Calgary, Alta. – The Western Hockey League announced today that Saskatoon Blades forward Kirby Dach has been named the WHL On the Run Player of the Week for the week ending September 23, 2018.
Dach, a top-ranked prospect for the 2019 NHL Draft, recorded seven points (3G-4A) in two games as the Blades began the 2018-19 WHL Regular Season with a pair of wins over the Swift Current Broncos.
Friday, Dach recorded a pair of assists in a 2-1 win for the Blades on the road against the Broncos. Dach picked up a primary assist on Saskatoon’s first goal, then added a secondary assist on his team’s game-winning goal.
The 6-foot-4, 195-pound product of Fort Saskatchewan, Alta. saved his best performance of the weekend for the Blades’ home-opening contest Saturday, recording his first career WHL hat trick and five points in an 8-0 rout of the visiting Broncos.
Dach scored Saskatoon’s first, fifth, and seventh goals in the contest. He also collected a primary assist on Saskatoon’s fourth goal and a secondary assist on the Blades’ second goal. For his efforts, Dach was named the First Star of the game at the SaskTel Centre and First Star of the night across the WHL. The single-game performance was a personal best for the forward, topping a pair of four-point efforts from his rookie season.
Selected second overall by the Blades in the 2016 WHL Bantam Draft, Dach has continually impressed on the ice since making his WHL debut in November 2016. In 73 career WHL regular season games, Dach has recorded 63 points (16G-47A), including five power-play goals and three game-winning goals.
After starting 2-0 for the first time since the 2011-12 WHL Regular Season, the Blades will look to continue their strong early play when they play host to the Medicine Hat Tigers on Saturday, September 29 (7:00 p.m. MT).
WHL On the Run Player of the Week
Sept. 21 – Sept. 23: Kirby Dach, Saskatoon Blades
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.