Red Deer Rebels forward Ben King scored a pair of goals Saturday night, including the overtime winner against the Edmonton Oil Kings at the Peavey Mart Centrium. (Photo by ROB WALLATOR/Red Deer Rebels)

Red Deer Rebels forward Ben King named WHL Player of the Month

Red Deer Rebels forward Ben King has been named the McSweeney’s Western Hockey League Player of the Month.

The 19-year-old led all WHL skaters with 23 points (six goals and 17 assists) during the month of March and begins the month of April sitting second among scoring leaders with 95 points (47 goals and 48 assists).

The product of Vernon, B.C., registered a point in each of his 11 appearances this past month, recording three or more points on four occasions, including a five-point night March 11 against the Medicine Hat Tigers.

The 6-foot-3, 200-pound centre was dominant in the face-off circle throughout the month of March, winning 66 per cent of his faceoff attempts.

King, who attended Calgary Flames training camp as a free-agent invite in 2021, leads the WHL with 47 goals and is on track to become the first Rebel to score 50 or more goals in a season since Kyle Wanvig during the 2000-01 campaign.

He sits tops among WHL skaters this season with 21 power-play markers and 14 game-winning goals.

King was originally selected by the Swift Current Broncos with the 13th-overall pick in the 2017 WHL Draft before being acquired by Red Deer in November 2019.

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