The Western Hockey League announced today that Calgary Hitmen captain Mark Kastelic has been named the WHL On the Run Player of the Week for the week ending October 21, 2018.
Kastelic recorded eight points (5G-3A) and a plus-two rating as the Hitmen’s winning streak hit three games during their road trip through the East Division, highlighted by a pair of multi-goal performances.
The captain’s week began with a goal and an assist in Calgary’s 8-4 loss to the Prince Albert Raiders, but quickly turned around in their next three stops. Wednesday against the Saskatoon Blades, Kastelic recorded an assist in his team’s 5-4 victory in overtime.
Two nights later against the Moose Jaw Warriors, Kastelic scored twice and added an assist in Calgary’s 5-1 win. Kastelic scored Calgary’s third and fourth goals in the contest while picking up a primary assist on his team’s first goal. His three-point performance earned him second star of the game honours.
Saturday in Brandon, Kastelic played a strong role in another overtime victory, scoring twice in a 4-3 victory against the Brandon Wheat Kings. Kastelic scored Calgary’s first goal, then notched the game-winning goal in overtime. His efforts earned him first star of the game honours as well as first star of the night honours in the WHL.
Originally selected in the second round, 41st overall, by the Hitmen in the 2014 WHL Bantam Draft, the 19-year-old Kastelic has led the Hitmen this season with 17 points (10G-7A) in 12 games, including five power-play goals, one short-handed goal, and two game-winning goals. Kastelic presently sits in a tie for 14th in WHL scoring.
The 6-foot-4, 220-pound product of Phoenix, Ariz. has appeared in 209 WHL regular season games, all with the Hitmen, totaling 107 points (51G-56A), including 17 power-play goals, three short-handed goals, and six game-winning goals. Kastelic has also added two assists in nine WHL Playoff games.
Kastelic is the first player from a non-East Division team to earn WHL On the Run Player of the Week honours this season.
The Hitmen will close out a five-game road trip when they head north to take on the Red Deer Rebels Tuesday, October 23 (7:00 p.m. MT).
WHL On the Run Player of the Week
Oct. 15 – Oct. 21: Mark Kastelic, Calgary Hitmen
Oct. 8 – Oct. 14: Brett Leason, Prince Albert Raiders
Oct. 1 – Oct. 7: Dawson Davidson, Saskatoon Blades
Sept. 24 – Sept. 30: Luka Burzan, Brandon Wheat Kings
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.