KENT, March 23, 2016 – The Western Hockey League announced today the Western and Eastern Conference All-Star Teams for its 50th Season.

Center Mathew Barzal and defenseman Ethan Bear were each named a Western Conference First Team All-Star.

Barzal finished 11th in the WHL in scoring this season with 27 points and 61 assists for 88 points. Barzal was named the team’s MVP at the team awards ceremony following the game on Saturday, March 19. Barzal was selected by the New York Islanders in the first round, 16th overall, in the 2015 NHL draft

Bear finished fifth the season fifth in the WHL in scoring among defensemen. Bear had 19 goals and 46 assists for 65 points. Bear was named the Defenseman of the Year at the team awards ceremony. Bear was selected by the Edmonton Oilers in the fifth round, 124th overall, in the 2015 NHL Draft.

WHL WESTERN CONFERENCE ALL-STAR TEAMS

FIRST ALL-STAR TEAM
Goaltender – Carter Hart (Sherwood Park, AB), Everett Silvertips
Defenseman – Joe Hicketts (Kamloops, BC), Victoria Royals*
Defenseman – Ethan Bear (Ochapowace, SK), Seattle Thunderbirds
Forward – Tyson Baillie (Fort Saskatchewan, AB), Kelowna Rockets
Forward – Mathew Barzal (Coquitlam, BC), Seattle Thunderbirds
Forward – Parker Bowles (Kelowna, BC), Tri-City Americans

SECOND ALL-STAR TEAM
Goaltender – Connor Ingram (Imperial, SK), Kamloops Blazers
Defenseman – Noah Juulsen (Abbotsford, BC), Everett Silvertips
Defenseman – Jason Fram (South Delta, BC), Spokane Chiefs
Forward – Tyler Soy (Cloverdale, BC), Victoria Royals
Forward – Chase Witala (Prince George, BC), Prince George Cougars
Forward – Collin Shirley (Saskatoon, SK), Kamloops Blazers

WHL EASTERN CONFERENCE ALL-STAR TEAMS

FIRST ALL-STAR TEAM
Goaltender – Zachary Sawchenko (Calgary, AB), Moose Jaw Warriors
Defenseman – Ivan Provorov (Yaroslavl, Russia), Brandon Wheat Kings*
Defenseman – Andrew Nielsen (Red Deer, AB), Lethbridge Hurricanes
Forward – Dryden Hunt (Nelson, BC), Moose Jaw Warriors
Forward – Brayden Point (Calgary, AB), Moose Jaw Warriors
Forward – Adam Brooks (Winnipeg, MB), Regina Pats

SECOND ALL-STAR TEAM
Goaltender – Rylan Parenteau (Saskatoon, SK), Prince Albert Raiders
Defenseman – Jake Bean (Calgary, AB), Calgary Hitmen
Defenseman – Travis Sanheim (Elkhorn, MB), Calgary Hitmen
Forward – Brayden Burke (Edmonton, AB), Lethbridge Hurricanes
Forward – Nolan Patrick (Winnipeg, MB), Brandon Wheat Kings
Forward – Jayce Hawryluk (Roblin, MB), Brandon Wheat Kings
* indicates unanimous selection

The T-Birds will open the playoffs at ShoWare Center on Friday, March 25, at 7:35pm against the Prince George Cougars. Game 2 of the best-of-seven first round series will be Saturday, March 26, at 7:05pm at ShoWare Center.

Games 3 and 4 of the series are on Tuesday, March 29, and Wednesday, March 30, at the CN Centre in Prince George. Both games start at 7pm.

Single game playoff tickets are currently on sale on the T-Birds website and at the ShoWare Center box office. The ShoWare Center Box Office is open Monday through Friday 10 am to 5 pm and Saturday and Sunday game days at noon.

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