Hitmen forward Mark Kastelic named WHL Player of the Week

The Western Hockey League announced that Calgary Hitmen captain Mark Kastelic has been named the WHL On the Run Player of the Week.

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. It quickly turned around in their next three stops and 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  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. He recorded 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, 200-pound product of Phoenix, Ariz. has appeared in 209 WHL regular season games, all with the Hitmen. He’s totaled 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 players from a non-East Division team to earn WHL On the Run Player of the Week honours this season.

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