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Preds Prospect Named Canadian Juniors "Player of the Week"

by Staff Writer / Nashville Predators
Gabriel Bourque Named CHL Player of the Week

Toronto, ON – The Canadian Hockey League today announced that Nashville Predators prospect Gabriel Bourque is the CHL Player of the Week following two games of the QMJHL Final. Bourque scored five goals to lead the Moncton Wildcats to a 2-0 series lead over the Saint John Sea Dogs for the President Cup. Bourque was Nashville's fifth round pick in last summer's NHL Entry Draft.

Bourque led the way with a hat-trick including the game-winner Friday night on the road in a 5-1 win in Game 1 to open the series as first star of the game. The Wildcats offense continued at home in Game 2 on Sunday emerging with a 9-3 victory with Bourque contributing two goals as second star of the game. By scoring his 16th goal of the playoffs, Bourque established a new Wildcats record for goals scored in one playoff year. Game 3 of the series is set for Tuesday night in Saint John.

Bourque, a 19-year-old from Rimouski, QC, is playing in his third QMJHL season. A member of Canada’s National Junior Team this winter, Bourque has 21 points in 17 playoff games.

Brandon Kozun of the Calgary Hitmen and defenceman Mark Cundari of the Windsor Spitfires were also considered for the award. Kozun scored a goal and three assists for four points in two games to help the Hitmen take a 2-0 series lead over the Tri-City Americans in the WHL Finals for the Ed Chynoweth Cup. Cundari scored two goals and three assists for five points in three games to help the Spitfires grab a commanding 3-0 series lead over the Barrie Colts in the OHL Finals for the Robertson Cup.

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