Toronto, ON – The Canadian Hockey League today announced that Detroit Red Wings prospect Andreas Athanasiou of the Barrie Colts is the CHL Player of the Week with seven points in two games scoring twice with five assists and a plus-minus rating of plus-4 for the week ending December 8.
Athanasiou recorded back-to-back multi-point games helping the Colts earn a pair of road victories to improve their record to 16-11-1-2 where they rank second place in the OHL’s Central Division. He earned first star honours on Saturday night scoring a shorthanded goal that held as the game-winner plus two assists in a 5-1 win over the Belleville Bulls, then claimed first star honours for the second consecutive game on Sunday with a goal and three assists in a 7-2 win over the Ottawa 67’s.
Athanasiou, a 19-year-old from Woodbridge, ON, is playing in his fourth career OHL season and second with the Colts. Recently signed to an entry-level contract by the Red Wings, Athanasiou was selected in the fourth round of the 2012 NHL Draft and leads the Colts with 39 points in 28 games after recording 67 points in 66 games last season.
Also considered for the award this week was defenceman Sébastien Gauthier of the Shawinigan Cataractes with two goals and four assists for six points in two games, and Washington Capitals prospect Chandler Stephenson of the Regina Pats who scored four goals and two assists for six points in three games.
2013-14 CHL Players of the Week:
Dec. 2 – Dec. 8: Andreas Athanasiou (Barrie Colts)
Nov. 25 – Dec. 1: Leon Draisaitl (Prince Albert Raiders)
Nov. 18 – Nov. 24: Zac Leslie (Guelph Storm)
Nov. 11 – Nov. 17: Jonathan Drouin (Halifax Mooseheads)
Nov. 4 – Nov. 10: Martin Reway (Gatineau Olympiques)
Oct. 28 – Nov. 3: Jayce Hawryluk (Brandon Wheat Kings)
Oct. 21 – Oct. 27: Darcy Ashley (Halifax Mooseheads)
Oct. 14 – Oct. 20: Scott Kosmachuk (Guelph Storm)
Oct. 7 – Oct. 13: Anthony Mantha (Val-d’Or Foreurs)
Sept. 30 – Oct. 6: Nick Merkley (Kelowna Rockets)
Sept. 23 – Sept. 29: Mitch Holmberg (Spokane Chiefs)
Sept. 19 – Sept. 22: Michael Dal Colle (Oshawa Generals)