Thursday, 23 April 2015

McGauley up for WHL's Top Award

Tim McGauley
  The Brandon Wheat Kings have a finalist for the Western Hockey League's Player of the Year Award for the first time in a decade.

  Tim McGauley was named the Eastern Conference nominee on Thursday after a season in which he finished third in the league in scoring with 105 points.

  "It's definitely an honour and an accomplishment for sure but, in the end, this wasn't the main goal," said McGauley on Thursday, "The goal was to win a championship so I still have work to do."

  McGauley finished in the top-six in the WHL in several offensive categories including goals (42), assists (63), points (105), plus-minus (+43), game-winning goals (8) and first goals (8).

  "I just tried to play my role, just be a two-way player, play both ends of the rink and be more focused on that and the points just came over the year," said McGauley, "It was more of a surreal season, I don't think anyone saw it coming, so to have it happen as it did was real nice and to be nomined for Player of the Year is a huge honour, for sure."

  Among McGauley's other accomplishments this season was a 24-game point-scoring streak from January 16 to March 13, the longest point-scoring streak in the WHL in 18 years.

  "For the most part, I've been trying to play both ends of the rink and play defence fast and, ultimately, it leads to offence and it did," said McGauley, "I kept playing the same all year long and the defence really helped my game and helped me to move the puck quickly up ice and that transferred into a lot of offence."

  McGauley is the first Wheat King to be a finalist for the Player of the Year award since Eric Fehr won the award in 2004-2005, and the fifth Wheat King to be nominated for a WHL honour

  Nolan Patrick is up for Rookie of the Year, Ivan Provorov is a finalists for Defenceman of the Year, Peter Quenneville is nominated for Most Sportsmanlike Player and Kelly McCrimmon is the Eastern Conference nominee for Executive of the Year.

  McGauley will be in tough to try and become the sixth Brandon player to win the Four Broncos Memorial Trophy.

  The Western Conference nominee is the WHL top goal and point getter, Oliver Bjorkstrand of the Portland Winterhawks.

  He finished the season with 63 goals, 118 points and a league-leading +60 rating.

  The WHL will hand out their hardware at an awards luncheon in Calgary on May 6th.

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