Honka named to Eastern Conference Second All-Star Team

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Julius Honka

Swift Current Broncos' rookie defenseman Julius Honka was named to the Western Hockey League's Eastern Conference Second All-Star Team today.

The 18-year-old blueliner had 16 goals, 40 assists, and a +10 rating in 62 games this season. The native of Jyaskyla, Finland finished fourth in rookie scoring during his rookie season as he helped the Broncos to a 38-25-3-6 record.

The WHL also announced  the Eastern and Western Conference 2014 WHL Award Finalists. The WHL Player of the Year finalists will be named on Thursday, April 17. The winners of these awards along with the WHL Player of the Year will be announced at the 2014 WHL Awards Luncheon in Calgary, Alberta on Wednesday, April 30.

The WHL Eastern and Western Conference All-Star Teams are as follows:

WHL EASTERN CONFERENCE ALL-STAR TEAMS

FIRST ALL-STAR TEAM

Goaltender – Tristan Jarry (Delta, BC), Edmonton Oil Kings

Defenceman – Josh Morrissey (Calgary, AB), Prince Albert Raiders

Defenceman – Ryan Pulock (Grandview, MB) Brandon Wheat Kings

Forward – Sam Reinhart (Vancouver, BC), Kootenay Ice *

Forward – Leon Draisaitl (Cologne, Germany), Prince Albert Raiders

Forward – Curtis Lazar (Vernon, BC), Edmonton Oil Kings

SECOND ALL-STAR TEAM

Goaltender – Patrik Bartosak (Koprivnice, CZR), Red Deer Rebels

Defenceman – Griffin Reinhart (West Vancouver, BC), Edmonton Oil Kings

Defenceman – Julius Honka (Jyvaskyla, Finland), Swift Current Broncos

Forward – Curtis Valk (Medicine Hat, AB), Medicine Hat Tigers

Forward – Jaedon Descheneau (Edmonton, AB), Kootenay Ice

Forward – Chandler Stephenson (Saskatoon, SK), Regina Pats

WHL WESTERN CONFERENCE ALL-STAR TEAMS

FIRST ALL-STAR TEAM

Goaltender – Jordon Cooke (Leduc, AB), Kelowna Rockets

Defenceman – Derrick Pouliot (Weyburn, SK), Portland Winterhawks

Defenceman – Shea Theodore (Aldergrove, BC), Seattle Thunderbirds

Forward – Nicolas Petan (Delta, BC), Portland Winterhawks *

Forward – Mitch Holmberg (Sherwood Park, AB), Spokane Chiefs *

Forward – Oliver Bjorkstrand (Herning, Denmark), Portland Winterhawks

SECOND ALL-STAR TEAM

Goaltender – Eric Comrie (Edmonton, AB), Tri-City Americans

Defenceman – Damon Severson (Melville, SK), Kelowna Rockets

Defenceman – Madison Bowey (Winnipeg, MB), Kelowna Rockets

Forward – Joshua Winquist (St. Albert, AB), Everett Silvertips

Forward – Todd Fiddler (Meadow Lake, SK), Prince George Cougars

Forward – Mike Aviani (North Vancouver, BC), Spokane Chiefs

* indicates unanimous selection

The WHL announced the 2014 Awards Finalists in the following categories:

WHL Rookie of the Year, Jim Piggott Memorial Trophy

Eastern Conference – Nikita Scherbak (Moscow, Russia), Saskatoon Blades

Western Conference – Nick Merkley (Calgary, AB), Kelowna Rockets

WHL Goaltender of the Year, Del Wilson Trophy

Eastern Conference – Tristan Jarry (Delta, BC), Edmonton Oil Kings

Western Conference – Jordon Cooke (Leduc, AB), Kelowna Rockets

WHL Defenceman of the Year, Bill Hunter Memorial Trophy

Eastern Conference – Josh Morrissey (Calgary, AB), Prince Albert Raiders

Western Conference – Derrick Pouliot (Weyburn, SK), Portland Winterhawk

WHL Most Sportsmanlike Player of the Year, Brad Hornung Trophy

Eastern Conference – Sam Reinhart (Vancouver, BC), Kootenay Ice

Western Conference – Mitch Holmberg (Sherwood Park, AB), Spokane Chiefs

WHL Scholastic Player of the Year, Daryl K. (Doc) Seaman Memorial Trophy

Eastern Conference – Nelson Nogier (Saskatoon, SK) Saskatoon Blades

Western Conference – Dominic Turgeon (Cherry Hills, CO) Portland Winterhawks

WHL Coach of the Year, Dunc McCallum Memorial Trophy

Eastern Conference – Shaun Clouston, Medicine Hat Tigers

Western Conference – Dave Lowry, Victoria Royals

WHL Executive of the Year, Lloyd Saunders Memorial Trophy

Eastern Conference – Mike Moore, Calgary Hitmen

Western Conference – Cam Hope, Victoria Royals

WHL Humanitarian of the Year, Doug Wickenheiser Memorial Trophy

Eastern Conference – Sam Fioretti (Calgary, AB) Moose Jaw Warriors

Western Conference – Mitch Topping (Red Deer, AB) Tri City Americans

WHL Marketing / Business Award

Eastern Conference – Regina Pats

Western Conference – Seattle Thunderbirds

WHL Regular Season Champions, Scotty Munro Memorial Trophy

Kelowna Rockets: GP – 72 W – 57 L – 11 OTL – 0 SL – 4 Pts. – 118

WHL Top Scorer – Bob Clarke Trophy

Mitch Holmberg (Sherwood Park, AB), Spokane Chiefs

GP – 72 G – 62 A – 56 Pts – 118 PIM – 25

Organizations: Swift Current Broncos, WHL

Geographic location: Edmonton, Calgary, Swift Current Finland Saskatoon WHL Eastern Medicine Hat Vancouver, BC Jyaskyla Sherwood Park Alberta Seattle Cologne Germany West Vancouver Portland Herning Denmark Winnipeg Meadow Lake North Vancouver Moscow Russia Kelowna Cherry Hills Moose Jaw Red Deer

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