Calgary, Alta. – The Western Hockey League announced today that Spokane Chiefs captain Ty Smith has been named the WHL On the Run Player of the Week for the week ending March 1, 2020.
The New Jersey Devils prospect recorded 10 points (5G-5A) and a plus-seven rating in two games as the Chiefs picked up a pair of home wins. With a 37-18-4-1 record and 79 points through 60 games, the Chiefs have assured themselves of a top-three positioning in the WHL’s U.S. Division for a third-straight season.
Playing host to the Seattle Thunderbirds Friday, Smith tallied his first WHL hat trick as part of an eight-point performance in a 9-2 win. Smith factored into all but Spokane’s seventh goal in the victory, scoring their second, third, and sixth goals of the contest while earning helpers on their first, fourth, fifth, eighth, and ninth goals.
The performance put Smith in the record books as just the fifth hat trick by a defenseman for the Chiefs. Smith also broke one of his own franchise records for most points in a single game by a defenseman. He originally set the record on February 23, 2018, recording seven points (2G-5A) in a 9-2 win over the Prince George Cougars. Smith was named the first star of the game, the first star of the night in the WHL, and the Canadian Hockey League’s Player of the Night for his performance.
Saturday, Smith sparked his side to a 4-3 shootout win over the Tri-City Americans. Down 3-1 late in regulation, Smith scored twice in a span of 51 seconds to force extra time, allowing the Chiefs to regroup and eventually earn the victory. Smith was named the first star of the game for his performance.
A 5-foot-11, 175-pound product of Lloydminster, Alta., Smith is producing at a career-best rate of 1.24 points per game, translating to 52 points (17G-35A) through 42 games, including three power-play goals and one game-winning goal. Smith currently ranks fifth in scoring among WHL defensemen.
For his WHL career, Smith has appeared in 236 WHL regular season games, posting 228 points (43G-185A), including 13 power-play goals and eight game-winning goals. He has also recorded 16 points (3G-13A) in 22 WHL playoff games, including one game-winning goal.
At the 2018 NHL Draft, the Devils chose Smith 17th overall. The Chiefs selected Smith first overall at the 2015 WHL Bantam Draft.
Smith’s performance on and off the ice has yielded recognition during his time in the WHL. Smith was named the recipient of the Daryl K. (Doc) Seaman Trophy as the WHL Scholastic Player of the Year at the 2018 WHL Awards. At the 2019 WHL Awards, Smith was named the recipient of the Bill Hunter Memorial Trophy as the WHL Defenseman of the Year. He was also named the CHL Defenseman of the Year in 2019.
The Chiefs will take to the road for their next three contests, taking on the Edmonton Oil Kings at Rogers Place on Wednesday, March 4 (7 p.m. MT).
WHL On the Run Player of the Week
February 24 – March 1: Ty Smith, Spokane Chiefs
February 17 – February 23: Aidan De La Gorgendiere, Saskatoon Blades
February 10 – February 16: Seth Jarvis, Portland Winterhawks
February 3 – February 9: Johnny Ludvig, Portland Winterhawks
January 27 – February 2: Adam Beckman, Spokane Chiefs
January 20 – January 26: Seth Jarvis, Portland Winterhawks
January 13 – January 19: Zane Franklin, Kamloops Blazers
January 6 – January 12: Seth Jarvis, Portland Winterhawks
December 30 – January 5: Connor McClennon, Winnipeg ICE
December 23 – December 29: Orrin Centazzo, Kamloops Blazers
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.