For the second straight year, Kelowna Rockets captain Tyson Barrie is the Western Conference nominee for the WHL’s defenceman of the year.
The 19-year-old Victoria native won the award in 2009-10 after scoring 19 goals and 72 points in 63 games.
This season, Barrie scored 11 goals and added 47 assists in 54 games for the Rockets.
Barrie was also named to the Western Conference’s first all-star team.
The other Western Conference finalists are:
Rookie of the year—Sven Bartschi, Portland Winterhawks
Goaltender of the year—James Reid, Spokane Chiefs
Most sportsmanlike—Tyler Johnson, Spokane Chiefs
Scholastic player—Colin Smith, Kamloops Blazers
Coach of the year—Don Nachbaur, Spokane Chiefs
Executive of the year—Mike Johnson, Portland Winterhawks
Humanitarian of the year—Jeff Einhorn, Chilliwack Bruins
Marketing/P.R.—Brian Sandy, Tri-City Americans