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WHL ANNOUNCES AWARD FINALISTS AND CONFERENCE ALL-STAR TEAMS

 

Calgary, AB – The Western Hockey League announced today the Eastern and Western Conference Finalists for the 2002 WHL Awards, and the 2002 Eastern and Western Conference First and Second All-Star Teams. The winners of these awards along with the WHL Player of the Year will be announced at the WHL Awards Luncheon during the 2002 WHL Bantam Draft on Thursday, May 2nd, 2002.

The WHL announced the Finalists in the following categories.

Jim Piggott Memorial Trophy, Top Rookie
Eastern Conference – Josh Harding, Regina Pats
Western Conference – Brayden Coburn, Portland Winter Hawks

Del Wilson Trophy, Top Goaltender
Eastern Conference – Cam Ward, Red Deer Rebels
Western Conference – Barry Brust, Spokane Chiefs

Bill Hunter Trophy, Top Defenceman
Eastern Conference – Filip Novak, Regina Pats
Western Conference – Dan Hamhuis, Prince George Cougars

Brad Hornung Trophy, Most Sportsmanlike Player of the Year
Eastern Conference – Ian White, Swift Current Broncos
Western Conference – Tomas Plihal, Kootenay Ice

Doug Wickenheiser Memorial Trophy, Humanitarian Award
Eastern Conference – Ben Ondrus, Swift Current Broncos
Western Conference – Brandin Cote, Spokane Chiefs

Dunc McCallum Memorial Trophy, Coach of the Year
Eastern Conference – Bob Lowes, Regina Pats
Western Conference – Ryan McGill, Kootenay Ice

Top-Face Off Award
Eastern Conference – Brent Twordik, Swift Current Broncos
Western Conference – Brandin Cote, Spokane Chiefs

The WHL also announced that the top Plus – Minus Award winner this season is Matt Hubbauer of the Regina Pats with a +37 rating.

The Western Hockey League also announced the First and Second Conference All-Star Teams.

EASTERN CONFERENCE ALL-STAR TEAMS

FIRST ALL-STAR TEAM

Goaltender
Cam Ward, Red Deer Rebels

Defencemen
Filip Novak, Regina Pats
Jay Bouwmeester, Medicine Hat Tigers

Forwards
Joffrey Lupul, Medicine Hat Tigers
Nathan Barrett, Lethbridge Hurricanes
Tyler Beechey, Calgary Hitmen

SECOND ALL-STAR TEAM

Goaltender
Josh Harding, Regina Pats

Defencemen
Ian White, Swift Current Broncos
Jeff Woywitka, Red Deer Rebels

Forwards
Matt Hubbauer, Regina Pats
Mikhail Yakubov, Red Deer Rebels
Justin Kelly, Saskatoon Blades

WESTERN CONFERENCE ALL-STAR TEAMS

FIRST ALL-STAR TEAM

Goaltender
Barry Brust, Spokane Chiefs

Defencemen
Dan Hamhuis, Prince George Cougars
Kurt Sauer, Spokane Chiefs

Forwards
Jarret Stoll, Kootenay Ice
Joe Balej, Portland Winter Hawks
Jared Aulin, Kamloops Blazers

SECOND ALL-STAR TEAM

Goaltender
Shane Bendera, Kelowna Rockets

Defencemen
Craig Weller, Kootenay Ice
Jesse Ferguson, Kelowna Rockets

Forwards
Eric Johansson, Tri-City Americans
Scottie Upshall, Kamloops Blazers
Marek Svatos, Kootenay Ice

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