Hilbrich named Sher-Wood Hockey/ECHL Player of the Week

Christian Hilbrich of the Wheeling Nailers is the Sher-Wood Hockey ECHL Player of the Week for Jan. 9-15.

Hilbrich scored five goals and added four assists for nine points in four games last week.

The 24-year-old had a goal and an assist in a 5-2 win over Toledo on Wednesday and in a 4-3 loss to the Walleye on Friday, picked up an assist in a 5-1 loss against Kalamazoo on Saturday and had four points (3g-1a) in a 5-1 victory at Kalamazoo on Sunday.

A native of Port Credit, Ontario, Hilbrich has 24 points (9g-15a) in 35 games with the Nailers this season.

Prior to turning pro, Hilbrich posted 48 points (27g-21a) in 111 career games at Cornell University. He added 48 points (23g-25a) in 108 career games with Indiana of the United States Hockey League.

On behalf of Christian Hilbrich, a case of pucks will be donated to a Wheeling youth hockey organization by Sher-Wood Hockey, the exclusive puck supplier of the ECHL. Since beginning its sponsorship of the award in 2000-01, Sher-Wood Hockey has donated more than 35,000 pucks to youth hockey organizations in ECHL cities.

Runners Up: Mike Cazzola, Fort Wayne (3 gp, 3g, 4a, 7 pts.), Alex Gacek, Orlando (3 gp, 3g, 5a, 8 pts.) and Ralph Cuddemi, Utah (3 gp, 5g, 1a, 6 pts.).

Also Nominated: Peter MacArthur (Adirondack), Peter Sivak (Alaska), Matt Garbowsky (Colorado), Josh Shalla (Indy), Carter Verhaeghe (Missouri), Joey Benik (Norfolk) and Nolan Zajac (Toledo).


Oct. 14-16                  Kyle Bonis, Toledo Walleye

Oct. 17-23                  Emerson Clark, Tulsa Oilers

Oct. 24-30                  Lindsay Sparks, Rapid City Rush

Oct. 31-Nov. 6          Trevor Cheek, Fort Wayne Komets

Nov. 7-13                    Justin Buzzeo, Atlanta Gladiators

Nov. 14-20                 Alex Wideman, Indy Fuel

Nov. 21-27                 Sam Warning, Quad City Mallards

Nov. 28-Dec. 4         Vaclav Karabacek, Elmira Jackals

Dec. 5-11                    Jacob MacDonald, Toledo Walleye

Dec. 12-18                 Mike Cazzola, Fort Wayne Komets

Dec. 19-23                 Spencer Asuchak, Allen Americans

Dec. 27-Jan. 1          Justin Crandall, Reading Royals

Jan. 2-8                        Brodie Dupont, Norfolk Admirals