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Steel Named WHL Eastern Conference Player of the Year

by Anaheim Ducks / AnaheimDucks.com

Ducks prospect Sam Steel (first round pick, 30th overall in 2016) today was named the Western Hockey League (WHL) Eastern Conference Player of the Year (Four Broncos Memorial Trophy). Steel also won the Bob Clarke Trophy as the WHL's top scorer. In 66 games with Regina this season, Steel recorded 50-81=131 points with a +49 rating to lead all Canadian Hockey League players in scoring (includes Western Hockey League, Ontario Hockey League & Quebec Major Junior Hockey League).

Steel's 131 points were the most in the CHL by a player age 19-or-younger since Patrick Kane (145 points for London) and John Tavares (134 points for Oshawa) in 2006-07. Steel also recorded the highest points per game average (1.98) of any WHL player age 19-or-under since Jarome Iginla (2.16) of Kamloops in 1995-96. 

Regina enters the 2017 WHL playoffs as the top seed in the East and will begin its opening-round seven-game series against the Calgary Hitmen on Friday, March 24.

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