The SHL selected Seattle Sailors RW Elliott Pepper as its Player of the Week. Pepper was Seattle’s big offseason acquisition, picked up from rebuilding Dakota. The big winger got off to a big start with his new club, notching 7 goals and 11 points in his first week. Pepper currently leads the league in goals and is one behind C Calvin Frye of Hamilton for the league points lead.
He scored his first goal in a Sailors uniform on Sunday in a 5-1 win over Saskatchewan. On Tuesday, he potted a pair to help Seattle sink his old club by a 5-4 margin. Then on Friday, Pepper recorded a hat trick and added two wins in a wild 8-5 win over the Jackalopes. Led by Pepper’s heroics, Seattle is off to a 4-1-0 start and a surprising second place in the West.
“As soon as I heard Elliott was available, I told our front office to go get him,” said Sailors coach Harold Engellund, who was Pepper’s boss in Dakota last year. “He’s just a tremendous force: great shot, heads-up two-way player, a leader in the clubhouse. For a young club like that, he’s exactly the kind of player we need.”