EVERETT – The Western Hockey League announced the finalists for its 2006-07 awards Wednesday, with two members of the Everett Silvertips organization among the nominations.
Everett left wing Kyle Beach was one of two finalists for the Jim Piggott Memorial Trophy, given to the rookie of the year. And Kevin Constantine was named a finalist for the Dunc McCallum Memorial Trophy for the coach of the year.
Beach had a phenomenal rookie campaign. The 1990-born left wing from Kelowna, B.C., finished the season with 29 goals and 32 assists in 65 games, and his 61 points were tops in the league among 16-year-olds. He’s up against Prince Albert’s Matt Robertson, who as an 18-year-old had 37 goals and 27 assists in 69 games.
If Beach wins, it will be Everett’s second consecutive rookie of the year. Peter Mueller won the award last season.
Constantine guided Everett to a 54-15-1-2 record and the Scotty Munro Trophy for the league’s best record. His competition is Kootenay’s Cory Clouston, whose Ice finished 49-17-3-3 for the third-best record in the league.
If Constantine wins it will be his second Dunc McCallum Trophy. He won it for 2003-04 when Everett won the U.S. Division as an expansion team.
The other finalists are: Medicine Hat’s Matt Keetley and Tri-City’s Carey Price for goaltender of the year; Medicine Hat’s Kris Russell and Vancouver’s Cody Franson for defenseman of the year; Brandon’s Mark Derlago and Seattle’s Aaron Gagnon for most sportsmanlike player; and Medicine Hat’s Willie Dejardins and Tri-City’s Bob Tory for executive of the year.
The winners will be announced May 2.