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

  • Sun Mar 18th, 2012 9:00am
  • Sports

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.