Mr. Brown didn't let us down!
It came as no surprise that 19 year-old goaltender Adam Brown was named the MVP at the Kelowna Rockets year end awards banquet Sunday afternoon. Brown was simply the teams best player night in and night out and stole a few games over the course of the season. Brown is the fifth Rockets goaltender to pick up the MVP award. Brown follows in the footsteps of Kelly Guard, Derek Yeomans, Shane Bendera and Kevin Swanson.
Tyson Barrie is no stranger to winning the Rockets defenceman of the year award. For a second straight season the 19 year-old took home the trophy. Barrie becomes the first player since Luke Schenn to capture the award in consecutive seasons. Scott Hannan won it an amazing three times.
Shane McColgan was named the top scorer. McColgan becomes the youngest player (17) to lead the Rockets in scoring.
Evan Bloodoff was named the unsung hero. The 20 year-old was also recognized at the banquet along with Geordie Wudrick and Zak Stebner as the Rockets three overage players. All three received a framed photo of themselves in a Rockets uniform.
Wudrick picked up the humanitarian of the year award. Wudrick was good on the ice scoring 42 goals but also did some good work in the community. The 20 year-old was sporting the best bow tie where green was the colour of choice.
Mitchell Callahan was named the top defensive forward. Callahan was as good in the offensive zone as he was in his own end. Often battling for loose pucks behind his own net or working the boards, Callahan is one of the best two-way players in the game. Callahan wins the award after Brandon McMillan took home the honour last season.
Seventeen year-old Colton Sissons was named the rookie of the year and top plus/minus winner. Sissons had fewer points than freshman Zach Franko, but Sissons had a productive season despite a lack of power play time. Sissons appeared to find his groove in the second half of the season despite suffering through a concussion and knee injury.
Franko was named the sportsmanlike player of the year. He joked in accepting his award that his teammates would likely give him a hard time considering the rookie failed to earn a fighting major this season.
Tyson Barrie's father Len Barrie was in attendance. Barrie most recently was coaching the BCHL's Victoria Grizzlies.
Tyson Barrie gave a tremendous 'captain's speech' where his focus was on winning. The gifted defenceman talked about the relationships that he has built with his teammates over the years where winning has brought them even closer together.
"When I was trying to write this speech, I was trying to come up with one topic or theme. I kept coming back to the one thing that stuck out more than anything in my time in Kelowna and that's how good it feels to win".
The Rockets announced that Saturday's home game again Vancouver ran the consecutive regular season sell-out streak at Prospera Place to 246 games.
Evan Bloodoff is one of only nine players to ever play his entire five years with the Rockets organization.