To mark the end of the twenty-third* week’s play of the ninth season of the Championship, the Kontinental Hockey League has named the best players of the week in four categories.

Best goaltender was Juha Metsola (Amur), who helped the Far East men secure three victories in three matches on the road, recording one shutout, a save percentage of 97.27% and a goals against average of 1.00;

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Best defenseman was Chris Lee (Metallurg Magnitogorsk), who finished both his games on the winning side and with a positive efficiency rating, earning a +4 for the week. Magnitka’s 36-year-old Canadian scored 7 points (2+5) – more than any other defenseman - and fired off 9 shots at the opposition goal,

Best forward was Brandon Kozun (Lokomotiv), who featured in two road games and celebrated two victories, thanks in no small part to his scoring a double in each match. As with Lee, his fellow Canadian, Kozun’s 6 points (4+2) was the best result of the week in the League for players in his position;

Best rookie was (Admiral) Denis Alexeyev, who was given three appearances on the road and added two goals to his account – the first of which, against Metallurg Novokuznetsk, was his debut goal in the KHL. The 19-year-old forward averaged 11 minutes 13 seconds on the ice


*Monday’s HC Sochi - Torpedo and Tuesday’s Dinamo Minsk - Vityaz matches were included in the calculations for week 23.

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