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Swanson, Väisänen and Gadzhiev earn league honors for outstanding performances last week

February 12, 2024 - United States Hockey League (USHL) News Release


Mac Swanson (Fargo), Joona Väisänen (Dubuque) and Shikhabutdin Gadzhiev (Muskegon) have earned United States Hockey League (USHL) Player of the Week honors for Week 20, the league announced Monday.

Forward of the Week

Mac Swanson | Fargo | Anchorage, Alaska

NCAA Commitment: North Dakota

Birth Year: 2006

1 GP, 3 goals, 4 assists, 7 points, +4, 5 shots on goal in a 12-4 win over Sioux Falls last Friday

Posted first career hat trick which included a power play goal and the game-winning goal in the home victory over the Stampede

Owns a three-game point-scoring streak and had registered 10-17- 27 in his last 16 games played

Ranks fourth in the USHL in scoring with 49 points on 16 goals and 33 assists in 35 games played

Has 14 multiple-point games this season

Listed at #130 in 2024 NHLCS Mid-Year Draft Rankings

Defenseman of the Week

Joona Väisänen | Dubuque | Espoo, Finland

Birth Year: 2004

2 GP, 1 goal, 2 assists, 3 points, 1 GWG, +4 plus-minus rating, 1 shot on goal

Scored the game-winning goal and had an assist in a 6-1 home win over Waterloo last Saturday

Had an assist in a 6-5 overtime loss to Cedar Rapids Friday

Has had six multiple-point games this season

Leads Dubuque defensemen in scoring with 28 points on seven goals and 21 assists in 33 games

Goaltender of the Week

Shikhabutdin Gadzhiev | Muskegon | Makhachkala, Russia

Birth Year: 2004

2 GP, 2-0-0-0, 125:00 minutes, 6 GA, 71 saves, 2.88 goals against average, 0.922 save percentage

Stopped 32 shots in a 4-3 shootout win over Youngstown last Friday

Had a career high 39 saves in a 5-3 win vs. Youngstown Saturday

Has won last four games and stands 7-4-0-0 on the season

Has been named USHL Goaltender of the Week in back-to-back weeks

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