Today the National Hockey League has announced the Player of the Month for the month of February 2021.
Discover Central Division
Patrick Kane (RW – CHI) & Qudus Rabiu (RN – Rush University MC)
- Rabiu is a registered nurse at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, and he helped convert their orthopedic floor into a COVID-19 response unit where he has been training nurses throughout the pandemic, along with providing mentorship, and support during this unsettling time.
- Kane would lead the League with 17 assists and 24 points in 13 games played for the Blackhawks as they went 9-3-1 for the month of February. Kane would have a pair of four point performances, as well as a trio of three point games. Kane would end the month with his 400th career NHL goal.
Honda West Division
Logan Couture (C – SJ) & Martha Godinez (Medical Assistant)
- Godinez is a medical assistant at a local San Jose hospital, and has been keeping a positive attitude for patients both virtually and in person while working around the clock to fight the spread of COVID-19.
- Couture would place fourth in the League in goals with 8, and would be tied in first in even strength goals as all of his eight goals would come at 5 on 5 play. In ten games played for the Sharks he would record two game winning tallies.
MassMutual East Division
David Pastrnak (RW – BOS) & Cathy Draine (State Police Assoc. of MA)
- Draine is the Director of Community Engagement for the State Police Association of Massachusetts where she has spearheaded several projects during the COVID-19 pandemic where she has aimed to help youth stay fit while sheltered in place to getting volunteer troopers to engage in friendly conversations with the elderly to keep them company.
- In 11 games played for the Bruins, Pastrnak would record nine goals for second in the League, and a Division best 17 points as the B’s went 7-4-0 for the month of February. Patrnak’s top highligh of the month would be his hat trick in the outdoor game at Lake Tahoe that would also see him record an assist for a four point night.
Scotia North Division
Auston Matthews (C – TOR) & Natasha Salt (RN – Hospital)
- Salt has been working at Toronto’s Sunnybrook Hospital for the past five years as the Infection Prevention and Control Director where she monitors, tracks, and reviews all protocols, outbreaks, and processes.
- Matthews lead the League with 12 goals in 11 games played for the Maple Leafs that also saw him come in second in points with 21. Matthews would record at least one point in 10 of his 11 games played in the month of February.
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