The Canadian League released its player and goalie of the week, which features an overage player and a youngster.
Player of the week honours went to the WHL’s Mitch Holmberg, a 20-year-old winger out of Sherwood Park, Alta. A member of the Spokane Chiefs, Holmberg scored 10 points in three games for the week ending September 29.
In reaching 10 points on the week, Holmberg posted back-to-back four-point games: a two-goal, two-assist night in a 6-2 win over the Victoria Royals, and a one-goal, three-assist game in a 6-1 win over the same Victoria team. In the third game of the week, Holmberg scored both goals in a 2-1 win over the Tri-City Americans. The Chiefs are off to a 4-0-0-0 start to the WHL season.
Holmberg is undrafted and posted a junior career-high 39 goals and 80 points in 66 games last season.
Honorable mentions went to Anthony Mantha of the QMJHL’s Val-d’Or Foreurs and Gemel Smith of the OHL’s Owen Sound Attack.
Goalie of the week honors go to the OHL’s Alex Nedeljkovic, a 17-year-old out of Parma, Ohio. The Plymouth Whalers goalie won both of his starts this week and earned a 1.92 GAA and .938 SP.
Both of Nedeljkovic’s wins came on the road as well. In the first, he stopped 19 shots in a 4-2 win over the Ottawa 67’s. And in the second, he handed the Kingston Frontenacs their first loss of the season, turning aside 42 shots en route to a 3-2 shootout win.
Nedeljkovic is in his second season of major junior hockey after posting a .923 SP and 2.28 GAA in 26 games with Plymouth last year. The Whalers are off to a 2-3-0-0 start to their season.
The goalie is draft eligible in 2014.
Honorable mentions went to Sebastien Auger of the QMJHL’s Saint John Sea Dogs and Daniel Wapple of the WHL’s Medicine Hat Tigers.
(Nedeljkovic photo by Rena Laverty, courtesy the Plymouth Whalers)