting Saints and previously played for the Phoenix Jr. Coyotes (T1EHL). Dubuque selected Castor in the 2015 USHL Phase II Draft in the 2nd round, 28th overall.
Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, the USHL celebrates its 15th season as the nation's only Tier I junior hockey league in 2016-17. 30 or more players from the USHL have been selected in four consecutive NHL Drafts, and more than 400 players on team rosters last season committed to NCAA Division I schools, further establishing the USHL as the world’s foremost producer of junior hockey talent.
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