Calgary, Alta. – The Western Hockey League announced today the conference First All-Star teams for the 2019-20 WHL season. Spokane Chiefs Adam Beckman and Ty Smith were each recognized.
Beckman, a 2001-born forward from Saskatoon, Sask., led the WHL in scoring and earned team Player of the Year honors. Among all WHL skaters, he ranked first in points (107), goals (48) and shots on goal (316), tied for third in assists (59), fifth in plus-minus (+44), second in power play goals (16) and second in game-winning goals (9).
He set a new franchise record in December and January, scoring a goal in 10 consecutive games. The frenzy was part of a league-best 18-game point streak, one greater than teammate Eli Zummack’s 17-gamer.
Selected by Minnesota in the third round of the 2019 NHL Entry Draft and signed to an entry-level contract late last month, Beckman posted eight multi-goal games during the 2019-20 season, including three hat tricks. He had three five-point efforts and 14 games with three or more points. During the Chiefs’ 10-game win streak to finish the year, he posted nine goals and 10 assists for 19 points.
Smith, a 2000-born defenseman from Lloydminster, Alta., rejoined the Chiefs in early October after spending the NHL preseason with the New Jersey Devils, who drafted him in the first round of the 2018 NHL Entry Draft.
He represented Canada at the 2020 IIHF World Junior Championship, wearing an “A” as an alternate captain at the tournament and helping guide the Canadians to their 18th gold medal and third in the last six years.
Upon return from World Juniors, Smith’s production took off. In 25 games from his first game back on Jan. 10 through the end of the season, he torched the league for 42 points (15G-27A) and a +34 rating, being held off the scoresheet just five times. In total, he finished with 59 points (4th among WHL defensemen) on 19 goals (3rd) and 40 assists (7th) while going plus-49 (3rd among all WHL skaters). He recorded 16 multi-point efforts including six with three or more and a franchise-record (points in a game by a defenseman) eight points on Feb. 28.
Smith was also a first-team all-star last season on his way to WHL and CHL Defenseman of the Year honors.
WHL Conference All-Stars are voted upon by WHL General Managers.
WHL Western Conference First All-Star Team
Goaltender – Dustin Wolf (Tustin, Calif.) – Everett Silvertips
Defenseman – Johnny Ludvig (Kamloops, B.C) – Portland Winterhawks
Defenseman – Ty Smith (Lloydminster, Alta.) – Spokane Chiefs
Forward – Adam Beckman (Saskatoon, Sask.) – Spokane Chiefs
Forward – Seth Jarvis (Winnipeg, Man.) – Portland Winterhawks
Forward – Connor Zary (Saskatoon, Sask.) – Kamloops Blazers
WHL Eastern Conference First All-Star Team
Goaltender – Jiri Patera (Praha, Czech Republic) – Brandon Wheat Kings
Defenseman – Calen Addison (Brandon, Man.) – Lethbridge Hurricanes
Defenseman – Braden Schneider (Prince Albert, Sask.) – Brandon Wheat Kings
Forward – Dylan Cozens (Whitehorse, Yukon) – Lethbridge Hurricanes
Forward – James Hamblin (Edmonton, Alta.) – Medicine Hat Tigers
Forward – Aliaksei Protas (Vitebsk, Belarus) – Prince Albert Raiders
WHL Western Conference First All-Star Team Biographies
Goaltender Dustin Wolf (Everett Silvertips): In 46 games, Wolf compiled a 34-10-2-0 record, 1.88 goals-against average, 0.935 save percentage, and nine shutouts. The 6-foot-0, 165-pound product of Tustin, Calif. led WHL goaltenders in GAA, SV%, and shutouts while also finishing in a tie for first in wins. The 18-year-old Calgary Flames prospect is currently tied for fifth among WHL goaltenders in all-time shutouts with 20.
Defenseman Ty Smith (Spokane Chiefs): Recording 59 points (19G-40A) in 46 games, the 20-year-old captain of the Chiefs ranked third in scoring among Western Conference defensemen. A 5-foot-11, 175-pound product of Lloydminster, Alta., Smith finished third among WHL defensemen in goals and broke his own franchise record with eight points in a single game on February 28, 2020. The first-overall selection from the 2015 WHL Bantam Draft and New Jersey Devils prospect has recorded 235 points (45G-190A) in 240 WHL regular season games.
Defenseman Johnny Ludvig (Portland Winterhawks): As captain of the Winterhawks, the 19-year-old Ludvig posted 62 points (17G-45A) in 60 games. The 6-foot-1, 205-pound defenseman guided the Winterhawks to the best record in the WHL and set personal career-high totals in goals, assists, and points. A prospect of the Florida Panthers, the Kamloops, B.C. product has recorded 87 points (24G-63A) in 169 WHL regular season games.
