Brandon, Manitoba – Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries, in association with the Brandon Wheat Kings have announced that veteran netminder Jordan Papirny has been chosen the Western Hockey League club’s IMPACT Player of the Month for January.
A 19-year old Edmonton product, Papirny enjoyed an outstanding first month of 2016 by recording a 7-4-1-0 record, a 2.26 goals against average and a .928 save percentage in eleven appearances.
Papirny also picked up three shutouts as the Wheat Kings finished the month with a record of 31-15-2-2 and sitting atop the WHL’s Eastern Division.
With three shutouts last month, the former first round bantam draft choice now has eleven in his WHL career, moving him into a tie with Andrew Hayes for second on the club’s all time list. Only Tyler Plante – with 12 – has recorded more shutouts in a Brandon uniform.
A Second Team Eastern Conference All Star in 2014-15, Papirny is currently sitting among the league leaders in shutouts with five (tied for 2nd), 5th in wins (20) and goals against average (2.61) while posting the thirteenth best save percentage (.908).
In 146 career games as a Wheat King, which ranks him behind only Glen Hanlon (172), Tyler Plante (164), Bryon Penstock (158) and Robert McVicar (147) on the club’s all time list, Papirny has compiled an overall record of 87-39-10-7, a save percentage of .906 and a 2.88 goals against average.
This award is presented to the Wheat King who contributes to the team and exemplifies the characteristics of what IMPACT stands for…Inspire, Motivate, Participate, Achieve, Champion and Team.
“Paps” joins Tyler Coulter, Logan Thompson and veteran Macoy Erkamps as this year’s Impact Monthly winners.
His award will be presented during Saturday night’s game against the visiting Medicine Hat Tigers at Westman Communications Group Place.
Tonight, Papirny and the Wheat Kings complete a stretch of seven straight road games with a game against the Warriors in Moose Jaw. Brandon is currently 4-2-0 through the first six games and enter the game trailing the Eastern Conference leading Lethbridge Hurricanes by six points. Moose Jaw meanwhile occupies sixth place in the Conference with a 21-19-6-1 record. The Warriors are three points back of Prince Albert and nine behind Brandon in the division.
Following the game, the Wheat Kings will return home to host Prince George and Medicine Hat this weekend.
Tickets to both games are on sale now at the Keystone Centre box office, by calling 726-3555 or online at keystonecentre.com