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Kichton named Western Conference Defenseman of the Year

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Brenden Kichton has been named the Western Conference Defenseman of the Year. Brenden Kichton has been named the Western Conference Defenseman of the Year.
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Courtesy Spokane Shock

The Western Hockey League announced today that Spokane Chief defenseman Brenden Kichton has been named the Western Conference Defenseman of the Year and a first team all-star for the second straight season.

Kichton is the first Spokane player to earn first team all-star honors in back-to-back seasons and is now the Western Conference nominee for the Bill Hunter Memorial Trophy, the honor given to the WHL's Top Defenseman. Morgan Rielly of the Moose Jaw Warriors is the Eastern Conference nominee.

Kichton led all WHL defensemen in scoring with 22 goals, 63 assists and 85 points. He is a three time winner of the organization's John "Hitman" Hern Defenseman of the Year and two time winner of the Chiefs' Player of the Year honor.

The Western Hockey League also announced all other Eastern and Western Conference 2013 WHL Award Finalists. The WHL Player of the Year finalists will be named on Thursday, April 18th, 2013. The winners of these awards along with the WHL Player of the Year will be announced at the 2013 WHL Awards Luncheon in Calgary, Alberta on Wednesday, May 1st, 2013.

The WHL Eastern and Western Conference All-Star Teams are as follows:

WHL WESTERN CONFERENCE ALL-STAR TEAMS

FIRST ALL-STAR TEAM

Goaltender – Mac Carruth (Shorewood, MN),Portland Winterhawks

Defenceman – Brenden Kichton (Spruce Grove, AB), Spokane Chiefs

Defenceman – Seth Jones (Plano, TX), Portland Winterhawks

Forward – Colin Smith (Edmonton, AB), Kamloops Blazers

Forward – Justin Feser (Red Deer, AB), Tri-City Americans

Forward – Nicolas Petan (Delta, BC), Portland Winterhawks

SECOND ALL-STAR TEAM

Goaltender – Jordon Cooke (Leduc, AB), Kelowna Rockets

Defenceman – Troy Rutkowski (Edmonton, AB),Portland Winterhawks

Defenceman – Tyler Wotherspoon (Surrey, BC), Portland Winterhawks

Forward – Brendan Leipsic (Winnipeg, MB), Portland Winterhawks

Forward – Ty Rattie (Airdrie, AB), Portland Winterhawks

Forward – Myles Bell (Calgary, AB), Kelowna Rockets

 

WHL EASTERN CONFERENCE ALL-STAR TEAMS

FIRST ALL-STAR TEAM

Goaltender – Patrik Bartosak (Koprivnice, CZR), Red Deer Rebels

Defenceman – Morgan Rielly (Vancouver, BC), Moose Jaw Warriors

Defenceman – Darren Dietz (Medicine Hat, AB) Saskatoon Blades

Forward – Adam Lowry (Calgary, AB), Swift Current Broncos*

Forward – Michael St. Croix (Winnipeg, MB), Edmonton Oil Kings

Forward – Curtis Valk (Medicine Hat), Medicine Hat Tigers

* indicates unanimous selection

SECOND ALL-STAR TEAM

Goaltender – Laurent Brossoit (Surrey, BC), Edmonton Oil Kings

Defenceman – Alex Roach (Quensel, B.C), Calgary Hitmen

Defenceman – Keegan Lowe (Edmonton, AB), Edmonton Oil Kings

Forward – Sam Reinhart (Vancouver, BC),Kootenay Ice

Forward – Cody Sylvester (Vernon, BC), Calgary Hitmen

Forward – Hunter Shinkaruk (Calgary, AB), Medicine Hat Tigers

 

WHL WESTERN CONFERENCE ALL-STAR TEAMS

FIRST ALL-STAR TEAM

Goaltender – Mac Carruth (Shorewood, MN),Portland Winterhawks

Defenceman – Brenden Kichton (Spruce Grove, AB), Spokane Chiefs

Defenceman – Seth Jones (Plano, TX), Portland Winterhawks

Forward – Colin Smith (Edmonton, AB), Kamloops Blazers

Forward – Justin Feser (Red Deer, AB), Tri-City Americans

Forward – Nicolas Petan (Delta, BC), Portland Winterhawks

SECOND ALL-STAR TEAM

Goaltender – Jordon Cooke (Leduc, AB), Kelowna Rockets

Defenceman – Troy Rutkowski (Edmonton, AB),Portland Winterhawks

Defenceman – Tyler Wotherspoon (Surrey, BC), Portland Winterhawks

Forward – Brendan Leipsic (Winnipeg, MB), Portland Winterhawks

Forward – Ty Rattie (Airdrie, AB), Portland Winterhawks

Forward – Myles Bell (Calgary, AB), Kelowna Rockets

 

The WHL announced the Finalists in the following categories.

WHL Rookie of the Year, Jim Piggott Memorial Trophy

Eastern Conference – Leon Draisaitl (Cologne, Germany), Prince Albert Raiders

Western Conference – Seth Jones (Plano, TX), Portland Winterhawks

WHL Goaltender of the Year, Del Wilson Trophy

Eastern Conference – Patrik Bartosak (Koprivnice, CZR), Red Deer Rebels

Western Conference – Mac Carruth (Shorewood, MN), Portland Winterhawks

WHL Defenceman of the Year, Bill Hunter Memorial Trophy

Eastern Conference – Morgan Rielly (Vancouver, BC), Moose Jaw Warriors

Western Conference – Brenden Kichton (Spruce Grove, AB), Spokane Chiefs

 

WHL Most Sportsmanlike Player of the Year, Brad Hornung Trophy

Eastern Conference – Dylan Wruck (Saskatoon, SK), Edmonton Oil Kings

Western Conference – Zach Franko (Winnipeg, MB), Kelowna Rockets

WHL Scholastic Player of the Year, Daryl K. (Doc) Seaman Memorial Trophy

Eastern Conference – Josh Morrissey (Calgary, AB), Prince Albert Raiders

Western Conference – Rourke Chartier (Saskatoon, SK), Kelowna Rockets

WHL Coach of the Year, Dunc McCallum Memorial Trophy

Eastern Conference – Ryan McGill, Kootenay Ice

Western Conference – Ryan Huska, Kelowna Rockets

 

WHL Executive of the Year, Lloyd Saunders Memorial Trophy

Eastern Conference – Bob Green, Edmonton Oil Kings

Western Conference – Bruce Hamilton, Kelowna Rockets

WHL Humanitarian of the Year, Doug Wickenheiser Memorial Trophy

Eastern Conference – Cody Sylvester (Vernon , BC), Calgary Hitmen

Western Conference – Mitch Topping (Red Deer, AB), Tri City Americans

WHL Marketing / Business Award

Eastern Conference – Saskatoon Blades

Western Conference – Kamloops Blazers

 

WHL Regular Season Champions, Scotty Munro Memorial Trophy

Portland Winterhawks: GP – 72 W – 57 L – 12 OTL – 1 SL – 2 Pts – 117

 

WHL Top Scorer – Bob Clarke Trophy

Brendan Leipsic– (Winnipeg, MB) Portland Winterhawks

GP – 68 G – 49 A – 71 Pts – 120 PIM – 103

Nicolas Petan – (Delta, BC) Portland Winterhawks

GP – 71 G – 46 A – 74 Pts – 120 PIM – 43

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