March 25, 2015 - 4:27 PM
KELOWNA - It’s the end of the regular season in the Western Hockey League and with the Kelowna Rockets sitting in first place in the Western Conference, several players made the all-star team while a few more were named finalists for 2015 awards.
The all-star teams along with the 2015 WHL Awards finalists were named Wednesday, March 25, with awards set to be handed out May 6.
Madison Bowey and Rourke Chartier were named to the Western Conference first all-star team while Josh Morrissey and Nick Merkley were named to the second all-star team.
In the Western Conference the Rockets’ Chartier has been named the most sportsmanlike player and Joe Gatenby the Scholastic Player of the year. Coach Dan Lambert is up for Coach of the Year and Bruce Hamilton for Executive of the year.
Player of the year, Humanitarian of the Year, Top Official and Marketing/Public Relations awards will be announced at a later date.
The team wrapped up their regular season with a win at home and then handed out their own player awards over the weekend, with Chartier named as team MVP.
The Rockets will face the Tri-City Americans in the first round of the playoffs. Games one and two will go Friday, March 27, and Saturday, March 28, at Prospera Place.
The team finished fourth in the Canadian Hockey League rankings, behind the Sault-Ste-Marie Greyhounds, Brandon Wheat Kings and the Oshawa Generals.
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