Honka named to Sec­ond All-Star Team

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Swift Cur­rent Bron­cos’ rookie de­fense­man Julius Honka was named to the Western Hockey League’s East­ern Con­fer­ence Sec­ond All-Star Team last week. The 18-year-old blue­liner had 16 goals, 40 as­sists, and a +10 rat­ing in 62 games this sea­son. The na­tive of Jyaskyla, Fin­land fin­ished fourth in rookie scor­ing dur­ing his rookie sea­son as he helped the Bron­cos to a 38-25-3-6 record.

No­tice­ably ab­sent from the East­ern Con­fer­ence all-star teams was Bron­cos’ for­ward Gra­ham Black. The over­age for­ward cer­tainly made a strong case for his in­clu­sion this sea­son with 97 points in 69 games. He fin­ished fourth in the WHL with 63 as­sists dur­ing his third full sea­son with the Bron­cos.

The WHL also an­nounced the East­ern and Western Con­fer­ence 2014 WHL Award Fi­nal­ists. The WHL Player of the Year fi­nal­ists will be named on April 17. The win­ners of these awards along with the WHL Player of the Year will be an­nounced at the 2014 WHL Awards Lun­cheon in Cal­gary, Al­berta on Wed­nes­day, April 30. The WHL East­ern and Western Con­fer­ence All-Star Teams are as fol­lows: WHL EAST­ERN CON­FER­ENCE ALL-STAR TEAMS FIRST ALL-STAR TEAM Goal­tender – Tris­tan Jarry (Delta, BC), Ed­mon­ton Oil Kings De­fence­man – Josh Mor­ris­sey (Cal­gary, AB), Prince Al­bert Raiders De­fence­man – Ryan Pu­lock (Grandview, MB) Bran­don Wheat Kings For­ward – Sam Rein­hart (Van­cou­ver, BC), Koote­nay Ice * For­ward – Leon Drai­saitl (Cologne, Ger­many), Prince Al­bert Raiders For­ward – Cur­tis Lazar (Ver­non, BC), Ed­mon­ton Oil Kings For­ward – Ni­co­las Pe­tan (Delta, BC), Port­land Win­ter­hawks * For­ward – Mitch Holm­berg (Sher­wood Park, AB), Spokane Chiefs * For­ward – Oliver Bjork­strand (Hern­ing, Den­mark), Port­land Win­ter­hawks SEC­OND ALL-STAR TEAM Goal­tender – Pa­trik Bar­tosak (Ko­privnice, CZR), Red Deer Rebels De­fence­man – Grif­fin Rein­hart (West Van­cou­ver, BC), Ed­mon­ton Oil Kings De­fence­man – Julius Honka ( Jy­vaskyla, Fin­land), Swift Cur­rent Bron­cos For­ward – Cur­tis Valk (Medicine Hat, AB), Medicine Hat Tigers For­ward – Jae­don Desch­e­neau (Ed­mon­ton, AB), Koote­nay Ice For­ward – Chan­dler Stephen­son (Saskatoon, SK), Regina Pats WHL WESTERN CON­FER­ENCE ALL-STAR TEAMS FIRST ALL-STAR TEAM Goal­tender – Jor­don Cooke (Le­duc, AB), Kelowna Rock­ets De­fence­man – Der­rick Pouliot (Wey­burn, SK), Port­land Win­ter­hawks De­fence­man – Shea Theodore (Alder­grove, BC), Seat­tle Thun­der­birds Goal­tender – Eric Com­rie (Ed­mon­ton, AB), Tri-City Amer­i­cans De­fence­man – Damon Sev­er­son (Melville, SK), Kelowna Rock­ets De­fence­man – Madi­son Bowey (Win­nipeg, MB), Kelowna Rock­ets For­ward – Joshua Win­quist (St. Al­bert, AB), Everett Sil­ver­tips For­ward – Todd Fid­dler (Meadow Lake, SK), Prince Ge­orge Cougars For­ward – Mike Aviani (North Van­cou­ver, BC), Spokane Chiefs * in­di­cates unan­i­mous se­lec­tion

The WHL an­nounced the 2014 Awards Fi­nal­ists in the fol­low­ing cat­e­gories:

WHL Rookie of the Year, Jim Pig­gott Me­mo­rial Tro­phy East­ern Con­fer­ence – Nikita Scherbak (Moscow, Rus­sia), Saskatoon Blades Western Con­fer­ence – Nick Merkley (Cal­gary, AB), Kelowna Rock­ets WHL Goal­tender of the Year, Del Wil­son Tro­phy East­ern Con­fer­ence – Tris­tan Jarry (Delta, BC), Ed­mon­ton Oil Kings Western Con­fer­ence – Jor­don Cooke (Le­duc, AB), Kelowna Rock­ets WHL De­fence­man of the Year, Bill Hunter Me­mo­rial Tro­phy East­ern Con­fer­ence – Josh Mor­ris­sey (Cal­gary, AB), Prince Al­bert Raiders Western Con­fer­ence – Der­rick Pouliot (Wey­burn, SK), Port­land Win­ter­hawk WHL Most Sports­man­like Player of the Year, Brad Hor­nung Tro­phy East­ern Con­fer­ence – Sam Rein­hart (Van­cou­ver, BC), Koote­nay Ice Western Con­fer­ence – Mitch Holm­berg (Sher­wood Park, AB), Spokane Chiefs WHL Scholas­tic Player of the Year, Daryl K. (Doc) Sea­man Me­mo­rial Tro­phy East­ern Con­fer­ence – Nel­son Nogier (Saskatoon, SK) Saskatoon Blades Western Con­fer­ence – Do­minic Turgeon (Cherry Hills, CO) Port­land Win­ter­hawks WHL Coach of the Year, Dunc McCallum Me­mo­rial Tro­phy East­ern Con­fer­ence – Shaun Clous­ton, Medicine Hat Tigers Western Con­fer­ence – Dave Lowry, Vic­to­ria Roy­als WHL Ex­ec­u­tive of the Year, Lloyd Saun­ders Me­mo­rial Tro­phy East­ern Con­fer­ence – Mike Moore, Cal­gary Hit­men Western Con­fer­ence – Cam Hope, Vic­to­ria Roy­als WHL Hu­man­i­tar­ian of the Year, Doug Wick­en­heiser Me­mo­rial Tro­phy East­ern Con­fer­ence – Sam Fioretti (Cal­gary, AB) Moose Jaw War­riors Western Con­fer­ence – Mitch Top­ping (Red Deer, AB) Tri City Amer­i­cans WHL Mar­ket­ing / Busi­ness Award East­ern Con­fer­ence – Regina Pats Western Con­fer­ence – Seat­tle Thun­der­birds WHL Reg­u­lar Sea­son Cham­pi­ons, Scotty Munro Me­mo­rial Tro­phy Kelowna Rock­ets: GP – 72 W – 57 L – 11 OTL – 0 SL – 4 Pts. – 118 WHL Top Scorer – Bob Clarke Tro­phy Mitch Holm­berg (Sher­wood Park, AB), Spokane Chiefs GP – 72 G – 62 A – 56 Pts – 118 PIM – 25

West Booster file photo by Steven Mah South-

Swift Cur­rent Bron­cos’ rookie de­fense­man Julius Honka was named to the Western Hockey League’s Eastern Con­fer­ence Sec­ond All-Star Team. SEC­OND ALL-STAR TEAM

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