Cree hero wins NHL goal scoring crown; Cheechoo shares NHL Player of the Week

San Jose right wing Jonathan Cheechoo (seven goals, four assists) and centre Joe Thornton (one goal, 11 assists), who figured in 16 of 19 Sharks goals in four victories, have been named co-winners of the NHL’s Offensive Player of the Week award for the period ending Sunday.

This past weekend when the Sharks dropped Anaheim 6-3, Cheechoo’s fifth hat trick of the season propelled him ahead of Jaromir Jagr into the position of NHL scoring leader with 56 goals.

Cheechoo recorded three multiple-goal games, vaulting him into the NHL goal-scoring lead. He tallied two goals and one assist in a 3-2 victory over Phoenix April 10, added two goals and one assist against Vancouver April 13 and notched three goals and two assists in a 6-3 victory over Anaheim April 15.

Cheechoo ranks 10th in League scoring with 93 points (56-37-93).

Sharks teammate Thornton leads all NHL scorers with 125 points (29-96-125).

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