A former member of the Neepawa Natives has been named the most outstanding defenceman in the Central Hockey League.
Riley Weselowski, a 27-year-old Pilot Mound native now playing for the CHL’s Rapid City Rush, currently has nine goals and 42 points — fifth among CHL defencemen — in 66 games, along with a +23 plus/minus rating — second among all CHL players.
"It’s pretty surreal and an honour to just be among the five finalists (for most outstanding defenceman)," Weselowski stated in a team news release.
He has spent the past three seasons in Rapid City, S.D., with the Rush, also earning all-CHL team and Man of the Year honours this week.
"Riley has been a pleasure to work with," stated Rush assistant coach Mark DeSantis. "He has elevated his game right from day one when he arrived in Rapid City."
Weselowski played two seasons with the Natives from 2002-04, racking up 20 goals and 60 points in 63 games in his final year in the Manitoba Junior Hockey League when he was named the league’s top defenceman. Weselowski went on to play four seasons of NCAA hockey at Bemidji State University before turning pro with the ECHL’s Idaho Steelheads in 2008.
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Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition April 5, 2012