Today the Calgary Hitmen Hockey Club, in partnership with Petro-Canada, a Suncor Energy business, honoured their best at the 2013-14 Hitmen Awards Banquet at The Fairmont Palliser.  The afternoon featured a special address from Hitmen alumnus Brad Mehalko (1997-98).

The recipient of two awards, including the prestigious Suncor Energy Player of the Year award, was Anaheim Ducks prospect Kenton Helgesen.  The third-year player who skated as both a defenceman and forward this season set career highs in goals (10), assists (41), points (51) and plus-minus (31).  Past recipients of this honour include Cody Sylvester, Ryan Getzlaf and Brad Moran.

“Kenton was asked to do it all this year by playing defence and forward along with leading the team and logging significant ice time,” said Mike Moore, Hitmen General Manager and Vice President, Business Operations. “He’s a well-rounded, versatile player who did what he was asked of him, played in many situations and has been a big influence on our hockey club and a large contributor to our success this season.”

Playing in his final Western Hockey League season and third year with the Hitmen, Brady Brassart received three awards, including the Calgary Hitmen Leading Scorer award shared with fellow forward Greg Chase.  Brassart and Chase both finished the 2013-14 regular season with 35 goals and 50 assists for 85 points.  Chase was selected by the Edmonton Oilers in the seventh round, 188 overall, in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft, while Brassart recently signed a three-year entry-level contract with the Minnesota Wild. 

“Right from the start, Brady and Greg were going to be important for our scoring,” commented Moore. “While we were fortunate to add some depth to our offence at the trade deadline, these two were consistent throughout the season and showed the strength of our scoring core by sharing this award.”

2013-14 Calgary Hitmen Team Awards 



Ed Williams Player of the Month for March

Greg Chase

Calgary Hitmen Leading Scorer Award

Brady Brassart and Greg Chase (co-winners)

Calgary Hitmen Booster Club Fan Favourite Award

Brady Brassart

NSD Sports & Fitness Club Players’ Choice Award

Elliott Peterson

ENMAX Humanitarian Award

Brady Brassart and Mack Shields (co-winners)

Chrysler Canada Inc. Scholastic Player Award

Ben Thomas

Rookie of the Year Award

Ben Thomas and Travis Sanheim (co-winners)

Husky Energy Top Defenceman Award

Alex Roach and Jaynen Rissling (co-winners)

RE/MAX Three Star Award

Jake Virtanen

TELUS Coaches Award

Kenton Helgesen

Suncor Energy Player of the Year Award

Kenton Helgesen

The Hitmen (
48-17-3-4) will open the 2014 WHL Playoffs against the Kootenay Ice (39-28-2-3), with Game 1 on Thursday, Mar. 20, followed by Game 2 of the quarter-final series on Saturday, Mar. 22.  Both games are 7:00 p.m. starts at the Scotiabank Saddledome. 

Hitmen fans can purchase a 16-game playoff package for as little as $7.44 per ticket.  Call 403-777-4646 or visit for more details.  Individual game tickets, listed as Home Game A for Game 1 and Home Game B for Game 2, are also available at all Ticketmaster locations and the Scotiabank Saddledome box office.  Order online at

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