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Hitmen dominate WHL all-star selections

by Staff Writer / Calgary Flames

Calgary, AB - The Western Hockey League announced today the 2008-09 WHL Conference First and Second All-Star Teams and the Conference Finalists for the 2008-09 WHL Awards. The list includes six Calgary Hitmen players and Hitmen GM Kelly Kisio, who is nominated as WHL executive of the year.

Hitmen named to the first all-star team were d-man Paul Postma and forwards Brett Sonne and Brandon Kozun. Goaltender Martin Jones, defenceman Michael Stone and forward Joel Broda were named to the second all-star team. Postma is nominated for top WHL defenceman.

Two Calgary Flames prospects, defencemen John Negrin and Keith Aulie, were named to the WHL all-star teams.

The Hitmen begin their first round playoff series against Edmonton on Thursday, March 19 at the Pengrowth Saddledome. For more information on the Calgary Hitmen, please visit hitmenhockey.com.

The WHL Player of the Year finalists will be announced on Wednesday, April 15th, 2009.
 
The WHL Eastern and Western Conference All-Star Teams are as follows:

WHL EASTERN CONFERENCE ALL-STAR TEAMS

FIRST ALL-STAR TEAM
Goaltender – Braden Holtby (Marshall, SK), Saskatoon Blades *
Defenceman – Paul Postma (Red Deer, AB), Calgary Hitmen *
Defenceman – Keith Aulie (Rouleau, SK), Brandon Wheat Kings
Forward – Brett Sonne (Maple Ridge, BC), Calgary Hitmen *
Forward – Brandon Kozun (Calgary, AB), Calgary Hitmen

Forward – Tyler Ennis (Edmonton, AB), Medicine Hat Tigers

SECOND ALL-STAR TEAM
Goaltender – Martin Jones (North Vancouver, BC), Calgary Hitmen
Defenceman – Michael Stone (Winnipeg, MB), Calgary Hitmen
Defenceman – John Negrin (West Vancouver, BC), Swift Current Broncos
Forward – Joel Broda (Prince Albert, SK), Calgary Hitmen

Forward – Justin Bernhardt (Yorkton, SK), Prince Albert Raiders
Forward – Brayden Schenn (Saskatoon, SK), Brandon Wheat Kings
 
WHL WESTERN CONFERENCE ALL-STAR TEAMS

FIRST ALL-STAR TEAM
Goaltender – Chet Pickard (Winnipeg, MB), Tri-City Americans
Defenceman – Jonathon Blum (Rancho Santa Margarita, CA), Vancouver Giants *
Defenceman – Thomas Hickey (Calgary, AB), Seattle Thunderbirds
Forward – Casey Pierro-Zabotel (Kamloops, BC), Vancouver Giants *
Forward – Jamie Benn (Victoria, BC), Kelowna Rockets      
Forward – Evander Kane (Vancouver, BC), Vancouver Giants

SECOND ALL-STAR TEAM
Goaltender – Dustin Tokarski (Watson, SK), Spokane Chiefs
Defenceman – Tyler Myers (DeWinton, AB), Kelowna Rockets
Defenceman – Brent Regner (Newbrook, AB), Vancouver Giants      
Forward – Drayson Bowman (Littleton, CO), Spokane Chiefs
Forward – Colin Long (Santa Ana, CA), Kelowna Rockets
Forward – Taylor Procyshen (Emerald Park, SK), Tri-City Americans

*   indicates unanimous selection

The WHL announced the Award Finalists in the following categories.

WHL Rookie of the Year, Jim Piggott Memorial Trophy
Eastern Conference – Jordan Weal (North Vancouver, BC), Regina Pats
Western Conference – Brett Connolly (Prince George, BC), Prince George Cougars

WHL Goaltender of the Year, Del Wilson Trophy
Eastern Conference – Braden Holtby (Marshall, SK), Saskatoon Blades
Western Conference – Chet Pickard (Winnipeg, MB), Tri-City Americans

WHL Defenceman of the Year, Bill Hunter Memorial Trophy
Eastern Conference – Paul Postma (Red Deer, AB), Calgary Hitmen
Western Conference – Jonathon Blum (Rancho Santa Margarita, CA) Vancouver, BC
 
WHL Most Sportsmanlike Player of the Year, Brad Hornung Trophy
Eastern Conference – Tyler Ennis (Edmonton, AB) Medicine Hat Tigers
Western Conference – Colin Long (Santa Ana, CA), Kelowna Rockets


WHL Scholastic Player of the Year, Daryl K. (Doc) Seaman Trophy
Eastern Conference – Stefan Elliott (North Vancouver, BC) Saskatoon Blades
Western Conference – Tyler Maxwell (Manhattan Beach, CA) Everett Silvertips

WHL Coach of the Year, Dunc McCallum Memorial Trophy
Eastern Conference – Lorne Molleken, Saskatoon Blades
Western Conference –  Don Hay, Vancouver Giants
 
WHL Executive of the Year, Lloyd Saunders Memorial Trophy
Eastern Conference – Kelly Kisio, Calgary Hitmen
Western Conference – Scott Bonner, Vancouver Giants
 
WHL Regular Season Champions, Scotty Munro Memorial Trophy
Calgary Hitmen:   GP – 72          W – 59      L – 9      OTL – 3      SL – 1    Pts – 122
 
WHL Top Scorer – Bob Clarke Trophy
Casey Pierro-Zabotel – (Kamloops, BC) Vancouver Giants
GP – 72                        G – 36              A – 79               Pts – 115                      PIM - 52
 
 
The winners of these awards along with the WHL Player of the Year will be announced at the 2008-09 WHL Awards Luncheon in Edmonton, Alberta on Wednesday, April 29th, 2009.

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