Goalie Kaiden Whaley, 9, is the best player in the world of the week
Goalie Kaiden Whaley, 9, is the best player in the world of the weekin Enter the Beast
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ESPN presents the best player in the world of the week. Each Tuesday, we'll honor the skater or goalie from around the hockey world -- every league, every level, every player -- who had the best previous week, Monday through Sunday. If there's a player you'd like to nominate, from your local team to a high school team to your beer league, email us here. And remember: Stats only tell part of the story, so tell us why he or she deserves this honor.
The 20-year-old forward now leads the Q in scoring after posting eight points in two games. He had two goals and two assists against both Charlottetown and Drummondville. By scoring what was his ninth game-winning goal of the year, Barré-Boulet has already tied the Armada's franchise record for most winning goals in a season. And we have a bit of season left to go.
Garreffa had one of many eight-point efforts during Alonzo Mourning Jersey the past week, but his was a bit different: they were all assists, over three games for the Rangers. This 2016 profile of Garreffa by the Waterloo Region Record compared him to "Mr. Wolf from Kevin White Jersey Quentin Tarantino's 'Pulp Fiction'" in that "like that character, Garreffa too solves problems, only he does it by playing defence or forward depending on the club's needs." Instead of cleaning up after a horrific murder, we guess.
he Moose played three games last week. http://www.sabresteamprostore.com/Jack_Eichel_Jersey In those three games, Petan scored eight points. He had two goals and six assists for the Moose during three consecutive wins, as the team continued on a nine-game winning streak overall. Good to see this 22-year-old thriving with ice time rather than wasting away in the bottom six for the Jets. Ben Scrivens, Salavat Yulaev Ufa (KHL)
We have a Ben Scrivens sighting! The former NHL netminder helped Ufa Jonathan Bernier Womens Jersey to two wins in three starts, and shut out his opponents in both of those wins. Scrivens, 31, in those three starts, had a save percentage of .966, a goals-against average of 1.01 and his shutout streak currently stands at 125 minutes and 27 seconds. Daryl Watts, Boston College (NCAA)
The Boston College first-year star had five goals and two assists in her team's past three games, mounting a serious challenge for the NCAA scoring title this season. Watts is a forward from Toronto who is a two-time member of Canada's Under-18 national team. She considers Canadian Olympic hero Marie-Philip Poulin as her favorite player, which makes her OK by us. Blake Wheeler, Winnipeg Jets (NHL)
The Jets have been one of the season's best stories, and Wheeler is one of the main reasons. He had 10 points (!) in four games, propelling the Jets to a 3-0-1 week and the top of the Western Conference standings. That includes two three-point games, against the Minnesota Wild and the Vegas Golden Knig
Well, he's 9 years old. He started playing hockey in McDonough, Georgia, in an inline hockey league, where he fell in love with the sport and, specifically, with being a goalie. He now lives in Greencastle, Pennsylvania, and plays for the U10 Jr. Bulldogs out of Hagerstown, Maryland. It's his first season playing on ice.
The Bulldogs faced the Georgetown Titans last weekend. The Titans' goalie was sick, so forward Leopold Hylton was forced into action as their netminder. One problem: He had never played goalie, nor had he even ever worn the equipment before. Hylton's coaches told him that he was probably going to surrender some goals. He gave up seven. He came back to the bench, distraught, after the first period.
During intermission, Whaley skated over and did something that sliced right through the ferocious, competitive clichés of youth sports: He gave his opponent an impromptu goaltending clinic. He taught Leopold how to move properly when facing shots, how to http://www.authenticbrewershop.com/authentic-martin-maldonado-jersey.html better use his gear in making saves. While it didn't turn him into Dominik Hasek, the chat helped calm Leopold down and allowed him to enjoy the next two periods. View image on Twitter
Were this a "Mighty Ducks" movie, the angry self-centered coach probably calls Whaley a traitor and benches him for helping the enemy. Luckily, life doesn't always imitate art, and youth sports don't always imitate other levels of hockey. Every so often, we're reminded that the game is a game, and that sportsmanship can thrive in it.