Wildcats’ Hepler earn CJHL 3 Stars honourable mention


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Release date: Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2016

Gongshow CJHL 3 Stars of the Month for January
Wildcats’ Hepler earn CJHL 3 Stars honourable mention

CALGARY, Alta. – The Gongshow CJHL 3 Stars for the month of January 2016 are Scott Conway (Penticton Vees, BCHL), Brandon Biro (Spruce Grove Saints, AJHL) and Alex Smith (Flin Flon Bombers, SJHL).

1st STAR – SCOTT CONWAY, F, Penticton Vees, BCHL (12 GP, 18 G, 11 A, 29 PTS, 2.42 PPG)

Scott Conway of the Penticton Vees is the CJHL 1st Star of the Month for January 2016. Conway had 18 goals and 11 assists in helping the Vees go 10-2 to secure top spot in the Interior Division. The native of Basingstoke, England was named 1st Star on four occasions and had three game-winning goals. He had points in each game of the month and had multiple-point outings in nine of Penticton’s 12 games. Conway had three hat tricks in January, including back-to-back in the first two games of the New Year. Conway is committed to NCAA Div. I Providence College for next season.

2nd STAR – BRANDON BIRO, F, Spruce Grove Saints, AJHL (11 GP, 13 G, 10 A, 23 PTS, 2.10 PPG)

Spruce Grove Saints forward, Brandon Biro, is the CJHL 2nd Star for the Month for January 2016.  In 11 games played, Biro scored 13 goals and 10 assists for 23 points and 2.10 points per game. Through the month of January 2016, Brandon Biro recorded 2 game winning goals, his second hat trick of the season and 8 multi-point games.  He was selected as the Viterra AJHL Star of the Game twice and ended the month on an active 5 game point streak.  Brand Biro (Sherwood Park, AB) is second in team scoring with 47 points (17th overall) and leads the league with 1.5 points per game.   The 17 year-old forward has committed to Penn State of the NCAA Division I. Biro and the Saints are 9-1-0 in the last 10 games and have 9 regular season games remaining.

3rd STAR – ALEX SMITH, F, Flin Flon Bombers, SJHL (11 GP, 9 G, 15 A, 24 PTS, 2.20 PPG)     

The CJHL 3rd Star of the Month for January 2016 is forward Alex Smith of the Flin Flon Bombers.  Smith collected points in all eleven games for the month, scoring 9-goals and 15-assists along the way.  He capped the month with a scholarship to Michigan Tech and he also passed last year’s scoring champion, Travis Mayan, for the league lead in points as he enters February with 26-goals and 46-assists, two points ahead of Mayan.  Among the highlights for Smith were three straight 3-point games to kick off the post-Christmas schedule and he had multiple point games in eight of the eleven overall.

Honourable Mention: Cole Hepler, Elliot Lake Wildcats (NOJHL); Brad Bowles, Portage Terriers (MJHL); Riley Corbin, Thunder Bay North Stars (SIJHL)

About the Gongshow CJHL 3 Stars of the Month – The Gongshow CJHL 3 Stars of the Month is one of the league’s national awards created to recognize Junior A hockey’s best players and coaches.  Each star of the month will receive a gift from Gongshow Gear as well as an award courtesy of Jostens Canada the Official Ring and Award Supplier of the CJHL.

About the CJHL – The Canadian Junior Hockey League is a national organization comprised of all 10 Junior A hockey leagues in Canada. The CJHL represents more than 131 teams and 2,900 players and has over 2,900 alumni furthering their hockey careers at the professional, major junior and college levels across North America.  For the latest CJHL news and features, visit www.cjhlhockey.com and follow on Twitter at www.twitter.com/cjhlhockey or @cjhlhockey.

About Gongshow Gear Inc. – Founded in 2002 by three teammates in the Central Junior “A” Hockey League after identifying the need for a hockey apparel brand that would accurately represent the exciting and exclusive lifestyle that hockey players live. Gongshow was the first Lifestyle Hockey Apparel brand in the world to hit the market in 2002, and this game changing company has since grown into the largest hockey lifestyle clothing brand in the world – selling in over 500 retail locations, in 15 countries internationally, and has hailed comparisons to such pioneering lifestyle brands as Billabong (Surfing Lifestyle), and Burton (Snowboarding Lifestyle).