Spokane, Wash. — After leading the Spokane Chiefs blue-liners in goals, assists and points, Graham Sward has been named the organization’s John “Hitman” Hern Defenseman of the Year.
Sward finished his third season as a Chief with a career-high 10 goals, 33 assists and 43 points. Of his 33 assists, which were third-most on the Chiefs, 19 came on the power play and his 24 points on the man-advantage were second only to Bear Hughes’ 31.
The Abbotsford, B.C. native finished the regular season ranked among the top 15 defensemen in the Western Hockey League in goals and total points and the among top 10 defensemen in the league in assists.
The 18-year-old was recently rated 93rd overall in the NHL’s Central Scouting final listing for the top 2022 NHL Draft Prospects, up from 148th in the mid-term rankings.
Sward was also named the Chiefs Humanitarian of the Year.
The Spokane Chiefs are a member of the U.S. Division of the Western Hockey league, the world’s finest development league for junior hockey players. Since 1985 the Chiefs have been a pillar in the Spokane community, offering family-friendly entertainment and a winning tradition which includes: two Memorial Cup Championships in 1991 & 2008, two WHL Championships in 1991 & 2008 and four Western Conference Championships in 1991, 1996, 2000 & 2008. Over 60 alumni have gone on to play in the National Hockey League.