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Joachim Blichfeld Named WHL's Player of the Year

by San Jose Sharks @sanjosesharks /

SAN JOSE, CA - The Western Hockey League (WHL) announced today that forward Joachim Blichfeld was awarded the Four Broncos Memorial Trophy, awarded annually to the WHL's Player of the Year.

Blichfeld registered career highs in his third WHL season, with 114 points (53 goals, 61 assists) in 68 games played for the Portland Winterhawks. He led the WHL in points, co-led in goals and finished tied for seventh in assists. Among Canadian Hockey League (CHL) players, the San Jose Sharks prospect completed the regular season second in points and tied for third in goals. He appeared in five WHL playoff games in 2019, recording four points (two goals, two assists). 

Blichfeld also earned the Bob Clarke Trophy as the WHL's Top Scorer in the regular season and became the second Danish player to win the WHL scoring title. He also was named the WHL Western Conference Player of the year, First-Team WHL Western Conference. Blichfeld also earned the WHL Player of the Month award in December after recording 26 points (13 goals, 13 assists) and a plus-seven rating over 11 games, helping the Portland Winterhawks to a 7-3-1-0 record at the end of the 2018 calendar year. Blichfeld notched points in 10 of the 11 contests, collecting two four-point games along with three separate three-point contests and three multi-goal games. He also earned CHL Player of the Week for the period between Oct. 29-Nov. 4 and was named WHL Player of the week Nov. 4.  

Over his three seasons with the Winterhawks, Blichfeld has amassed 228 points (105 goals, 123 assists) in 187 contests with a plus-32 rating. In the WHL postseason, he has scored 23 points (10 goals, 13 assists).  

The six-foot-two, 186-pound forward is a native of Frederikshavn, Denmark, and was selected by San Jose in the seventh round (210th overall) of the 2016 NHL Draft.

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