Addison Named Eastern Conference Defenseman of the Year
LETHBRIDGE, AB - The Western Hockey League announced Monday that Lethbridge Hurricanes defenseman Calen Addison has been named the WHL's Eastern Conference Defenseman of the Year.
Addison, 20, was originally drafted by the Hurricanes second overall in the 2015 WHL Bantam Draft. The product of Brandon, Manitoba appeared in 50 regular season games with the Hurricanes during the shortened 2019-2020 season collecting 52 points (10g-42a) along with 51 penalty minutes while marking a career-high plus-7 rating. Addison finished second in defenseman scoring for the Hurricanes with the 52 points while also finishing second in power play points for the 'Canes collecting four goals and 20 assists.
During the 2019-2020 season, the Minnesota Wild prospect suited up for Team WHL in the CIBC Canada Russia Series skating in both games while collecting two points (1g-1a), including the overtime game-winning goal in the first game against the Russians. Addison then represented Canada at the 2020 IIHF World Junior Championship where he was crucial in helping Canada capture a gold medal. In seven tournament games for the Canadians, he totaled nine points (1g-8a) with four penalty minutes while adding three assists in the gold medal game. He was also named a 2019-2020 First Team All-Star in the WHL.
In his WHL career with the Hurricanes, Addison suited up in 252 regular season games totaling 215 points, including 41 goals and 174 assists, with 210 penalty minutes and an even plus-minus rating. He is the second-highest scoring defenseman in Hurricanes franchise history. Addison sits tied for 16th all-time in franchise games played (252), fifth all-time in franchise assists (174) and 18th in all-time franchise points (215).
The winner of the Bill Hunter Memorial Trophy for WHL Defenseman of the Year will be announced on Tuesday, May 19th.
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