Daily Dose of the DUB: CHL Announces awards to be presented, Bean wins AHL award and more


CHL announced dates for their awards to be handed out

CHL President Dan MacKenzie announced via twitter the Canadian Hockey League’s intention to begin handing out their 10 yearly awards. It will begin tomorrow with the winner of CHL Top Scorer. The WHL candidate is Minnesota Wild prospect Adam Beckman who completed the 2019-2020 season with 107 points in 63 games. (48G, 59A). He is the highest-scoring Spokane Chief since Mitch Holmberg had 118 points in 72 games in 2013-14. The awards will be celebrated through June 10th.

Silvertips ink another 2019 WHL Bantam Draft selection

Everett Silvertips general manager Garry Davidson announced today that they have signed 2019 fifth-round draft pick Matthew Ng. The Cupertino, CA native played last season with the Culver Academy U16 team in Culver, Indiana. The forward scored 11 goals and added 25 assists for the Culver team in 36 games. Ng is the fifth player in the 2004 age group signed by the Silvertips, all of them forwards.

Former WHL defenseman wins AHL’s Eddie Shore Award

Jake Bean (219GP, 49G, 147A with Calgary Hitmen & Tri-City Americans, 2014-18) has won the Eddie Shore Award as the AHL’s Outstanding Defenseman. The 21-year-old spent his second full season with the Charlotte Checkers, the affiliate of the Carolina Hurricanes. This season he had 10 goals and 38 assists to lead the AHL, edging out by a single point another former WHLer in Brennen Menell.

Five WHL Bantam Draft picks make the CSSHL Bantam Prep All-Academic Team

Five WHL Bantam Draft picks have been named to the CSSHL Bantam Prep Division’s All-Academic Team including; Justin Kipkie (Victoria Royals), Marcus Pacheco (Kelowna Rockets), Eastyn Mannix (Brandon Wheat Kings), Liam Hallett (Prince George Cougars), and Emmitt Finnie (Kamloops Blazers).

Montreal Canadiens decide not to sign Fonstad to an entry-level contract

Despite three seasons of more than 70 points, Cole Fonstad will not be signed by the NHL club that drafted him, the Montreal Canadiens. Per the NHL/CHL Agreement, the team had two years to sign their 2018 draft picks with the date of June 1st considered the deadline. The 20-year-old will be eligible to re-enter the NHL Draft when the league determines it to be held. Fonstad will also be eligible to play with the Everett Silvertips when the WHL season commences.

Royal promote Dan Price to dual roles

After eight WHL seasons, the Victoria Royals announced they had let Cam Hope go from the organization. The team did not need to search very far for his replacement as Head Coach Dan Price added the General Manager title to his name on Tuesday. Our Ryan Sinclair has more here.

Former Blazer commits to University of British Columbia

Jackson Caller spent parts of four seasons before moving onto the Vernon Vipers of the BCHL. In his four seasons, he played for the Portland Winterhawks, Saskatoon Blades, and Kamloops Blazers scoring six times and adding 31 assists.

Broncos sign fourth-round WHL Bantam Draft pick

Swift Current used the 88th overall pick on Willow Bunch, SK native Eger following his season with the Notre Dame Hounds Bantam AAA program. In 30 games with the team, he scored 18 times and added 18 assists. Eger is the fifth 2005 born player to be signed by the Broncos, including their first-round selection Brady Birnie.

Crossley signs with Swedish third-tier pro team

Following parts of four seasons in the WHL with both the Prince Albert Raiders and Prince George Cougars (159GP, 8G, 13A), Crossley has signed with Kalix HC of Sweden’s Division 1 hockey league. This is the third professional tier in Sweden. His deal is for two seasons and he is set to leave for Europe at the end of July.

Graduates commit to USports teams

Over the last few days the Victor Findlay has reported that Victoria Royals netminder Shane Farkas and Brandon Wheat Kings defenseman Dom Schmiemann have committed to USports teams for the upcoming season. Farkas (Portland/Victoria 112GP, 65-31-4-4, 2.76, .909 ) joins former WHLers Riley Whittingham (Spokane Chiefs), Bobby Zinkan (Swift Current Broncos) at the University of Prince Edward Island. Scmniemann (249GP, 7G, 45A) joins Mount Royal University, home to numerous former WHL players.

Former Giant signs with Sport Vaasa in Finland’s Liiga

Polish defenseman Kolusz spent one season in the Western Hockey League with the Vancouver Giants where he scored six goals and added 12 assists in 64 games. Since returning to Europe the now 35-year-old has played professionally in the Czech Republic, Slovakia, and Poland. This will be his first venture into the Finish top league.


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