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T-Birds' Theodore named Western Conference All-Star

Shea Theodore - Ross Coyle/Kent Reporter
Shea Theodore
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The Seattle Thunderbirds' Shea Theodore, the Western Hockey League's highest-scoring defenseman this season, was named a first-team Western Conference All-Star on Thursday.

Theodore has 79 points on 22 goals and 57 assists for the playoff-bound T-Birds.

He also set the team record for most goals by a defenseman in Seattle's last game of the season, scoring two goals against the Tri-City Americans on March 16 to give him 45 career goals. He passed Deron Quint, who had 44 goals with the T-Birds over the 1993-94 and 1994-95 seasons.

Theodore is in third place in team history for career points and assists by a defenseman, behind both Craig Channell and Thomas Hickey.

Theodore, from Aldergrove, B.C., was selected by the Anaheim Ducks in the first round, 26th overall, in the 2013 NHL Draft.

The T-Birds are preparing for a first round best-of-seven playoff series against the Everett Silvertips. Game 1 of the series is Saturday at 7:05 p.m. at the ShoWare Center.

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WHL WESTERN CONFERENCE ALL-STAR TEAMS

FIRST ALL-STAR TEAM

Goaltender - Jordon Cooke (Leduc, Alberta), Kelowna Rockets
Defenseman - Derrick Pouliot (Weyburn, Saskatchewan), Portland Winterhawks
Defenseman - Shea Theodore (Aldergrove, B.C.), Seattle Thunderbirds
Forward - Nicolas Petan (Delta, B.C.), Portland Winterhawks *
Forward - Mitch Holmberg (Sherwood Park, Alberta), Spokane Chiefs *
Forward - Oliver Bjorkstrand (Herning, Denmark), Portland Winterhawks

SECOND ALL-STAR TEAM

Goaltender - Eric Comrie (Edmonton, Alberta), Tri-City Americans
Defenseman - Damon Severson (Melville, SK), Kelowna Rockets
Defenseman - Madison Bowey (Winnipeg, Manitoba), Kelowna Rockets
Forward - Joshua Winquist (St. Albert, Alberta), Everett Silvertips
Forward - Todd Fiddler (Meadow Lake, Saskatchewan), Prince George Cougars
Forward - Mike Aviani (North Vancouver, B.C.), Spokane Chiefs

WHL EASTERN CONFERENCE ALL-STAR TEAMS

FIRST ALL-STAR TEAM

Goaltender - Tristan Jarry (Delta, B.C.), Edmonton Oil Kings
Defenseman - Josh Morrissey (Calgary, Alberta), Prince Albert Raiders
Defenseman - Ryan Pulock (Grandview, Manitoba) Brandon Wheat Kings
Forward - Sam Reinhart (Vancouver, B.C.), Kootenay Ice *
Forward - Leon Draisaitl (Cologne, Germany), Prince Albert Raiders
Forward - Curtis Lazar (Vernon, B.C.), Edmonton Oil Kings

SECOND ALL-STAR TEAM

Goaltender - Patrik Bartosak (Koprivnice, Czech Republic), Red Deer Rebels
Defenseman - Griffin Reinhart (West Vancouver, B.C.), Edmonton Oil Kings
Defenseman - Julius Honka (Jyvaskyla, Finland), Swift Current Broncos
Forward - Curtis Valk (Medicine Hat, Alberta), Medicine Hat Tigers
Forward - Jaedon Descheneau (Edmonton, Alberta), Kootenay Ice
Forward - Chandler Stephenson (Saskatoon, Saskatchewan), Regina Pate

* indicates unanimous selection

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The WHL announced the 2014 Awards Finalists in the following categories:

WHL Rookie of the Year, Jim Piggott Memorial Trophy

Eastern Conference - Nikita Scherbak (Moscow, Russia), Saskatoon Blades
Western Conference - Nick Merkley (Calgary, Alberta), Kelowna Rockets

WHL Goaltender of the Year, Del Wilson Trophy

Eastern Conference - Tristan Jarry (Delta, B.C.), Edmonton Oil Kings
Western Conference - Jordon Cooke (Leduc, Alberta), Kelowna Rockets

WHL Defenseman of the Year, Bill Hunter Memorial Trophy

Eastern Conference - Josh Morrissey (Calgary, Alberta), Prince Albert Raiders
Western Conference - Derrick Pouliot (Weyburn, Saskatchewan), Portland Winterhawks

WHL Most Sportsmanlike Player of the Year, Brad Hornung Trophy

Eastern Conference - Sam Reinhart (Vancouver, B.C.), Kootenay Ice
Western Conference - Mitch Holmberg (Sherwood Park, Alberta), Spokane Chiefs

WHL Scholastic Player of the Year, Daryl K. (Doc) Seaman Memorial Trophy

Eastern Conference - Nelson Nogier (Saskatoon, Saskatchewan) Saskatoon Blades
Western Conference - Dominic Turgeon (Cherry Hills, Colo.) Portland Winterhawks

WHL Coach of the Year, Dunc McCallum Memorial Trophy

Eastern Conference - Shaun Clouston, Medicine Hat Tigers
Western Conference - Dave Lowry, Victoria Royals

WHL Executive of the Year, Lloyd Saunders Memorial Trophy

Eastern Conference - Mike Moore, Calgary Hitmen
Western Conference - Cam Hope, Victoria Royals

WHL Humanitarian of the Year, Doug Wickenheiser Memorial Trophy

Eastern Conference - Sam Fioretti (Calgary, Alberta) Moose Jaw Warriors
Western Conference - Mitch Topping (Red Deer, Alberta) Tri-City Americans

WHL Marketing/Business Award

Eastern Conference - Regina Pats
Western Conference - Seattle Thunderbirds

WHL Regular Season Champions, Scotty Munro Memorial Trophy

Kelowna Rockets: GP - 72 W - 57 L - 11 OTL - 0 SL - 4 Points - 118

WHL Top Scorer - Bob Clarke Trophy

Mitch Holmberg (Sherwood Park, Alberta), Spokane Chiefs
GP - 72 G - 62 A - 56 Pts - 118 PIM - 25

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