Wednesday, 19 March 2014

Kenton Helgesen named Player of the Year at Hitmen Awards Banquet

Sunday the Calgary Hitmen Hockey Club, in partnership with Petro-Canada, a Suncor Energy business, honoured their best at the 2013-14 Hitmen Awards Banquet at The Fairmont Palliser.  The afternoon featured a special address from Hitmen alumnus Brad Mehalko (1997-98).

The recipient of two awards, including the prestigious Suncor Energy Player of the Year award, was Anaheim Ducks prospect Kenton Helgesen.  The third-year player who skated as both a defenceman and forward this season set career highs in goals (10), assists (41), points (51) and plus-minus (31).  Past recipients of this honour include Cody Sylvester, Ryan Getzlaf and Brad Moran. 

“Kenton was asked to do it all this year by playing defence and forward along with leading the team and logging significant ice time,” said Mike Moore, Hitmen General Manager and Vice President, Business Operations. “He’s a well-rounded, versatile player who did what he was asked of him, played in many situations and has been a big influence on our hockey club and a large contributor to our success this season.” 

Playing in his final Western Hockey League season and third year with the Hitmen, Brady Brassart received three awards, including the Calgary Hitmen Leader Scorer award shared with fellow forward Greg Chase.  Brassart and Chase both finished the 2013-14 regular season with 35 goals and 50 assists for 85 points.  Chase was selected by the Edmonton Oilers in the seventh round, 188 overall, in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft, while Brassart recently signed a three-year entry-level contract with the Minnesota Wild.  

“Right from the start, Brady and Greg were going to be important for our scoring,” commented Moore. “While we were fortunate to add some depth to our offence at the trade deadline, these two were consistent throughout the season and showed the strength of our scoring core by sharing this award.”

                                        Kenton Helgesen was named Player of the Year

2013-14 Calgary Hitmen Team Awards
Ed Williams Player of the Month for March-Greg Chase
Calgary Hitmen Leading Scorer Award-Brady Brassart and Greg Chase (co-winners)
Calgary Hitmen Booster Club Fan Favourite Award-Brady Brassart
NSD Sports & Fitness Club Players’ Choice Award-Elliott Peterson
ENMAX Humanitarian Award-Brady Brassart and Mack Shields (co-winners)
Chrysler Canada Inc. Scholastic Player Award-Ben Thomas
Rookie of the Year Award-Ben Thomas and Travis Sanheim (co-winners)
Husky Energy Top Defenceman Award-Alex Roach and Jaynen Rissling (co-winners)
RE/MAX Three Star Award-Jake Virtanen
TELUS Coaches Award-Kenton Helgesen
Suncor Energy Player of the Year Award-Kenton Helgesen

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