Monday, February 8, 2010
"Raz" Earns Top Honours This Week
Congratulations to Zac Rasmussen on being named the BCHL Player of the Week following a three game set that saw the Spruce Kings forward pick up a total of nine points. Zac started with a pair of goals and an assist against the Williams Lake Timberwolves on Wednesday. He then followed that up on Friday with a self proclaimed "career game" against the Nanaimo Clippers scoring the game winning goal as one of his two power play tallies and also a shorthanded shot that resulted in his first BCHL hat trick. One night later he followed that up with another two goal and one assist performance against the Victoria Grizzlies.
Rasmussen first joined the Spruce Kings on their first road trip of the season and immediately started making an impact with his new team. Often seen as a bit of an agitator, Raz's game can be as much getting under the skin of the opposition as it is racking up points. The twenty year old forward is second in team scoring and has put up as many numbers this season in Prince George as he did in both of his seasons with the Salmon Arm Silverbacks.
After the weekend, Zac has played in 49 games with Prince George and has a record of 23 goals and 25 assists good for a point a game average. His offensive production has resulted in a team leading 5 game winning goals, 5 powerplay goals and 2 shorthanded goals. He has also served his fair share of time in the sin bin having been credited with a total of 107 minutes in penalties this season. Perhaps one stat that should be measured is the amount of penalties that the other team has taken because of him.
A true character player and a true team first player, Zac is a leader on and off the ice and the league recognition of his play this past week is a nice honour. It's also an honour that he was quick to dismiss pointing out that Sam Muchalla has been on fire lately and had a big week too. The line combination of Rasmussen, Muchalla and Berra came away with a total of thirty points (13 goals, 17 assists) and figured in all but 14 of the 17 goals scored in the three games.
I had a chance to talk to Zac about being named the BCHL Player of the Week and what this means to the third year player in the league ...
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