WHL Player of the Week: Adam Tambellini

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CALGARY, AB – The Western Hockey League announced today that Calgary Hitmenforward Adam Tambellini is the Denny’s WHL Player of the Week for the week ending April 6th, 2015.  

Tambellini collected 11 points (6g-5a) in four games to help the Calgary Hitmen pick up a pair of wins in their Round 1 series against the Kootenay ICE in the 2015 WHL Playoffs. 

On Tuesday, March 31st against the ICE, Tambellini notched a hat trick to lead the Hitmen to an 8-7 overtime victory in Game 3. The following night, Tambellini recorded four points (1g-3a) to lead the Hitmen to a Game 4 victory over the ICE by a score of 7-2 while also claiming second star honours. On Friday, April 3rd, Tambellini tallied a pair of assists while earning third star honours in a 5-4 overtime loss to the Kootenay ICE in Game 5. The following night, Tambellini scored two goals and earned third star honours as the Hitmen dropped Game 6 to the ICE by a score of 4-2.

The 20-year-old Edmonton, AB native gathered 86 points (47g-39a) while playing in 71 games this season. The 6’3”, 191 lb forward is in his second WHL campaign with Calgary and has amassed 125 points (64g-61a) in 102 career WHL regular season contests. In 12 career WHL Playoff games, Tambellini has recorded 22 points (12g-10a). 

The WHL has also nominated Carter Hart of the Everett Silvertips for the Vaughn CHL Goaltender of the Week award. Hart, a 1998-born netminder from Sherwood Park, AB, recorded two wins last week in the Silvertips’ Round 1 match-up against the Spokane Chiefs. On Wednesday, April 1st, Hart turned aside 45 shots in Game 3 against the Chiefs to earn a 2-1 double overtime victory and claim first star honours. On Friday, April 3rd, Hart had another strong performance as he stopped 34 of 35 shots to lift the Silvertips to a 3-1 win in Game 4 over the Chiefs while earning first star honours. The following night, Hart made 39 saves in a 4-3 overtime loss to the Chiefs in Game 5. 

Denny’s WHL Player of the Week
Mar. 30 – Apr. 6: Adam Tambellini, Calgary Hitmen
Mar. 23 – Mar. 29: Brandon Magee, Victoria Royals
Mar. 16 – Mar. 22: Jake DeBrusk, Swift Current Broncos
Mar. 9 – Mar. 15: Oliver Bjorkstrand, Portland WInterhawks
Mar. 2– Mar. 8: Peter Quenneville, Brandon Wheat Kings
Feb. 23– Mar. 1: Jansen Harkins, Prince George Cougars
Feb. 16– Feb. 22: Jayce Hawryluk, Brandon Wheat Kings
Feb. 9 – Feb. 15: Leon Draisaitl, Kelowna Rockets
Feb. 2 – Feb. 8: Rihards Bukarts, Brandon Wheat Kings
Jan. 26 – Feb. 1: Oliver Bjorkstrand, Portland Winterhawks 
Jan. 19 – Jan. 25: Tyrell Goulbourne, Kelowna Rockets 
Jan. 12 – Jan. 18: Tim McGauley, Brandon Wheat Kings 
Jan. 5 – Jan. 11: Oliver Bjorkstrand, Portland Winterhawks 
Dec. 29 – Jan. 4: Travis Brown, Victoria Royals
Dec. 15 – Dec. 28: Trevor Cox, Medicine Hat Tigers 
Dec. 8 – Dec. 14: Cole Sanford, Medicine Hat Tigers 
Dec. 1 – Dec. 7: Connor Rankin, Calgary Hitmen 
Nov. 24 – Nov. 30: Oliver Bjorkstrand, Portland Winterhawks
Nov. 17 – Nov. 23: Lane Bauer, Edmonton Oil Kings
Nov. 10 – Nov. 16: Sam Reinhart, Kootenay Ice
Nov. 3 – Nov. 9: Rourke Chartier, Kelowna Rockets
Oct. 27 – Nov. 2: Josh Morrissey, Prince Albert Raiders
Oct. 20 – Oct. 26: Conner Bleackley, Red Deer Rebels
Oct. 13 – Oct. 19: Joe Hicketts, Victoria Royals
Oct. 6 – Oct. 12: Ivan Nikolishin, Everett Silvertips
Sept. 29 – Oct. 5: Madison Bowey, Kelowna Rockets
Sept. 22 – Sept. 28: Carson Stadnyk, Everett Silvertips
Sept. 19 – Sept. 21: Jay Merkley, Swift Current Broncos