by Graham Kendrick
March 21, 2014, Portland (ISN) – The Western Hockey League announced its all-star teams and conference award winners yesterday, and the Winterhawks had three players named to the Western Conference’s First All-Star Team and two players nominated for league awards.
Forwards Oliver Bjorkstrand and Nic Petan, and defenseman Derrick Pouliot were named to the Western Conference First All-Star Team, making the Hawks the only team with three players named to either conference’s First All-Star Team.
Petan led the Hawks and was second in league scoring with 113 points, while Bjorkstrand scored 50 goals and finished third in scoring with 109 points. Pouliot led the Winterhawks’ defensemen and finished third among all blueliners in the WHL with 70 points.
Pouliot was also honored as the Western Conference finalist for the Bill Hunter Memorial Trophy as the league’s Defenseman of the Year. Prince Albert’s Josh Morrissey was named the Eastern Conference Finalist for the award.
In addition, Winterhawks forward Dominic Turgeon is the Western Conference finalist for the Daryl K. (Doc) Seaman Memorial Trophy as the league’s Scholastic Player of the Year. Saskatoon’s Nelson Nogier was named as the Eastern Conference Finalist for the award.
“Having three players on the First All-Star Team speaks highly of how balanced our team is this year, and we’re glad Derrick, Oliver and Nic were honored,” said Portland Winterhawks General Manager & Head Coach Mike Johnston. “We’re also excited for Derrick and Dominic to be nominated for their awards. Derrick took his game to a new level this season and Dominic is a conscientious student who works as hard in the classroom as he does on the ice.”
Pouliot and Turgeon will find out if they win their respective awards on April 30 when the league hosts its annual awards luncheon.