Forward Adam Beckman (Spokane Chiefs): Leading the WHL in scoring with 107 points (48G-59A) in 63 games, the 18-year-old Beckman was the lone WHL skater to eclipse the 100-point threshold this season. A 6-foot-1, 174-pound product of Saskatoon, Sask., Beckman led the WHL in goals and ranked second in game-winning goals. A prospect of the Minnesota Wild, Beckman has recorded 169 points (80G-89A) in 132 WHL regular season games.
Forward Seth Jarvis (Portland Winterhawks): Recording 98 points (42G-56A) in 58 games, the 18-year-old Jarvis was an offensive leader for the league-leading Winterhawks and ranked second in league scoring. The 5-foot-10, 172-pound product of Winnipeg, Man. recorded a career-high five points in three separate games. Eligible for the 2020 NHL Draft, Jarvis has compiled 139 points (58G-81A) in 130 WHL regular season games.
Forward Connor Zary (Kamloops Blazers): With 86 points (38G-48A) in 57 games, Zary was tied for fourth among Western Conference skaters in scoring. The 6-foot-0, 180-pound product of Saskatoon, Sask., was tied for fifth in goals among WHL skaters and recorded eight multi-goal games, including a pair of hat tricks. Eligible for the 2020 NHL Draft, Zary has compiled 182 points (73G-109A) in 188 WHL regular season games.
WHL Eastern Conference First All-Star Team Biographies
Goaltender Jiri Patera (Brandon Wheat Kings): Patera led all Eastern Conference goaltenders in wins and compiled a 24-12-2-2 record in 41 games along with a 2.55 goals-against average and 0.921 save percentage. Recording five shutouts, the 21-year-old Praha, Czech Republic product was tied for second in that category among all WHL goaltenders. The 6-foot-2, 205-pound Vegas Golden Knights prospect capped his WHL career with a 46-32-5-4 record, 2.95 GAA, 0.913 SV%, and six shutouts.
Defenseman Calen Addison (Lethbridge Hurricanes): Recording 52 points (10G-42A) in 50 games, Addison was a source of strength on the blue line for the Hurricanes throughout the season. Ranking third in scoring among defensemen in the WHL’s Eastern Conference, the 5-foot-10, 180-pound product of Brandon, Man. recorded the first hat trick of his WHL career on November 23, 2019. Chosen second overall at the 2015 WHL Bantam Draft, the Minnesota Wild prospect has accrued 215 points (41G-174A) in 252 WHL regular season games.
Defenseman Braden Schneider (Brandon Wheat Kings): The 18-year-old product of Prince Albert, Sask. led the Wheat Kings from the blue line through the season, posting 42 points (7G-35A) in 60 games to mark career-high totals in both assists and points. The 6-foot-2, 210-pound defenseman led all Wheat King defensemen in scoring and was tied for eighth in scoring by defensemen in the WHL’s Eastern Conference. Eligible for the 2020 NHL Draft, Schneider has recorded 88 points (16G-72A) in 185 WHL regular season games.
Forward Dylan Cozens (Lethbridge Hurricanes): With 85 points (38G-47A) in 51 games, Hurricanes co-captain Cozens ranked second in Eastern Conference scoring and seventh in league scoring. The 6-foot-3, 185-pound product of Whitehorse, Yukon was tied for the league lead in short-handed goals with four and recorded five four-point games as part of 23 multi-point efforts throughout 2019-20. A prospect of the Buffalo Sabres, the 19-year-old Cozens has recorded 223 points (95G-128A) in 179 WHL regular season games.
Forward James Hamblin (Medicine Hat Tigers): Leading all Eastern Conference skaters in scoring with 92 points (36G-56A), the 20-year-old Hamblin was an offensive force as captain of the Tigers. The 5-foot-10, 181-pound forward led all Eastern Conference skaters in assists. Chosen 17th overall by the Tigers at the 2014 WHL Bantam Draft, the Edmonton, Alta. product capped off his WHL career with 283 points (115G-168A) in 323 WHL regular season games.
Forward Aliaksei Protas (Prince Albert Raiders): Recording 80 points (31G-49A) in 58 games, the 19-year-old Protas guided the Raiders to back-to-back East Division titles, leading the division in scoring as well. A 6-foot-6, 210-pound product of Vitebsk, Belarus, Protas recorded 21 points (8G-13A) on a 12-game point streak during the regular season. The Washington Capitals prospect has tallied 120 points (42G-78A) in 119 WHL regular season games.
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.