Dream year capped off

RANDY SPORTAK -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 8:23 AM ET

The year of accolades is complete for Jeff Glass.

Glass, the Calgary product who backstopped Canada's gold-medal winning world junior squad, capped his season of glory yesterday by being named the CHL's goaltender of the year.

"It went from one good thing to another and just seemed to snowball. Everything just got better and better," said the Kootenay Ice netminder when reached in London, Ont. "We weren't expected to do much as a team this year and I think individually there wasn't too many expectations of myself.

"To have a season like I did feels good right now.

"It's quite the honour."

Glass, a third-round pick of the Ottawa Senators, was relatively unheralded prior to the 2004-05 season. But Glass posted the third-best goals against average in WHL history (1.76), to go with a .932 save percentage and 34-11-5 record in 51 regular season games.

Kootenay reached the Western Conference final, losing to the eventual league champs from Kelowna.

Those Rockets are currently battling for a second consecutive Memorial Cup crown.

"Since Kelowna's the team that beat us out, it's tough to be here and not playing," Glass said.

"But it's the second best way to come here."

In something of a surprise, London's Danny Syvret was named top defenceman ahead of Red Deer star -- and Flames top prospect -- Dion Phaneuf.


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