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Canalta Hotels Player of the Week and Alberta Ford Dealers Defensive Player of the Week
Posted January 16th, 2017 @ 2:36 pm

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Michael Clarke of the Grande Prairie Storm is the Canalta Hotels AJHL Player of the Week with a 6 point performance in two games played during the week of January 9th – 15th. 

Michael Clarke scored the game winning goal and added 3 assists in a 5-4 win as the Storm upset the Whitecourt Wolverines on January 11th.  The Storm recorded a second straight win in a 5-1 victory over the Lloydminster Bobcats on January 13th with 2 goals from Clarke.

Clarke leads the team in scoring with 48 points (23G, 25A) and an average of 1.1 points per game.   The 18 year-old from Medicine Hat, AB is 8th overall in the AJHL Scoring Race.  This is Clarke’s third AJHL season, second with the Storm.

The Alberta Ford Dealers AJHL Defensive Player of the Week is JC Thivierge of the Fort McMurray Oil Barons.  The 19 year-old defenceman scored 3 goals and 5 points over the weekend and extended his point streak to 6 games and 10 points.

On Friday night, JC scored the game winning goal in a 3 point game over the Calgary Mustangs and was rewarded as the Viterra AJHL Star of the Game.  He followed up with a goal and an assist in a 5-4 OT win against the Calgary Canucks on Saturday night, including an assist on the game tying goal.

Thivierge (Welland, ON) is in his first AJHL season and ranks among the Top 5 AJHL defencemen in scoring.  He is tied for 3rd in team scoring with 12 goals, 20 assists and 32 points.

The Oil Barons extended their winning streak to six games with back to back wins over the weekend.  They sit one point back of the Wolverines for first place in the Viterra AJHL North Division with two games in hand.

The Alberta Junior Hockey League is proud to partner with Alberta Ford Dealers to recognize the AJHL Defensive Player of the Week in the 2016-2017 season:

Canalta Hotels AJHL Player of the Week Recipients:
• Michael Clarke, Grande Prairie Storm: January 9-15, 2017
• Oliver Chau, Brooks Bandits: December 30-January 8, 2017
• Ryley Smith, Olds Grizzlys: December 12-18, 2016
• Liam Motley, Whitecourt Wolverines: December 5-11, 2016
• Cale Makar, Brooks Bandits: November 28-December 4, 2016
• Bryson Traptow, Camrose Kodiaks: November 21-28, 2016
• Tanner Laderoute, Okotoks Oilers: November 14-20, 2016
• Tyler Maltby, Sherwood Park Crusaders: November 7-13, 2016
• Ryan Hartman, Camrose Kodiaks: October 31-November 6
• Jordan Taupert, Drumheller Dragons: October 24-30, 2016
• Ty Readman, Sherwood Park Crusaders: October 17-23, 2016
• Derek Brown, Bonnyville Pontiacs: October 10-16, 2016
• Matt Forchuk, Canmore Eagles: October 3–9, 2016
• Colby Livingstone, Canmore Eagles: September 26-October 1, 2016
• Tanner Younghans, Sherwood Park Crusaders: September 19–25, 2016
• Liam Motley, Camrose Kodiaks: September 16–18, 2016

Alberta Ford Dealers AJHL Defensive Player of the Week:
• JC Thivierge, Fort McMurray Oil Barons: January 9-15, 2017
• Logan Drackett, Calgary Canucks: December 30-January 8, 2017
• Riley Morris, Okotoks Oilers: December 12-18, 2016
• Riley Morris, Okotoks Oilers: December 5-11, 2016
• Nolan Kent, Spruce Grove Saints: November 28-December 4, 2016
• Mitchel Benson, Brooks Bandits: November 21-28, 2016
• Jake Gresh, Bonnyville Pontiacs: November 14-20, 2016
• Logan Drackett, Calgary Canucks: November 7-13, 2016
• Pierce Diamond, Whitecourt Wolverines: October 31-November 6
• Mitchel Benson, Brooks Bandits: October 24-30, 2016
• Pierce Diamond, Whitecourt Wolverines: October 17-23, 2016
• Curtis Roach, Fort McMurray Oil Barons: October 10-16, 2016
• Arik Weersink, Grande Prairie Storm: October 3–9, 2016
• Patrick Gora, Camrose Kodiaks: September 26-October 1, 2016
• Dennis Cesana, Brooks Bandits: September 19–25, 2016
• Eric Szudor, Fort McMurray Oil Barons: September 16–18, 2016