Game On Magazine September 2015 - Page 16

David Schioler, Chief Executive Officer of IBAM Insurance Brokers of Manitoba presents Nolan Patrick with the Jim Piggott Memorial Trophy for the Rookie of the Year Was there really any doubt? PATRICK NAMED 2014-15 WHL ROOKIE OF THE YEAR Was there really any doubt? By Johnston Hall On May 6, Insurance Brokers Association of Manitoba CEO, Dave Schioler, presented the Jim Piggott Memorial Trophy, emblematic of the Western Hockey League’s rookie-of-the-year to Brandon Wheat Kings 17-year-old centre Nolan Patrick. Patrick led all rookies in 2014-15 with 30 goals and finished third in the rookie scoring race with 56 points in only 55 games. The son of former NHLer Steve Patrick and the nephew of former NHLers James Patrick and Rich Chernomaz, Nolan Patrick is expected to be an early first-round selection in the 2017 NHL draft. Patrick became the sixth member of the year,” Patrick told reporters. “All of our top guys, they all meant a lot throughout the year and I just tried to listen to them as much as I could and take as much advice from them and use it to my advantage. “ Meanwhile, Brandon head coach/GM Kelly McCrimmon was named the winner of the Lloyd Saunders Memorial Trophy as WHL executive of the year. McCrimmon guided the Wheaties to a league-best 53-11-4-4 mark and a berth in the WHL final for the first time in 10 years. Former Winnipeg Jets coach and GM John Paddock was named WHL coach of the year for his work with the Regina Pats. n 16 GAME ON SEPTEMBER 2015 Wheat Kings to be named rookie of the year, joining Brayden Schenn, Tyler Plante, Wade Redden, Brian Propp and Rick Blight. Every other Wheaties rookie of the year with the exception of Plante, a goaltender, reached the NHL. Patrick, who grew up in Winnipeg, played Bantam Triple A hockey for the Winnipeg Hawks and Midget Triple A for the Winnipeg Thrashers. In two seasons with the Hawks, he had 46 goals and 115 points in 36 games. In one season with the Thrashers, he had 33 goals and 63 points in 39 games. “I can’t take all the credit, I played with some of the top players in the league this