CALGARY, Alta. (Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017) – The Canadian Junior Hockey League announced Tuesday that Trenton Golden Hawks (OJHL) goaltender Chris Janzen, Portage Terriers (MJHL) forward Jeremey Leipsic and Fort Frances Lakers (SIJHL) forward Jared Virtanen have been named its Gongshow Gear 3 Stars of the Month for December.
1ST STAR: CHRIS JANZEN, (G) TRENTON GOLDEN HAWKS (OJHL) – A stellar final month of 2016 saw Janzen post a perfect 8-0-0-0 record for the Golden Hawks.
The 20-year-old from Fonthill, Ont., leads all netminders in the OJHL in wins, goals-against average and shutouts at 27, 1.88 and four respectively.
Janzen also sits second overall in his 22-team league in save percentage at .929.
He has been named the OJHL’s player and goaltender of the month on three separate occasions already this season for the 2017 Dudley-Hewitt Cup hosts from Trenton.
With files from Izak Westgate, Director of Operations (OJHL)
2ND STAR: JEREMEY LEIPSIC, (F) PORTAGE TERRIERS (MJHL) – Taking to the ice nine times in December for the Terriers, the 19-year-old Leipsic was an offensive force with the defending MJHL champions totalling 19 points on five goals and 14 assists in that span.
The Winnipeg, Man., product had seven multi-point games during the time frame and was named a game star twice.
His efforts also earned him MJHL RBC player of the month honours.
Leipsic currently leads all skaters in the MJHL in scoring with 67 points in just 38 outings on 21 tallies and a league-best 46 assists.
He also tops the MJHL in power play points with 18 and point-per-game average at 1.88.
With files from Brian Smiley, Media Relations Officer (MJHL)
3RD STAR: JARED VIRTANEN, (F) FORT FRANCES LAKERS (SIJHL) – In seven contests played for the three-time defending SIJHL Bill Salonen Cup champion Lakers last month, the 20-year-old from Abbotsford, B.C., recorded points in each of them, amassing 20 in total on three goals and 17 assists.
Virtanen currently paces Fort Frances in offensive production with 45 points as he has scored 10 times and dished out a league-best 35 assists through 24 games played.
The Lakers’ assistant captain is currently tied for second in SIJHL scoring and leads the league in point-per-game average at 1.88.
He is also presently riding a 14-game point streak and has been held off the scoresheet just once so far this season with Fort Frances.
Virtanen was earlier named the SIJHL’s CCM Hockey performer of the month for December.
With files from Bryan Graham, Commissioner (SIJHL)
Earning honourable mention for the CJHL – Gongshow Gear 3 Stars of the Month for December were:
Justin Young, (F) Whitecourt Wolverines (AJHL); Brendan Harris, (F) Wenatchee Wild (BCHL); Grant Hebert, (F) Cumberland Grads (CCHL); Matt Lapointe, (F) Amherst Ramblers (MHL); Yianni Liarakos, (F) Blind River Beavers (NOJHL); Joey Brennan, (F) Gatineau Flames (LHJAAAQ) & Rylee Zimmer (F) Flin Flon Bombers (SJHL).
ABOUT GONGSHOW GEAR INC.
Founded in 2002 by three teammates in the Central Junior “A” Hockey League after identifying the need for a hockey apparel brand that would accurately represent the exciting and exclusive lifestyle that hockey players live. Gongshow was the first Lifestyle Hockey Apparel brand in the world to hit the market in 2002, and this game changing company has since grown into the largest hockey lifestyle clothing brand in the world – selling in over 500 retail locations, in 15 countries internationally, and has hailed comparisons to such pioneering lifestyle brands as Billabong (Surfing Lifestyle), and Burton (Snowboarding Lifestyle).
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