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Niederreiter named CHL Player of the Week

by Staff Writer / New York Islanders
This press release courtesy of CHL.ca


Toronto, ON – The Canadian Hockey League today announced that forward Nino Niederreiter of the Portland Winterhawks is the CHL Player of the Week for the week ending March 6.  Niederreiter scored seven goals and added two assists for nine points in four games.

Niederreiter opened the week with two straight multi-point games including a first star performance with two goals and two assists in a 6-5 win over the Tri-City Americans on Tuesday.  He followed that up with his second hat-trick of the season on Friday as third star of a 9-1 win over the Seattle Thunderbirds.  He finished the week with a goal in each of the last two contests including one in a 5-0 win over the Vancouver Giants on Saturday where he was named first star of the game, and added another tally on Sunday despite a 6-2 loss to the Chilliwack Bruins on Sunday.

Niederreiter, an 18-year-old from Chur, Switzerland, is playing in his second WHL season with the Winterhawks and has collected 61 points in 49 games this season.  He was a first round selection of the New York Islanders in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft chosen fifth overall.

Also considered for the award this week was Ben Duffy of the PEI Rocket who scored two goals and five assists for seven points in three games.  David Pacan of the Niagara IceDogs led the OHL with nine points in three games scoring three goals with six assists.
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