Thursday, April 26, 2012
GLENDALE, ARIZONA --- Phoenix Coyotes prospect Brendan Shinnimin has been named the Western Hockey League’s (WHL) Western Conference Player of the Year. Shinnimin has also been named one of two finalists for the WHL’s Player of the Year (Emerson Etem – Medicine Hat).
The 5-foot-10, 180 pound Shinnimin recorded 58-76-134 in 69 games with the Tri-City Americans (WHL) this season, earning him the Bob Clarke trophy as the WHL’s leading regular season scorer. Shinnimin’s 134 points marks the highest point total for a WHL player since the Pavel Brendl (Calgary) recorded 134 points during the 1998-99 season. In 14 postseason games, he has produced 7-15-22, including three game-winning goals, leading the Americans to the Western Conference Final.
The 21-year-old was named the Canadian Hockey League (CHL) Player of the Month for February in addition to the WHL Player of the Month for February, leading all WHL scorers by collecting an unprecedented 43 points (20-23-43) in just 14 games.
The Winnipeg, Manitoba native set career highs in goals (58), assists (76), points (134) and plus-minus (plus-45) this season. In 267 regular season games (four full seasons) with the Americans, Shinnimin has recorded 131-206-337. In 57 career postseason contests, he has registered 19-44-63.