Middendorf for the 2nd time this season named Inter Pipeline AJHL Rookie of the Week.

The Inter Pipeline AJHL Rookie of the Week is Gavin Middendorf of the Drayton Valley Thunder for the second time this season.  With three multi-point games, the 2004 forward recorded seven points (4G, 3A) in three games to wrap up the season for the holidays.

Gavin Middendorf (Forest Lake, MN) scored a goal and an assist to open the week with a 5-2 win versus Sherwood Park on December 13th.  He repeated his performance on December 16th with a goal and an assist in a 3-2 win over the Blackfalds Bulldogs, including his fifth game winning goal of the season.  On December 17th, Gavin scored a game tying goal and go-ahead goal versus the Whitecourt Wolverines in a comeback attempt, but the Thunder would eventually lose 5-4 to the Wolverines.  His three-point game with two goals and an assist resulted in a Viterra AJHL Star of the Game selection.

Middendorf is second in team scoring and fifth among AJHL rookies with 29 points (18G, 11A).  Whitecourt and Drayton Valley will play a home and home series on December 29th and 30th to wrap up 2022.