For a league that is heavily dominated by players from the western provinces, Manitobans represented themselves very well in the Western Hockey League during the COVID-19 pandemic shortened 2019-20 season of play. Recently, the league announced its Eastern and Western Conference First Team All-Stars, as selected by the league’s General Managers, as per custom.
After recognizing its Second Team of players earlier, including Manitoban goaltenders Joel Hofer and Max Paddock, as well as Winnipeg ICE captain Peyton Krebs, players from or representing the prairies got back in the action with league’s most highly acclaimed regular season honour.
The Brandon Wheat Kings saw a duo of defenders earn all-star nods as both blueliner Braden Schneider and the team’s last line of defence, goaltender Jiri Patera paved easy paths to selection with outstanding defensive play. Winnipegger Seth Jarvis had a stellar 2019-20 campaign, finishing second in league scoring, finishing six points up on the third place man. Brandon product Calen Addison continued to thrive offensively, producing at over a point-per-game rate prior to earning a gold medal with Canada at the 2020 IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship.
Jiri Patera: 24-12-4 with a 2.55 goals against average, a .921 save percentage and five shutouts, while leading the Eastern Conference in wins with the Brandon Wheat Kings.
Braden Schneider: Seven goals, 35 assists and 42 points in 60 games – good for eighth in league scoring amongst defenders this season for the Brandon Wheat Kings.
Seth Jarvis: 42 goals, 56 assists and 98 points in just 50 games, while putting up three five-point games this season for the Portland Winterhawks.
Calen Addison: 10 goals, 42 assists and 52 points in 50 games, while finishing the season third in Eastern Conference defenceman scoring this season for the Lethbridge Hurricanes.
Full List of First Team All-Stars
Goaltender – Jiri Patera (Praha, Czech Republic) – Brandon Wheat Kings
Defenceman – Calen Addison (Brandon, Man.) – Lethbridge Hurricanes
Defenceman – Braden Schneider (Prince Albert, Sask.) – Brandon Wheat Kings
Forward – Dylan Cozens (Whitehorse, Yukon) – Lethbridge Hurricanes
Forward – James Hamblin (Edmonton, Alta.) – Medicine Hat Tigers
Forward – Aliaksei Protas (Vitebsk, Belarus) – Prince Albert Raiders
Goaltender – Dustin Wolf (Tustin, Calif.) – Everett Silvertips
Defenceman – Johnny Ludvig (Kamloops, B.C) – Portland Winterhawks
Defenceman – Ty Smith (Lloydminster, Alta.) – Spokane Chiefs
Forward – Adam Beckman (Saskatoon, Sask.) – Spokane Chiefs
Forward – Seth Jarvis (Winnipeg, Man.) – Portland Winterhawks
Forward – Connor Zary (Saskatoon, Sask.) – Kamloops Blazers