Pats Announce 2017/18 Individual Award Winners


The Regina Pats Hockey Club announced its individual award winners ahead of the final home game of the season against the Swift Current Broncos. The Pats presented nine awards recognizing the individual accomplishments of members of the team.

Player of the Year – Sam Steel
For a second consecutive year, forward Sam Steel was named the Regina Pats Player of the Year. The Anaheim Ducks prospect enters the final weekend of the regular season with 32 goals and 80 points in 53 games. The 19-year-old is the reigning WHL Player of the year and won gold with Team Canada at the 2018 World Junior Hockey Championships. Steel leads the Pats with a 1.55 points per game average and since returning from the World Juniors has 47 points in 26 games. Steel sits alone in 10th on the Pats all-time scoring list with 337 points.
2016-17 Award Winner: Sam Steel

Charles Johnston Memorial Top Defenceman – Josh Mahura

Top DMan- Mahura

Josh Mahura enters Friday night fifth among all WHL defenceman with 68 points in 59 games and his 22 goals are third best. The 19-year-old has already set career highs in goals and assists, well surpassing his 17 goals and 53 points from the 2016-17 season. The signed Anaheim Ducks prospect has put up 130 points in 185 career WHL games and is a career plus-44.
2016-17 Award Winner: Connor Hobbs & Sergey Zborovskiy

Rick Rypien Memorial Award (Unsung Hero) – Brady Pouteau

Rypien Award- Pouteau

19-year-old defenceman Brady Pouteau was given the Rick Rypien Memorial Award as the Pats Unsung Hero for 2017-18. Despite playing in Regina for just half a season, the product of Oak Bluff, Manitoba has been a strong leader on and off the ice and brought an incredibly consistent game every night. In 26 games this year, Pouteau has one assist, 14 penalty minutes and holds an even plus/minus rating.
2016-17 Award Winner: Dawson Leedahl

Nick Papas Rookie of the Year – Max Paddock

Rookie- Paddock

Goaltender Max Paddock has solidified the Pats goaltending position in the second half of the 2017-18 season. The 17-year-old has a 12-2-1-1 record in 16 games since December 28 with a 2.46 goals against average and a .914 save percentage in that stretch. The product of Brandon, Manitoba currently holds the third best goals against average in the WHL at 2.94 as well as the 11th best save percentage at .902. His overall record sits as 18-7-1-1. 2016-17 Award Winner: Nick Henry

Hub Bishop Most Sportsmanlike – Sam Steel

Sportsmanlike- Steel

Forward Sam Steel has just 18 penalty minutes in 53 games in the 2017-18 season. The Sherwood Park, Alberta native has never taken more than one minor in a game and has not seen the penalty box in 43 of 52 games played this year.
2016-17 Award Winner: Chase Harrison

Mike Kartusch Community Service Award – Matt Bradley

Community- Bradley

Matt Bradley’s enthusiasm and willingness to participate in community events, combined with his play on the ice, quickly made the Pats first year forward a fan favourite. Donating his own money to cancer research for every point he put up in the Month of October, working with kids at schools, as well as supporting the Canadian Mental Health Association, Bradley has been a credit to the Pats and the community this year. Bradley made over 20 community appearances this season.
2016-17 Award Winner: Tyler Brown

Torchey Schell Top Scorer Award – Cameron Hebig

Top Scorer- Hebig

20-year-old forward Cameron Hebig is the Pats Top Scorer for the 2017-18 season.  Hebig put together a career year with 41 goals and 90 points in 66 games played, well surpassing his previous high of 26 goals and 69 points from the 2014-15 season.The product of Saskatoon earned an entry-level contract with the Edmonton Oilers in the process. 
2016-17 Award Winner: Sam Steel

Bill Hicke Most Popular Player – Sam Steel

Most Popular-Sam Steel

Just take a look at the lineups for autographs during postgame skates to see the evidence of Sam Steel’s popularity with fans.  The Pats captain and second leading scorer ran away with the fan voting for this award.  Steel returned the fans’ adulation with highlight reel play after highlight reel play.
2016-17 Award Winner: Adam Brooks

Scholastic Player of the Year – Max Paddock

Scholastic- Paddock

As a young player in the league, school is as much a part of life as hockey. Striking the balance between book work and life at the rink isn’t an easy one.  In his rookie season, Max Paddock put together a strong campaign on the ice with 18 wins in goal. While doing that he continued his bilingual education, taking French immersion at LeBoldus High School.
2016-17 Award Winner: Jake Leschyshyn

Three Star Award – Sam Steel
Pats Captain Sam Steel was named a star in 16 games this season including an impressive six first-star performances. Steel is four ‘star points’ clear of Matt Bradley who captured the second most points with 30.  Josh Mahura rounds out the top three with 20 ‘star points’ on the season.
2016-17 Award Winner: Sam Steel

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