Brandon Wheat Kings forward Ben McCartney has been named the Western Hockey League’s Player of the Week for the seven days spanning April 12-18. Putting up 12 points in his four games, the Macdonald, MB. product averaged three points per game, as he took over as the Wheat Kings’ leading scorer on the season.
Now up to 12 goals and 19 assists for 31 points in just 20 games, the Arizona Coyotes’ 2020 seventh round draft pick sits second in league scoring, just behind Winnipeg ICE captain Peyton Krebs (35 points). McCartney’s 12 goals are also second to fellow ICE forward Connor McClennon’s 13 markers this year.
Playing out of the East Division’s Regina Hub in the shortened 24-game 2020-21 regular season, the former Central Plains Capitals AAA star has had a career year. The 19-year-old is currently in his fourth season with Brandon, which saw steady improvements in his point totals since cracking the team in 2017-18. Last year saw the six-foot, 185-pound forward operate at a point-per-game rate through 61 contests, before exploding to his 1.55 points-per-game average this season.
Skating in four games this past week, McCartney collected two assists on Tuesday against the Moose Jaw Warriors, before scoring a hat trick against the ICE the following day. He put up another three-point effort on Saturday, before registering his first career four-assist night on Sunday in Brandon’s 5-4 overtime victory over Winnipeg.
Helping his team to a 4-0-0 record on the week also saw McCartney join fellow Wheat Kings Ridly Greig (three goals, seven points) and Braden Schneider (one goal, seven points) as members of the East Division’s Team of the Week. Also included within the WHL’s two Teams of the Week was McClennon (three goals, eight points) and Brandon product Trent Miner (1.52 GAA, .943 SV%, 1 SO).
McCartney and his Wheat Kings teammates next face off against the (4-14-1) Swift Current Broncos from the Brandt Centre on Wednesday at 5:00 PM central.