Crooks, Bredo, and Baillie named Canada West all-stars

    Trio of Golden Bears selected by conference coaches on Tuesday

    By Canada West Communications on February 28, 2017

    Highlights:
    - 16 of 18 players honoured as either Canada West men’s hockey all-stars, or all-rookies are products of the Western Hockey League
    - The Canada West’s men’s hockey major award winners will be announced Thursday, March 2 at 2 p.m. MT
    - The Canada West Men’s Hockey Final opens this Friday in Saskatoon at Rutherford Rink on the campus of the University of Saskatchewan
    Saskatchewan and Alberta will meet for the 19th time in the conference final

    EDMONTON – The connection between the Western Hockey League (WHL) and Canada West men’s hockey was on full display Tuesday, as the conference all-star and all-rookie teams were unveiled ahead of this weekend’s CW Final between Saskatchewan and Alberta.

    In total, 16 of the 18 combined all-stars and all-rookies are graduates of the WHL, while the two players who didn’t lace up in Western Canada’s premier junior circuit are products of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL).

    The trio led their respective teams to the conference semis last weekend, with Cooke’s Huskies advancing to this weekend’s CW Final, which will feature a combined six all-stars when the Huskies and Alberta Golden Bears open their best-of-three series Friday in Saskatoon at 7 p.m. CT. Game 2 Saturday and Game 3 Sunday (if necessary) are also slated for 7 p.m. CT.

    Fourth-year Jamie Crooks (second team), third-year defender Dylan Bredo (second team), and freshman Tyson Baillie (all rookie) were the Golden Bears honoured by the conference on Tuesday. 

    Crooks and Baillie led the Golden Bears with 26 points this season, with Crooks’ 15 goals a team-high. This is the first all-star appearance for Crooks since 2014, who was named to the Canada West all-rookie team long with fellow Bear Luke Siemens. Crooks was also the Canada West WHL Grad of the Month in October, recording 11 points in six conference games. 

    Bredo was also named a conference all-rookie in his inaugural season of 2014/15, with this being his first second team all-star appearance. The Edmonton native finished third in conference defenceman scoring with 20 points in 28 games, which also sets a new career-high for the defender. 

    Baillie is the lone all-rookie team member on the Golden Bears this season. Baillie tied Crooks with 26 points in his first season with Alberta, which also led all Canada West Rookies. Baillie’s 13 goals were also best among conference freshman, two more than Mount Royal Cougar Jamal Watson. 

    The 16 WHL graduates are making the most of their WHL Scholarship, which provides players with tuition, compulsory fees, and textbooks for each season played in the WHL. 

    The Canada West all-stars and all-rookies were selected by the conference’s eight head coaches, who also voted on the Canada West major awards, which will be unveiled Thursday, March 2 at 2 p.m. MT.

    Highlighting the many WHL grads honoured by Canada West Tuesday were first team all-stars Jordon Cooke (G – Saskatchewan Huskies / Kelowna Rockets), Connor Rankin (F – Mount Royal Cougars / Calgary Hitmen), and Elgin Pearce (F – Calgary Dinos / Medicine Hat Tigers).

    All Canada West final games can be seen live on CanadaWest.tv 

    After crowning a conference champion, both Saskatchewan and Alberta will head to Fredericton for the U SPORTS University Cup, which runs Thursday, March 16 through Sunday, March 19 at the University of New Brunswick.

    2016-17 CW Men’s Hockey First Team All-Stars

    Name / Position / University / Year / Hometown / Last WHL team

    Jordon Cooke / G / Saskatchewan / 3 / Leduc, Alta. / Kelowna Rockets
    Jesse Forsberg / D / Saskatchewan / 3 / Waldheim, Sask. / Moose Jaw Warriors
    Tim Campbell / D / Lethbridge / 5 / Thornhill, Ont. / Guelph Storm (OHL)
    Elgin Pearce / F / Calgary / 4 / Port Coquitlam, B.C. / Medicine Hat Tigers
    Connor Rankin / F / MRU / 2 / North Vancouver, B.C. / Calgary Hitmen
    Logan McVeigh / F / Saskatchewan / 2 / Kenaston, Sask. / Kamloops Blazers

    2016-17 CW Men’s Hockey Second Team All-Stars

    Name / Position / University / Year / Hometown / Last WHL team

    Steven Stanford / G / Calgary / 5 / Calgary, Alta. / Saskatoon Blades
    Dylan Bredo / D / Alberta / 3 / Edmonton, Alta. / Medicine Hat Tigers 
    Kendal McFaull / D / Saskatchewan / 4 / Rosetown, Sask. / Moose Jaw Warriors
    Anthony Bardaro / F / UBC / 4 / Delta, B.C. / Prince Albert Raiders
    Jordan DePape / F / Manitoba / 4 / Winnipeg, Man. / Red Deer Rebels
    Jamie Crooks / F / Alberta / 4 / Vermillion, Alta. / Victoria Royals

    2016-17 CW Men’s Hockey All-Rookies

    Name / Position / University / Hometown / Last WHL team

    Matthew Greenfield / G / Calgary / Parkland, Florida / Kitchener Rangers (OHL)
    Jesse Lees / D / MRU / Calgary, Alta. / Prince Albert Raiders
    Jerret Smith / D / UBC / Surrey, B.C. / Seattle Thunderbirds
    Jamal Watson / F / MRU / Calgary, Alta. / Swift Current Broncos
    Remi Laurencelle / F / Manitoba / Winnipeg, Man. / Everett Silvertips
    Tyson Baillie / F / Alberta / Fort Saskatchewan, Alta. / Kelowna Rockets

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