Red Deer, AB – The Canadian Hockey League today announced the winners for the 10 major awards that will be presented at the annual CHL Awards Ceremony Saturday evening as part of the 2016 MasterCard Memorial Cup festivities in Red Deer.
Everett Silvertips goaltender Carter Hart and Brandon Wheat Kings defenceman Ivan Provorov claimed the 2015-16 Vaughn CHL Goaltender of the Year and Arctic Spas CHL Defenceman of the Year honours respectively to represent the WHL.
Hart enjoyed a productive season for the WHL’s second-best defensive club this season, posting a 35-23-1-3 record with six shutouts in 63 appearances. The 17-year-old from Sherwood Park, AB finished second amongst WHL netminders with a 2.14 goals against average, finished with the sixth-best save percentage at .918 and placed first overall with 35 victories while propelling the Silvertips to a second place in the U.S. Division. Hart also posted a pair of victories in the 2016 WHL Playoffs to go along with a 2.39 goals against average and a .929 save percentage with one shutout. Furthermore, Hart was also named the Vaughn CHL Goaltender of the Week in late November and is ranked second amongst North American goaltenders in NHL Central Scouting’s Final Rankings leading to the 2016 NHL Draft.
Recent WHL winners: Jordon Cooke (Kelowna Rockets 2014), Patrik Bartosak (Red Deer Rebels 2013), Darcy Kuemper (Red Deer Rebels 2011), Chet Pickard (Tri-City Americans 2008), Carey Price (Tri-City Americans 2007), Justin Pogge (Calgary Hitmen, 2006), Jeff Glass (Kootenay ICE, 2005), Cam Ward (Red Deer Rebels 2004)
Brandon Wheat Kings defenceman Ivan Provorov played a major role on the blue line from an offensive and defensive stand point in his second season in the WHL. The 19-year-old from Yaroslavl, Russia finished first in scoring amongst WHL defencemen with 73 points, including 21 goals, in 62 games while also finishing first in plus-minus with a plust-64 rating. Provorov also notched 13 points (3g-10a) in the 2016 WHL Playoffs to go along with a stellar plus-22 rating en route to helping the Wheat Kings claim the Ed Chynoweth Cup as WHL Champions. A member of Russia’s National Junior team that won the silver medal at the World Junior Championships, Provorov was the Wheat Kings’ first round pick, 30th overall, in the 2014 CHL Import Draft. Provorov was selected seventh overall by the Philadelphia Flyers in the 2015 NHL Draft.
Recent WHL winners: Derrick Pouliot (Portland Winterhawks 2014), Jonathan Blum (Vancouver Giants 2009), Karl Alzner (Calgary Hitmen 2008), Kris Russell (Medicine Hat Tigers, 2007), Dan Hamhuis (Prince George Cougars 2002).
Other 2015-16 CHL Award Winners:
-BRP Top Prospect Award: Pierre-Luc Dubois (Cape Breton Screaming Eagles, QMJHL)
- WHL Nominee, Jake Bean (Calgary)
-Cavendish Top Scorer Award: Conor Garland (Moncton Wildcats)
- WHL Nominee, Adam Brooks (Regina)
-Janes Sportsman of the Year Award: Samuel Girard (Shawinigan Cataractes, QMJHL)
- WHL Nominee, Tyler Soy (Victoria)
-All Weather Windows Humanitarian of the Year Award: Will Petschenig (Saginaw Spirit, OHL)
- WHL Nominee, Tyler Wong (Lethbridge)
-TVA Sports Scholastic Player of the Year Award: Alexis D’Aoust (Shawinigan Cataractes, QMJHL)
- WHL Nominee, Tanner Kaspick (Brandon)
-Bumper to Bumper Brian Kilrea Coach of the Year Award: Gilles Bouchard (Rouyn-Noranda Huskies, QMJHL)
- WHL Nominee, Dave Lowry (Victoria)
-CCM Rookie of the Year Award: Alexander Nylander (Mississauga Steelheads, OHL)
- WHL Nominee, Matthew Phillips (Victoria)
-Sportsnet Player of the Year Award: Mitch Marner (London Knights, OHL)
WHL Nominee, Dryden Hunt (Moose Jaw)