Wednesday, March 18, 2009

WHL West Division Awards and Bantam Draft Lottery

The Western Hockey League announced its year-end award nominees for the Western Conference Wednesday afternoon. They are

WHL Rookie of the Year, Jim Piggott Memorial Trophy
Western Conference – Brett Connolly (Prince George, BC), Prince George Cougars

WHL Goaltender of the Year, Del Wilson Trophy
Western Conference – Chet Pickard (Winnipeg, MB), Tri-City Americans

WHL Defenceman of the Year, Bill Hunter Memorial Trophy
Western Conference – Jonathon Blum (Rancho Santa Margarita, CA) Vancouver, BC

WHL Most Sportsmanlike Player of the Year, Brad Hornung Trophy
Western Conference – Colin Long (Santa Ana, CA), Kelowna Rockets
WHL Scholastic Player of the Year, Daryl K. (Doc) Seaman Trophy
Western Conference – Tyler Maxwell (Manhattan Beach, CA) Everett Silvertips

WHL Coach of the Year, Dunc McCallum Memorial Trophy
Western Conference – Don Hay, Vancouver Giants

WHL Executive of the Year, Lloyd Saunders Memorial Trophy
Western Conference – Scott Bonner, Vancouver Giants

The East nominees will be revealed tomorrow. Knowing the East a heckuva lot better than I do the West, here is my guess as to who will be nominated for what.

Top Rookie---Jordan Weal, Regina Pats
Top Goalie---Braden Holtby, Saskatoon Blades
Top Defenceman--Paul Postma, Calgary Hitmen
Most Sportsmanlike--????????
Top Scholastic Player--????? I don't have access to report cards
Top Coach--Lorne Molleken, Saskatoon Blades
Top Executive--Kelly Kisio, Calgary Hitmen (if you want a longshot pick, go with Bob Green of the Edmonton Oil Kings)

The conference player of the year finalists will be announced April 15.

The league also held its bantam draft lottery Wednesday. Portland will select first followed by Moose Jaw, Chilliwack, Red Deer, Regina and Prince Albert. The bantam draft goes April 30 in Edmonton.

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