Dave Lowry, Tyler Soy and Matthew Phillips bring home individual awards
Calgary, AB- The Victoria Royals are proud to announce that three members of the organization have won WHL awards, while the club was honoured with the WHL Marketing/Business Award.
Dave Lowry – Dunc McCallum Memorial Trophy – Coach of the Year:
Victoria Head Coach Dave Lowry has won the Dunc McCallum Memorial Trophy after being chosen as the league’s Coach of the Year for the second time in the last three seasons. Lowry is only the 11th head coach in WHL history to have won the award two or more times.
In his fourth year with the club, Lowry guided the Royals to a WHL best 106 points and 50-16-3-3 record and the franchise’s first Scotty Munro Memorial trophy.
Since joining the Royals for the 2012-13 season, Lowry has posted a 162-85-9-8 record with the club. The Ottawa, ON native has also collected a 221-94-12-9 career record during his time as a head coach in the WHL with the Royals and Calgary Hitmen (2008-09).
Tyler Soy – Brad Hornung Trophy – Most Sportsmanlike Player:
Victoria’s Tyler Soy has been recognized as the WHL’s Most Sportsmanlike Player, and was awarded the Brad Hornung Trophy.
Soy wrapped up the 2015-16 regular season second in team scoring with 85 points (46g-39a) and only 27 minutes in penalties. Soy led the team in goals with 46, and broke the Royals’ record for most markers in a single season.
The 5-11, 172 lb centre recently completed his third full season with the club. In 213 career regular season games with Victoria (2013-16), Soy has recorded 180 points (90g-90a) to go along with 71 penalty minutes.
Matthew Phillips – Jim Piggott Memorial Trophy – Rookie of the Year:
Royals’ 1998-born forward Matthew Phillips was named the recipient for the WHL’s Jim Piggott Memorial Trophy as the league’s top rookie. Phillips finished the 2015-16 regular season first in points (76) and goals (37) among all WHL rookies. Phillips also finished tied for first in the league in game winning goals (10), and tied for second in powerplay markers (16).
In February, in his hometown of Calgary, AB, Phillips set the new Victoria/Chilliwack franchise record for most goals by a rookie in a single season with his 33rd marker. Phillips passed former Chilliwack Bruin Oscar Moller, who scored 32 goals during the 2006-07 season.
The 5-6, 137 lb Phillips was drafted by the Royals in the second round, 33rd overall, in the 2013 WHL Bantam Draft.
WHL Marketing/Business Award:
The Royals were also recognized with the WHL Marketing/Business Award.
Victoria is one of nine franchises in the league to average attendance figures over 4,500 per game in each of the past five seasons. The club also achieved a 300% increase in sold out games from the 2014-15 campaign.
The Royals’ President & General Manager Cameron Hope along with defenceman Joe Hicketts were nominated for three awards, but were runner-up’s to their Eastern Conference counterparts. Lethbridge Hurricanes’ General Manager Peter Anholt was awarded the Lloyd Saunders Memorial Trophy as WHL Executive of the Year. Dryden Hunt of the Moose Jaw Warriors took home the Four Broncos Memorial Trophy as the league’s player of the year, while the Brandon Wheat Kings’ Ivan Provorov was recognized as the top defenceman in the WHL with the Bill Hunter Memorial Trophy.