CALGARY, AB – There is no doubt Morgan Klimchuk would have loved to be on Team Canada but that wasn’t in the cards for the Calgary, AB native.
Earlier this month, the 19-year-old was cut from Hockey Canada's training camp but he didn’t let the disappointment over not making the final roster seep into his game.
In fact, he channeled that frustration in a positive fashion and came up big for the Regina Pats on multiple occasions throughout the month of December.
Klimchuk scored five goals and recorded 10 points in nine games in December, helping push the Pats into second place in the WHL's East Division with a 23-12-2 record.
He capped off the month in dramatic fashion, scoring the overtime winner in a 2-1 Regina win over Moose Jaw on New Year's Eve.
With his 10-point month, Klimchuk is now fourth in team scoring despite missing 10 games with an injury earlier in the season.
The Flames selected Klimchuk in the first round (28th overall) of the 2013 NHL Draft. He is in his fourth season with the Regina Pats.
1. Jon Gillies – Our November Prospect of the Month had a superb December, posting four wins in five games while making 123 saves on 130 shots. Last month, his GAA sat at 1.40 and he recorded a .946 save percentage in his five appearances.
2. Brandon Hickey – The Boston University Terriers played just four games in December but Hickey made the most of those outings. He registered at least a point in every game last month and capped off December with a goal and an assist in BU’s game against the US Jr. National Team on Dec. 19.
3. Sven Baertschi – The Swiss winger has gotten into a groove offensively over the last month, picking up two goals and nine points in 10 games with Adirondack in December. His strongest game came on Dec. 27 when he scored a goal and four points in a 5-0 win over the Hamilton Bulldogs.