Panthers prospect Dryden Hunt earns WHL Eastern Conference Player of the Year
The Western Hockey League announced its 2016 Awards, and guess who’s on the list — Nelson’s Dryden Hunt.
Hunt, who last month signed an entry-level contract with Florida Panthers of the National Hockey League, was announced as the WHL Eastern Conference Four Memorial Broncos Player of the Year.
Western Conference winner is Joe Hickets of the Victoria Royals.
The 20-year-old forward has experienced a dream season with the Moose Jaw Warriors, finishing second in WHL scoring with 116 points — four behind Adam Brooks of the Regina Pats.
Hunt, who was also selected top the WHL First All Star team, scored 58 goals this season, tops in the entire WHL. Hunt also had five hat tricks.
Hunt’s teammates, netminder Zachary Sawchenko was selected Eastern Conference Top Goaltender and Noah Gregor Rookie of the year.
The Nelson Minor Hockey grad also walked away with four team awards. Hunt ended a 21-year drought for Warrior 50 goal scorers, and was the first Warrior in ten years to go over 100 points in a season, with that he captured the RBC Top Scorer Award.
Hunt shared Player of the Year honours with Moose Jaw team captain Brayden Point while capturing the YARA Fans Choice award and team’s 3-Star Award.
The Moose Jaw Warriors won its final regular season game, downing the Swift Current Broncos 3-1 to finish their 2015-2016 season in third place in the East Division.
Moose Jaw now faces Prince Albert Raiders in the first round of the playoffs beginning Friday in Prince Albert.
Game two is Saturday, March 26th in Prince Albert before the series shifts to Moose Jaw for Game’s three and four on Monday, March 28th and Tuesday, March 29th.
Story originated at The Nelson Daily