When Brett Bulmer returned from the NHL’s Minnesota Wild in November, the Kelowna Rockets had a pretty good hunch the skilled forward would be a difference maker.
That much was made clear by the club on Sunday as the 6-foot-3, 195-pound Prince George native was named the Rockets’ most valuable player for the 2011-12 season.
Bulmer registered 34 goals, 62 points and a +10 rating in just 53 games with Kelowna this season.
Despite the initial disappointment of not sticking with the Wild, Bulmer was able to regroup and put together a solid campaign with the Rockets.
“It means a lot,” Bulmer said of the award. “I had to come back and make a huge impact and I think I’ve been able to do that.”
Still, Bulmer insists there’s plenty of work to be done.
“It’s not over, playoffs is going to be huge. I need to be that same player and just make sure I work hard at it.”
The other individual Rockets awards handed out Sunday at the Coast Capri Hotel were:
• Top defenceman—Mitchell Chapman
• Top scorer award—Shane McColgan
• Rookie of the year—(tie) Carter Rigby and Madison Bowey
• Top defensive forward—Colton Sissons
• Most improved player—Damon Severson
• Most sportsmanlike—Zach Franko
• Unsung hero—Tyrell Goulbourne
• Scholastic player—Cole Martin
• Plus-minus award—Tyson Baillie
• Humanitarian award (Hamilton family)—Adam Brown
The team’s three over-age players, Adam Brown, Cody Chikie and Brett Lyon also received special recognition during the ceremony.