Cozens Named Eastern Conference Player of the Year
LETHBRIDGE, AB - The Western Hockey League announced Tuesday that Lethbridge Hurricanes' forward Dylan Cozens has been named the Eastern Conference Player of the Year.
Cozens, 19, was originally drafted by the Hurricanes in the first round (19th overall) in the 2016 WHL Bantam Draft. The product of Whitehorse, Yukon was named the 28th Captain in franchise history serving as a Co-Captain in 2019-2020, appeared in 51 games during the regular season for the Hurricanes totaling a team-high 85 points. The product of Whitehorse, Yukon set new career-highs in goals (38) and points (85) as he led the 'Canes in all three offensive categories.
The Buffalo Sabres seventh overall pick from 2019 also finished the season with 25 power play points (8g-17a) along with a team-high six game-winning goals and four shorthanded goals. Cozens finished tied for fifth in the WHL in goals (38), was seventh in WHL points (85) while finishing atop the WHL in shorthanded goals (4).
Cozens was the recipient of the Harry Ingarfield Memorial Trophy for Hurricanes Most Valuable Player in 2019-2020 while also being the Canadian Tire South Top Scorer and the 106.7 ROCK Three Star Award winner. He was also named to the WHL First All-Star team for his efforts during the shortened 2019-2020 season.
In addition to his stellar season for the Hurricanes, Cozens represented the Western Hockey League at the CIBC Canada Russia Series where he collected two assists in two games. He also played a huge part of Canada capturing a gold medal at the 2020 IIHF World Junior Championship in the Czech Republic where he registered nine points (2g-7a) along with six penalty minutes and a plus-4 rating in seven tournament games, including a goal in the gold medal game against Russia.
In his WHL career, Cozens has appeared in 179 regular season games with the Hurricanes totaling 223 points (95g-128a) along with 88 penalty minutes and a plus-49 rating. He sits 17th all-time in Hurricanes franchise goals (95), 19th all-time in franchise assists (128) and is 18th all-time in franchise points (223).
The winner of the Four Broncos Memorial Trophy as WHL Player of the Year will be announced on Wednesday, May 20th.
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