2017-18 MEN’S HOCKEY AWARDS
Dave “Sweeney” Schriner Trophy (CW leading scorer)
F – Luke Philp, Alberta Golden Bears
2017-18 CW regular season: 28 GP / 11 G – 29 A – 40 Pts.
WHL totals: 309 GP / 119 G – 173 A – 292 Pts. / Kootenay Ice, Red Deer Rebels
In just his second season, Luke Philp has been named the conference’s top player after leading Canada West in scoring with 40 points in 28 games (awarded the Dave “Sweeney” Schriner Trophy as CW leading scorer). A veteran of more than 300 games in the WHL, Philp posted 11 goals and 29 assists for the Bears, who led the conference with a 23-4-1 record.
Nationally, Philp was one of just six players to finish with 40 points or more during the regular season.
The Canmore, Alta. product has carried over the scoring prowess he showed in junior while playing with the Kootenay Ice and Red Deer Rebels, where he combined for 292 points – including 41 in 45 playoff games – over his five-plus seasons in the WHL.
Philp is the first Bear to win the conference’s top individual honour since T.J. Foster, who captured the award during the 2014-15 season, and is now vying for the national player of the year award – the Sullivan Trophy.
“Luke has had a tremendous season and is very deserving of this recognition. He has continued to work hard at improving his game, and what is especially impressive is the consistently high level of compete he brings every time he steps on the ice for games or practices.” – Serge Lajoie, Alberta head coach.
G – Jordon Cooke, Saskatchewan Huskies
Arts & Science
2017-18 CW regular season: 23 GP / 16-7 / .920 SV% / 2.29 GAA / 3 SO
WHL totals: 174 GP / 105 wins, .914 SV%, 10 shutouts / Kelowna Rockets
For the third consecutive season, Saskatchewan’s Jordon Cooke has been named the CW Goaltender of the Year. Quite simply, Cooke has cemented himself as one of the best netminders in conference history, as his 59 career regular season wins is the fifth most in the CW record book, while his 10 career regular season shutouts is tied for third all-time.
Cooke, who played his entire WHL career with the Kelowna Rockets, posted a 16-7 record this season with a .920 SV% and 2.29 GAA – both of which were tops among goalies with at least 1,000 minutes played.
Cooke is the two-time reigning U SPORTS Goalie of the Year, and was also named CW Player of the Year in 2015-16.
Over the last five seasons – including 2017-18 – Cooke has a total of seven goalie of the year awards to his credit, as he was the WHL Goalie of the Year and CHL Goalie of the Year during his final season of junior (2013-14).
“Jordon proved once again why is he is considered one of the best goaltenders to ever play university hockey. He works hard, is a professional and puts us in a place to win each game. We are very fortunate to have him in a Huskies uniform." – Dave Adolph, Saskatchewan head coach.
Mervyn “Red” Dutton Trophy
D – Jason Fram, Alberta Golden Bears
2017-18 CW regular season: 28 GP / 9 G – 14 A – 23 Pts.
WHL totals: 346 GP / 35 G – 166 A – 210 Pts. / Spokane Chiefs
The Mervyn “Red” Dutton Trophy winner as the conference’s top defenceman is Alberta’s Jason Fram. The second-year Arts student finished third in conference scoring among defenceman with 23 points in 28 games (9 G – 14 A).
His plus-25 rating was the best in Canada West, as he played a pivotal role in Alberta’s first-place finish during the regular season.
Fram played more than 300 games in the WHL before joining the Bears, completing his entire junior career with the Spokane Chiefs, where he accumulated 210 combined points.
“I really like how Jason's game has evolved over the course of this season. He has become a very well rounded defenceman who plays in every key situation for us. He has excellent poise with the puck and his decisions on transition are high level. It is great for Jason to be recognized for the excellent season he is having.” – Serge Lajoie, Alberta head coach.
U of A Hockey Alumni Trophy
F – Steven Owre, Alberta Golden Bears
2017-18 CW regular season: 28 GP / 17 G – 11 A – 28 Pts.
WHL totals: 323 GP / 86 G – 159 A – 245 Pts. / Medicine Hat Tigers
For the second straight season, an Alberta Golden Bear takes home the U of A Hockey Alumni Trophy as the CW Rookie of the Year. Forward Steven Owre joins teammate Tyson Baillie – last year’s winner – on the prestigious list of top rookies.
Owre finished first among conference first-year players in points this season with 28 in as many games, but more impressively was the Canada West goal scoring king with 17 goals.
“Steven came into the season and literally earned every opportunity to play a big role on our team. His versatility has made him a valuable contributor to our success so far this season. To be chosen for this award among all the excellent first-year players across the league is quite the accomplishment for Steven and is well deserved.” – Serge Lajoie, Alberta head coach.
UBC Hockey Alumni Trophy
F – Josh Roach, Saskatchewan Huskies
2017-18 CW regular season: 27 GP / 13 G – 24 A – 37 Pts.
Veteran forward Josh Roach has taken home the CW Sportsmanship and Ability award after finishing second in conference scoring with 37 points in 27 games for the Saskatchewan Huskies.
Roach enjoyed the best offensive season of his five-year CW career, surpassing his 26-point season from 2016-17.
His plus-19 rating was the best of any skater outside of Alberta, while his 13 goals were tied for fourth in the conference.
