The Western Hockey League has announced its Second Team All-Stars for both its Eastern and Western Conferences, as voted upon by the WHL General Managers. Highlighting the list are Manitoban netminders Joel Hofer (Winnipeg) and Max Paddock (Brandon), as well as Winnipeg ICE team captain Peyton Krebs.
All three deserving players had phenomenal 2019-20 shortened seasons, with Krebs making his return to action following offseason surgery to repair a torn achilles tendon. Hofer starred in the crease for Portland before taking over the reins in net for Team Canada, taking home the gold at the 2020 IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship. Max Paddock turned a slow start into a phenomenal first-place finish with the Prince Albert Raiders following a trade from the Regina Pats.
Peyton Krebs: 12 goals, 48 assists, 60 points in just 38 games, producing at a 1.58 points-per-game rate for the Winnipeg ICE.
Joel Hofer: 34-8-5 with a 2.49 goals against average, a .915 save percentage and four shutouts to go along with his league-leading 34 wins for the Portland Winterhawks.
Max Paddock: 23-16-8 with a 3.31 goals against average, a .905 save percentage and five shutouts for both the Regina Pats and Prince Albert Raiders.
Full List of WHL Second Team All-Stars:
Goaltender – Joel Hofer (Winnipeg, Man.) – Portland Winterhawks
Defenceman – Bowen Byram (Cranbrook, B.C.) – Vancouver Giants
Defenceman – Jake Christiansen (West Vancouver, B.C.) – Everett Silvertips
Forward – Zane Franklin (Marwayne, Alta.) – Kamloops Blazers
Forward – Bryce Kindopp (Lloydminster, Alta.) – Everett Silvertips
Forward – Eli Zummack (Kelowna, B.C.) – Spokane Chiefs
Goaltender – Max Paddock (Brandon, Man.) – Prince Albert Raiders
Defenceman – Alex Cotton (Langley, B.C.) – Lethbridge Hurricanes
Defenceman – Matthew Robertson (Sherwood Park, Alta.) – Edmonton Oil Kings
Forward – Mark Kastelic (Phoenix, Ariz.) – Calgary Hitmen
Forward – Peyton Krebs (Okotoks, Alta.) – Winnipeg ICE
Forward – Riley Sawchuk (Prince Albert, Sask.) – Edmonton Oil Kings