Canada West-WHL men’s hockey Graduate of the Month

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March 28, 2014, EDMONTON (ISN) – After recording two goals and nine points for the 2014 CIS University Cup champion University of Alberta Golden Bears in March, Canada West Universities Athletic Association and the Western Hockey League proudly announce that former Red Deer Rebels forward Brett Ferguson is WHL men’s hockey Graduate of the Month.

It marks the second time a Golden Bears student-athlete has won the honour this season, following Sean Ringrose in January, and a record 38th time overall that a University of Alberta player has won the award.

The award is voted on by all eight Canada West men’s hockey coaches. Each monthly winner during the season receives a $500 cheque towards the cost of education, a plaque, a letter from WHL Commissioner Ron Robison and a computer bag. Canada West will also honour recipient at a home game, with an invitation to appear on the WHL Radio Show.

For three consecutive season Ferguson, who hails from Vibank, Sask., a village 50km southeast of Regina, has donned the list of Canada West men’s hockey players to receive an annual WHL Scholarship.

In just his third season of eligibility, Ferguson helped lead Alberta to a national university title as he finished third in tournament scoring with one goal and four assists for five points, picking up at least a point in all three games, and he was named to the CIS All-Tournament team.

He opened the event with two assists during a 3-2 victory over Carleton and, in Alberta’s second contest on Saturday afternoon, the Business major recorded had 1-1-2 as the Golden Bears defeated McGill 3-2 in double-overtime to qualify for Sunday’s final. The gold medal game saw Alberta play Canada West rival and tournament host Saskatchewan in front of a large hometown crowd and a nation of fans watching on Sportsnet television. Ferguson fired a shot that was tipped by Jordan Hickmott for the game’s opening goal and the 14-time University Cup champions never looked back in a 3-1 win at Credit Union Centre.

Earlier in March, the 24-year-old helped lead the top-ranked Golden Bears to their second consecutive Canada West title and 51st overall, first sweeping UBC in a best-of-three series, followed by a sweep of Calgary. He earned at least one point in every Golden Bears playoff game and ended the year with a 14-game scoring streak.

“Brett has elevated his game all season,” said Golden Bears head coach Ian Herbers. “He is a player that wants to play in all key situations and be a difference maker. Brett has worked extremely hard on and off the ice at his game. It is great he is being rewarded with this honor.”

For his three-year career at the U of A he has 22-40-62 in 68 conference games, adding post-season totals of 4-13-17 in 17 games, including trips to the University Cup tournament in 2013 and 2014.

Career statistics for Brett Ferguson, courtesy LeagueStat & the WHL Network.

http://www.whl.ca/roster/show/id/706

http://www.leaguestat.com/canadawest/mens/en/stats/player.php?id=1052

 

 

 

Regular Season

 

 

 

 

 

Playoffs

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GP

G

A

Pts

PIM

+/-

GP

G

A

Pts

PIM

+/-

2008-09

Red Deer

WHL

71

5

24

29

51

-14

2009-10

Red Deer

WHL

69

15

19

34

91

+4

4

1

0

1

4

-2

2010-11

Red Deer

WHL

72

23

38

61

111

+29

9

4

7

11

25

+5

2011-12

Utah

ECHL

15

1

1

2

8

-4

2011-12

Alberta

CW

12

0

5

5

26

+2

3

0

1

1

0

+1

2012-13

Alberta

CW

28

9

13

22

24

+17

7

1

4

5

12

+2

2013-14

Alberta

CW

28

13

22

35

16

+20

7

3

8

11

16

+9

Canada West Totals

 

 

68

22

40

62

66

+39

17

4

13

17

28

+12

WHL Totals

 

 

212

43

81

124

253

+19

13

5

7

12

29

+3

Former Western Hockey League teammates who have gone on to play in the National Hockey League include Edmonton Oilers forward and #1 overall 2011 Draft pick Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Minnesota Wild goaltender Darcy Kuemper, highly touted Wild first-round Draft pick Matthew Dumba and Detroit Red Wings prospect Landon Ferraro.
 
 Before joining the Golden Bears, Ferguson played for the Utah Grizzlies of the East Coast Hockey League, recording a goal and an assist in 15 games during the fall of 2011.

Statistics for Brett Ferguson in March:

Date                Opponent                 Result               G-A-P          +/-     Notes

March 1           vs. UBC                     W,6-2               0-1-1           +3   

March 7           vs. Calgary                W,8-1               1-1-2           +1   

March 8           vs. Calgary                W,2-1               0-1-1          +1    Alberta’s 51st CW title

March 20         vs. Carleton               W,3-2               0-2-2          +1    Extends scoring streak to 12 games

March 22         vs. McGill                  W,3-2 (2OT)    1-1-2            +1    Player of the Game

March 23         at Saskatchewan        W,3-1               0-1-1           E     Alberta’s 14th CIS gold medal

TOTALS                                            6-0               2-7-9          +7    CIS champion

Alberta Golden Bears Husky-WHL Award winners (38)

                                     No.            Months

Kevin Marsh (F)              4              Mar. 00, Mar. 01, Jan. 02, & Mar. 04

Adam Morrison (F)          3              Oct. 89, Mar. 91, Nov. 91

Russ Hewson (F)             3              Nov. 98, Nov. 99, Nov. 00

Chad Klassen (F)            3              Jan. 09,Oct. 09,Mar. 11

Mike Jickling (F)              2              Dec. 96, Jan. 98

Clayton Pool (G)             2              Jan. 00, Jan. 01

Steve Shrum (F)             2              Mar. 02, Jan. 03

Ryan Wade (F)               2              Oct. 01, Feb. 04

Derek Ryan (F)               2              Feb. 09,Oct. 10

Garth Premak (F)            1                          Mar. 92

Dale Masson (G)             1                           Jan. 96

Francesco Esposito (F)     1                           Mar. 97

Cam Danyluk (F)            1                           Mar. 99

Kris Knoblauch (F)          1                           Oct. 00

Jeff Zorn (D)                  1                           Mar. 03

Dustin Schwartz (G)        1                          Nov. 04

Ben Thomson (F)            1                          Jan. 06

Dylan Stanley (F)            1                          Mar. 06

Eric Hunter (F)                1                          Oct. 07

Ian McDonald (F)            1                          Mar. 08

Aaron Sorochan (G)        1                          Mar. 09

Kurtis Mucha (G)            1                           Feb. 13

Sean Ringrose (F)          1                           Jan. 14

Brett Ferguson (F)          1                           Mar. 14

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