May 02, 2014 - 10:18 AM
CALGARY - Two members of the Kelowna Rockets were honoured as the best in the Western Hockey League at the annual awards luncheon on Wednesday in Calgary.
Goaltender Jordon Cooke was named the WHL's top goalie while rookie Nick Merkley was named the league's top rookie.
Cooke, 20, led the Rockets in his campaign, posting a 39-7-0-4 record in the regular season before going 9-4-1-0 in the WHL playoffs.
Cooke had a 2.28 goals against average and a .922 save percentage in 51 regular season games.
"It's a tremendous honour and I'd like to thank my team," Cooke said. "Game in and game out they did everything for me. It was so amazing. It was lots of fun and I'm going to cherish the memories."
As for Merkley, the 16-year-old was spectacular in his first season, posting 25 goals, 33 assists and 58 points in 66 regular season games before leading the Rockets in playoff scoring with four goals and 13 assists in 14 games.
"I'd just like to say thanks to my coach Ryan Huska," Merkley said. "He helped me a lot. Coming in as a 15-year-old and getting in the playoffs, I think that was good for me."
Kelowna Rocket rookie Nick Merkley was named the WHL's top rookie at the league's awards luncheon in Calgary on April 30, 2014.
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