Rockets 17 year old Nick Merkley named WHL Player of the Week

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Nick Merkley

 

The Western Hockey League announced Monday that Kelowna Rockets forward Nick Merkley is the Denny’s WHL Player of the Week for the week ending May 10th, 2015.

Merkley collected three points (2g-1a) to help the Kelowna Rockets pick up two victories in the 2015 WHL Championship Series, presented by Rogers, against the Brandon Wheat Kings. The series now shifts back to Kelowna, with Game 3 set for Monday night at Prospera Place.

On Friday, May 8th against the Wheat Kings, Merkley and the Rockets took Game 1 by a score of 4-3 to grab a 1-0 series lead. The following night, Merkley was productive in the Rockets’ 5-3 victory over the Wheat Kings. Merkley recorded three points (2g-1a) including the game-winner and earned a plus-three rating while being named the game’s first star.  He then backed it up with another 3 point night in game three, on three assists.

The 17-year-old Calgary, AB native amassed 90 points (20g-70a) while playing in all 72 games this season for the Rockets.

The 5’10, 187 lb forward is in his second WHL campaign with Kelowna and has gathered 148 points (45g-103a) in 139 career WHL regular season contests. In 38 career WHL Playoff games, Merkley has recorded 43 points (8g-35a) to go along with a plus-10 rating. Merkley is eligible for the 2015 NHL Draft.
Here’s Nick’s stats from first year bantam:

 

Elite Prospects
 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM     Playoffs GP G A TP PIM
 2010-2011 Calgary Bisons Bantam AAA AMBHL 31 16 18 34 20 |        
 2011-2012 Calgary Bisons Bantam AAA AMBHL 32 41 32 73 42 | Playoffs 9 9 4 13 14 
Calgary South Flames Alberta Cup 5 5 3 8 4 |        
 2012-2013 Calgary Buffaloes Midget AAA AMHL 30 14 19 33 95 | Playoffs 11 4 6 10 16 
Team Alberta WCCC-16 3 1 6 7 |        
Kelowna Rockets WHL 1 0 0 0 0 | Playoffs 7 0 3 3
 2013-2014 Kelowna Rockets WHL 66 25 33 58 46 | Playoffs 14 4 13 17 12 
Canada Pacific U17 WHC-17 6 2 3 5 14 |        
 2014-2015 Team White U18-Dev 3 0 1 1 6 |        
Kelowna Rockets WHL 72 20 70 90 79 | Playoffs 17 4 19 23 16 
Canada U18 Hlinka Memorial 5 0 4 4 8 |        

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