WHL names division nominees for Jim Piggott Memorial Trophy – WHL Network

Calgary, Alta. – The Western Hockey League today announced the 2021-2022 divisional nominees for the Jim Piggott Memorial Trophy presented by McSweeney’s, awarded annually to the WHL’s Rookie of the Year.

WHL Division awards are voted on by the General Managers.

All individual WHL Division Prize winners will be eligible for the WHL Overall Prizes, which will be announced on June 1, 2022.

WHL Rookie of the Year Nominees

British Columbia Division – Andrew Cristall (Burnaby, BC) – Kelowna Rockets
Central Division – Owen Pickering (St. Adolphe, Man.) – Swift Current Broncos
Eastern Division – Brayden Yager (Saskatoon, SK) – Moose Jaw Warriors
american division – Kevin Korchinski (Saskatoon, Sask.) – Seattle Thunderbirds

WHL Rookie of the Year Nominee Biographies

Forward Andrew Cristall (Kelowna Rockets): Cristall set a Kelowna Rockets franchise record by scoring 28 goals in his 16-year season, all part of a 69-point campaign that saw the Burnaby, B.C. product finish third in the ranking of Club scorers. The 5-foot-9, 149-pound winger had three or more points nine times during the 2021-22 regular season, including a five-point effort on April 9, 2022. Cristall, the eighth overall pick in the draft 2020 WHL, had 74 points (30G-44A) in 75 career games with Kelowna.

Defenseman Kevin Korchinski (Seattle Thunderbirds): Ranked No. 20 among North American skaters in the NHL Central Scouting Midseason Rankings, 17-year-old Kevin Korchinski was second among WHL defensemen in assists (61) as part of a 2021-2022 regular season of 65 points. The product of Saskatoon, Sask. became the first WHL draft-eligible defenseman to amass 60 or more assists in a season in 30 years, while finishing second among Seattle skaters with 28 power-play points. The 6-foot-2, 175-pound defenseman played 91 regular-season games with the Thunderbirds, recording 75 points (4G-71A).

Defenseman Owen Pickering (Swift Current Broncos): Ranked 21st North American skater in NHL Central Scouting’s midseason rankings, Pickering, 6-foot-5, 178 pounds, recorded 33 points (9G-24A) in 62 regular-season outings with Swift Current. The 18-year-old is one of seven Broncos who will compete in the upcoming 2022 IIHF U18 World Championship in Germany: the product of St. Adolphe, Man. also participated in the 2022 Kubota CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game last March. In 85 career WHL games, all with the Broncos, Pickering had 42 points (11G-31A).

Attacker Brayden Yager (Moose Jaw Warriors): Yager, of Saskatoon, Sask., set a new Warriors franchise mark for goals by a 16-year-old, finishing the 2021-22 regular season with 34 goals and 59 points. The 6-foot-0, 161-pound center, who was one of six 2005-born skaters to score 50 or more points during the 2021-22 WHL regular season, had a pair of hat tricks , most notably in Moose Jaw’s season opener. Oct. 1, 2021. Yager was selected by the Warriors with the third overall pick in the 2020 WHL Draft and had 77 points (41G-36A) in 87 games with Moose Jaw.

About the Western Hockey League
Considered the best development league in the world for junior hockey players, the headquarters of the Western Hockey League (WHL) is located in Calgary, Alberta. The WHL is made up of 22 member clubs, with 17 located in Western Canada and five in the US Pacific Northwest. A member of the Canadian Hockey League, the WHL has been a major supplier of talent to the National Hockey League for over 50 years. The WHL is also the leading provider of hockey scholarships with over 375 graduates each year receiving WHL scholarships to pursue the post-secondary education of their choice. Each season, WHL players also form the core of Canada’s National Junior Hockey Team.

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