(CHL Release) The BOSTON PIZZA WHL Player of the Week is forward Mitch Fadden  of the Tri-City Americans.
Fadden picked up eight points, scoring two goals and six assists to go with a +5 rating in three games over the last week, helping the Tri-City Americans win their Kal-Tire 2009 WHL Western Conference Quarter-Finals best-of-seven series over the Everett Silvertips 4-1.
On Wednesday, March 25th, the Tri-City Americansâ€™ opening round series shifted back to the Comcast Arena in Everett for games three and four versus the Silvertips, with the series tied 1-1. In game three Fadden picked up a goal and an assist as the Americans downed the â€˜Tips 4-2 to jump out to a 2-1 series lead and was named the games 1st Star. In game four on Friday, March 27th, Fadden netted one goal and added two assists as the Americans took a strangle hold on the best of seven series 3-1 with their 4-1 victory. He was also named the games 2nd Star.
Game five of the opening round series was on Saturday, March 28th back at the Toyota Center in Tri-City. Fadden picked up three assists as the Tri-City Americans defeated the Everett Silvertips 6-1 and advance to the next round of the 2009 WHL Playoffs. He was also named the games 3rd Star. The Americans will now face the Kelowna Rockets in the Kal-Tire WHL Western Conference Semi-Final starting Friday.
Fadden, a 20-year-old from Salmon Arm, British Columbia, is rounding out is fifth full season of play in the WHL in a career that began back in 2003 with the Seattle Thunderbirds. The Tampa Bay Lightning 4th round Draft pick in 2007 finished the WHL Regular Season 22nd among all WHL Scorers with 76 points (37 goals, 39 assists).
He was also named Player of the Week Feb. 23-Mar. 1. Lightning prospect Dana Tyrell  was given the award for the week ending Nov. 2.