See the full league release here: http://bchl.ca/2017-bchl-awards
by Arch Ecker
The Wenatchee Wild have enjoyed a tremendous season, and their accomplishments did not go unnoticed as BCHL coaches voted on Annual Awards. Wenatchee was represented in three categories and after the final votes were cast, the Wild claimed all three, as announced by the BCHL this afternoon.
MOST VALUABLE PLAYER (Vern Dye Memorial Trophy): Brendan Harris, who led the BCHL with 98 points in the regular season. The other finalists were Matthew Galajda (Victoria Grizzlies) and Mat Robson (Penticton Vees).
MOST SPORTSMANLIKE PLAYER (Bob Fenton Trophy): Brendan Harris amassed only 14 penalty minutes in 57 games played this season. The other finalists were Cam Donaldson (Powell River Kings) and Grant Cruikshank (Penticton Vees).
COACH OF THE YEAR (Joe Tennant Memorial Trophy): Head Coach / GM Bliss Littler led the Wild to the best record in the BCHL, and the best record in franchise history (45-9-4). Other finalists were Craig Didmon (Victoria Grizzlies) and Fred Harbinson (Penticton Vees).
Other awards claimed by the Wild this season, earned by statistics as opposed to votes:
RON BOILEAU MEMORIAL TROPHY: The BCHL awards this trophy to the team with the most points in the regular season. The Wild earned this trophy with a record of 45-9-4, good for 94 points.
BRETT HULL TROPHY: Named in honor of former BCHL and National Hockey League superstar Brett Hull, this trophy is awarded to the player who accumulates the most total points during the regular season. This award goes to Brendan Harris, who accumulated 98 points (23 goals, and a league-best 75 assists).
BCHL Playoffs begin on Friday. All Wild games are aired live locally on Sunny FM 93.9 and available online with pay-per-view at HockeyTV.com. Away game watch parties take place at Riverside Pub. The first round of the BCHL playoffs for the Wild begins Saturday March 4 at 7:05 at home against the Prince George Spruce Kings in Game 1 of the best-of-seven Mainland Division SemiFinals. Game 2 is Sunday at 5:15 pm before the series shifts up to Prince George for Games 3 and 4, and if necessary, Game 5. Tickets are on sale now at the Wild Office, the Town Toyota Center Box Office, and online at: tickets.wenatcheewildhockey.com. Fans are encouraged to wear blue to first round home games.
Stay up to date with the team all year long on Facebook (facebook.com/wenatcheewildhockey), Twitter (@WenatcheeWild1), YouTube (Wen Wild), Snapchat (wwildhockey), Instagram (Wenatchee_wild), and on the team’s official website (wenatcheewildhockey.com). Catch “Call of the Wild” every Thursday night at 8 pm, along with a tape delayed Wild Game of the Week on NCW Life Channel. Download our free “Wenatchee Wild” app for your iOS or Android device. Home game photos are online at: wildhockeyphotos.com.