The Western Hockey League is announcing individual award winners from the Eastern and Western Conference today and several Pats are in the running to take home league hardware.
The Eastern Conference player of the year is forward Sam Steel. He had 131 points in 72 games played this season to lead the league in scoring. He will go up against Seattle’s Matt Barzal in the final vote for the WHL player of the year who gets the Four Broncos Memorial Trophy.
Connor Hobbs is the East nominee for the Bill Hunter Memorial Trophy as he has been named Top Defenceman. Hobbs will go up against Seattle defenceman Ethan Bear who comes from the Ochapowace First Nation.
Coach and GM John Paddock is the East nominee for executive of the year, and coach of the year with the West nominee being Mike Johnston of Portland in the coaches category and Kelowna’s Bruce Hamilton in the executive category. The winner of the coach of the year gets the Dunc McCallum Memorial Trophy while the executive of the year gets the Lloyd Saunders Memorial Trophy.
Other awards are as follow:
WHL Top Goaltender – (Del Wilson Memorial Trophy)
Eastern Conference – Zach Sawchenko, Moose Jaw Warriors
Western Conference – Carter Hart , Everett Silvertips
WHL Rookie of the Year (Jim Piggott Memorial Trophy)
Eastern Conference – Aleksi Heponiemi , Swift Current Broncos
Western Conference Rookie – Rudolfs Balcers, Kamloops Blazers
WHL Most Sportsmanlike Player of the Year (Brad Hornung Trophy)
Eastern Conference – Tyler Steenbergen , Swift Current Broncos
Western Conference – Kevin Davis, Everett Silvertips
The following individual and team awards were won during the 2016-17 WHL regular season:
WHL Regular Season Champions, Scotty Munro Memorial Trophy
Regina Pats: 72 GP – 52 W – 12 L – 7 OTL – 1 SL – 112 PTS
WHL Top Scorer (Bob Clarke Trophy)
Sam Steel (Sherwood Park, AB), Regina Pats
72 GP – 50 G – 81 A – 131 PTS – +49 – 40 PIM
WHL Plus-Minus Award
Sergey Zborovskiy (Moscow, Russia), Regina Pats
63 GP – 7 G – 33 A – 40 PTS – +72 – 64 PIM
Conference award winners for the WHL’s Scholastic Player of the Year, Humanitarian of the Year, Top Official and Business Award will be announced at a later date.
Steel, Hobbs and Brooks were also named to the Eastern Conference’s 1st all-star team with Zborovskiy named to the 2nd team.
The Pats are getting ready for Game 1 of their first round playoff series against the Calgary Hitmen. That game goes Friday at 7 at the Brandt Centre with Game 2 on Saturday also at 7.
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