Pats announce season-end award winners

Player of the Year – Robbie Holmes
Holmes set career highs with 19 goals, 29 assists and 48 points in 57 games. He put up four game winners, four powerplay markers and one shorthanded goal. The 20-year-old product of Sherwood Park, Alberta finished his WHL career, playing in 231 games, scoring 51 goals and 114 points in that stretch. Holmes was originally drafted in the 11th round of the 2014 WHL Bantam Draft.

Charles Johnston Memorial Top Defenceman – Ryker Evans
Evans enjoyed a breakout sophomore season, setting a career high seven goals and 24 assists for 31 points in 63 games. The Calgary native was second among all Pats defencemen with his 31 points and posted 81 penalty minutes and 138 shots on goal to go along with two game winning tallies.

Rick Rypien Memorial Award (Unsung Hero) – Nikita Sedov
The 18-year-old Russian played in 58 games this year. He  posted the first five goals of his WHL career and added 10 assists for 15 points. Sedov was a mainstay on the back end for the Pats, providing a consistent effort every night.

Nick Papas Rookie of the Year – Drew Englot
 The 17-year-old took great strides in his first season in the WHL, scoring 12 goals and six assists for 18 points in 58 games. The product of Candiac, Saskatchewan had a strong second half to the season, scoring nine of his goals and 12 points in 27 games after the Christmas break.

Hub Bishop Most Sportsmanlike – Zach Wytinck
Defenceman Zach Wytinck was assessed just 18 minutes in penalties through 59 games of the season. The 20-year-old has averaged less than half a penalty minute a game this year and finished tied for 12th among all WHL defenceman with 47 points. His 38 assists were tied for ninth among WHL rear guards.

Mike Kartusch Community Service Award – Kyle Walker
Walker’s enthusiasm and willingness to participate in community events made the Pats veteran defenceman a fan favourite. Working with kids at schools, as well as supporting the Canadian Mental Health Association, Walker has been a credit to the Pats and the community this year. He made over 20 community appearances this season.

Bill Hicke Most Popular Player – Robbie Holmes
The Pats forward and fourth year player ran away with the fan voting for this award. The 20-year-old has been a great Pat in his career and the fans showed their appreciation of his career in the online votes.

Scholastic Player of the Year – Jakob Brook
During the 2019-2020 academic year, he successfully completed ELA 30, Physics 30, Pre-Calculus 30, Physical Education 30, and Life Transitions 30 in Semester 1. Currently he is completing Biology 30 and History 30, online through Manitoba Distance Learning, earning a remarkable overall Grade Point Average of 95.2%,

Torchy Schell Top Scorer Award – Austin Pratt

It is the second straight year that Pratt takes this award.  The 20-year-old set a new career high with 57 points in 63 games and put up 108 points in his last two seasons in the WHL. Pratt scored 20 goals and added 37 assists in 2019-20, leading the Pats with 235 shots on goal.  Pratt played in 317 games in his WHL career, scoring 76 goals and 98 assists for 174 points.

Three Star Award – Robbie Holmes
Pats forward Robbie Holmes was named a star in nine games this season including an impressive six first-star performances. Holmes was named the second star in games once and was twice named the third star. Captain Austin Pratt and goaltender Donovan Buskey rounded out the top three for 2019-20.


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