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Barzal Named Western Conference Player of the Year

Barzal is third in team history in career assists, sixth in team history in career points

KENT, March 22, 2016 — The Western Hockey League today announced center Mathew Barzal has been named the 2016-17 Western Conference Player of the Year.

Barzal is eligible to win the Four Broncos Memorial Trophy given to the WHL Player of the Year at the 2017 WHL Awards in Calgary, Alberta, on Wednesday, May 3.

Barzal was also named a Western Conference First Team All-Star by the WHL today for the second consecutive season.

Barzal had 10 goals and 69 assists for 79 points in 41 games this season. He started the season with the New York Islanders playing two games before returning to the T-Birds. Barzal won a silver medal with Team Canada at the 2017 World Junior Championship.

Barzal is in third place in is in third place in T-Birds history in career assists with 215. Glen Goodall (290) and Victor Gervais (237) are in first and second place in team history in career assists. Barzal is sixth in team history in career points. He has 63 goals and 215 assists for 278 points in 202 games.

Barzal was selected by the New York Islanders in the first round, 16th overall, of the 2015 NHL draft

2016-17 WHL CONFERENCE AWARD WINNERS

WHL Player of the Year (Four Broncos Memorial Trophy)
Eastern Conference Player of the Year – Sam Steel (Sherwood Park, AB), Regina Pats
Western Conference Player of the Year – Mathew Barzal (Coquitlam, BC), Seattle Thunderbirds

WHL Top Goaltender (Del Wilson Memorial Trophy)
Eastern Conference Top Goaltender – Zach Sawchenko (Calgary, AB), Moose Jaw Warriors
Western Conference Top Goaltender – Carter Hart (Sherwood Park, AB), Everett Silvertips

WHL Top Defenseman (Bill Hunter Memorial Trophy)
Eastern Conference Top Defenseman – Connor Hobbs (Saskatoon, SK), Regina Pats
Western Conference Top Defenseman – Ethan Bear (Ochapowace, SK), Seattle Thunderbirds

WHL Rookie of the Year (Jim Piggott Memorial Trophy)
Eastern Conference Rookie of the Year – Aleksi Heponiemi (Tampere, Finland), Swift Current Broncos
Western Conference Rookie of the Year – Rudolfs Balcers (Liepaja, Latvia), Kamloops Blazers

WHL Most Sportsmanlike Player of the Year (Brad Hornung Trophy)
Eastern Conference Most Sportsmanlike Player – Tyler Steenbergen (Sylvan Lake, AB), Swift Current Broncos
Western Conference Most Sportsmanlike Player – Kevin Davis (Kamloops, BC), Everett Silvertips

WHL Executive of the Year (Lloyd Saunders Memorial Trophy)
Eastern Conference Executive of the Year – John Paddock, Regina Pats
Western Conference Executive of the Year – Bruce Hamilton, Kelowna Rockets

WHL Coach of the Year (Dunc McCallum Memorial Trophy)
Eastern Conference Coach of the Year – John Paddock, Regina Pats
Western Conference Coach of the Year – Mike Johnston, Portland Winterhawks

WHL Regular Season Champions, Scotty Munro Memorial Trophy
Regina Pats: 72 GP – 52 W – 12 L – 7 OTL – 1 SL – 112 PTS

WHL Top Scorer (Bob Clarke Trophy) 
Sam Steel (Sherwood Park, AB), Regina Pats
72 GP – 50 G – 81 A – 131 PTS – +49 – 40 PIM

WHL Plus-Minus Award
Sergey Zborovskiy (Moscow, Russia), Regina Pats
63 GP – 7 G – 33 A – 40 PTS – +72 – 64 PIM

Conference award winners for the WHL’s Scholastic Player of the Year, Humanitarian of the Year, Top Official and Business Award will be announced at a later date.

The T-Birds will open the playoffs at ShoWare Center on Friday, March 24, at 7:35pm against the Tri-City Americans. Game 2 of the best-of-seven first round series will be Saturday, March 25, at 7:05pm at ShoWare Center.

Games 3 and 4 of the series are on Wednesday, March 29, and Friday, March 31, at the Toyota Center in Kennewick. Both games start at 7:05pm.

Single game playoff tickets are currently on sale on the T-Birds website and at the ShoWare Center box office. The ShoWare Center Box Office is open Monday through Friday 10 am to 5 pm and Saturday and Sunday game days at noon.

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