Oilers Edwardh Named CJHL’s 1st Star of the Month

Okotoks Oilers (AJHL) forward John Edwardh, Sudbury Nickel Barons (NOJHL) forward Darcy Haines and Minnesota Wilderness (SIJHL) goalie Gordy Defiel have been named the CJHL 3 Stars for the month of March 2013.

1st STAR – JOHN EDWARDH, F, Okotoks Oilers, Alberta Junior Hockey League (12GP, 11 G, 5 A, 16 PTS)
During the month of March, Edwardh tallied 11 goals in 12 games.  Those 11 goals included an impressive 6 game winning goals, with all 6 game winners coming in post-season victories for the Okotoks Oilers. The 18-year-old rookie and Calgary, Alberta native recorded points in 10 of 12 games throughout the month of March and collected 16 points in all.

2nd STAR – DARCY HAINES, F, Sudbury Nickel Barons, Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League (13 GP, 7 G, 15 A, 22 PTS)
In 13 games played in the month of March, the 19-year-old native of Val Caron, Ontario was impressive, registering 22 points on 7 goals and 15 assists.  Haines recorded 17 of those points in post-season play, which led all skaters in the NOJHL.  Haines was recently named the NOJHL Most Valuable Player while also earning First Team All-Star honours. 

3rd STAR – GORDY DEFIEL, G, Minnesota Wilderness, Superior International Junior Hockey League (5GP, 5W, 0L, 1.40GAA, .952%)
In March, Defiel went a perfect 5-0, including backstopping the Wilderness to a four-game sweep of the Minnesota Iron Rangers in SIJHL semi-final play.  In those 5 outings he registered a 1.40 goals against average along with a stellar save percentage of .952% and one shutout.  The 19-year-old native of Stillwater, Minnesota recently received the SIJHL’s Top Goaltender award on the strength of his incredible regular season accomplishments.

Honourable Mention:
JOEY DAVIES, F, Humboldt Broncos, Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League (10 GP, 11 G, 3 A, 14 PTS)
COREY KALK, F, North York Rangers, Ontario Junior Hockey League (9 GP, 8 G, 7 A, 15 PTS)

About the CJHL 3 Stars of the Month
The CJHL 3 Stars of the Month award was announced on February 6 as part of a suite of new CJHL national awards recognizing Junior A hockey's best players and coaches.  In addition to the 3 Stars of the Month, the new CJHL awards also include annual awards for Most Valuable Player, Top Forward, Top Defenceman, Top Goaltender and Top Rookie as well as Coach of the Year and Top NHL Prospect.

About the CJHL
The Canadian Junior Hockey League is a national organization comprised of all 10 Junior A hockey leagues in Canada.  The CJHL represents more than 120 teams and 2,500 players and has over 2,800 alumni furthering their hockey careers at the professional, major junior and college level across North America.  For latest CJHL news and features, visit www.cjhlhockey.com and follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/cjhlhockey or @cjhlhockey.