With 48 goals in just 58 games, Rourke Chartier was an integral part of the Kelowna Rockets’ run to a third straight B.C. Division title.
On Sunday, the third-year centre’s contributions were acknowledged as he was named the WHL team’s most valuable player for 2014-15.
Chartier, who was also named the Rockets’ most sportsmanlike player, shared the MVP award with his teammates.
“It’s a huge honour for sure,” said Chartier, who finished the season with 48 goals and 34 assists. “There are lots of other guys who are deserving of this. It’s an honour when you see the names that have been on that before, but the credit goes to my teammates for sure.”
Defenceman Devante Stephens was the only other Rocket to win two awards, picking up both the rookie of the year award and the most improved player honour.
A story of perseverance, Stephens, 18, missed most of last season with the B.C. major midget league’s Valley West Hawks with a broken leg.
“A lot of hard work and dedication went into it,” said Stephens. “It’s definitely exciting to see that it’s paid off.”
The other award winners for the Rockets are:
Top defenceman—Madison Bowey
Top defensive forward—Cole Linaker
Top scorer—Nick Merkley (90 points)
Unsung Hero—Rodney Southam
Scholastic player—Joe Gatenby
Humanitarian Award (Hamilton Family)—Tyson Baillie
Plus-minus—Cole Martin (+43)
The Rockets also honoured their three 20-year-old players—Tyrell Goulbourne, Cole Martin and Chance Braid.
The Rockets open the WHL playoffs Friday night at home to the Tri-City Americans.