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Winnipeg’s Peyton Krebs Named WHL Player of the Week

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Winnipeg’s Peyton Krebs Named WHL Player of the Week

20-year-0ld Peyton Krebs once again continues to prove why the American Hockey League should consider allowing drafted players to participate in AHL play, despite being eligible to play within the Canadian Hockey League.

On Monday afternoon, the Western Hockey League announced its Teams of the Week (both the East Division Hub and B.C. Hub) as well as its Player and Goaltender of the Week honours.

Leading the way is Krebs, the captain of the Winnipeg ICE. Currently skating in the East Division’s Regina Hub for the 24-game shortened 2020-21 season, the Vegas Golden Knights’ 2019 first round selection put up an astounding 11 points in just four games during the week ending on Sunday, March 28.

After putting up five points in five contests to which he suited up for the American Hockey League’s Henderson Silver Knights prior to the WHL’s mandated return of ‘exempted’ CHL-status players, Krebs returned to his ICE teammates, where he has done nothing but dominate. Now owning a stat line of six goals and 17 points in just nine games, Krebs sits just one point shy of first in league scoring.

This past week alone he earned three goals and eight assists, helping the ICE to a 2-2-0 record that saw the talented forward amass four-straight multi-point outings in games against the Regina Pats, Brandon Wheat Kings, Swift Current Broncos and Moose Jaw Warriors.

He began his week with a three-assist performance against the Pats on Tuesday, before scoring a goal and an assist against the Wheaties on Thursday. The following night, the 5-foot-11, 180-pound speedster scored once and added two assists against the Broncos, before duplicating his totals the following day in a victory over the Warriors.

Through 184 total WHL games, Krebs is operating at over a point-per-game rate, scoring 55 goals and 150 assists for 205 points. His strong week also landed himself a spot on the league’s East Division Team of the Week, alongside Brandon’s Connor Ungar (goaltender) and Chad Nychuk (defenceman).

Wrapping up the remaining pieces of the team were Saskatoon’s Kyle Crnkovic (forward) and Aidan De La Gorgendiere (defenceman) and Swift Current’s Matthew Ward (forward). Everett Silvertips netminder Dustin Wolf earned the league’s Goaltender of the Week honours.

Carter Brooks - Associate Editor of Game On Magazine - is a news writer and sports columnist situated in Winnipeg, MB. On top of reading and writing, his favourite pastimes include camping, car-modification projects and coaching hockey. Carter can be reached at carterbrooks1994@gmail.com.

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