Calgary, Alta. – The Western Hockey League announced today Spokane Chiefs forward Adam Beckman has been named the recipient of the Bob Clarke Trophy Presented by Kubota.
A consistent offensive force all season, the Minnesota Wild prospect was the lone WHL skater to crack the 100-point plateau this season, posting 107 points (48G-59A) in 63 WHL regular season games.
Statistically, Beckman led the WHL in goals and finished tied for third in assists. He was second in the WHL with 16 power-play goals and second with nine game-winning goals.
“Kubota Canada is thrilled to be the presenting sponsor for the 2019-2020 WHL Top Scorer award,” said Rob Allison, Director of Brand & Corporate Partnerships for Kubota Canada Ltd.
“Even though the season was abbreviated, we saw some great performances this season and it gives me great pleasure on behalf of Kubota’s employees and the Kubota dealers across Canada to congratulate Adam Beckman as this year’s WHL Top Scorer. Well done, Adam!”
Beckman found the scoresheet in 52 of his 63 appearances while setting the league’s top total. The Saskatoon, Sask. product spent time at the top of the WHL’s scoring race throughout the season before permanently taking over the lead at the start of February and holding it through the conclusion of the 2019-20 WHL Regular Season.
After registering an assist for his 100th point of the season on March 4, 2020 in Edmonton, Alta., Beckman recorded seven points (4G-3A) in his final three games to further cement his spot at the top of the leaderboard.
Throughout the season, Beckman’s torrid scoring pace was highlighted by an 18-game point streak from December 7, 2019 to January 25, 2020, where he tallied 33 points (21G-12A) for the league’s longest streak of the season. Beckman also claimed the WHL’s longest goal-scoring streak this season, posting 16 goals in 10 consecutive games between December 7, 2019 and January 3, 2020.
He posted 32 multi-point performances throughout the regular season, including three five-point games and three four-point efforts. Included in those performances are eight multi-goal games, including three hat tricks.
Beckman joins exclusive company in his capturing of the Bob Clarke Trophy, becoming the first Chief to win the award since Mitch Holmberg (118 points, 2013-14) and just the third overall when including Ray Whitney (185 points, 1990-91).
The 6-foot-1, 174-pound forward has made a strong impression in his time in the WHL. In 132 WHL regular season games, Beckman has recorded 169 points (80G-89A), including 24 power-play goals, one short-handed goal, and 11 game-winning goals. The Chiefs originally selected Beckman in fifth round, 96th overall, of the 2016 WHL Bantam Draft.
The Bob Clarke Trophy, awarded annually to the WHL’s Top Scorer, is named after the WHL and NHL legend known to many as one of the toughest and most skilled to ever play the game. Clarke played two seasons in the WHL and captured the WHL scoring title in both those campaigns. The 1967-68 WHL season saw Clarke collect an astounding 168 points (51G-117A) in 59 appearances. During the 1968-69 season, Clarke registered 137 points (51G-86A) in only 58 games as he helped his hometown Flin Flon Bombers claim the 1969 WHL Championship.
From there, the product of Flin Flon, Man., went on to play 15 NHL seasons with the Philadelphia Flyers, including captaining the Club to two Stanley Cup Championships. He was awarded the Hart Trophy as NHL MVP on three occasions and was named an NHL All-Star four times.
As the recipient of the Bob Clarke Trophy Presented by Kubota, Beckman is now one of three nominees for the Canadian Hockey League’s Top Scorer Award.
Winners of the Bob Clarke Trophy / WHL Top Scorer (since 2000):
2018-19: Joachim Blichfeld, Portland Winterhawks
2017-18: Jayden Halbgewachs, Moose Jaw Warriors*
2016-17: Sam Steel, Regina Pats*
2015-16: Adam Brooks, Regina Pats
2014-15: Oliver Bjorkstrand, Portland Winterhawks
2013-14: Mitch Holmberg, Spokane Chiefs
2012-13: Brendan Leipsic & Nicolas Petan, Portland Winterhawks (tie)*
2011-12: Brendan Shinnimin, Tri-City Americans*
2010-11: Linden Vey, Medicine Hat Tigers*
2009-10: Brandon Kozun, Calgary Hitmen*
2008-09: Casey Pierro-Zabotel, Vancouver Giants
2007-08: Mark Santorelli, Chilliwack Bruins
2006-07: Zach Hamill, Everett Silvertips
2005-06: Troy Brouwer, Moose Jaw Warriors
2004-05: Eric Fehr, Brandon Wheat Kings
2003-04: Tyler Redenbach, Swift Current Broncos
2002-03: Erik Christensen, Kamloops Blazers
2001-02: Nathan Barrett, Lethbridge Hurricanes
2000-01: Justin Mapletoft, Red Deer Rebels
1999-00: Brad Moran, Calgary Hitmen
*Denotes CHL Top Scorer recipient
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.