ESPN presents the best player in the world of the week, celebrating the player that has the best stats, influence or storyline to earn the honor. To appoint somebody, please e-mail us right here by midnight on Monday every week. Images and context are inspired!
Amanda Kessel, Metropolitan Riveters (NWHL)
Kessel set a Riveters franchise document by recording 5 factors in their 6-Three win over the Connecticut Whale on Sunday. All 5 factors had been assists, with 4 of them main assists. Solely two different gamers in NWHL historical past — Kessel’s U.S. nationwide teammates Brianna Decker and Meghan Duggan — have beforehand recorded 5 factors in a sport.
The diminutive dynamo had 5 targets and 11 factors total in 4 video games final week, serving to the Flames to a Three-1-Zero document. That included two straight four-point video games, turning into solely the third player in franchise historical past to try this and the first since Doug Gilmour did it 30 years in the past (!) in 1988. He was the NHL’s second star of the month in December, and the first star for the first week in January. The best player in the NHL who could or might not be in a position to match inside his personal suitcase.
Arthur Kaliyev, Hamilton Bulldogs (OHL)
Kaliyev had 11 factors in 4 video games, together with seven targets, for the Bulldogs. And he did it with out the advantage of a hat trick: Two targets, one objective, two targets and two targets. Kaliyev, 17, is a local of Staten Island, New York, which has produced such notable names as Nick Fotiu and Zach Aston-Reese.
Ty Cornett (Michigan youth hockey)
A Reddit consumer posted this inspiring video that P.Okay. Subban created for his son, Ty Cornett, a youth hockey player in the Metro Detroit space:
This is cool from PK Subban (with sound — despatched encouraging message to a 13-yo hockey player who’s been coping with racist taunts) pic.twitter.com/JF9H7mMnIR
– Kaelen Jones (@kaelenjones) January 7, 2019
“This yr has been robust. My son is very aggressive and loud, in order that brings out the trash discuss. I’ve no drawback with trash speaking in any respect (a part of the sport), however the racist discuss wants to cease. Between the N-word being thrown at him time and again, being known as monkey by gamers and oldsters, having a complete group beat their chests and act like gorillas at any time when he touched the puck, and being advised he needs to be lynched by former teammates,” wrote the poster.
As you possibly can hear, Subban despatched a video of encouragement that Ty has watched “over 500 occasions.” Simply one other reminder that the hockey group will rally collectively to battle again towards this type of unconscionable ugliness.
Kaapo Kakko, Finland
It took every part I possess deep in my soul as an American hockey fan not to put Kakko on this record, however alas, he earned it. He scored the game-winning objective with 1:26 remaining in regulation to lead the Finns to World Junior gold over the U.S., and in the course of might need transformed some non-believers into contemplating him for first total decide in subsequent June’s NHL draft. Congrats to Kakko … however one other player was the best of the week.
And the best player in the world of the week is …
Now, who is Jordan Binnington?
Final week, he was the goaltender for the AHL San Antonio Rampage. In reality, he earned that league’s first star of the week honors for permitting one objective on 63 pictures throughout two victories for the Rampage. That is a .984 save share, together with a shutout at the Chicago Wolves, one thing no different AHL goalie has carried out in practically two years.
However it will get higher: Binnington was recalled by the Blues, the Rampage’s father or mother membership, on Saturday, and received his first NHL begin on Monday in hostile territory: On the street, at the Philadelphia Flyers. It was simply his fourth NHL look.
Along with his dad, John, and his stepmother, Pam, in attendance, the 25-year-old Richmond Hill, Ont., native made 25 saves for his first NHL victory and shutout.
“I feel I used to be a little bit bit nervous, however at the similar time calm and simply tried to give attention to my job and simply cease the puck,” he mentioned. “Go save by save, minute by minute and simply take pleasure in the expertise, and earlier than I knew it, the sport was over.”
Additionally over: This week. And Jordan Binnington was the best player from it. Congratulations!