March 15, 2013 - Western Hockey League (WHL) - Spokane Chiefs
Brenden Kicthon was named the Spokane Chiefs' Player of the Year and the John "Hitman" Hern Defenseman of the Year in a pre-game ceremony on Friday night during the Coca-Cola Regular Season Finale versus the Tri-City Americans. Kichton has been named the Chiefs' Player of the Year in back-to-back seasons and the John "Hitman" Hern Defenseman of the Year three straight years.
Kichton is currently leading all WHL defensemen in scoring with 81 points, including 22 goals and 59 assists. His point total equals the career high he set two years ago and is just three points short of a franchise record for points by a defenseman (84-Bryan McCabe, 1993-94). Kichton also leads the Chiefs with a +38.
The 20-year-old played in his 332nd career game as a Chief on Friday, tied for second in franchise history. He ranks second all-time with 197 career assists and 11th with 264 career points. He is Spokane's all-time leader as a defenseman in games played, goals (67), assists and points.
Carter Proft was named the Chiefs' Players Player, an award voted on by the 25 players on the roster. Proft entered the weekend leading the WHL in penalty minutes with 185. The 18-year-old from Spruce Grove, Alberta has appeared in all 70 games and surpassed all of his offensive totals from his rookie year with nine goals and 13 points.
For the second straight season Mitch Holmberg was named the Chiefs' Ken Rabel Most Sportsmanlike Player of the Year. Holmberg is second on the team with 38 goals and 79 points. He has just 22 penalty minutes and was +15 entering the weekend. Holmberg has moved into 25th on the franchise's all-time list with 84 career goals.
Adam Helewka, a 17-year-old from Burnaby, British Columbia, was named the Chiefs' Rookie of the Year after scoring 10 goals and 27 points in 58 games. He leads all Chiefs rookies in goals and points.
Mike Aviani won the Humanitarian of the Year award for continually giving back to the community through numerous endeavors. Aviani is third on the team in goals scored with 30 and fourth in points with 67. He is also second to Kichton with a +36.
Jason Fram, a 17-year-old defenseman, was named the Scholastic Player of the Year. The two-year veteran has appeared in 57 games this season and has 14 points, including 12 assists, and is +2. While with the Chiefs, Fram has successfully completed, among others, courses in physics, second-year french, pre-calculus, and college level statistics. He is currently enrolled in college prep english and a college psychology course from Athabasca University.
The Chiefs will honor the leading scorer, plus-minus award winner and the cumulative season winners of the North Cedar Dental Stars of the Game prior to one of the Chiefs' first home playoff games.
PLAYER OF THE YEAR - Brenden Kichton
PLAYERS' PLAYER - Carter Proft
JOHN "HITMAN HERN" DEFENSEMAN OF THE YEAR - Brenden Kichton
KEN RABEL MOST SPORTSMANLIKE - Mitch Holmberg
HUMANITARIAN OF THE YEAR - Mike Aviani
ROOKIE OF THE YEAR - Adam Helewka
SCHOLASTIC PLAYER OF THE YEAR - Jason Fram
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