The Western Hockey League announced today the Eastern and Western Conference All-Star teams for the 2017-18 WHL season.
Included on the Western Conference First All-Star team was Kelowna Rockets Captain Cal Foote. The Tampa Bay Lightning prospect from Engelwood, CO. led the Rockets D-core in goals, assists, and points. In 60 games this season, Foote more than doubled his goal total from the previous two seasons combined, scoring 19 goals, while tying a career high in assists with 51, to set himself a new career high in points with 70. Not only was he able to produce offence, he kept the puck out of his own net too, finishing with an impressive +31 plus/minus rating. The 6’4 blueliners 70 points not only led the Rockets defence, but was sixth in league scoring for defenceman. His 19 goals were first in team scoring for defenceman, and sixth most on the Rockets roster. He was 4th in league goal scoring by defenceman. Foote logged massive minutes for the Rockets all season, excelling in every situation. Not only did he excel for Kelowna, Foote was also a part of Team WHL in the CIBC Canada/Russia Series. He was also a part of Team Canada at the 2018 IIHF World Junior Championship recording three assists in seven games. He and his Canadian teammates took home a gold medal.
Also on the list was Rockets forward Dillon Dube. Named to the second All-Star team, Dube finished second on the Rockets in scoring with 38 goals and 46 assists for 84 points in 53 games. Used in every situation, Dube tied for the team lead in game winning goals with seven. In the final game of the regular season, Dube scored his 100th and 101st career WHL goals en route to an 8-1 victory over the Vancouver Giants. A season after playing for Team Canada at the 2017 IIHF World Junior Championship and taking home a silver medal, he became the first ever player of the Kelowna Rockets to Captain Team Canada at the World Juniors. He captained that team to a gold medal at the 2018 IIHF World Junior Championship. He had three goals and two assists in seven games as the Captain. Dube was also the Captain of Team WHL in the CIBC Canada/Russia Series in which he tied a WHL record for points in the series with five in two games(2G, 3A). He was named the Player of the Game in game two of that series.
WHL Conference All-Stars are voted upon by WHL General Managers.
WHL Western Conference All-Star Teams
FIRST ALL-STAR TEAM
Goaltender – Carter Hart (Sherwood Park, Alta.) – Everett Silvertips
Defenceman – Cal Foote (Engelwood, Colo.) – Kelowna Rockets
Defenceman – Ty Smith (Lloydminster, Alta.) – Spokane Chiefs
Forward – Matthew Phillips (Calgary, Alta.) – Victoria Royals
Forward – Cody Glass (Winnipeg, Man.) – Portland Winterhawks
Forward – Jaret Anderson-Dolan (Calgary, Alta.) – Spokane Chiefs
SECOND ALL-STAR TEAM
Goaltender – David Tendeck (North Vancouver, B.C.) – Vancouver Giants
Defenceman – Henri Jokiharju (Tampere, Finland) – Portland Winterhawks
Defenceman – Juuso Valimaki (Nokia, Finland) – Tri-City Americans
Forward – Ty Ronning (Burnaby, B.C.) – Vancouver Giants
Forward – Dillon Dube (Cochrane, Alta.) – Kelowna Rockets
Forward – Patrick Bajkov (Nanaimo, B.C.) – Everett Silvertips
WHL Eastern Conference All-Star Teams
FIRST ALL-STAR TEAM
Goaltender – Logan Flodell (Saskatoon, Sask.) – Lethbridge Hurricanes
Defenceman – Kale Clague (Lloydminster, Alta.) – Moose Jaw Warriors
Defenceman – David Quenneville (Edmonton, Alta.) – Medicine Hat Tigers
Forward – Jayden Halbgewachs (Emerald Park, Sask.) – Moose Jaw Warriors
Forward – Glenn Gawdin (Richmond, B.C.) – Swift Current Broncos
Forward – Aleksi Heponiemi (Tampere, Finland) – Swift Current Broncos
SECOND ALL-STAR TEAM
Goaltender – Logan Thompson (Calgary, Alta.) – Brandon Wheat Kings
Defenceman – Josh Mahura (St. Albert, Alta.) – Regina Pats
Defenceman – Colby Sissons (Edmonton, Alta.) – Swift Current Broncos
Forward – Tyler Steenbergen (Sylvan Lake, Alta.) – Swift Current Broncos
Forward – Jordy Bellerive (North Vancouver, B.C.) – Lethbridge Hurricanes
Forward – Brayden Burke (Edmonton, Alta.) – Moose Jaw Warriors
About the Western Hockey League
Regarded as the world’s finest development league for junior hockey players, the Western Hockey League (WHL) head office is based in Calgary, Alberta. The WHL consists of 22 member Clubs with 17 located in Western Canada and five in the U.S. Pacific Northwest. A member of the Canadian Hockey League, the WHL has been a leading supplier of talent for the National Hockey League for over 50 years. The WHL is also the leading provider of hockey scholarships with over 350 graduates each year receiving WHL Scholarships to pursue a post-secondary education of their choice. Each season, WHL players also form the nucleus of Canada’s National Junior Hockey Team.