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Gawdin, Skinner win awards

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The Canadian Hockey League today announced that Calgary Flames prospect Glenn Gawdin of the Swift Current Broncos is the CHL Player of the Week for the playoff week ending May 13 scoring five goals and one assist for six points in four games with a plus-minus rating of plus-3.

Gawdin led the Broncos to victory in the Rogers WHL Championship Series hoisting the Ed Chynoweth Cup on home ice following a six-game win over the Everett Silvertips. His performance during the final week included a Game 3 hat-trick on Tuesday night as first star of a 3-2 overtime decision that gave the Broncos a 2-1 series edge. Swift Current would win Game 4 by a 1-0 score on Wednesday, but a two-goal effort from the captain and second star honours in Friday’s Game 5 fell short in the 6-3 setback to Everett. With a chance to wrap things up at home in Sunday’s Game 6, the Broncos delivered a 3-0 win, with Gawdin tallying an assist followed by WHL Playoff MVP accolades in the club’s first WHL Championship since 1993.
A 21-year-old from Richmond, BC, Gawdin spent his entire five-year WHL career with the Broncos after being selected by the club in the first round, fifth overall, of the 2012 Bantam Draft. He led the team in playoff scoring with 32 points in 24 games notching 14 goals and 18 assists, finishing third in post-season scoring. He also set career-highs during regular season play with 56 goals and 69 assists for 125 points in 67 games, finishing second in the WHL scoring race. Gawdin signed an entry-level contract with the Flames as a free agent in November, 2017.

In 312 career WHL regular season games with the Broncos, Gawdin recorded 313 points (126G-187A), including 34 power-play goals, three short-handed goals and 19 game-winning goals. Gawdin’s career in the WHL Playoffs have also been noteworthy, recording 45 points (21G-24A) in 48 games.

This is Gawdin’s first CHL Player of the Week honours and the 14th time a WHL player has won the award this season.
Also considered for the award this week was Brandon Saigeon of the Robertson Cup champion Hamilton Bulldogs scoring four goals and two assists for six points in four games against the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds in the Rogers OHL Championship Series. President Cup champion Samuel L’Italien of the Acadie-Bathurst Titan scored three goals and one assist for four points in the final four games against the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada in the Rogers QMJHL Championship Series.

Gawdin and the Broncos will now compete in the 2018 Mastercard Memorial Cup, which is scheduled to begin Friday, May 18. The Broncos first game will come on Saturday, May 19 (2:00 p.m. CT) when they take on the QMJHL champion Acadie-Bathurst Titan at the Brandt Centre in Regina, Sask.

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