May 25, 2014 ISN – Portland Winterhawks defenseman Derrick Pouliot has been named the Canadian Hockey
League Defenseman of the Year, becoming the first Winterhawk player to win the
The CHL encompasses the Western Hockey League, Ontario Hockey League and Quebec
Major Junior Hockey League. Pouliot is the first WHL player to win the award since
2009, and comes a month after he won the Bill Hunter Memorial Trophy as the WHL
Defenseman of the Year.
Pouliot registered 70 points (17 goals, 53 assists) in 58 regular season games
during the 2013-14 season, then ranked third on the team and in the WHL with 32
points in 21 playoff games. In addition to winning the CHL and WHL Defenseman of the
Year Awards, he was named to the WHL’s Western Conference First All-Star Team, and
represented Canada at the IIHF World Junior Championship.
“Winning the CHL Defenseman of the Year Award is an incredible way for Derrick to
cap his junior career,” said Portland Winterhawks General Manager & Head Coach Mike
Johnston. “He’s won a championship, set franchise records and competed
internationally. Derrick will go down as one of the great players to wear a
Pouliot was the eighth overall pick of the 2012 NHL Draft by the Pittsburgh
Penguins, and the first overall pick of the 2009 WHL Bantam Draft by the
In 247 career regular season games Pouliot totaled 42 goals and 163 assists for 205
points, tying him for fifth in franchise history among defensemen. He also holds
franchise records for career playoff games (85), career playoff assists (60) and
career playoff points from a defenseman (73).
Pouliot was a member of each of the four straight conference championship teams and
the 2013 WHL title winner.