REGINA – Regina Pat Ryker Evans has more than a few fans.
The veteran defencemen was announced Tuesday as the winner of the Bill Hicke Most Popular Player award after nearly 10,000 votes were submitted by the Regiment.
Evans – who received well over half of the votes – had a tremendous season for the Pats, finishing with 28 points (3G-25A) in 24 games. The Calgary, Alta. product tied Connor Bedard for the team scoring title, splitting the Torchy Schell Top Scorer Award.
2020-21 was a breakout season for Evans, who more than doubled his point per game average from a year ago, going from 0.49 to 1.17 PPG. With just two nights remaining in the WHL’s regular season schedule, Evans sits second in WHL defencemen scoring.
The remaining Pats 2020-21 season awards will be released as follows:
- Wednesday, May 12: Charles Johnston Memorial Top Defenceman
- Thursday, May 13: Nick Pappas Rookie of the Year
- Friday, May 14: Three Star Award
- Monday, May 17: Player of the Year