After stage one of voting by the league’s head coaches, a finalist has been named from each division for the BCHL’s annual awards.
For the first time in league history, the Goaltending Award is being voted on. Prior to this season, it simply went to the goalie with the lowest goals-against average and 1,000 minutes played.
Other trophies that will be awarded but are not voted on are the Ron Boileau Memorial Trophy (best regular-season record), the Brett Hull Trophy (top scorer) and the Wally Forslund (goalie tandem with the best combined goals-against average).
The coaches will submit another round of votes to determine the winner of each trophy and those will be announced next week before the start of the playoffs.
Here are the finalists for the 2018 BCHL awards:
Vern Dye Memorial Trophy – Most Valuable Player Island – Alex Newhook, Victoria Grizzlies Mainland – Ethan De Jong, Prince George Spruce Kings Interior – Jasper Weatherby, Wenatchee Wild
Bruce Allison Memorial Trophy – Rookie of the Year Award Island – Alex Newhook, Victoria Grizzlies Mainland – Corey Andonovski, Chilliwack Chiefs Interior – Josh Prokop, Vernon Vipers
Defensive Award – Top Defenceman Island – Max Crozier, Nanaimo Clippers Mainland – Colin Bernard, Langley Rivermen Interior – Cooper Zech, Wenatchee Wild
Goaltending Award (This is the first year this has gone to vote) Island – Taz Burman, Nanaimo Clippers Mainland – Evan DeBrouwer, Prince George Spruce Kings Interior – Ty Taylor, Vernon Vipers
Bob Fenton Trophy – Most Sportsmanlike Player Island – Gavin Rauser, Powell River Kings Mainland – Ben Poisson, Prince George Spruce Kings Interior – Nicholas Wick, Merritt Centennials
Joe Tennant Memorial Trophy – Coach of the Year Island – Matt Hughes, Alberni Valley Bulldogs Mainland – Adam Maglio, Prince George Spruce Kings Interior – Bliss Littler, Wenatchee Wild