The WHL has wrapped up their 2010-2011 awards presentation and there weren't too many surprises with how the hardware was handed out.
Here is the list of who the award winners were:
Scholastic Team Of The Year - Swift Current Broncos
Scholastic Player Of The Year - Collin Smith (Kamloops)
Official Of The Year - Matt Kirk (Referee)
Most Sporstmanlike Player - Tyler Johnson (Spokane)
Humanitarian Of The Year - Spencer Edwards (Moose Jaw)
Coach Of The Year - Don Nachbaur (Spokane)
Executive Of The Year - Lorne Molleken (Saskatoon)
Rookie Of The Year - Matt Dumba (Red Deer)
Goalie Of The Year - Darcy Kuemper (Red Deer)
Defenseman Of The Year - Stefan Elliott (Saskatoon)
Player Of The Year - Darcy Kuemper (Red Deer)
As I mentioned, not too many surprises. The most hotly-contested awards in my view were for MVP between Kuemper and Johsnon and for the Rookie of the Year between Dumba and Bartschi. I stand by my prediction that the award for ROTY should have gone to the Swiss import Bartschi. Sure, he was a year older, but he also had to adjust to a whole new continent.
Next up on the WHL schedule, the bantam draft tomorrow, along with the start of the finals between the Portland Winterhawks and the Kootenay Ice.