Four Western Hockey League Players Shine at 2022 CHL Awards

The Western Hockey League announced today that four WHL players were named the nation’s best Tuesdays at the 2022 CHL Awards in Saint John, NB

WHL Winner at the 2022 CHL Awards
Logan Stankoven, Kamloops Blazers – CHL David Branch Player of the Year
Dylan Garand, Kamloops Blazers – CHL Goaltender of the Year
Brayden Yager, Moose Jaw Warriors – CHL Rookie of the Year
Luke Prokop, Edmonton Oil Kings – CHL Humanitarian of the Year

Presented annually, the CHL Awards celebrate the outstanding performance of players across the Canadian Hockey League, with 10 trophies awarded based on individual achievement.

CHL David Branch Player of the Year presented by Kia Canada – Logan Stankoven, Kamloops blazer

Kamloops Blazers forward Logan Stankoven was recognized as the Most Outstanding Player in Canadian Major Junior Hockey after winning the CHL David Branch Player of the Year Award presented by Kia Canada. Stankoven was named a finalist for the CHL David Branch Player of the Year Award after winning the WHL’s Four Broncos Memorial Trophy as the WHL’s Outstanding Player.

Stankoven, a Dallas Stars (2021, 2-47) contender, finished third in the 2021-22 WHL regular season rankings race and amassed 104 points (45G-59A). His 1.76 points per game was the best in the WHL, while his 45 goals ranked fourth-best and his 59 assists ranked fifth among all WHL skaters.

Stankoven, 19, is the first WHL player to be named CHL Player of the Year since the Tri-City Americans’ Brendan Shinnimin (2011-12). Stankoven is only the second Blazer to be named CHL Player of the Year, following in the footsteps of Rob Brown, who won the award in 1986/87.

The 5-foot-8, 170-pound Stankoven was originally selected by his hometown Blazers with the fifth overall pick in the 2019 WHL Prospects Draft. In 132 WHL regular season competitions during his career, Stankoven has 163 points (81G-82A).

CHL David Branch Finalists for Player of the Year Awards, 2021-22
Wyatt Johnson, Windsor Spitfires (OHL)
William Dufour, Saint John Sea Dogs (QMJHL)

Past WHL winners of the CHL David Branch Player of the Year Award
2011-12: Brendan Shinnimin, Tri-City American
2009-10: Jordan Eberle, Regina Pats
1997-98: Sergei Varlamov, Swift Current Broncos
1987-88: Joe Sakic, Swift Current Broncos
1986-87: Rob Brown, Kamloops blazer
1984-85: Dan Hodgson, Prince Albert Raiders
1979-80: Doug Wickenheiser, Regina Pats
1974-75: Ed Staniowski, Regina Pats

CHL Goaltender of the Year Award presented by Real Canadian Superstore – Dylan Garand, Kamloops blazer

Kamloops Blazers goaltender Dylan Garand was named the top goaltender in Canadian Major Junior Hockey after being named CHL Goaltender of the Year by Real Canadian Superstore. Garand was named a finalist for the CHL Goaltender of the Year Award after winning the WHL’s Del Wilson Memorial Trophy for WHL Goaltender of the Year.

Garand, a New York Rangers contender (2020, 4-103), was among the leaders in all major goaltender categories, including goals conceded (2.16, runner-up), saves (.925, runner-up), wins (34, T-1st ) and shutouts (four, T-4th).

Garand, 20, is the fourth consecutive WHL goaltender to be named CHL Goaltender of the Year, followed by Dustin Wolf of the Everett Silvertips (2019-20), Ian Scott of the Prince Albert Raiders (2018-19) and Carter Hart of the Everett Silvertips (2017-18).

Garand is the second Blazer to be named CHL Goalkeeper of the Year. In 1991-92, Corey Hirsch won the CHL’s top puckstopper award.

Since 2000, a total of 14 CHL Goaltenders of the Year have come from the Western Hockey League.

The 6ft 1, 181lb Garand, who hails from Victoria, BC, was originally selected by the Blazers in the third round (58th overall) of the 2017 WHL Prospects Draft. In 136 career WHL regular season appearances, he has a record of 90-31-5-2 with 2.33 GAA, .919 SV% and 12 shutouts.

CHL Goalkeeper of the Year Award Finalists, 2021-22
Brett Brochu, London Knights (OHL)
Samuel Richard, Rouyn-Noranda Huskies (QMJHL)

Past WHL winners of the CHL Goaltender of the Year Award
2019-20: Dustin Wolf, Everett Silvertips
2018-19: Ian Scott, Prince Albert Raiders
2017-18: Carter Hart Everett Silver Tips
2015-16: Carter Hart, Everett Silvertips
2013-14: Jordon Cooke, Kelowna Rockets
2012-13: Patrik Bartosak, Red Deer Rebels
2010-11: Darcy Kuemper, Red Deer Rebels
2007-08: Chet Pickard, Tri-City American
2006-07: Carey Price, Tri-City American
2005-06: Justin Pogge, Calgary Hitmen
2004-05: Jeff Glass, Kootenay ICE
2003–04: Cam Ward, Red Deer Rebels
2000-01: Dan Blackburn, Kootenay ICE
1998-99: Cody Rudkowsky, Seattle Thunderbirds
1993-94: Norm Maracle, Saskatoon Blades
1991-92: Corey Hirsch, Kamloops blazer
1989-90: Trevor Kidd, Brandon Wheat Kings

