HURRICANES’ COZENS NAMED WHL ON THE RUN PLAYER OF THE WEEK

The Western Hockey League announced today that Lethbridge Hurricanes forward Dylan Cozens has been named the WHL On the Run Player of the Week for the week  ending September 29, 2019.

The seventh-overall selection of the Buffalo Sabres at the 2019 National Hockey League Draft made a dominant return to the WHL this weekend, posting six points (3G-3A) and a plus-two rating in a weekend split for the Hurricanes.

Friday, Cozens factored into both Hurricane goals in a 5-2 loss to the Red Deer Rebels. He scored Lethbridge’s first goal at even strength and then added a primary assist on the team’s second goal. For his efforts, Cozens was recognized with the second star of the game.

Sunday in the provincial capital, Cozens posted a pair of goals and four points to pace the Hurricanes in a 5-2 win against the Edmonton Oil Kings. Cozens scored a short-handed goal in the second period, then added the game-winning goal and two assists as the Hurricanes broke open the 2-2 game in the third. Cozens was named the first star of the game and the second star of the night in the WHL.

After an extended stay at training camp with the Sabres, the 18-year-old Cozens has picked up where he left off last season as one of the team’s offensive leaders. In a full 68 games during the 2018-19 WHL Regular Season, Cozens posted 84 points (34G-50A), including eight power-play goals, one short-handed goal, and four game-winning goals. The Hurricanes chose Cozens 19th overall at the 2016 WHL Bantam Draft.

The 6-foot-3, 185-pound product of Whitehorse, Yukon was a recipient of the Jim Piggott Memorial Trophy in 2018 as the WHL’s Rookie of the Year. To date, Cozens has recorded 144 points (60G-84A) in 130 WHL regular season games, including 17 power-play goals, three short-handed goals, and eight game-winning goals. He’s also appeared in 35 WHL playoff games, posting 29 points (14G-15A).

The Hurricanes will begin a two-game home stand starting Wednesday, October 2 (7:00 p.m. MT) against the Saskatoon Blades.