Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Plenty of League Accolades for Wheat Kings

Ivan Provorov was named a finalist for Defenceman of the
Year and a first-team all-star on Wednesday.
  Lots of accolades for members of the Brandon Wheat Kings Wednesday as the Western Hockey League announced the finalists for its various awards.

  Ivan Provorov is up Defenceman of the Year, Peter Quenneville is up for Most Sportsmanlike Player and Nolan Patrick is the Eastern Conference finalist for Rookie of the Year.

  Patrick led all WHL rookies in goals with 30, becoming just the third 16-year old in the last 20 years to score 30 or more in their rookie season.

  "It's obviously exciting to get noticed for that award," said Patrick, who finished third in rookie scoring with 56 points, "I can't take all the credit for that...I played with a bunch of great players this year that helped me out the whole way so I have to give them a lot of credit."

  Patrick would be the first Wheat King to win the Jim Piggott Memorial Trophy since Brayden Schenn in 2007-2008.

  Kailer Yamamoto of the Spokane Chiefs is the Western Conference nominee for Rookie of the Year.

  Provorov will be opposed by Seattle's Shea Theodore for the Bill Hunter Trophy as Top Defenceman.

  Provorov led all WHL rookies in scoring and was fourth in defencemen scoring with 61 points after being chosen by Brandon in the first round of the 2014 CHL Import Draft.

Nolan Patrick is up for
Rookie of the Year
  "I think the transition for me was easy because this is my fourth year in North America.  The USHL, where I played last year, is a physical, fast league," said Provorov, "I played hard every night and try to do everything I can to help the team win."

  The 2014-15 campaign is actually Provorov's fourth in North America after playing two seasons, Bantam and Midget, in Wilkes-Barre before joining the USHL's Cedar Rapids Roughriders last year.

  Quenneville finished third on the Wheat Kings in scoring this season with 75 points, accumulating just 20 penalty minutes (10 minors)while also serving as Brandon's captain this season.

  "I think it's always cool to be recognized in the league," said Quenneville, "It's a great league and a lot of great players and to be recognized for an award, no matter which one it is, is pretty cool."

  In addition to the three players up for awards, Brandon GM/Coach Kelly McCrimmon is the Eastern Conference Finalist for Executive of the Year, an award he's won twice previously.

  Three Brandon players were also named to the Eastern Conference all-star teams.

  Provorov and Tim McGauley, who finished third in the league in scoring, were named to the first-team while goaltender Jordan Papirny was a second team all-star.

Peter Quenneville is a nominee
for Most Sportsmanlike Player
  Others of note include Elkhorn product Travis Sanheim of the Calgary Hitmen being named an Eastern Conference first team all-star while Oak River's John Paddock of the Regina Pats being named the Eastern Conference nominee for Coach of the Year.

  The league award winners will be announced on May 6th, while the finalists for the Player of the Year Award will be announced at a later date.

Chaff...the WHL Bantam Draft lottery was held Wednesday with the Spokane Chiefs winning.  They will select first overall at the draft on May 7.  Brandon have the final pick of the first round, 21st overall...WHL Commissioner Ron Robison will be in Brandon Thursday to present the Scotty Munro Memorial Trophy was regular season champions to the Wheat Kings prior to their playoff opener against Edmonton.

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