Brandon Wheat Kings’ Nolan Patrick crowned WHL’s top rookie
WINNIPEG — Winnipeg’s Nolan Patrick is certainly living up to the expectations that come along with being the 4th overall pick in the 2013 Western Hockey League’s bantam draft. Patrick was named the winner of the Jim Piggott Memorial Trophy for the WHL’s rookie of the year on Wednesday at the league’s awards ceremony in Calgary.
The 16-year-old Brandon Wheat Kings’ forward averaged just over a point per game in his first full season in the WHL. He scored 30 goals and added 26 assists in 55 games this past season. The former Winnipeg Thrashers’ forward also played three games for Brandon in the 2013-2014 season.
Patrick is just the 6th Wheat Kings player to win the top rookie award joining Brayden Schenn (2008), Tyler Plante (2005), Wade Redden (1994), Brain Propp (1977) and Rick Blight (1973).
Patrick is the son of former NHL’er Steve Patrick Jr. and Nolan will be eligible for the 2017 NHL Draft.
Wheat Kings’ General Manager and Head Coach Kelly McCrimmon won the Lloyd Saunders Memorial Trophy for the WHL’s Executive of the year. It’s the 3rd time he’s took home the award also winning in the 1994-95 season and again in the 2009-10 season.
Oak River’s John Paddock of the Regina Pats was chosen as the coach of the year.
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