The Western Hockey League has announced its weekly award winners for the week ending on March 21. Earning its Player of the Week was 18-year-old Brandon Wheat Kings forward Nolan Ritchie.
Playing out of the Regina, SK. hub, Ritchie skated in three games for the Wheaties last week, helping his team to a 2-1-0 record during that period. The former Brandon Wheat Kings U-14, U-15 and U-18 star put up three goals and seven points during his three games, boasting multi-point affairs in each contest.
A third round selection from the 2017 WHL Bantam Draft, Ritchie currently leads the Wheat Kings with four goals and nine points, while sitting second only to Braden Schneider (+7) in plus/minus with a +6 rating. The 5-foot-9, 180-pound forward missed the majority of the 2019-20 season after breaking his femur in game action on November 22 of 2019, and has been on the mend ever since.
Finally being able to rejoin his teammates in game action for 2020-21 has clearly been a blessing for he son of Wheat Kings’ general manager Darren Ritchie. Now owning a career WHL stat line of 10 goals and 21 points in 34 games, the younger Ritchie has certainly been able to translate his minor hockey success into what appears to be a sizeable opportunity with his hometown WHL team.
As is not always the case with the WHL’s weekly award winners, Ritchie’s seven points came as a product of three strong performances, and not that of a 10-1 blowout where he picked up five assists in the game, or something of that nature. He collected two assists on Tuesday in a narrow loss to Prince Albert, before scoring twice and adding an assist in a win against Swift Current. Ritchie then sealed the deal on a two-point outing with the overtime-winner in Saturday’s 3-2 victory over Regina.
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Ritchie and the Wheat Kings currently sit fourth in the East Division with a 3-2-1 record for seven points through six games. Brandon next squares off against Moose Jaw on Wednesday, before taking on provincial rival Winnipeg the following day. All games will be held at Regina’s Brandt Centre.