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CBJ Prospect Kris Russell Finalist For Two WHL Trophies

by Staff Writer / Columbus Blue Jackets
The Western Hockey League announced the WHL Eastern and Western Conference finalists for 2005-06 on Friday. The finalists for each award were determined through voting by General Managers, coaches, broadcast and media representatives of all 20 WHL Member Clubs.

Columbus Blue Jacket 2005 third round pick and current Team Capatin for Medicine Hat, D Kris Russell was the Eastern Conference Finalist for both the Bill Hunter Memorial Trophy, awarded to the WHL's Top Defenseman, and the Brad Hornung Trophy, awarded to the Most Sportsmanlike Player.

Russell finished the WHL regular season posting 14-33-47 with a +8 rating in 55 games, while finishing with just 18 penalty minutes to help lead the team to the Scotty Munro Memorial Trophy, awarded to the WHL's Top Team. (47-16-1-8, 103 pts.)Russell also earned a Gold Medal at the World Junior Championships in January, scoring 1-3-4, with a +6 plus/minus rating, which was second on the team. His four points ranked eighth amongst defenesmen, while his +6 was also tied for eighth in the tournament

The recipients of all WHL individual awards will be announced at the WHL 2006 Awards Luncheon, which will be held in Calgary, Alberta, at the Round-Up Centre on Wednesday, May 3rd, 2006.

2005-2006 WHL INDIVIDUAL AWARD FINALISTS
Player of the Year, Four Broncos Memorial Trophy
Eastern Conference – Justin Pogge (Penticton, BC), Calgary Hitmen
Western Conference – Justin Keller (Summerland, BC), Kelowna Rockets

Rookie of the Year, Jim Piggott Memorial Trophy
Eastern Conference – Brandon Sutter (Red Deer, AB), Red Deer Rebels
Western Conference – Peter Mueller (Bloomington, MN), Everett Silvertips

Goaltender of the Year, Del Wilson Trophy
Eastern Conference – Justin Pogge (Penticton, BC), Calgary Hitmen
Western Conference – Dustin Slade (Penticton, BC), Vancouver Giants

Defenseman of the Year, Bill Hunter Memorial Trophy
Eastern Conference – Kris Russell (Caroline, AB), Medicine Hat Tigers
Western Conference – Paul Albers (Melville, SK), Vancouver Giants

Scholastic Player of the Year, Daryl K. (Doc) Seaman Trophy
Eastern Conference – Brennen Wray (Moose Jaw, SK), Moose Jaw Warriors
Western Conference – Matt Kassian (Sherwood Park, AB) Kamloops Blazers

Humanitarian Player of the Year, Doug Wickenheiser Memorial Trophy
Eastern Conference – Wacey Rabbit (Calgary, AB), Saskatoon Blades
Western Conference – Ryan Gibbons (West Vancouver, BC) Seattle Thunderbirds

Most Sportsmanlike Player of the Year, Brad Hornung Trophy
Eastern Conference – Kris Russell (Caroline, AB), Medicine Hat Tigers
Western Conference – John Lammers (Langley, BC) Everett Silvertips

Coach of the Year, Dunc McCallum Memorial Trophy
Eastern Conference – Will Desjardins (Climax, SK) Medicine Hat Tigers
Western Conference – Don Hay (Kamloops, BC) Vancouver Giants

Executive of the Year, Lloyd Saunders Memorial Trophy
Eastern Conference – Chad Lang (Regina, SK) Moose Jaw Warriors
Western Conference – Scott Bonner (Edmonton, AB) Vancouver Giants

Regular Season Champions, Scotty Munro Memorial Trophy
Medicine Hat Tigers

Top Scorer – Bob Clarke Trophy
Troy Brouwer (Delta, BC), Moose Jaw Warriors

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