Calgary, Alta. – The Western Hockey League announced today that Kamloops Blazers forward Orrin Centazzo has been named the WHL On the Run Player of the Week for the week ending December 29, 2019.
Centazzo recorded seven points (3G-4A) in two games in a weekend split for the Blazers as WHL action resumed from the holiday break. With the victory, the Blazers still control the best record in the B.C. Division, sitting at 22-10-2-1 through 35 games.
In Friday’s 4-0 road win against the Kelowna Rockets, Centazzo factored into all four Kamloops goals, registering a goal and three assists. He scored the Blazers’ third goal of the game while drawing secondary assists on their first two goals and a primary helper on the team’s fourth goal. Centazzo’s efforts earned him first-star honours for the game.
Back on home ice Saturday, Centazzo recorded a pair of goals as part of a three-point night in a 7-5 loss to the Everett Silvertips. The 19-year-old forward scored the first and third goals for Kamloops, assisting on their fourth goal as well. He was named the third star of the game.
A 5-foot-8, 162-pound product of Marwayne, Alta., Centazzo has surged offensively this season, posting 50 points (24G-26A) in 35 games with Kamloops. Those figures include seven power-play goals, one short-handed goal, and four game-winning goals. He’s already established a new career-high total in goals and is currently one point away from matching his career-best total for last season. He currently ranks second on his team in scoring, fourth in overall WHL scoring, and third in goals among WHL skaters.
Centazzo has recorded 136 points (57G-79A) in 216 WHL regular season games, including 15 power-play goals, one short-handed goal, and 13 game-winning goals. The forward was originally selected by the Everett Silvertips in the fifth round, 107th overall, of the 2015 WHL Bantam Draft.
The Blazers are back in action on Monday, December 30 (7:00 p.m. PT) when they play host to the Victoria Royals at the Sandman Centre.
WHL On the Run Player of the Week
December 23 – December 29: Orrin Centazzo, Kamloops Blazers
December 9 – December 15: Adam Beckman, Spokane Chiefs
December 2 – December 8: Jake Christiansen, Everett Silvertips
November 25 – December 1: Cole Reinhardt, Brandon Wheat Kings
November 18 – November 24: Logan Barlage, Lethbridge Hurricanes
November 11 – November 17: Cole Reinhardt, Brandon Wheat Kings
November 4 – November 10: James Hamblin, Medicine Hat Tigers
October 28 – November 3: Oliver Okuliar, Lethbridge Hurricanes
October 21 – October 27: Jake Gricius, Portland Winterhawks
October 14 – October 20: Orca Wiesblatt, Calgary Hitmen
October 7 – October 13: James Hamblin, Medicine Hat Tigers
September 30 – October 6: Ty Smith, Spokane Chiefs
September 23 – September 29: Dylan Cozens, Lethbridge Hurricanes
September 20 – September 22: Bryce Kindopp, Everett Silvertips
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.