FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, May 2, 2012
GLENDALE, ARIZONA --- Phoenix Coyotes prospect Brendan Shinnimin has been named the Western Hockey League’s (WHL) Player of the Year. Shinnimin is the first player to win the Player of the Year award from the WHL’s Western Conference since Dan Hamhuis won with Prince George during the 2001-02 season.
The 5-foot-10, 180 pound Shinnimin recorded 58-76-134 in 69 games with the Tri-City Americans (WHL) this season, earning him the Bob Clarke trophy as the WHL’s leading regular season scorer. Shinnimin’s 134 points marks the highest point total for a WHL player since the Pavel Brendl (Calgary) recorded 134 points during the 1998-99 season.
In 14 postseason games, he produced 7-16-23, including three game-winning goals, leading the Americans to the Western Conference Final. Shinnimin was named the Americans’ 2012 playoff most valuable player for the second consecutive season. He finished his WHL career as the Americans’ all-time leading postseason scorer (19-45-64), passing current Coyotes forward, Daymond Langkow (59 pts.)
The 21-year-old was named the Canadian Hockey League (CHL) Player of the Month for February in addition to the WHL Player of the Month for February, leading all WHL scorers by collecting an unprecedented 43 points (20-23-43) in just 14 games.
The Winnipeg, Manitoba native set career highs in goals (58), assists (76), points (134) and plus-minus (plus-45) this season. In 267 regular season games (four full seasons) with the Americans, Shinnimin has recorded 131-206-337. In 57 career postseason contests, he has registered 19-44-63.
Past winners of the Four Broncos Memorial Trophy (WHL Player of the Year) include current NHL stars Cam Ward (Red Deer Rebels, 2003-04), Jordan Eberle (Regina Pats, 2009-10) and Jarome Iginla (Kamloops Blazers, 1995-96), Shinnimin signed a three-year entry-level contract with the Coyotes on March 2.
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