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Patera Dominates 2019-20 Wheat Kings Team Awards

March 27, 2020 - Western Hockey League (WHL) - Brandon Wheat Kings News Release

A 20-year old native of the Czech Republic, Patera was named the hockey club's Meighen Haddad LLP Most Valuable Player, the Art Marshall Memorial Trophy winner for being chosen the Top Graduating Player, the Canad Inns 3 Stars winner as well as the Shoppers Drug Mart Fans Choice.

A draft choice of the National Hockey League's Vegas Golden Knights, Patera enjoyed an outstanding season in 2019-20 by compiling an impressive 24-12-2-2 record, a franchise single season record 2.55 goals against average, a .921 save percentage and five shutouts in 41 appearances.

Joining Patera as multi-winners this season were defencemen Vincent Iorio and Braden Schneider.

While Iorio was named the winner of both the Keystone Centre's Most Sportsmanlike Player Award and the Maggie Janz Scholastic Player, Schneider was named winner of the Mike Adamski Hardest Working Player, presented by MazerGroup as well as the Brad McCrimmon Memorial Trophy for the Top Defenceman.

Rounding out this year's award winners:

Brandon Sun Scoring Champion - Luka Burzan

MNP Rookie of the Year Award - Jake Chiasson

Manitoba Hydro Turk Broda Award - Top Manitoban - Ben McCartney

UCT Dennis Truscott Award - Most Improved Player - Ridly Greig

Coca-Cola Rob Stouffer Award - Most Inspirational Player - Marcus Sekundiak

Precision Toyota Unsung Hero Award - Dom Schmeimann

McDonald's Frank King Trophy - Most Community Minded Player - Connor Gutenberg, Lyndon McCallum. This year marked the first time that players have shared the prestigious Frank King award.

It also marked the first time in a decade that the awards haven't been handed out during the club's final regular season home game.

Not only did the COVID-19 pandemic force cancellation of the Wheat Kings final five regular season games, it has also put an end to the playoffs and Memorial Cup. This will mark the first time in the 54-year history of the WHL the league won't declare a champion.

It also put an end to the WHL careers of overagers Patera, Gutenberg and Schmiemann.

Patera played two seasons in Brandon, compiling a 2.95 goals against average and a .913 save percentage in 89 games.

A former first round bantam draft choice of the Swift Current Broncos, Schmiemann played four seasons in the WHL, scoring seven goals and 52 points in 249 career games while Gutenberg - a member of the 2016 WHL Championship club - scored 68 goals and 184 points in 312 career games in a Brandon uniform.

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