Rebels' Darcy Kuemper named WHL Player of the Year
CALGARY — The Western Hockey League announced today at the annual WHL Awards Luncheon that Red Deer Rebels goaltender Darcy Kuemper has been named the 2010-11 WHL Player of the Year and recipient of the Four Broncos Memorial trophy.
Kuemper enjoyed an outstanding season for the Red Deer Rebels, backstopping them to their first Central Division title since the 2003-04 season. The 20-year-old from Saskatoon, SK, appeared in 62 games for the Rebels during the 2010-11 WHL regular season, posting a 45-12-3-2 record as the Rebels finished with 104 points in the standings.
Kuemper led all WHL goaltenders in wins (45), goals-against average (1.86) and save percentage (.933) during the regular season, helping the Rebels to the WHL’s best defensive record.
In addition, Kuemper tied a WHL single-season record by posting 13 shutouts. During the regular season, Kuemper maintained a high level of consistency, losing back-to-back decisions on only two occasions.
He was named the Vaughn CHL Goaltender of the Week on three different occasions during the regular season – the only goalie in the CHL to win the award three times this year – and was named the Vaughn WHL Goaltender of the Month for January.
Originally selected by the Spokane Chiefs in the third round, 45th overall, of the 2005 WHL Bantam Draft, Kuemper was acquired by the Rebels in 2007 and has played 178 regular-season games for Red Deer over the last three seasons.
Kuemper was drafted by the Minnesota Wild in the sixth round, 161st overall, in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft.
Complete list of 2011 award winners:
WHL Player of the Year, Four Broncos Memorial Trophy: Darcy Kuemper (Saskatoon, SK), Red Deer Rebels
Tyler Johnson (Spokane, WA), Spokane Chiefs
WHL Rookie of the Year, Jim Piggott Memorial Trophy: Matt Dumba (Calgary, AB), Red Deer Rebels
Sven Bartschi (Langenthal, SUI), Portland Winterhawks
WHL Goaltender of the Year, Del Wilson Trophy: Darcy Kuemper (Saskatoon, SK), Red Deer Rebels
James Reid (Calgary, AB), Spokane Chiefs
WHL Defenceman of the Year, Bill Hunter Memorial Trophy: Stefan Elliott (North Vancouver, BC), Saskatoon Blades
Tyson Barrie (Victoria, BC), Kelowna Rockets
WHL Most Sportsmanlike Player, Brad Hornung Trophy: Tyler Johnson (Spokane, WA), Spokane Chiefs
Stefan Elliott (North Vancouver, BC), Saskatoon Blades
WHL Scholastic Player of the Year, Daryl K. (Doc) Seaman Memorial Trophy: Colin Smith (Edmonton, AB), Kamloops Blazers
Adam Lowry (Calgary, AB), Swift Current Broncos
WHL Coach of the Year, Dunc McCallum Memorial Trophy:
Don Nachbaur, Spokane Chiefs
Jesse Wallin, Red Deer Rebels
WHL Executive of the Year, Lloyd Saunders Memorial Trophy: Lorne Molleken, Saskatoon Blades
Mike Johnston, Portland Winterhawks
WHL Humanitarian of the Year, Doug Wickenheiser Memorial Trophy: Spencer Edwards (Coquitlam, BC), Moose Jaw Warriors
Jeff Einhorn (Red Deer, AB), Chilliwack Bruins
WHL Marketing / Communications Award: Calgary Hitmen, Mike Moore
Tri-City Americans, Brian Sandy
WHL Regular Season Champions, Scotty Munro Memorial Trophy: Saskatoon Blades
WHL Top Scorer – Bob Clarke Trophy
Linden Vey: (46 goals, 70 assists)