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Aviani, Holmberg Named to WHL All-Star Team

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Mike Aviani has another reason to celebrate, this time its for his WHL All-Star selection on Thursday. Mike Aviani has another reason to celebrate, this time its for his WHL All-Star selection on Thursday.

by Spokane Chiefs Media Relations

CALGARY, AB – Spokane Chiefs forwards Mitch Holmberg and Mike Aviani, who scored a combined 100 goals this season, were named Western Conference All-Stars by the WHL today as the league prepares to kick off the 2014 Playoffs.

Holmberg, who led the league in goals (62) and points (118), earned 1st-Team Western Conference honors as one of three unanimous selections. His 62 goals marked just the 3rd time since the turn of the century that a WHL player had reached 60 or more in one season. His 147 career goals are the new franchise record as he passed long-time record holder Pat Falloon on March 14.

Mike Aviani scored career highs in goals and points, scoring 38 goals and 81 points in his fourth and final full season with the club. His 89 career goals puts him in a tie for 23rd in franchise history.

The Spokane Chiefs placed multiple players on the WHL All-Star Team for the first time since 2011, when four Chiefs (three 1st-Team, one 2nd-Team) earned the nomination.

Holmberg was also named the Western Conference's nominee for the WHL's Most Sportsmanlike Player Award, after being named the team's Most Sportsmanlike Player in a pre-game ceremony on March 14. His regular season scoring title, finalized Sunday night, already earned him the WHL's Bob Clarke Trophy.

The WHL Eastern and Western Conference All-Star Teams are as follows:

WHL EASTERN CONFERENCE ALL-STAR TEAMS

FIRST ALL-STAR TEAM

Goaltender – Tristan Jarry (Delta, BC), Edmonton Oil Kings

Defenceman – Josh Morrissey (Calgary, AB), Prince Albert Raiders

Defenceman – Ryan Pulock (Grandview, MB) Brandon Wheat Kings

Forward – Sam Reinhart (Vancouver, BC), Kootenay Ice *

Forward – Leon Draisaitl (Cologne, Germany), Prince Albert Raiders

Forward – Curtis Lazar (Vernon, BC), Edmonton Oil Kings

SECOND ALL-STAR TEAM

Goaltender – Patrik Bartosak (Koprivnice, CZR), Red Deer Rebels

Defenceman – Griffin Reinhart (West Vancouver, BC), Edmonton Oil Kings

Defenceman – Julius Honka (Jyvaskyla, Finland), Swift Current Broncos

Forward – Curtis Valk (Medicine Hat, AB), Medicine Hat Tigers

Forward – Jaedon Descheneau (Edmonton, AB), Kootenay Ice

Forward – Chandler Stephenson (Saskatoon, SK), Regina Pate

WHL WESTERN CONFERENCE ALL-STAR TEAMS

FIRST ALL-STAR TEAM

Goaltender – Jordon Cooke (Leduc, AB), Kelowna Rockets

Defenceman – Derrick Pouliot (Weyburn, SK), Portland Winterhawks

Defenceman – Shea Theodore (Aldergrove, BC), Seattle Thunderbirds

Forward – Nicolas Petan (Delta, BC), Portland Winterhawks *

Forward – Mitch Holmberg (Sherwood Park, AB), Spokane Chiefs *

Forward – Oliver Bjorkstrand (Herning, Denmark), Portland Winterhawks

SECOND ALL-STAR TEAM

Goaltender – Eric Comrie (Edmonton, AB), Tri-City Americans

Defenceman – Damon Severson (Melville, SK), Kelowna Rockets

Defenceman – Madison Bowey (Winnipeg, MB), Kelowna Rockets

Forward – Joshua Winquist (St. Albert, AB), Everett Silvertips

Forward – Todd Fiddler (Meadow Lake, SK), Prince George Cougars

Forward – Mike Aviani (North Vancouver, BC), Spokane Chiefs

* indicates unanimous selection

The WHL announced the 2014 Awards Finalists in the following categories:

WHL Rookie of the Year, Jim Piggott Memorial Trophy

Eastern Conference – Nikita Scherbak (Moscow, Russia), Saskatoon Blades

Western Conference – Nick Merkley (Calgary, AB), Kelowna Rockets

WHL Goaltender of the Year, Del Wilson Trophy

Eastern Conference – Tristan Jarry (Delta, BC), Edmonton Oil Kings

Western Conference – Jordon Cooke (Leduc, AB), Kelowna Rockets

WHL Defenceman of the Year, Bill Hunter Memorial Trophy

Eastern Conference – Josh Morrissey (Calgary, AB), Prince Albert Raiders

Western Conference – Derrick Pouliot (Weyburn, SK), Portland Winterhawk

WHL Most Sportsmanlike Player of the Year, Brad Hornung Trophy

Eastern Conference – Sam Reinhart (Vancouver, BC), Kootenay Ice

Western Conference – Mitch Holmberg (Sherwood Park, AB), Spokane Chiefs

WHL Scholastic Player of the Year, Daryl K. (Doc) Seaman Memorial Trophy

Eastern Conference – Nelson Nogier (Saskatoon, SK) Saskatoon Blades

Western Conference – Dominic Turgeon (Cherry Hills, CO) Portland Winterhawks

WHL Coach of the Year, Dunc McCallum Memorial Trophy

Eastern Conference – Shaun Clouston, Medicine Hat Tigers

Western Conference – Dave Lowry, Victoria Royals

WHL Executive of the Year, Lloyd Saunders Memorial Trophy

Eastern Conference – Mike Moore, Calgary Hitmen

Western Conference – Cam Hope, Victoria Royals

WHL Humanitarian of the Year, Doug Wickenheiser Memorial Trophy

Eastern Conference – Sam Fioretti (Calgary, AB) Moose Jaw Warriors

Western Conference – Mitch Topping (Red Deer, AB) Tri City Americans

WHL Marketing / Business Award

Eastern Conference – Regina Pats

Western Conference – Seattle Thunderbirds

WHL Regular Season Champions, Scotty Munro Memorial Trophy

Kelowna Rockets: GP – 72 W – 57 L – 11 OTL – 0 SL – 4 Pts. – 118

WHL Top Scorer – Bob Clarke Trophy

Mitch Holmberg (Sherwood Park, AB), Spokane Chiefs

GP – 72 G – 62 A – 56 Pts – 118 PIM – 25

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