Calgary, Alta. – The Western Hockey League announced today the B.C. Division All-Star team for the 2020-21 WHL season.
WHL Division All-Stars are voted upon by WHL General Managers.
WHL B.C. Division All-Star Team
Goaltender – Trent Miner (Brandon. Man.) – Vancouver Giants
Defenceman – Alex Kannok-Leipert (Regina, Sask.) – Vancouver Giants
Defenceman – Kaedan Korczak (Yorkton, Sask.) – Kelowna Rockets
Forward – Tristen Nielsen (Fort St. John, B.C.) – Vancouver Giants
Forward – Justin Sourdif (Surrey, B.C.) – Vancouver Giants
Forward – Connor Zary (Saskatoon, Sask.) – Kamloops Blazers
WHL B.C. Division All-Star Team Biographies
Goaltender Trent Miner (Vancouver Giants): Miner was solid as a rock between the pipes for the Giants, finishing fourth among WHL goaltenders in goals-against average (2.16) while sporting a 7-8-0-0 record. The 20-year-old Brandon, Man. product finished the season with four shutouts, giving him a share of the top mark in the WHL, all while setting the Giants franchise record shutout minutes streak at 234 minutes and 31 seconds. The 6-foot-1, 179-pound Colorado Avalanche prospect holds a career 48-28-3-2 record, 2.49 GAA, 0.910 SV%, and eight shutouts in 84 career WHL regular season appearances.
Defenceman Alex Kannok-Leipert (Vancouver Giants): Recording 18 points (7G-18A) in 22 games, Kannok-Leipert was the pace-setter among B.C Division blueliners. Ranking third in goal scoring and second in power-play goals among WHL defencemen, the 6-foot-0, 195-pound product of Regina, Sask. finished with more points than any other rearguard in his division. Kannok-Leipert capped off his WHL career with 83 points (21G-62A) in 219 WHL regular season games.
Defenceman Kaedan Korczak (Kelowna Rockets): The 20-year-old product of Yorkton, Sask. led the Rockets in power-play assists with five, posting eight points (3G-5A) in 15 games played. The 6-foot-4, 200-pound defenceman scored all but one of his points on special teams, tallying a short-handed goal on April 17, 2021. The Vegas Golden Knights prospect has totalled 107 points (21G-86A) in 215 WHL regular season games.
Forward Tristen Nielsen (Vancouver Giants): Nielsen’s 15 goals were the most in the B.C. Division, as the 21-year-old forward finished in the top 10 in the WHL in goals, points and power-play markers. The 5-foot-10, 192-pound product of Fort St. John, B.C. finished second in Giants scoring with 32 points (15G, 17A), recording a pair of hat-tricks and three games with four or more points including a five-point effort March 28, 2021. Nielsen graduates from the WHL having recorded 175 points (82G-93A) in 241 WHL regular season games.
Forward Justin Sourdif (Vancouver Giants): Finishing tied for third in WHL scoring with 34 points (11G-23A), Sourdif took his game to a new level in his third full season with the Giants. The 5-foot-11, 182-pound product of Surrey, B.C. led all B.C. Division skaters in assists and points, amassing 10 multi-point games. Chosen 3rd overall by the Giants at the 2017 WHL Bantam Draft, the Florida Panthers prospect has career totals of 134 points (60G-74A) in 147 WHL regular season games.
Forward Connor Zary (Kamloops Blazers): 19-year-old Zary put up 24 points (6G-18A) in 15 games as the Blazers captured their second consecutive B.C. Division title. The 6-foot-0, 188-pound forward tied for the most assists among Kamloops skaters and was a consistent threat offensively, scoring points in all but three of his appearances during the 2020-21 season. The Saskatoon, Sask. product, and prospect of the Calgary Flames has tallied 208 points (80G-128A) in 204 WHL regular season games.
About the Western Hockey League
Regarded as the world’s finest development league for junior hockey players, the Western Hockey League (WHL) head office is based in Calgary, Alberta. The WHL consists of 22 member Clubs with 17 located in Western Canada and five in the U.S. Pacific Northwest. A member of the Canadian Hockey League, the WHL has been a leading supplier of talent for the National Hockey League for over 50 years. The WHL is also the leading provider of hockey scholarships with over 350 graduates each year receiving WHL Scholarships to pursue a post-secondary education of their choice. Each season, WHL players also form the nucleus of Canada’s National Junior Hockey Team.