Mark Stone, has been named CHL's sportsman of the year. (FILE PHOTO)
Brandon Wheat Kings captain Mark Stone was named the Canadian Hockey League’s sportsman of the year on Saturday, adding the national honour to the Western Hockey League trophy for sportsmanship he was awarded earlier this month.
Stone finished second in WHL and third in the entire CHL in scoring with 123 points in 66 games, including 41 goals, while picking up only 22 penalty minutes. He is the third Wheat King to win the CHL award, joining Kelly Smart and Cory Cyrenne, who won in 1997 and ’98, respectively.
The 19-year-old right-winger from Winnipeg, who was drafted by the Ottawa Senators in 2010 and signed a three-year contract last fall, went on to join the Senators in the playoffs after Brandon was eliminated in the second round of the WHL playoffs.
Winnipegger Brendan Shinnimin of the Tri-City Americans, who led the country in scoring with 58 goals and 134 points, was named the CHL player of the year, while Jim Hiller of the Americans was chosen coach of the year.
Spokane Chiefs defenceman Reid Gow of Killarney was a runner-up for the scholastic player of the year award won by Jonathan Brunelle of the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles.
London Knights goalie Michael Houser got the Vaughn Goaltender of the Year award, the BMO Rookie of the Year award went to Quebec Remparts forward Mikhail Grigorenko, while Russian Nail Yakupov was named the Jack Link’s Top Prospect of the Year.
» Brandon Sun-The Canadian Press
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition May 28, 2012