“Finding quality five-year student-athletes is the key to most team’s success in the Canada West and we had that with Josh. He kept getting better in the classroom and on the ice each and every year. A quality recruit from the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League, Josh has made our team better with his competitive drive and his willingness to improve every year. He is the perfect representative for what this league is about.” – Dave Adolph, Saskatchewan head coach.
Randy Gregg Award nominee
D – Kendall McFaull, Saskatchewan Huskies
2017-18 CW regular season: 27 GP / 4 G – 5 A – 9 Pts.
WHL totals: 294 GP / 17 G – 45 A – 62 Pts. / Moose Jaw Warriors
A Canada West all-rookie or all-star every one of his five seasons, Kendall McFaull has come to epitomize what it means to be a student-athlete. The Engineering student established himself as one of the toughest defenceman to play against during his CW career, playing in 139 regular season games over the last five seasons.
A four-year captain of the Huskies, McFaull has spent time off the ice volunteering for various organizations including: Huskie Athletes Academic Council, Huskie Homeroom, Saskatoon Minor Hockey, and Recess Guardians – a program which helps elementary students learn to interact and develop leadership skills through games and social interaction.
In the classroom, McFaull is set to graduate with an engineering degree, and entered his final semester with an average of 88 per cent during the current academic year.
“Our captain Kendall McFaull has all the ingredients to be successful in life. Kendall has routinely been considered one of the top defenceman in university hockey, has continually been strong academically and gives back to the community. He is an impeccably mature young man who will continue to reach great heights and follows in a long line of former Huskies who have won this award before him.” – Dave Adolph, Saskatchewan head coach.
Sven Butenschon, UBC Thunderbirds
2017-18 CW regular season record: 16-10-2 (fourth CW)
WHL experience: 202 GP / 10 G – 75 A – 85 Pts. / Brandon Wheat Kings
In just his second season leading the UBC Thunderbirds, Sven Butenschon has been named the CW Coach of the Year.
The former Brandon Wheat King, Vancouver Canuck, and German Olympian guided UBC to a 16-10-2 record this season, helping the T-Birds secure just their second home playoff series since 1971.
Butenschon, who posted a 12-13-3 record during his first season in 2016-17, is the first UBC head coach to win the conference award since Milan Dragicevic claimed the honour during the 2011-12 season.
He is looking to become the first coach in UBC men’s hockey history to earn the national award – the Father George Kehoe Memorial Award – when U SPORTS hosts its annual awards gala in two weeks at the University Cup in Fredericton, N.B.
“We are very impressed with Sven’s development as a head coach. He is open to new ideas and inclusion of sports science in a sport where traditions hold strong. His passion and commitment has shown in the program’s continued development. We are very proud to see Sven recognized for his dedication and leadership.” – Gilles Lepine, UBC Senior Athletics Director.
Other CW awards:
Adam Kryczka Memorial Trophy – lowest team GAA
2.14, Alberta Golden Bears – Brendan Burke & Zach Sawchenko
The Fair Play Trophy – fewest team penalty minutes
312 – Mount Royal Cougars
2017-18 CW MEN'S HOCKEY ALL-STARS & ALL-ROOKIES
Name / Position / University / Year / Hometown / Last WHL team (total WHL GP)
Jordon Cooke / G / Saskatchewan / 4 / Leduc, Alta. / Kelowna Rockets (174)
Jason Fram / D / Alberta / 2 / Delta, B.C. / Spokane Chiefs (346)
Jesse Lees / D / Mount Royal / 2 / Calgary, Alta. / Prince Albert Raiders (318)
Luke Philp / F / Alberta / 2 / Canmore, Alta. / Red Deer Rebels (309)
Josh Roach / F / Saskatchewan / 5 / Saskatoon, Sask.
Michael St. Croix / F / Manitoba / 3 / Winnipeg, Man. / Edmonton Oil Kings (326)
Name / Position / University / Year / Hometown / Last WHL team (total WHL GP)
Matt Hewitt / G / UBC / 5 / New Westminster, B.C. / Regina Pats (150)
Kendall McFaull / D / Saskatchewan / 5 / Rosetown, Sask. / Moose Jaw Warriors (294)
Adam Henry / D / Manitoba / 3 / Winnipeg, Man. / Portland Winterhawks (265)
Logan McVeigh / F / Saskatchewan / 3 / Kenaston, Sask. / Kamloops Blazers (340)
Mitch Maxwell / F / Lethbridge / 5 / Magrath, Alta. / Lethbridge Hurricanes (142)
Chris Collins / F / Calgary / 5 / Calgary, Alta. / Saskatoon Blades (219)
Name / Position / University / Hometown / Last WHL team (total WHL GP)
Jordan Papirny / G / Calgary / Edmonton, Alta. / Swift Current Broncos (265)
Clayton Kirichenko / D / Alberta / Sherwood Park, Alta. / Medicine Hat Tigers (249)
Ryan Gagnon / D / Calgary / Quesnel, B.C. / Victoria Royals (358)
Steven Owre / F / Alberta / Rocklin, Calif. / Medicine Hat Tigers (322)
Zak Zborosky / F / Regina / Regina, Sask. / Lethbridge Hurricanes (292)
Bradley Kennedy / F / Mount Royal / Antigonish, N.S. / Halifax Mooseheads (QMJHL – 258)