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Players of the Week

02/06/2017, 1:00pm CST

Ryczek named Defenseman of the Week for second straight week, Theisen and DeRidder earn first career honors.

Photos by Hickling Images


The United States Hockey League announced the CCM Forward, Defenseman and Goaltender of the Week for Week 20 of the 2016-17 season. Colin Theisen of the Dubuque Fighting Saints was named Forward of the Week for the first time in his career, Waterloo Black Hawks defenseman Jake Ryczek earned his second straight Defenseman of the Week award, and Cedar Rapids RoughRiders rookie goaltender Drew DeRidder earned Goaltender of the Week honors. Theisen had six points last week including a hat trick, Ryczek tallied five points and had a +5 rating for the second week in a row, and DeRidder backstopped the RoughRiders to a pair of wins with 52 saves over the weekend. CCM Hockey is the official equipment provider of the USHL.


Forward: Colin Theisen - Dubuque Fighting Saints


3 GP: 3 goals, 3 assists, +3 rating


Theisen registered his second hat trick of the season and added an assist in a win at Sioux Falls on Friday before dishing out a pair of helpers in Dubuque's victory in Des Moines on Friday night to help vault to Fighting Saints to the top of the USHL standings. The Monroe, MI native has tallied a point in four of his last six games and has 40 points (23G, 17A) this season, which is tied for third among all USHL players. His 23 goals are the second most in the league. The uncommitted forward's two assists on Friday marked the 11th time this year that he has tallied multiple points in a game. Theisen is in his second full season with Dubuque and has 61 points (38G, 23A) in 81 career games. He was a sixth round pick, 90th overall by the Fighting Saints in the 2013 USHL Phase I Draft and previously played for the Coulee Region Chill (NAHL), Victory Honda (T1EHL) and Compuware (HPHL).



Defenseman: Jake Ryczek - Waterloo Black Hawks


2 GP: 1 goal, 4 assists, +5 rating


Ryczek scored a goal and dished out three assists in a win over Tri-City on Friday before adding his fourth helper of the weekend to help the Black Hawks complete the sweep of the Storm on Saturday. This is Ryczek’s second straight USHL Defenseman of the Week honor, and in five games over those two weeks, he has tallied 10 points (1G, 9A). He is now tied for fourth in scoring among all USHL defensemen with 23 points (6G, 17A) in 33 games. He is also the fourth-leading scorer on the Black Hawks roster. This is Ryczek’s second season in Waterloo, as he came over in a trade with the Sioux City Musketeers in the 2015-16 season, a year in which he was named USHL Defenseman of the Week twice and selected to the USHL/NHL Top Prospects Game. Following the season, he was drafted in the seventh round, 203rd overall by the Chicago Blackhawks at the 2016 NHL Draft. This season, he was named to the U.S. Junior Select Team for the World Junior A Challenge and won a gold medal at the tournament with Team USA. The Ludlow, MA native is committed to Providence College and previously played for Selects Academy (USPHL).



Goaltender: Drew DeRidder - Cedar Rapids RoughRiders


2-0-0-0, 2.36 GAA, .912 SV%


DeRidder stopped 21 of the 23 shots he faced to backstop Cedar Rapids to a win over Madison on Friday before putting up a 31-save performance in a road overtime win against the USHL-leading Dubuque Fighting Saints on Saturday. The Fenton, MI native has now won four of his last six starts and has six victories on the season. He has faced 652 shots, second most by USHL rookie goaltenders this season.  His 25 games played ranks first among rookie netminders. DeRidder, a Michigan State commit, is in his first season with Cedar Rapids and was drafted in the third round, 48th overall by the RoughRiders in the 2016 USHL Phase I Draft. He previously played for the Oakland Jr. Grizzlies (T1EHL).


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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