Northern Michigan University hockey player Jordan Klimek earns WCHA weekly award

Jordan Klimek

MARQUETTE — Northern Michigan University senior defenseman Jordan Klimek was named the WCHA Defensive Player of the Week on Monday after recording three assists in the Wildcats’ home hockey split with Alabama-Huntsville last weekend.

The first weekly conference award of his career, Klimek assisted on senior forward Zach Diamontoni’s power-play goal on Friday that gave NMU insurance in its 3-1 victory.

He added assists on both of Northern’s goals in its 3-2 loss on Saturday. The first goal gave NMU an early lead, while the second evened the game at 2-2 just before the end of the first period. Klimek also recorded a season-high four shots in Saturday’s game and seven shots in the series.

For the season, the alternate captain has six points, all assists, in 16 games. Klimek is plus-two and is on pace for a career-high in shots with 33 before the midway point of the season.

Klimek is the third Wildcat to earn a WCHA weekly honor this season and is the first to receive the Defensive Player of the Week award. Senior forward Robbie Payne has earned the offensive award twice already, while sophomore goaltender Mathias Israelsson netted WCHA Goaltender of the Week honors after a win over then-No. 9 Minnesota State-Mankato.

The Wildcats travel to Minnesota to face Bemidji State at 8:07 p.m. EST Friday and Saturday.

Information compiled by Journal Sports Editor Steve Brownlee. His email address is