The Kelowna Rockets held their annual year-end awards ceremony on Sunday afternoon, with 11 awards for among the workforce’s prime performers all through the 2022-23 marketing campaign up for grabs.
Rockets ahead Andrew Cristall had an electrifying season, racking up a team-high 95 factors in 54 video games, regardless of struggling a lower-body damage that compelled him to overlook 14 regular-season video games, and the CHL/NHL Prime Prospects recreation.
Cristall crossed the stage to simply accept three awards — acknowledged because the workforce’s prime scorer, prime plus minus score and MVP.
“It’s positively an honor, to get any award,” described Rockets ahead, Andrew Cristall.
“All people on the workforce is deserving of the awards that I bought, and I used to be fortunate sufficient to get them, however yeah It was a extremely cool occasion to have all of the followers come to the theatre and it was fairly particular.”
In the meantime, defenseman Caden Worth earned the workforce’s prime defenseman award after main the Rockets protection core in factors, and he joins some fairly spectacular firm, like Shea Weber, Tyson Barrie and Luke Schenn.
“Simply now I bought to have a look at these guys on the trophy and seeing a few of these guys, lots of NHL guys, I feel it’s actually motivating and I feel I’m simply honored to be chosen for the trophy,” stated Rockets blueliner, Caden Worth.
“I couldn’t thank my teammates, my protection core and my protection coach sufficient for getting me to the purpose I’m as we speak.”
In his third yr with the Rockets, veteran defenseman John Babcock was the recipient of the humanitarian award, for his dedication to neighborhood work together with his position as workforce ambassador for the Hockey Provides Blood initiative.
The Scholastic Participant of the 12 months award goes to the participant that demonstrates strong grades within the classroom, whereas additionally balancing the grind of being within the WHL, and this yr, it went to 17-year-old Trae Johnson.
This yr’s most improved goaltender was Jari Kykkanen, whereas the unsung hero award went to Rockets defenseman Carson Golder, and workforce captain Gabriel Szturc took residence the highest defensive ahead title.
The rookie of the yr award probably comes as no shock for Rockets fan, as Ismail Abougouche solidified a spot on the workforce at simply 16-years-old and have become the one Kelowna Rocket in workforce historical past that’s ever been drafted within the 12th spherical to make the workforce.
Final however actually not least, was essentially the most sportmanslike award. Former Calgary Hitmen ahead Adam Kydd, taking part in in his last season within the WHL, earned the award after he tallied 37 penalty minutes in 50 video games, rating 15th out of all lively/inactive Rockets gamers this season.
The Kelowna Rockets wrapped up their common season on residence ice Saturday night time, sending their followers residence glad following a 5-4 victory over the Vancouver Giants. They’ll faceoff towards the Western Convention common season champion Seattle Thunderbirds within the first spherical of the WHL playoffs, beginning Friday night time in Seattle.
The primary likelihood for followers to catch these two groups in motion at Prospera Place is recreation three on Tuesday, April 4th.