Forward Brett Bulmer is the Kelowna Rockets' team MVP for 2011-12.

Forward Brett Bulmer is the Kelowna Rockets' team MVP for 2011-12.

Bulmer nabs Rockets’ team MVP award

Big, skilled forward earns top honour as WHL club hands out annual team awards Sunday

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.


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