CHL Rookie of the Year Award – Brayden Yager, Elkjaw Warrior

Moose Jaw Warriors’ Brayden Yager was named the top rookie in Canadian major junior hockey after being named CHL Rookie of the Year. Yager was named a finalist for the CHL Rookie of the Year Award after winning the WHL’s Jim Piggott Memorial Trophy for WHL Rookie of the Year.

Yager, a top pick for the 2023 NHL Draft, ranked fourth among WHL rookies born in 2005 and had 59 points (34G-25A) in 63 games. His 34 goals ranked highest among all 2005-born WHL rookies.

Yager, who turned 17 in January, is the first Moose Jaw Warrior to be named CHL Rookie of the Year and he is also the first WHL player since Brett Connolly of the Prince George Cougars (2008-09) who won this award.

The 6-foot, 161-pound Yager, a Saskatoon, Sask. product, was originally selected by the Warriors third overall in the 2020 WHL Prospects Draft. He has 77 points (41G-36A) in 87 WHL regular season games of his career.

CHL Rookie of the Year Award Finalists, 2021-22
Cam Allen, Guelph Storm (OHL)
Jakub Brabenec, Charlottetown Islanders (QMJHL)

Past WHL winners of the CHL Rookie of the Year Award
2008-09: Brett Connolly, Prince George Cougars
2002-03: Matt Ellison, Red Deer Rebels
2000-01: Scottie Upshall, Kamloops blazer
1999-00: Dan Blackburn, Kootenay ICE
1998-99: Pavel Brendl, Calgary Hitmen
1992-93: Jeff Friesen, Regina Pats
1989-90: Petr Nedved, Seattle Thunderbirds

CHL Humanitarian Award of the Year – Luke Prokop, Edmonton Oil Kings

Edmonton Oil Kings defenseman Luke Prokop was recognized as CHL Humanitarian of the Year for his efforts off the ice and in the community. Prokop was named a finalist for the CHL Humanitarian of the Year Award after winning the Doug Wickenheiser Memorial Trophy for WHL Humanitarian of the Year.

Prokop, a Nashville Predators prospect (2020, 3-73), created the Shots for Impact program in support of Kids Help Phone ahead of the 2021-22 WHL season, giving $10 for each of his shots on goal during it donated season. From there he worked to secure matching donations from the Edmonton Oil Kings, Nashville Predators and the Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation, collectively raising over $12,000 for the Kids Help Phone.

Prokop, 20, wowed the world on July 19, 2021 when he became the first openly gay player to sign an NHL contract. Since then, the Edmonton-born blueliner has worked tirelessly to fight for inclusion in hockey and the sport at large.

Prokop played a pivotal role in the development of the Edmonton Oil Kings’ first-ever Pride Day Game, held on April 9 at Rogers Place. As part of the celebrations for the day, he has teamed up with Bauer Hockey to have custom skates made in Pride colors.

On the ice, the 6-foot-5, 220-pound Prokop enjoyed a career season as a member of the WHL champion Edmonton Oil Kings. In 58 WHL regular season games, he had a career-high 35 points (11G-24A) with 35 points. During the 2022 WHL Playoffs, Prokop played a key role on the Oil Kings blueline by scoring 16 points (4G-12A) in 19 games and being named WHL Player of the Week once.

The last WHL player to be named CHL Humanitarian of the Year was Tyler Wong of the Lethbridge Hurricanes (2016-17). Prokop is the first Edmonton Oil King to be named CHL Humanitarian of the Year.

Prokop was originally selected by the Calgary Hitmen as the seventh overall in the 2017 WHL Prospects Draft. He has 76 points (18G-58A) in 208 WHL regular season games of his career.

CHL Humanitarian of the Year Award Finalists, 2021-22
Mark Woolley, Owen Sound Attack (OHL)
Brett Budgell, Charlottetown Islanders (QMJHL)

Past WHL winners of the CHL Rookie of the Year Award
2016–17: Tyler Wong, Lethbridge Hurricanes
2013-14: Sam Fioretti, Moose Jaw Warriors
2010-11: Spencer Edwards, Moose Jaw Warriors
2006-07: Kyle Moir, Swift Current Broncos
2004-05: Colin Fraser, Red Deer Rebels
2002-03: Ryan Craig, Brandon Wheat Kings
2001-02: Brandin Cote, Spokane bosses
2000-01: Jim Vandermeer, Red Deer Rebels
1996-97: Jesse Wallin, Red Deer Rebels

For complete information on the 2022 CHL Awards, visit CHL.ca.

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