Giants Defenseman Leslie Named WHL Player of the Week – WHL Network

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Calgary, Alta. – The Western Hockey League announced today that Vancouver Giants defenseman Mazden Leslie has been named WHL Player of the Week for the week ending October 23, 2022.

Leslie, who is a 2023 NHL draft qualifier, amassed six points (1G-5A) in four games with the Giants last week and helped the team to two wins against BC Division rivals Victoria and Kamloops.

The 17-year-old, who hails from Lloydminster, Alta, started his week with one goal and one assist on Wednesday October 19 when Vancouver dropped a one-goal decision against top-ranked Winnipeg ICE.

Leslie was named the game’s second star.

After a setback on Friday against the Prince George Cougars, Leslie bounced back on Saturday, Oct. 22 in Victoria with a three-assist performance and helped the Giants to a 6-5 overtime win over the Royals.

The 6-foot-1, 182-pound rearguard capped their week on Sunday, Oct. 23 by registering an assist as Vancouver doubled the Kamloops Blazers 6-3.

Leslie starts the week third among WHL defensemen with 11 points (2G-9A) from his 11 appearances with the Giants this season.

Originally selected by Vancouver as the 10th overall pick of the 2020 WHL draft, Leslie has 38 points (14G-24A) in 99 regular season and playoff games.

Leslie and the Vancouver Giants are next in action on Thursday, October 27 when they start a Central Division road swing against the Edmonton Oil Kings (7:00 p.m. MT, Rogers Place).

About the Western Hockey League
Considered the world’s premier junior hockey development league, the Western Hockey League (WHL) is headquartered in Calgary, Alberta. The WHL consists of 22 member clubs, 17 of which are located in western Canada and five in the Pacific Northwest of the United States. As a member of the Canadian Hockey League, WHL has been a premier supplier of talent to the National Hockey League for over 50 years. WHL is also the premier hockey scholarship provider with over 375 graduates receiving WHL scholarships each year to pursue post-secondary education of their choice. Each season, WHL players also form the core of Canada’s junior ice hockey team.

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