April 24, 2017
Calgary, Alta. – The Western Hockey League announced today that Kelowna Rockets forward Reid Gardiner has been named theWHL Player of the Week for the week ending April 23, 2017.
Gardiner registered five points (3G-2A) in two games, helping the Rockets earn a split with the Seattle Thunderbirds in the opening two games of the Western Conference Championship series.
This is the second consecutive week Gardiner has been named WHL Player of the Week, after he notched 12 points (6G-6A) in three games during the week ending April 23.
On Friday, April 21, Gardiner scored once and added two primary assists in a 5-4 loss at Seattle.
The following night, Gardiner scored twice – once while shorthanded, the other in overtime – as the Rockets collected a 4-3 win at Seattle to even the Western Conference Championship series.
The effort earned Gardiner first-star recognition.
Gardiner’s shorthanded goal on Saturday night – his 14th of the post-season – established a new Kelowna Rockets record for playoff goals, erasing the previous mark of 13 set by Jamie Benn in 2009.
Acquired by the Rockets from the Prince Albert Raiders prior to the WHL Trade Deadline, Gardiner currently leads the WHL Playoffs in scoring with 27 points (15G-12A) in 13 games.
Garinder, a product of Prince Albert, SK, turned 21 on January 19, and came to the team from Pittsburg Penguin’s AHL affiliate Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, to join the Rockets and brother Erik for potential Memorial Cup run.
During the 2015-16 season in Prince Albert, the 5-foot-11, 185-pound winger ripped up the East Division, scoring 92 points (43G-49A) over 71 games.
In 262 career WHL regular season contests, the product of Prince Albert has produced 220 points (106G-114A). He also has nine points (5G-4A) in 14 career WHL playoff games.
So while he may be an off-the-radar acquisition for the Rockets, there is no questioning his ability to be a major impact player down the stretch.
In 23 games with the AHL’s Penguins, Gardiner put up six points (3G-3A) this season.
Gardiner also suited up for Team WHL at the 2015 Canada Russia Series, collecting two assists in two games.