CW hockey all-stars: WHL fuels conference all-star and all-rookie teams

CW hockey all-stars: WHL fuels conference all-star and all-rookie teams

Evan Daum, Canada West Communications

Highlights:

  • 16 of 18 players honoured as either Canada West men's hockey all-stars, or all-rookies are products of the Western Hockey League
  • The Canada West's men's hockey major award winners will be announced Thursday, March 2 at 2 p.m. MT
  • The Canada West Men's Hockey Final opens this Friday in Saskatoon at Rutherford Rink on the campus of the University of Saskatchewan
  • Saskatchewan and Alberta will meet for the 19th time in the conference final 

EDMONTON – The connection between the Western Hockey League (WHL) and Canada West men's hockey was on full display Tuesday, as the conference all-star and all-rookie teams were unveiled ahead of this weekend's CW Final between Saskatchewan and Alberta. 

In total, 16 of the 18 combined all-stars and all-rookies are graduates of the WHL, while the two players who didn't lace up in Western Canada's premier junior circuit are products of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL).

The 16 WHL graduates are making the most of their WHL Scholarship, which provides players with tuition, compulsory fees, and textbooks for each season played in the WHL.

The Canada West all-stars and all-rookies were selected by the conference's eight head coaches, who also voted on the Canada West major awards, which will be unveiled Thursday, March 2 at 2 p.m. MT.

Highlighting the many WHL grads honoured by Canada West Tuesday were first team all-stars Jordon Cooke (G – Saskatchewan Huskies / Kelowna Rockets), Connor Rankin (F – Mount Royal Cougars / Calgary Hitmen), and Elgin Pearce (F – Calgary Dinos / Medicine Hat Tigers).

The trio led their respective teams to the conference semis last weekend, with Cooke's Huskies advancing to this weekend's CW Final, which will feature a combined six all-stars when the Huskies and Alberta Golden Bears open their best-of-three series Friday in Saskatoon at 7 p.m. CT. Game 2 Saturday and Game 3 Sunday (if necessary) are also slated for 7 p.m. CT. 

All Canada West final games can be seen live on CanadaWest.tv 

After crowning a conference champion, both Saskatchewan and Alberta will head to Fredericton for the U SPORTS University Cup, which runs Thursday, March 16 through Sunday, March 19 at the University of New Brunswick.

 

2016-17 CW Men's Hockey First Team All-Stars

Name / Position / University / Year / Hometown / Last WHL team

Jordon Cooke / G / Saskatchewan / 3 / Leduc, Alta. / Kelowna Rockets

Jesse Forsberg / D / Saskatchewan / 3 / Waldheim, Sask. / Moose Jaw Warriors

Tim Campbell / D / Lethbridge / 5 / Thornhill, Ont. / Guelph Storm (OHL)

Elgin Pearce / F / Calgary / 4 / Port Coquitlam, B.C. / Medicine Hat Tigers

Connor Rankin / F / MRU / 2 / North Vancouver, B.C. / Calgary Hitmen

Logan McVeigh / F / Saskatchewan / 2 / Kenaston, Sask. / Kamloops Blazers

 

2016-17 CW Men's Hockey Second Team All-Stars

Name / Position / University / Year / Hometown / Last WHL team

Steven Stanford / G / Calgary / 5 / Calgary, Alta. / Saskatoon Blades

Dylan Bredo / D / Alberta / 3 / Edmonton, Alta. / Medicine Hat Tigers

Kendal McFaull / D / Saskatchewan / 4 / Rosetown, Sask. / Moose Jaw Warriors

Anthony Bardaro / F / UBC / 4 / Delta, B.C. / Prince Albert Raiders

Jordan DePape / F / Manitoba / 4 / Winnipeg, Man. / Red Deer Rebels

Jamie Crooks / F / Alberta / 4 / Vermillion, Alta. / Victoria Royals

 

2016-17 CW Men's Hockey All-Rookies

Name / Position / University / Hometown / Last WHL team

Matthew Greenfield / G / Calgary / Parkland, Florida / Kitchener Rangers (OHL)

Jesse Lees / D / MRU / Calgary, Alta. / Prince Albert Raiders

Jerret Smith / D / UBC / Surrey, B.C. / Seattle Thunderbirds

Jamal Watson / F / MRU / Calgary, Alta. / Swift Current Broncos

Remi Laurencelle / F / Manitoba / Winnipeg, Man. / Everett Silvertips

Tyson Baillie / F / Alberta / Fort Saskatchewan, Alta. / Kelowna Rockets