Warriors’ Mike Hardman lead the Warriors this season with 39 goals. Photo: Garrett James

West Kelowna Warriors player wins BCHL’s Most Sportsmanlike award

Mike Hardman won the Bob Fenton Trophy for the 2019 season

As the West Kelowna Warriors prepare for the upcoming BCHL playoffs, the BCHL has awarded one of their best offensive players with the Bob Fenton Trophy.

Mike Hardman won the award for the leagues’ most sportsmanlike player at the BCHL 2019 Awards as determined by a vote of the league’s coaches.. The award is given to players who exhibit the fundamental aspects of sportsmanship while excelling at the game.

Hardman led the Warriors with 39 goals this season, he added 33 assists and only 16 penalty minutes in 58 games played.

“Biggest thing is that I try to play the right way but at the same time I play physical and create scoring chances” said Hardman.”Thank you to my coaches and my teammates for pushing me to be best I can be.”

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It’s the first time a Warriors player has won the award since the award has been handed out since 1967. Hardman finished in third for the Warriors franchise record of regular season scoring with 39 goals.

Warriors’ head coach Brandon West knew his player would be a candidate.

“Mike plays the game the right way; he’s very competitive and plays within the rules,” said West.

Hardman and the Warriors now prepare for the BCHL playoffs. They travel to face rivals Wenatchee Wild in the first round with game one coming March 2.

The Warriors will return to home ice for game three of the playoffs on March 5 and will play games four and, if necessary, five on home ice.

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