Tri-City Americans captain Justin Feser was named to the Western Conference first team Thursday, joining Portland forward Nic Petan and Kamloops' Colin Smith. Brenden Kichton of Spokane and Seth Jones of Portland are the defensemen, while Portland's Mac Carruth was named the top goalie.
Feser finished the regular season playing 321 consecutive games. He took over the WHL Iron title March 1. Feser finished tied for fourth in WHL scoring with 106 points, including 44 goals.
Topping, in his second year with the Americans, has been involved in many charitable organizations, including Habitat for Humanity, school reading programs, working with animals at the Humane Society and helping area youth learn to skate and play hockey. He and Feser also formed Making Awareness a Top Priority to Fes Out Muscular Dystrophy.
Their efforts raised more than $14,656 for MDA. Their original goal was $2,500.
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WHL WESTERN CONFERENCE ALL-STAR TEAMS
FIRST ALL-STAR TEAM
Goaltender – Mac Carruth (Shorewood, MN), Portland Winterhawks
Defenseman – Brenden Kichton (Spruce Grove, AB), Spokane Chiefs
Defenseman – Seth Jones (Plano, TX), Portland Winterhawks
Forward – Colin Smith (Edmonton, AB), Kamloops Blazers
Forward – Justin Feser (Red Deer, AB), Tri-City Americans
Forward – Nicolas Petan (Delta, BC), Portland Winterhawks
SECOND ALL-STAR TEAM
Goaltender – Jordon Cooke (Leduc, AB), Kelowna Rockets
Defenseman – Troy Rutkowski (Edmonton, AB), Portland Winterhawks
Defenseman – Tyler Wotherspoon (Surrey, BC), Portland Winterhawks
Forward – Brendan Leipsic (Winnipeg, MB), Portland Winterhawks
Forward – Ty Rattie (Airdrie, AB), Portland Winterhawks
Forward – Myles Bell (Calgary, AB), Kelowna Rockets
The WHL announced the Finalists in the following categories.
WHL Rookie of the Year, Jim Piggott Memorial Trophy
Eastern Conference – Leon Draisaitl (Cologne, Germany), Prince Albert Raiders
Western Conference – Seth Jones (Plano, TX), Portland Winterhawks
WHL Goaltender of the Year, Del Wilson Trophy
Eastern Conference – Patrik Bartosak (Koprivnice, CZR), Red Deer Rebels
Western Conference – Mac Carruth (Shorewood, MN), Portland Winterhawks
WHL Defenceman of the Year, Bill Hunter Memorial Trophy
Eastern Conference – Morgan Rielly (Vancouver, BC), Moose Jaw Warriors
Western Conference – Brenden Kichton (Spruce Grove, AB), Spokane Chiefs
WHL Most Sportsmanlike Player of the Year, Brad Hornung Trophy
Eastern Conference – Dylan Wruck (Saskatoon, SK), Edmonton Oil Kings
Western Conference – Zach Franko (Winnipeg, MB), Kelowna Rockets
WHL Scholastic Player of the Year, Daryl K. (Doc) Seaman Memorial Trophy
Eastern Conference – Josh Morrissey (Calgary, AB), Prince Albert Raiders
Western Conference – Rourke Chartier (Saskatoon, SK), Kelowna Rockets
WHL Coach of the Year, Dunc McCallum Memorial Trophy
Eastern Conference – Ryan McGill, Kootenay Ice
Western Conference – Ryan Huska, Kelowna Rockets
WHL Executive of the Year, Lloyd Saunders Memorial Trophy
Eastern Conference – Bob Green, Edmonton Oil Kings
Western Conference – Bruce Hamilton, Kelowna Rockets
WHL Humanitarian of the Year, Doug Wickenheiser Memorial Trophy
Eastern Conference – Cody Sylvester (Vernon , BC), Calgary Hitmen
Western Conference – Mitch Topping (Red Deer, AB), Tri City Americans
WHL Marketing / Business Award
Eastern Conference – Saskatoon Blades
Western Conference – Kamloops Blazers