Cooke and Baillie earn Canada West awards
Canada West has announced today that former Kelowna Rockets Tyson Baillie and Jordon Cooke have both won league awards.
After both were named to Canada West all-star teams earlier this week, Baillie was awarded the Rookie of the Year and Cooke was named Goaltender of the Year for the second year in a row.
Tyson Baillie lead the conference rookie scoring race with 26 points in 28 conference games, and finished with three more points than Mount Royal’s Jamal Watson. Baillie also tied for the conference lead in game-winning goals with four.
As well, Baillie was held off the scoresheet just ten times in 28 games, recording eight multi-point games.
Baillie moves on as the conference's nominee for the U SPORTS Clare Drake Award as the nation’s top rookie.
“Tyson has had a tremendous first season. He is a relentless worker in the offensive zone, which allowed him to quickly establish himself as an offensive leader on our team," said Alberta head coach Serge Lajoie.
"His five seasons with the Kelowna Rockets and participation at the 2015 MasterCard Memorial Cup definitely prepared him to be an immediate contributor on our team this season. The Golden Bears Hockey program is fortunate to have a player with such high character and work ethic like Tyson.”
Meanwhile, Cooke was named as Canada West’s top goalie, after posting a 19-4-1 record, 1.94 GAA, and .929 SV%.
With those numbers, Cooke helped backstop Saskatchewan to the conference regular season title for a second straight season.
Like Baillie, Cooke is now the conference's nominee for the U SPORTS Goaltender of the Year award, which has been won by a Canada West goalie all but once since being created in 2009-10.
"Last year, Jordon stood out in his first full-year as our No. 1 goaltender. He helped calm a young team, leading us to the Canada West pennant," said Saskatchewan head coach Dave Adolph.
"In 2016-17, he made things look routine. He and our young defence enabled us to lead the league with a very stingy 2.11 goals GAA. He loves to play and loves the challenge. We are very fortunate to have him in a Huskie uniform.”
Cooke's Huskies will now face Baillie's Golden Bears this weekend in Saskatoon for the best-of-three Canada West Final, which is slated for Friday through Sunday. All game times have been set for 7 p.m. CT.
All Canada West Men’s Hockey Final games can be seen live on CanadaWest.tv