WHL Announces 2009-10 Conference All-Star Teams and Award Finalists

By League Press Release
Calgary, AB – The Western Hockey League announced today the 2009-10 WHL Conference First and Second All-Star Teams and the Conference Finalists for the 2010 WHL Awards. The WHL Player of the Year finalists will be announced on Wednesday, April 14th, 2010.  The winners of these awards along with the WHL Player of the Year will be announced at the 2010 WHL Awards Luncheon in Edmonton, Alberta on Wednesday, April 28th, 2010.

The WHL announced the Finalists in the following categories.
WHL Rookie of the Year, Jim Piggott Memorial Trophy
Eastern Conference – Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (Burnaby, BC), Red Deer Rebels
Western Conference – Shane McColgan (Manhattan, CA), Kelowna Rockets
WHL Goaltender of the Year, Del Wilson Trophy
Eastern Conference – Martin Jones (North Vancouver, BC), Calgary Hitmen
Western Conference – Calvin Pickard (Winnipeg, MB), Seattle Thunderbirds
WHL Defenceman of the Year, Bill Hunter Memorial Trophy
Eastern Conference – Michael Stone (Winnipeg, MB), Calgary Hitmen
Western Conference – Tyson Barrie (Victoria, BC), Kelowna Rockets
WHL Most Sportsmanlike Player of the Year, Brad Hornung Trophy
Eastern Conference – Jason Bast (Moose Jaw, SK) Moose Jaw Warriors
Western Conference – Jared Spurgeon (Edmonton, AB), Spokane Chiefs

WHL Scholastic Player of the Year, Daryl K. (Doc) Seaman Memorial Trophy
Eastern Conference – Adam Lowry (Calgary, AB) Swift Current Broncos
Western Conference – Spencer Main (North Vancouver, BC) Kelowna Rockets

WHL Coach of the Year, Dunc McCallum Memorial Trophy
Eastern Conference – Mark Holick, Kootenay Ice
Western Conference –  Craig Hartsburg, Everett Silvertips

WHL Executive of the Year, Lloyd Saunders Memorial Trophy
Eastern Conference – Kelly McCrimmon, Brandon Wheat Kings
Western Conference – Bob Tory, Tri-City Americans

WHL Humanitarian of the Year, Doug Wickenheiser Memorial Trophy

Eastern Conference – Matt Fraser (Red Deer, AB) Kootenay Ice
Western Conference – Zack Dailey (Healy, AK) Everett Silvertips

WHL Marketing / Public Relations Award
Eastern Conference – Brandon Wheat Kings, Rick Dillabough
Western Conference – Everett Silvertips, Zoran Rajcic

WHL Regular Season Champions, Scotty Munro Memorial Trophy
Calgary Hitmen:   GP – 72          W – 52      L – 17      OTL – 1      SL – 2  Pts – 107
WHL Top Scorer – Bob Clarke Trophy
Brandon Kozun – (Calgary, AB) Calgary Hitmen
GP – 65                        G – 32              A – 75               Pts – 107                      PIM – 50
The WHL Eastern and Western Conference All-Star Teams are as follows:
Goaltender – Martin Jones (North Vancouver, BC), Calgary Hitmen
Defenceman – Michael Stone (Winnipeg, MB), Calgary Hitmen
Defenceman – Brayden McNabb (Davidson, SK), Kootenay Ice
Forward – Jordan Eberle (Regina, SK), Regina Pats *
Forward – Brayden Schenn (Saskatoon, SK), Brandon Wheat Kings
Forward – Brandon Kozun (Calgary, AB), Calgary Hitmen
Goaltender – Darcy Kuemper (Saskatoon, SK), Red Deer Rebels
Defenceman – Travis Hamonic (St. Malo, MB), Brandon Wheat Kings
Defenceman – Colby Robak (Gilbert Plains, MB), Brandon Wheat Kings
Forward – Dustin Sylvester (Kelowna, BC), Kootenay Ice
Forward – Matt Calvert (Brandon, MB), Brandon Wheat Kings
Forward – Cody Eakin (Winnipeg, MB), Swift Current Broncos

Goaltender – Calvin Pickard (Winnipeg, MB), Seattle Thunderbirds
Defenceman – Tyson Barrie (Victoria, BC), Kelowna Rockets
Defenceman – Kevin Connauton (Edmonton, AB), Vancouver Giants
Forward – Craig Cunningham (Trail, BC), Vancouver Giants *
Forward – Kyle Beach (Kelowna, BC), Spokane Chiefs      
Forward – Mitch Wahl (Seal Beach, CA), Spokane Chiefs

Goaltender – Drew Owsley (Lethbridge, AB), Tri-City Americans
Defenceman – Jared Cowen (
Allan, SK), Spokane Chiefs
Defenceman – Radko Gudas (Kladno, Czech Rep.), Everett Silvertips

Forward – Shane Harper (Valencia, CA), Everett Silvertips
Forward – Nino Niederreiter (Chur, SUI), Portland Winterhawks
Forward – Prab Rai (Surrey, BC), Seattle Thunderbirds
*   indicates unanimous selection