Postma nabs top conference honour

SCOTT FISHER, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 8:50 AM ET

Paul Postma's parents may need a bigger fireplace mantle in their Red Deer home.

In fact, if Postma keeps this pace up, they may need a new house.

The Calgary Hitmen blueliner was named the WHL Eastern Conference's top defenceman and a member of the conference's first all-star team yesterday.

"It's pretty special," said the Atlanta Thrashers prospect of his record-setting year. "Coming into the year, I never thought something like this would have ever happened."

Postma, who is up against Vancouver Giants defender Jonathon Blum for the league's overall award, was joined by Hitmen teammates centre Brett Sonne and Brandon Kozun on the first all-star team.

Medicine Hat Tigers sniper and world junior star Tyler Ennis, Brandon Wheat Kings d-man Keith Aulie and Saskatoon Blades goaltender Braden Holtby rounded out the first team.

Three more Hitmen -- goaltender Martin Jones, d-man Michael Stone and winger Joel Broda -- were selected to the second team along with blueliner John Negrin (Swift Current Broncos), and forwards Justin Bernhardt (Prince Albert Raiders) and Brayden Schenn (Brandon).

Hitmen GM Kelly Kisio is up for executive of the year against Vancouver Giants boss Scott Bonner. Freshmen Jordan Weal (Regina Pats) and Brett Connolly (Prince George Cougars) are the finalists for the rookie of the year while Holtby and Tri-City Americans 'stopper Chet Pickard are up for top goaltender honours.

Ennis and Kelowna's Collin Long are vying for the most sportsmanlike award and Stefan Elliott (Saskatoon Blades) and Tyler Maxwell (Everett Silvertips) are the top scholastic players.

Saskatoon bench boss Lorne Molleken and Vancouver Don Hay are coach of the year finalists.

Player-of-the-year finalists will be announced April 15.

All winners will be announced April 29.


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