CHL recognizes Rockets' Reid Gardiner for red-hot week

After being named the WHL's Player of the Week yesterday (Mon.), Kelowna Rockets forward Reid Gardiner is getting national attention.

Gardiner has now been named the CHL Player of the Week, beating out nominees from the Ontario and Quebec Major Junior hockey leagues.

In three games last week, Gardiner put up six goals and six assists, which officially puts him at the top of the league's playoff scoring lead.

After assisting on both Rocket goals in Game 3's 4-2 loss to Portland, Gardiner put up two goals and two assists the next night, in a 7-2 win.

Gardiner saved the best for his finale on Friday night, scoring four goals and adding two assists in the Rockets' series-clinching 6-2 win.

The 21-year-old started this season with the AHL's Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, before the Rockets acquired his rights from the Prince Albert Raiders at the trade deadline.

Gardiner beat out LA Kings prospect Spencer Watson and Ottawa Senators draft pick Filip Chlapik for this week's honours.

The last five CHL weekly awards have been given to players from the WHL, with Charlottetown's Daniel Sprong the last non-Western winner, back on March 12.