No real surprise to hear from the WHL today that 16 year old Pats center Jordan Weal is the Eastern Conference nominee for rookie of the year. The North Vancouver BC product had 16 goals and 54 assists for 70 points. Either Weal or Prince George Cougar Brett Connolly will be recognized as the WHL rookie of the year later this year. Other award winners from the East today are Saskatoon's Braden Holtby as goalie of the year, Calgary's Paul Postma as top defenceman, Tyler Ennis of Medicine Hat was named most sportsmanlike with the scholastic nominee from the East being Blades blueliner Stefan Elliott. Lorne Molleken of the Blades is the coach of the year and Kelly Kisio of Calgary is the executive of the year. As far as the East all-star teams went, they are as follows.
FIRST ALL-STAR TEAM
Goaltender – Braden Holtby (Marshall, SK), Saskatoon Blades
Defenceman – Paul Postma (Red Deer, AB), Calgary Hitmen
Defenceman – Keith Aulie (Rouleau, SK), Brandon Wheat Kings
Forward – Brett Sonne (Maple Ridge, BC), Calgary Hitmen
Forward – Brandon Kozun (Calgary, AB), Calgary Hitmen
Forward – Tyler Ennis (Edmonton, AB), Medicine Hat Tigers
SECOND ALL-STAR TEAM
Goaltender – Martin Jones (North Vancouver, BC), Calgary Hitmen
Defenceman – Michael Stone (Winnipeg, MB), Calgary Hitmen
Defenceman – John Negrin (West Vancouver, BC), Swift Current Broncos
Forward – Joel Broda (Prince Albert, SK), Calgary Hitmen
Forward – Justin Bernhardt (Yorkton, SK), Prince Albert Raiders
Forward – Brayden Schenn (Saskatoon, SK), Brandon Wheat Kings
The chase for the Ed Chynoweth Cup starts tonight as the Calgary Hitmen entertain Edmonton. The Hitmen should not have many problems with the Oil Kings in this one. I say Calgary in 4.