The Western Hockey League announced today that Spokane Chief defenseman Brenden Kichton has been named the Western Conference Defenseman of the Year and a first team all-star for the second straight season.
Kichton is the first Spokane player to earn first team all-star honors in back-to-back seasons and is now the Western Conference nominee for the Bill Hunter Memorial Trophy, the honor given to the WHL's Top Defenseman. Morgan Rielly of the Moose Jaw Warriors is the Eastern Conference nominee.
Kichton led all WHL defensemen in scoring with 22 goals, 63 assists and 85 points. He is a three time winner of the organization's John "Hitman" Hern Defenseman of the Year and two time winner of the Chiefs' Player of the Year honor.
The Western Hockey League also announced all other Eastern and Western Conference 2013 WHL Award Finalists. The WHL Player of the Year finalists will be named on Thursday, April 18th, 2013. The winners of these awards along with the WHL Player of the Year will be announced at the 2013 WHL Awards Luncheon in Calgary, Alberta on Wednesday, May 1st, 2013.
The WHL Eastern and Western Conference All-Star Teams are as follows:
WHL WESTERN CONFERENCE ALL-STAR TEAMS
FIRST ALL-STAR TEAM
Goaltender – Mac Carruth (Shorewood, MN),Portland Winterhawks
Defenceman – Brenden Kichton (Spruce Grove, AB), Spokane Chiefs
Defenceman – Seth Jones (Plano, TX), Portland Winterhawks
Forward – Colin Smith (Edmonton, AB), Kamloops Blazers
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The Spokane Chiefs will host games three and four of the WHL Playoff's Western Conference Semi Finals in the Spokane Arena on Tuesday, April 9th and Wednesday, April 10th at 7:00pm. More >>
The Spokane Chiefs will host games three and four of the WHL Playoff's Western Conference Semi Finals in the Spokane Arena on Tuesday, April 9th and Wednesday, April 10th at 7:00pm. Tickets are on sale now.