by Jeff Hubert

January 3, 2014, CALGARY, AB. (ISN) – The Western Hockey League announced today that forward Tyson Baillie of the Kelowna Rockets has been named the WHL Player of the Month for December, 2013.

The 18-year-old forward from Ft. Saskatchewan, AB, recorded five goals and 15 assists for 20 points along with a +8 rating in 12 games during the month of December, helping the Rockets post a perfect 12-0-0-0 record in that span. Baillie recorded at least one point in 10 of the 12 games he played during the month, recorded multiple points in six of those 12 games, and scored in five games. Baillie was particularly effective on the road, recording at least one point in all eight road games the Rockets played in December, scoring four times. Two of Baillie’s five goals during the month were game-winners.

Baillie’s outstanding play saw him selected among the Three Stars three times during the month, while posting an even or better plus-minus rating in 10 of the 12 games he played. Baillie’s strong effort during December helped the Rockets climb to first place in the overall WHL standings and to the No. 1 ranking in the Canadian Hockey League.

Baillie is in his third WHL campaign with the Kelowna Rockets, and has recorded 52 goals and 126 points in 171 career regular season games. He was selected by the Rockets in the third round, 53rd overall, in the 2010 WHL Bantam Draft, and is eligible for the 2014 NHL Draft.

Baillie’s accomplishments make him a deserving choice as the WHL Player of the Month for December.

2013-14 WHL Player of the Month

December: Tyson Baillie, Kelowna Rockets

November: Josh Winquist, Everett Silvertips

September/October: Mitch Holmberg, Spokane Chiefs