Three veterans picked off the prestigious awards Sunday night at the Spokane Chiefs annual awards banquet at the Ag Trade Center.
Trent Whitfield, Greg Leeb and Perry Johnson were honored for major contributions to Spokane’s second-best regular season in the club’s 13 seasons in Spokane.
Leeb won or tied in four categories - top scorer, plus/minus and humanitarian, which goes to the player with the highest community involvement.
He and Whitfield tied for Most Valuable Player.
Whitfield was also named the player’s player by his teammates.
Johnson is the top defenseman.
Other winners are Marian Cisar, sportsmanlike; Brandin Cote, top rookie and Kyle Rossiter, scholastic player of the year.
The Chiefs dive into Western Hockey League playoff action this week at Kelowna. Just when was to be confirmed today. The Chiefs play their first home playoff game in the Arena a week from Tuesday night at 7:05.
In other first-round pairings in the West, Portland opens at home against Seattle and Kamloops starts at Prince George.
In the WHL East/Central, Regina rallied to take the top seed and will host Moose Jaw. Calgary is at home with Saskatoon, Red Deer goes to Swift Current and Lethbridge is at Brandon.
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