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Addison Named Eastern Conference Defenseman of the Year

Lethbridge, AB – The Western Hockey League announced Monday that Lethbridge Hurricanes defenseman Calen Addison has been named the WHL’s Eastern Conference Defenseman of the Year.

Addison, 20, was originally drafted by the Hurricanes second overall in the 2015 WHL Bantam Draft. The product of Brandon, Manitoba appeared in 50 regular season games with the Hurricanes during the shortened 2019-2020 season collecting 52 points (10g-42a) along with 51 penalty minutes while marking a career-high plus-7 rating. Addison finished second in defenseman scoring for the Hurricanes with the 52 points while also finishing second in power play points for the ‘Canes collecting four goals and 20 assists.

During the 2019-2020 season, the Minnesota Wild prospect suited up for Team WHL in the CIBC Canada Russia Series skating in both games while collecting two points (1g-1a), including the overtime game-winning goal in the first game against the Russians. Addison then represented Canada at the 2020 IIHF World Junior Championship where he was crucial in helping Canada capture a gold medal. In seven tournament games for the Canadians, he totaled nine points (1g-8a) with four penalty minutes while adding three assists in the gold medal game. He was also named a 2019-2020 First Team All-Star in the WHL.

In his WHL career with the Hurricanes, Addison suited up in 252 regular season games totaling 215 points, including 41 goals and 174 assists, with 210 penalty minutes and an even plus-minus rating. He is the second-highest scoring defenseman in Hurricanes franchise history. Addison sits tied for 16th all-time in franchise games played (252), fifth all-time in franchise assists (174) and 18th in all-time franchise points (215).

The winner of the Bill Hunter Memorial Trophy for WHL Defenseman of the Year will be announced on Tuesday, May 19th.

WHL Release:

The Western Hockey League announced today Calen Addison, defenceman of the Lethbridge Hurricanes, has been named the WHL Eastern Conference Defenceman of the Year and nominee for the Bill Hunter Memorial Trophy (WHL Defenceman of the Year) presented by RE/MAX of Western Canada.

The 20-year-old prospect of the Minnesota Wild played a vital role in powering the Hurricanes throughout the 2019-20 WHL Regular Season. Recording 52 points (10G-42A), including four power-play goals and two game-winning goals, Addison finished tied for seventh in scoring among WHL defencemen.

A 5-foot-10, 180-pound blueliner, Addison posted 14 multi-point games throughout the season, including the first hat trick of his WHL career on November 23, 2019, and a five-assist game on January 24, 2020. During the season, Addison cultivated an 11-game point streak with 19 points (3G-16A) over that span. The 2019-20 season marked Addison’s third-straight season of attaining double-digit goals, 40-plus assists, and 50-plus points.

In his hometown of Brandon, Man. on November 2, 2019, Addison passed former Hurricane Brent Seabrook for second place in all-time scoring among Hurricane defencemen. Addison concluded the 2019-20 WHL Regular Season ranked fifth in all-time assists by Hurricanes skaters.

An alternate captain of the Hurricanes, Addison also oversaw a defence that allowed just 193 goals through 63 games and were on pace to allow their fewest amount of goals as a team since the 2007-08 WHL Regular Season.

The Hurricanes chose Addison with the second-overall selection in the 2015 WHL Bantam Draft. In 252 WHL regular season games, Addison has recorded 215 points (41G-174A), including 10 power-play goals and two game-winning goals. He’s also compiled 30 points (9G-21A) in 39 WHL playoff games, including four power-play goals and two game-winning goals.

Earlier this month, Addison was named to the WHL Eastern Conference First All-Star Team. Selected in the second round, 53rd overall, of the 2018 NHL Draft by the Pittsburgh Penguins, he was acquired by the Wild in February 2020.

The Bill Hunter Memorial Trophy recognizes a WHL defenceman who has demonstrated the best all-around ability at his position during the WHL Regular Season. WHL Eastern and Western Conference Defencemen of the Year are voted upon annually by WHL General Managers and Head Coaches. The winner of the Bill Hunter Memorial Trophy for WHL Defenceman of the Year will be announced on Tuesday, May 19.

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