Victoria Grizzlies forward Alex Newhook wins Brett Hull Award for top scorer and is named MVP of the BCHL. Jim Bailey photo.

BCHL announces award winners

Grizzlies’ forward Alex Newhook takes MVP and league scoring title

The BCHL announced its top players and coaches for the 2019 season on Tuesday.

Last week, a finalist was determined from each division for each of the individual awards and a second round of surveys decided the ultimate winners.

Trail Smoke Eaters 16-year-old forward Kent Johnson was the Interior Division candidate for rookie of the year, but after the final round of votes were tallied the Top Rookie went to Alex Campbell from the Victoria Grizzlies. The 18-year-old Chateauguay, QC product finished seventh in league scoring with 21 goals and 67 points in 53 games while putting up just six penalty minutes all season on the Island Division champions.

Potential Top-10 NHL Draft pick Alex Newhook, 18, won the Brett Hull Award for the league’s Top Scorer with 38 goals and 102 points, as well as the Vern Dye Memorial Trophy for Most Valuable Player

Top Defenceman went to James Miller of the Penticton Vees, who led the Vees in scoring with 18 goals and 62 points.

Top Goaltender went to Vees goalie Jack LaFontaine with a 2.19 GAA and a .923 save percentage. LaFontaine beat out Logan Neaton, 1.92 GAA, 9.13 SP, from the Prince George Spruce Kings and Kurtis Chapman, 2.52 GAA, .933 SP, from the Grizzlies.

The Bob Fenton Trophy for Most Sportsmanlike Player went to Mike Hardman of the West Kelowna Warriors who tallied 39 goals and 72 points while registering just 16 penalty minutes in 58 games.

The Joe Tennant Memorial Trophy for Coach of the Year went to the Merritt Centennials head coach Joe Martin, who led the Cents from a sixth-place finish last season, with a 24-27-5-0 record, to the top of the Interior, tying with Penticton with 79 points and a 36-15-4-3 record.

The Wally Forslund Trophy for Top Goalie Tandem (lowest combined goals-against average) went to LaFontaine and Derek Krall of the Penticton Vees with a combined 2.33 GAA.

The Ron Boileau Memorial Trophy was awarded to regular-season champion Chilliwack Chiefs that finished with 85 points and a 42-15-1-0 record. The Chiefs are coached by Brian Maloney, with former Smoke Eater player, head coach and GM Cam Keith as their assistant coach and GM. The Chiefs goalie coach is Grant Rollheiser, another former Smoke Eater.

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