Hitmen’s Brett Sonne named WHL Eastern Conference Player of the Year

By League Press Release

Calgary, AB – The Western Hockey League today announced the WHL Eastern Conference finalist for the 2008-09 WHL Player of the Year. The two finalists for WHL Player of the Year are determined through voting by General Managers, coaches, broadcast and media representatives of all WHL Member Clubs.

In the WHL’s Eastern Conference, which includes the East and Central Divisions, the Player of the Year Nominee is forward Brett Sonne of the Calgary Hitmen.

enjoyed an outstanding 2008-09 WHL season, helping the Hitmen capture the Scotty Munro trophy after posting second-best regular-season record in WHL history. The 19-year-old from Maple Ridge, B.C., scored 48 goals and added 52 assists for 100 points in 62 games for the Hitmen, easily surpassing his previous career-best totals. In addition, Sonne posted a +39 rating to go with 58 penalty minutes.

48 goals tied him for second among all WHL players while his 100 points placed him third in the WHL scoring race. On top of that, Sonne led all WHL players with 11 game-winning goals and finished fifth among WHL players with 16 power play goals. The 6’0”, 184-lb center also proved to be one of the most consistent offensive forces in the WHL, having been held off the score sheet in just 14 of his 62 games.

was the Hitmen’s 1st round pick, 11th overall, at the 2004 WHL Bantam Draft, and has played 232 career regular-season games over four seasons in Calgary. The St. Louis Blues prospect was named to the 2009 WHL Eastern Conference First All-Star Team.

The WHL also announced today the WHL Eastern Conference finalist for the WHL Humanitarian of the Year Award and the WHL Marketing and Communications Award.

The WHL’s Eastern Conference finalist for the WHL Humanitarian of the Year award is Ian Barteaux of the Kootenay Ice and the WHL’s Eastern Conference finalist for the WHL Marketing and Communications award is Mike Bortolussi of the Medicine Hat Tigers.

The recipients of all WHL individual awards will be announced at the 2009 WHL Awards Luncheon, which will be held in Edmonton, Alberta, at Northlands Agricom Hall A on Wednesday, April 29th, 2009. For ticketing information please visit the Edmonton Oil Kings website,www.oilkings.ca .

WHL Rookie of the Year, Jim Piggott Memorial Trophy

Eastern Conference – Jordan Weal (North Vancouver, BC), Regina Pats

Western Conference – Brett Connolly (Prince George, BC), Prince George Cougars

WHL Goaltender of the Year, Del Wilson Trophy

Eastern Conference – Braden Holtby (Marshall, SK), Saskatoon Blades
Western Conference – Chet Pickard (Winnipeg, MB), Tri-City Americans

WHL Defenceman of the Year, Bill Hunter Memorial Trophy

Eastern Conference – Paul Postma (Red Deer, AB), Calgary Hitmen
Western Conference – Jonathon Blum (Rancho Santa Margarita, CA) Vancouver, BC

WHL Most Sportsmanlike Player of the Year, Brad Hornung Trophy

Eastern Conference – Tyler Ennis (Edmonton, AB) Medicine Hat Tigers
Western Conference – Colin Long (Santa Ana, CA), Kelowna Rockets

WHL Scholastic Player of the Year, Daryl K. (Doc) Seaman Trophy

Eastern Conference – Stefan Elliott (North Vancouver, BC) Saskatoon Blades
Western Conference – Tyler Maxwell (Manhattan Beach, CA) Everett Silvertips

WHL Coach of the Year, Dunc McCallum Memorial Trophy

Eastern Conference – Lorne Molleken, Saskatoon Blades
Western Conference –  Don Hay, Vancouver Giants

WHL Executive of the Year, Lloyd Saunders Memorial Trophy

Eastern Conference – Kelly Kisio, Calgary Hitmen
Western Conference – Scott Bonner, Vancouver Giants

WHL Regular Season Champions, Scotty Munro Memorial Trophy

Calgary Hitmen:   GP – 72          W – 59      L – 9      OTL – 3      SL – 1    Pts – 122

Top Scorer – Bob Clarke Trophy
Casey Pierro-Zabotel – (Kamloops, BC) Vancouver Giants
GP – 72                        G – 36              A – 79               Pts – 115                      PIM – 52