Sunday, March 16, 2014

Now we're Cook'n. Jordon Cooke named MVP

Cooke cooling off because he was so hot! - Shoot the Breeze Photography 
  • Jordon Cooke is the Kelowna Rockets Most Valuable Player. The 20 year-old picked up the award at the teams annual year end banquet at the Kelowna Community Theater Sunday afternoon.  Cooke is the 6th goalie to win the award behind Kevin Swanson, Shane Bendera, Derek Yeomans, Kelly Guard and Adam Brown. Cooke had the second most wins (39) and second best goals against average (2.28) in the WHL this season. Cooke also won the Humanitarian Award for his work in the community.
  • Damon Severson captured the Top Defenceman award for a second straight season. Severson had a career high 61 points in his 19th year-old season. Severson is one of several players to win the award twice (Tyson Barrie/Luke Schenn), with Scott Hannan winning it three straight years.
  •  Rourke Chartier was the big winner (audio conversation above). The 17 year-old was named Top Defensive Forward, Top Scholastic Player (which he also won last season) and Sportsmanlike Player of the Year. The Saskatoon resident had just eight penalty minutes in 72 games. Chartier also registered just eight penalty minutes in his rookie season.
  • Nick Merley was named the Rookie of the Year. Merkley scored more points than any 16 year-old in the WHL this season (25+33=58).  
  • Cole Martin was the plus-minus winner. Martin had the top +/- in the entire WHL at +61. The 19 year-old Texan is the first player in Kelowna Rockets franchise history to win the league award. What makes his +61 so impressive is he never scored a goal and collected just 21 assists.
  • Jackson Whislte was the Most Improved Player. Whistle lost just four times in 22 appearances in his second season in the WHL.
  • The Top Scorer for the second straight year was Myles Bell. Bell had 42 goals, which was four more than last season. The 20 year-old had 77 points, 13 more than Ryan Olsen.

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