Canadian Hockey League Award Winners announced
Sidney Crosby of the Rimouski Oceanic picked up four awards, including
The Hockey Company Player of the Year Award, at the CHL Awards Luncheon
today in Kelowna, B.C. -- Photo by Tim Swanky
Kelowna, BC - The Canadian Hockey League presented their major awards
for the 2003-04 season today during the CHL Awards Luncheon at the
MasterCard Memorial Cup.
CGC Top Scorer Award / CHL Rookie of the Year / The Hockey Company CHL
Player of the Year
Sidney Crosby, Rimouski Oceanic (QMJHL)
Crosby exploded onto the Canadian Hockey League scene after being the
top pick in the QMJHL draft. The Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia rookie was
the first 16-year-old player to win the CHL scoring title with 54 goals
and 81 assists for 135 points in 59 games. Crosby also became the fifth
16-year-old to play for Team Canada at the World Junior Championships
last January in Finland. He was the CHL player of the week three times.
MasterCard Most Outstanding Defenceman - James Wisniewski, Plymouth
Wisniewski scored 17 goals and 53 assists for 70 points in 50 games to
help Plymouth to a 32-24-9-3 record this season. The 20-year-old native
of Canton, Michigan was a fifth round pick of the Chicago Blackhawks in
the 2002 NHL Entry Draft. The Whalers captain was named OHL defenceman
of the month in October and March and won a gold medal with Team U.S.A.
at the World Junior Championships in Finland in January.
Vaughn Custom Sports Most Outstanding Goaltender Award - Cam Ward, Red
Deer Rebels (WHL)
In his third season with the Rebels, Ward posted a 31-16-8 record with
four shutouts, a 2.05 goals-against average and .905 save percentage.
The 20-year-old native of Sherwood Park, Alberta, was among the top
three goaltenders in the league in nearly every statistical category. He
was even better in the playoffs, helping the Rebels reach the Eastern
Conference final while recording three shutouts to go with a 1.85 GAA
and .945 save percentage.
Home Hardware Humanitarian of the Year - Chris Campoli, Erie Otters
Campoli, a 19-year-old Mississauga, Ontario native, was very active in
the Erie community, volunteering more than 230 hours to special causes.
Campoli spent more than 100 hours in the Shriner's Hospital for Children
outpatient clinic. The Otters captain helped check patients into their
rooms, escorted patients to x-ray and assisted the clinical staff with
Prospects Hockey Scholastic Player of the Year - Devan Dubnyk, Kamloops
Dubnyk, an 18-year-old goaltender from Calgary, is completing his
high-school studies in his hometown, after attending Kamloops' NorKam
Secondary during the hockey season. Dubnyk is also projected as a
first-round selection in the upcoming NHL Entry Draft in Raleigh, NC on
June 26th and 27th. Dubnyk becomes the second Blazer to win this
prestigious award. Scott Niedermayer is the only other Blazer to have
put his name on that trophy, doing so in 1991.
Bell Canada Sportsman Award - Benoit Mondou, Shawinigan Cataractes
Mondou led the Cataractes with 61 assists and 95 points while
accumulating just 32 minutes in penalties in 68 games this season. The
19-year-old native of Sorel, Quebec was an eighth round pick of the
Boston Bruins last June. The third-year player was the QMJHL,s rookie of
the year in 2002.
RE/MAX Brian Kilrea Coach of the Year Award - Dale Hunter, London
Hunter, a 43-year-old native of Petrolia, Ontario, guided the Knights to
a 53-11-2-2 record and their first OHL regular season championship. The
team established a new league record with 110 points in the regular
season. They lost just three times at home in 2003-04 and won 16 of
their final 17 games to finish the season. After playing three seasons
in the OHL with the Kitchener Rangers and Sudbury Wolves, Hunter enjoyed
a 19-year playing career in the National Hockey League with Quebec,
Washington and Colorado before retiring in 1999.
Canada Post Cup - Sidney Crosby, Rimouski Oceanic (QMJHL and overall
winner) / Josh Harding, Brandon Wheat Kings (WHL winner) / Eric
Himelfarb, Kingston Frontenacs (OHL winner)
Throughout the entire season, the three stars of each game in the OHL,
QMJHL and WHL were awarded points towards the Canada Post Cup. The first
star of a game received 10 points, the second star received five points
and the third star received two points. The overall winners from each
league at the conclusion of the 2003-04 season were recognized at the
CHL Awards Ceremony and Canada Post donated $2,500 in each winner,s name
to their respective league education program. Canada Post donated more
than $10,000 to the league educational programs through this event.