Portland Winterhawks defenseman Joe Morrow and forward Ty Rattie were named to the WHL’s Western Conference First All-Star Team, while forward Sven Bartschi was named to the Western Conference Second All-Star Team.
Morrow finished second in both the conference and league in scoring among defensemen with a career-high 64 points (17 goals, 47 assists) in 62 games. It was the most points by a Winterhawks defenseman since the 1997-98 season. Morrow was a first round pick, 23rd overall, of the Pittsburgh Penguins in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.
Rattie registered a career-high 121 points (57 goals, 64 assists), placing him second in the conference and third overall in the league in scoring. He’s Portland’s first 50-goal scorer since the 2001-02 season, and the first Winterhawk to reach 100 points since the 1997-98 Memorial Cup season. Rattie was a second round pick, 32nd overall, of the St. Louis Blues in the 2011 NHL Draft.
Bartschi, voted by his teammates as the Winterhawks’ Most Valuable Player, led the WHL with a scoring average of two points per game when he registered 94 points (33 goals, 61 assists) in just 47 games. He finished 10th in league scoring, when no other player in the top-10 played fewer than 65 games. Bartschi also represented his native Switzerland at the World Junior Championship, and played five games for the Calgary Flames as an emergency callup, scoring three goals. He was selected in the first round, 13th overall, by Calgary in the 2011 NHL Draft.
“Joe, Ty and Sven had outstanding seasons and are very deserving of this recognition,” said Winterhawks General Manager & Head Coach Mike Johnston. “The WHL has many great players, and to be named among the conference’s best is a tremendous honor.”
It’s the second straight season the Hawks have had at least one player on the conference’s first All-Star Team, after Ryan Johansen earned the honor last year.
The Winterhawks open the 2012 WHL Playoffs with a first round series against the Kelowna Rockets, with Game 1 Friday at 7 p.m. in Veterans Memorial Coliseum, and Game 2 Saturday at 7 p.m. in the Coliseum. Tickets to those games are on sale now at winterhawks.com, or in person at the Rose Quarter box office for the Winterhawks’ ticket office.