Laine named NHL’s First Star of the week

The Winnipeg Jets, in conjunction with the National Hockey League, today announced that forward Patrik Laine has been named the NHL’s First Star of the Week for the week ending Nov. 25/18.

Laine, 20, recorded his second hat trick of the month, including the game winner, to lead the club to a 6-3 win over the Vancouver Canucks on Monday. On Wednesday, the Tampere, Finland native scored a pair of goals in Winnipeg’s 6-3 loss to Calgary. Laine tallied the opening goal on Friday as the Jets dropped a 4-2 decision to the Minnesota Wild. On Saturday, the third-year forward set a new franchise record with a five-goal performance, the first in the NHL since Johan Franzen on Feb. 2/11. Laine joined Don Murdoch and Wayne Gretzky as the lone players in NHL history to record five goals in a game before their 21st birthday. In total this week, Laine led the NHL with 11 goals, more than double the next closest player, and he is currently riding a six-game point streak (11G, 1A).

On the season, Laine leads the NHL with 19 goals and nine power play goals in 22 games played. His 16 goals in November are the most in a calendar month in franchise history and the most by an NHL player in any calendar month since 1996-97.

This is the fourth time in his career that Laine has been selected in the NHL’s Three Stars of the Week. He is the third Jets player to be selected in 2018-19 after Winnipeg had eight appearances in the Three Stars of the Week last season. Laine joins Blake Wheeler (Nov. 12 – Second Star) and Mark Scheifele (Oct. 29 – Second Star) as members of the Jets that have earned NHL Three Stars of the Week honours this season.