Calgary, Alta. – The Western Hockey League announced today that Spokane Chiefs forward Adam Beckman has been named the WHL On the Run Player of the Week for the week ending December 15, 2019.
The Minnesota Wild prospect recorded nine points (6G-3A) and a plus-two rating in three games as the Chiefs earned five of a possible six points from their week of action.
Beckman began his week with a pair of goals as part of a three-point night in a 4-2 win over the Seattle Thunderbirds. Beckman scored the first and fourth goals of the game for the Chiefs, also assisting on their second goal. For his efforts, Beckman was named the first star of the game.
In a Saturday rematch against the Thunderbirds, Beckman recorded a hat trick and a five-point night in a 5-2 win for the visiting Chiefs. Beckman scored his team’s first three goals, adding assists on their fourth and fifth goals. He was named the first star of the game, the WHL’s first star of the night, and the CHL Player of the Night. Sunday, Beckman closed out his week with a goal in regulation and a goal in the shootout during a 4-3 loss to the Everett Silvertips.
The 6-foot-1, 174-pound product of Saskatoon, Sask. has taken has game to another level in his second full season in the WHL. Through 30 games, the 18-year-old has recorded 49 points (20G-29A), including seven power-play goals, one short-handed goal, and two game-winning goals. Those figures have Beckman ranked third in WHL scoring, fourth in assists, and tied for fifth in goals. Last month, Beckman represented Team WHL at the 2019 CIBC Canada Russia Series, returning to his hometown as part of the event.
Spokane originally selected Beckman in the fifth round, 96th overall, of the 2016 WHL Bantam Draft. To date, Beckman has appeared in 99 WHL regular season games, posting 111 points (52G-59A), including 15 power-play goals, one short-handed goal, and four game-winning goals. At the 2019 NHL Draft, the Wild selected Beckman in the third round, 75th overall.
Beckman is the second Chief to win Player of the Week honors this season, joining Ty Smith (Sept. 30 – Oct. 6). He and the Chiefs play two more games before departing for the holiday break. They’ll head to Vancouver Island for a pair of contests against the Victoria Royals beginning Tuesday, December 17 (7:05 p.m. PT).
WHL On the Run Player of the Week
December 9 – December 15: Adam Beckman, Spokane Chiefs
December 2 – December 8: Jake Christiansen, Everett Silvertips
November 25 – December 1: Cole Reinhardt, Brandon Wheat Kings
November 18 – November 24: Logan Barlage, Lethbridge Hurricanes
November 11 – November 17: Cole Reinhardt, Brandon Wheat Kings
November 4 – November 10: James Hamblin, Medicine Hat Tigers
October 28 – November 3: Oliver Okuliar, Lethbridge Hurricanes
October 21 – October 27: Jake Gricius, Portland Winterhawks
October 14 – October 20: Orca Wiesblatt, Calgary Hitmen
October 7 – October 13: James Hamblin, Medicine Hat Tigers
September 30 – October 6: Ty Smith, Spokane Chiefs
September 23 – September 29: Dylan Cozens, Lethbridge Hurricanes
September 20 – September 22: Bryce Kindopp, Everett Silvertips
About the Western Hockey League
Regarded as the world’s finest development league for junior hockey players, the Western Hockey League (WHL) head office is based in Calgary, Alberta. The WHL consists of 22 member Clubs with 17 located in Western Canada and five in the U.S. Pacific Northwest. A member of the Canadian Hockey League, the WHL has been a leading supplier of talent for the National Hockey League for over 50 years. The WHL is also the leading provider of hockey scholarships with over 350 graduates each year receiving WHL Scholarships to pursue a post-secondary education of their choice. Each season, WHL players also form the nucleus of Canada’s National Junior Hockey Team.