Wheeling’s Houde named ECHL Participant of the Week


PRINCETON, NJ – Sam Houde of the Wheeling Nailers is Inglasco ECHL Player of the Week from December 13-19.

Photo courtesy Wheeling Nailers / ECHL

Houde scored four goals, added six assists and was up 6 when the Nailers won a streak of three games in Norfolk last week.

The 21-year-old scored six points (3 goals – 3 assists) in the 7-2 win on Wednesday, added an assist in the 3-1 win on Friday and scored one goal and two assists in the 9-2 win on Friday Saturday.

Under contract with Wilkes-Barre / Scranton of the American Hockey League, Houde has scored 13 points (4 goals – 9 assists) in seven games with the Nailers, while adding two points (1 goal – 1 assist) in eight games with the Penguins .

Before turning pro, Houde recorded 164 points (62 goals – 102 assists) in 232 career games with Chicoutimi of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.

In the name of Sam Houde, a box of pucks is donated by Inglasco, the exclusive puck supplier to ECHL, to a wheeling hockey youth organization. Since sponsoring the award in 2000/01, Inglasco has donated more than 45,000 pucks to youth hockey organizations in ECHL cities.

Runner-up: Darien Craighead, Indy (3 games played, 5 goals, 3 assists, 8 points) and Matthew Boucher, Utah (4 games, 5 goals, 3 assists, 8 points).

Also nominated: Yushiroh Hirano (Cincinnati), Matt Murphy (Fort Wayne), AJ White (Idaho), Darik Angeli (Kansas City), Andrew McLean (Orlando) and Randy Gazzola (Toledo).

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