Saturday, May 23, 2009

A hat trick of WHL players take away CHL Awards

Three Western Hockey Leaguer’s Win CHL Awards

The Canadian Hockey League passed out its hardware today for this past season. The WHL had the top defenceman, rookie of the year, and scholastic players of the year. Vancouver Giant blue liner Jonathon Blum was named the best rear guard after 16 goals and 50 assists, plus he was plus 53 in 51 games. Prince George Cougar forward Brett Connolly joins the likes of Sidney Crosby and Patrick Kane as the CHL rookie of the year. Connolly was the first 16 year old since Patrick Marleau to score 30 goals. The PG product also had 30 assists in 65 games. Saskatoon Blades d-man Stefan Elliott came away with the scholastic player of the year. The 18 year old has maintained an average above 90 percent in grade 12 this year. He also had a great season for the Blades scoring 16 times and adding 39 helpers. Some other notable award winners were Brampton’s Cody Hodgson who was named the player of the year and no surprise here Jonathon Tavares was the top prospect.

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