Portland Winterhawks forwards Cody Glass and Joachim Blichfeld captured multiple 2018-19 Western Hockey League awards on Wednesday afternoon. The WHL Conference and All-Star Team Awards were voted upon by all WHL General Managers and Head Coaches.
After Sunday’s regular season finale against Seattle, Blichfeld notched his 114th point of the season to earn the Bob Clarke Trophy, awarded annually to the league’s top scorer. Blichfeld became the seventh Winterhawk to win the WHL scoring race, following in the footsteps of fellow Dane Oliver Bjorkstrand (118 points, 2014-15), Brendan Leipsic and Nicolas Petan (120 points each, 2012-13), Todd Robinson (134 points, 1996-97), Lonny Bohonos (152 points, 1993-94) and Dennis Holland (167 points, 1988-89).
Over the course of 187 career WHL regular season contests, the 6-foot-1, 188-pound alternate captain has tallied 228 points (105G-123A). He has added another 19 points (8G-11A) in 23 career WHL playoff games.
In total, the WHL saw five players surpass the 100-point plateau in 2018-19 as Blichfeld (114), Tristin Langan (113, Moose Jaw Warriors), Justin Almeida (111, Moose Jaw Warriors), Brandon Hagel (102 points, Red Deer Rebels) and Trey Fix-Wolansky (102 points, Edmonton Oil Kings) all accomplished the feat.
In the goal-scoring race, only Blichfeld and Langan managed to surpass the 50-goal plateau this season, as both finished with 53 tallies.
In addition to the Bob Clarke Trophy, Joachim Blichfeld was also named the Western Conference Player of the Year, First-Team Western Conference All-Star and the recipient of the Portland Winterhawks 2018-19 Team Most Valuable Player Award.
Winterhawks Captain Cody Glass was also recognized by the WHL General Managers and Head Coaches for his impressive 19-year-old season. The Winnipeg, Manitoba naive joins Blichfeld as a First-Team Western Conference All-Star and he captured the Western Conference’s Most Sportsmanlike Player of the Year honors.
Through 38 games this season, Glass put up 69 points (15G-54A) to finish second on the team in scoring. He missed a portion of the season when he represented Team WHL in the fall at the Canada-Russia series and he donned the Maple Leaf for Team Canada at the 2019 World Junior Hockey Championships in Vancouver.
Despite missing all but four games since January 26, Glass still finished third in the West with 54 assists. The Winterhawks leader was also a billet club fan favorite and a co-winner of this year’s Winterhawk Award given to the player who embodies character, leadership, heart and soul.
Over the course of 239 career WHL regular season contests, the 6-foot-2, 185-pound captain has tallied 292 points (94G-198A). He has added another 25 points (9G-16A) in 27 career WHL playoff games. Glass is ranked seventh on the Winterhawks all-time assists leader board.
For earning Conference Awards, Blichfeld and Glass will both be eligible for the overall WHL Awards at the 2019 WHL Awards luncheon in Red Deer, Alta., on Wednesday, May 1.
In the meantime, the Hawks are preparing for games one and two of the U.S. Division semifinal round against Spokane. The best of seven series begins 7:05 p.m. on Friday, March 22 at the Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena.
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.