Iowa’s Smith named Inglasco/ECHL Player of the Week

Jake Smith of the Iowa Heartlanders is the English ECHL player of the week from January 10 to 16.

Smith scored four goals and added two assists for six points in three games last week.

The 24-year-old scored two goals and added an assist in a 5-4 overtime loss to Kansas City on Friday, scored a goal and an assist in a 4-3 overtime loss at Indy on Saturday and added the game-winning goal in a 2-1 victory over the Fuel on Sunday.

A native of Pickering, Ont., Smith had 16 points (9g-7a) in 15 games with the Heartlanders after starting the season skating in five games with Kansas City.

Smith has totaled 55 points (27g-28a) in 60 career Southern Professional Hockey League games with Evansville and Birmingham.

Before turning professional, Smith totaled 113 points (52g-61a) in 176 career games with Acadie-Bathurst, Chicoutimi and Val d’Or of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League and with Windsor of the Quebec Hockey League. ‘Ontario.

On behalf of Jake Smith, a case of pucks will be donated to an Iowa youth hockey organization by Inglasco, the ECHL’s exclusive puck supplier. Since beginning its sponsorship of the award in 2000-2001, Inglasco has donated more than 45,000 pucks to youth hockey organizations in ECHL cities.

Finalists: Chad Costello, Allen (4 gp, 2g, 5y, 7 pts.) and Odeen Tufto, Orlando (3 gp, 1g, 5y, 6 pts.).

Also nominated: Mitchell Hoelscher (Atlanta), Anthony Petruzzelli (Fort Wayne), Jake Slaker (Kalamazoo), Ben Johnson (Kansas City), Brandon Schultz (Toledo) and Justin Almeida (Wheeling).

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