Two California connections bag CHL national awards for ’16-17 season
The Canadian Hockey League (CHL) on Saturday announced the 10 national award winners for the 2016-17 season and two winners have California connections.
The awards were presented as part of the 2017 Mastercard Memorial Cup festivities in Windsor, Ont.
CIBC Scholastic Player of the Year Award: Sasha Chmelevski, Ottawa 67’s
NHL Draft prospect Sasha Chmelevski (pictured top) of the Ottawa 67’s achieved a 98 percent average across his six Grade 12 courses through Michigan’s Virtual Charter Academy.
The 17-year-old from Huntington Beach also scored 21 goals and 22 assists for 43 points in 58 games, appearing 43rd among North American players listed by NHL Central Scouting.
Chrysler Top Scorer Award: Sam Steel, Regina Pats
Anaheim Ducks prospect Sam Steel led the CHL with 131 points in 66 games played, scoring 50 goals and 81 assists along with a plus-minus rating of plus-49 helping the Regina Pats to a first-place finish atop the WHL’s regular-season standings.
The 19-year-old from Sherwood Park, Alta., delivered the CHL’s highest point total since Brendan Shinnimin of the Tri-City Americans recorded 134 points in 69 games played during the 2011-12 campaign.