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Two California connections bag CHL national awards for ’16-17 season

 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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