Bisons' Blair Macaulay WHL Grad of the Month

EDMONTON - The Canada West Universities Athletic Association and Western Hockey League proudly announce University of Manitoba right-winger Blair Macaulay as Canada West men’s hockey Husky-WHL Graduate of the Month for January 2013, marking the third time in his career that the former Tri-City American has won the honour.

Each monthly winner throughout the season receives a $500 cheque towards the cost of education, a plaque, a letter from WHL Commissioner Ron Robison and a computer bag.

Macaulay, in his fourth season at Manitoba, collected four goals and 11 assists for 15 points in eight games while leading the Bisons to a 6-1-1 record. Macaulay registered a point in each game and has assumed the Canada West scoring lead, with 32 points. The Bisons, at 15-5-4 and ranked #8 by Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS), have clinched a playoff spot and moved into second place with just six regular season games remaining.

For Macaulay, this marks his third Husky-WHL monthly award after taking home the prize for January 2011 and December 2011. The 24-year-old winger becomes the 13th monthly winner for the Bisons since the award’s inception in October 1989, with goaltender Jesse Deckert the most recent back in October. Macaulay is the eighth student-athlete in league history to win the award three times, with Calgary goaltender Dustin Butler the only other active player to accomplish the feat.

In 84 career Canada West regular season games, Macaulay, who has never missed a game, has amassed 115 points (55G, 60A). In 2011-12 he was voted Canada West MVP when he led the conference in goals, finished third in overall scoring and he went on to be named a CIS First Team All-Canadian. He finished tied for third in league scoring during 2010-11 and was a Canada West Second Team All-Star.

Macaulay was one of 125 Canada West student-athletes to receive a WHL scholarship for the 2012-13, among 28 University of Manitoba recipients, and he has been on the WHL’s post-secondary scholarship award list three years running.

Before joining the Bisons, Macaulay had three full seasons in the WHL - two with the Saskatoon Blades (2005-07) and one with the Tri City Americans (2007-08). In 212 career WHL games, the 5-11 Winnipeg native had 27 goals and 40 helpers for 67 points. In 26 playoff games Macaulay registered 2-4-6, going to the seventh game of the Western Conference final in 2008 with Tri-City.

Blair Macaulay career statistics, courtesy whl.ca / hockeydb.com

                                                                Regular Season                Playoffs

 

 

 

GP

G

A

Pts

PIM

+/-

GP

G

A

Pts

PIM

2004-05

Saskatoon Blades

WHL

2

0

0

0

0

-1

--

--

--

--

--

2004-05

Winnipeg Saints

MJHL

1

0

0

0

2

 

 

 

 

 

 

2005-06

Saskatoon Blades

WHL

67

9

12

21

49

-10

10

0

1

1

2

2006-07

Saskatoon Blades

WHL

66

9

9

18

76

-18

--

--

--

--

--

2007-08

Tri-City Americans

WHL

72

9

18

27

72

6

16

2

3

5

24

2008-09

Winnipeg Saints

MJHL

38

25

61

86

39

 

 

 

 

 

 

2008-09

Tri-City Americans

WHL

5

0

1

1

4

1

--

--

--

--

--

2009-10

U. of Manitoba

CWUAA

28

8

9

17

24

2

6

4

2

6

10

2010-11

U. of Manitoba

CWUAA

28

13

20

33

16

14

2

0

0

0

0

2011-12

U. of Manitoba

CWUAA

28

23

10

33

16

20

2

0

0

0

2

2012-13

U. of Manitoba

CWUAA

24

11

21

32

38

20

 

 

 

 

 

 

Canada West Totals

 

84

55

60

115

94

+56

10

4

2

6

12

 

WHL Totals

 

212

27

40

67

201

-22

26

2

4

6

26

Former WHL teammates include Minnesota Wild forward Devin Setoguchi, Boston Bruins goaltender Anton Khudobin, Washington Capitals netminder Braden Holtby and 2010 Canada West MVP Chad Klassen.

Other nominees for the January 2013 Husky-WHL award were Kurtis Mucha (Alberta), Brad Hoban (UBC), Jacob DeSerres (Calgary) and Lucas Gore (Regina).

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Playoff Stats

Goalie GP W SO GAA SV%
Eric Comrie 5 1 0 3.46 0.917
Evan Sarthou 0 0 0 0.00 0.000
Player G A PTS PIM
Jessey Astles 1 0 1 2
Parker Bowles 1 2 3 4
Brandon Carlo 0 1 1 8
Ty Comrie 0 0 0 0
Jordan Davies 0 0 0 0
Morgan Geekie 0 0 0 0
Matthew Gelinas 0 0 0 0
Justin Gutierrez 1 3 4 2
Justin Hamonic 1 0 1 6
Riley Hillis 0 0 0 0
Justin Marreck 0 0 0 0
Devon McAndrews 0 0 0 0
Beau McCue 0 1 1 0
Lucas Nickles 0 0 0 4
Jackson Playfair 0 0 0 2
Michal Plutnar 0 0 0 2
Braden Purtill 0 0 0 2
Rodney Southam 0 0 0 0
Josh Thrower 0 0 0 5
Mitch Topping 0 2 2 4
Philip Tot 3 4 7 0
Taylor Vickerman 0 0 0 0
Brian Williams 3 2 5 4
Parker Wotherspoon 0 2 2 2
Standings
  • B.C. Division |
  • Central Division |
  • East Division |
  • U.S. Division |
Team GP W L OTL SL PTS
Kelowna Rockets 72 57 11 0 4 118
Victoria Royals 72 48 20 1 3 100
Vancouver Giants 72 32 29 7 4 75
Prince George Cougars 72 27 37 3 5 62
Kamloops Blazers 72 14 53 2 3 33
Team GP W L OTL SL PTS
Edmonton Oil Kings 72 50 19 2 1 103
Calgary Hitmen 72 48 17 3 4 103
Medicine Hat Tigers 72 44 24 3 1 92
Kootenay Ice 72 39 28 2 3 83
Red Deer Rebels 72 35 32 1 4 75
Lethbridge Hurricanes 72 12 55 2 3 29
Team GP W L OTL SL PTS
Regina Pats 72 39 26 4 3 85
Swift Current Broncos 72 38 25 3 6 85
Brandon Wheat Kings 72 34 29 6 3 77
Prince Albert Raiders 72 35 32 3 2 75
Moose Jaw Warriors 72 21 42 3 6 51
Saskatoon Blades 72 16 51 2 3 37
Team GP W L OTL SL PTS
Portland Winterhawks 72 54 13 2 3 113
Seattle Thunderbirds 72 41 25 2 4 88
Everett Silvertips 72 39 23 7 3 88
Spokane Chiefs 72 40 26 3 3 86
Tri-City Americans 72 29 33 4 6 68