Congrats to Broncos Captain Adam Lowry on being the only unanimous selection on the WHL Eastern Conference First All-Star Team. It’s a huge honour and one he certainly deserves after having a season worthy of MVP consideration.
Not only was Lowry one of the top scorers in the league (6th in the WHL with 45 goals), but he also moved from wing to centre, was matched up with the other team’s best players night in and night out, played on the first unit of both a successful PP and PK, led the way physically with some of the biggest hits on the team, wore the ‘C’ as Captain and leader in the dressing room and at times was double shifted when the Broncos were short bodies. He did everything a team could ask for from their top player.
It’s also worth noting that Lowry was in on 43% of his team’s goals and was clearly the top scorer on his team unlike some of the top guys who had another player or two with them in the list of top 25 scorers.
Will he be an MVP nominee? We don’t know yet, but being the only unanimous selection on the First All-Star Team would certainly indicate he has a shot at it. It’s been an amazing season and this is quite an honour for Lowry.
He was the only Bronco mentioned among the awards. I would think Reece Scarlett and Eetu Laurikainen were at least in consideration for the All-Star Teams. It would have been tough for anyone to knock the guys out of the spots they are in.
GAWDIN CALLED UP
The Bronocs have added Glenn Gawdin to their growing roster heading into the start of playoffs tomorrow in Calgary. Gawdin is fresh off a fine playoff for the Greater Vancouver Canadians where he scored 9 points in 6 games.
Gawdin also put up 46 points in 37 regular season games for the Canadians in his first season of Major Midget hockey. He joins prospects Dakota Odgers, Travis Child and Zack Gonek in getting the call after their midget season came to an end. It’s a reward for some of the better prospects in the system to give them an idea of what WHL life is like with the Broncos, get them up to speed with how the team operates and use them as insurance in case the need arises.
Odgers was already in the lineup in the final two regular season games and certainly didn’t look out of place. Could Gawdin find his way into a playoff game? At this point I wouldn’t predict that, but we saw last season what Point did in Moose Jaw when he got the call as a first year midget and was instrumental in helping the Warriors to the conference final. I am not suggesting that will happen… just saying you never know what could happen.
HITMEN PREVIEW SERIES
We’re on the bus on the way to Calgary as I write this and I know I’m getting excited about calling my first WHL playoff game tomorrow. On Home Hardware’s Overtime this Monday we had the chance to catch up with a couple of players from the Calgary Hitmen to get their take on the series with Swift Current. You can scroll down this blog to listen to that podcast or click here to see an article I wrote based on what Brooks Macek and Spencer Humphries had to say about the series. It should be a really good battle.
You can of course watch Swift Current Online and this blog for more playoff talk before and after all the games.