Winterhawks’ Jarvis named WHL Western Conference Most Sportsmanlike Player of the Year


Calgary, Alta. – The Western Hockey League announced today Seth Jarvis, forward of the Portland Winterhawks, has been named the WHL Western Conference Most Sportsmanlike Player of the Year and nominee for the Brad Hornung Trophy (WHL Most Sportsmanlike Player of the Year) presented by Real Canadian Superstore.

A top-rated prospect for the 2020 NHL Draft, Jarvis led the way as the Winterhawks claimed the WHL’s top record during the 2019-20 WHL Regular Season. Jarvis placed second in league scoring with 98 points (42G-56A) and incurred only 24 penalty minutes throughout the regular season.

A 5-foot-10, 172-pound product of Winnipeg, Man., the 18-year-old Jarvis posted career-best totals in goals, assists, and points. Included in his 42 goals were eight power-play goals, two short-handed goals, and eight game-winning goals. During February 2020, Jarvis recorded 27 points (14G-13A) on an 11-game point streak. In January 2020, Jarvis recorded 29 points (11G-18A) on a 10-game point streak.

The Winterhawks selected Jarvis 11th overall at the 2017 WHL Bantam Draft. In 130 WHL regular season games, Jarvis has recorded 139 points (58G-81A) and has compiled just 43 penalty minutes. Jarvis has also recorded three assists and four penalty minutes in five WHL playoff games.

Last week, Jarvis was named to the WHL’s Western Conference First All-Star Team. On NHL Central Scouting’s final rankings for the 2020 NHL Draft, which were released last week, Jarvis was ranked 11th among North American skaters and is the top-ranked forward from the WHL.

WHL Eastern and Western Conference Most Sportsmanlike Players of the Year are voted upon annually by WHL General Managers and Head Coaches. The winner of the Brad Hornung Trophy for WHL Most Sportsmanlike Player of the Year will be announced on Thursday, May 14.

A rising star for the Regina Pats, Hornung’s career was cut short after the forward was paralyzed from the waist down following a hit in a game on March 1, 1987.

Since then, Hornung’s courageous attitude and inspirational message of perseverance has kept his connection with the game of hockey strong. A former amateur scout for the Chicago Blackhawks, Hornung has become a staple in hockey rinks throughout Saskatchewan. His No. 8 jersey has been retired by the Pats.

Noted for his talent, desire and sportsmanlike attitude, the Brad Hornung Trophy for Most Sportsmanlike Player of the Year is awarded annually to the player that combines those same attributes.

Winners of the Brad Hornung Trophy / WHL Most Sportsmanlike Player of the Year Award (since 2000):
2018-19: Justin Almeida, Moose Jaw Warriors
2017-18: Aleksi Heponiemi, Swift Current Broncos
2016-17: Tyler Steenbergen, Swift Current Broncos
2015-16: Tyler Soy, Victoria Royals
2014-15: Rourke Chartier, Kelowna Rockets
2013-14: Sam Reinhart, Kootenay ICE
2012-13: Dylan Wruck, Edmonton Oil Kings
2011-12: Mark Stone, Brandon Wheat Kings
2010-11: Tyler Johnson, Spokane Chiefs
2009-10: Jason Bast, Moose Jaw Warriors
2008-09: Tyler Ennis, Medicine Hat Tigers
2007-08: Tyler Ennis, Medicine Hat Tigers
2006-07: Aaron Gagnon, Seattle Thunderbirds
2005-06: Kris Russell, Medicine Hat Tigers
2004-05: Kris Russell, Medicine Hat Tigers
2003-04: Nigel Dawes, Kootenay ICE
2002-03: Boyd Gordon, Red Deer Rebels
2001-02: Ian White Swift Current Broncos
2000-01: Matt Kinch, Calgary Hitmen
1999-00: Trent Hunter, Prince George Cougars

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.

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