Brandon, Manitoba — Brandon Wheat Kings’ center Brayden Schenn has joined select company in being chosen the 2007-2008 Western Hockey League Rookie of the Year at Wednesday’s Awards Luncheon, held at the Round Up Centre in Calgary.
In winning the prestigious Jim Piggott Memorial Trophy, Schenn becomes the fifth Wheat King to capture Rookie of the Year honours since the club joined the Western Canada Hockey League in the fall of 1967.
The 16-year old Saskatoon product capped off an outstanding freshman season that saw the former first round bantam draft choice (9th overall, 2006) lead Brandon in scoring, capture the club’s Rookie of the Year and MTS Connect 3 Star awards and was chosen the WHL’s Boston Pizza Fans Choice for Player of the Year.
As well, he helped Team Western capture a bronze medal at this year’s World Under 17 Hockey Challenge in London, Ontario and last week, he was one of two Wheat Kings to capture a gold medal with Team Canada at the World Under 18 Hockey Championships in Kazan, Russia.
Schenn, who was up against Vancouver’s Evander Kane for the League Rookie of the Year honours, scored 28 goals and 71 points in 66 games for the Wheat Kings this past season to lead all first year players in the WHL.