For the first time in recent memory, the British Columbia Hockey League named an all-rookie team and it's made up of players from both the Interior and Coastal Conferences.
Voting was done by coaches from all 16 teams in conjunction with award and regular all-star balloting. As opposed to finding true centres and wingers, the league simply named three forwards to go along with two defencemen and a goalie.
The 2011 BCHL All-Rookie team is as follows:
Forward - Destry Straight, Coquitlam Express
59 GP, 26 G, 41 A, 48 PIM
Coastal Conference Rookie of the Year
Forward - Bryce Gervais, Salmon Arm SilverBacks
58 GP, 29 G, 22 A, 49 PIM
Interior Conference Rookie of the Year
Forward - Joey Benik, Penticton Vees
60 GP, 30 G, 26 A, 12 PIM
Defence - Craig Dalrymple, Powell River Kings
58 GP, 9 G, 26 A, 18 PIM
Defence - Sam Labrecque, Nanaimo Clippers
47 GP, 15 G, 12 A, 2 PIM
Goaltender - Kevin Boyle, Westside Warriors
39 GP, 20-16-1, 3.02 GAA, .902 sv. %.
Voting was also done for league all-stars and results will be released Friday, February 25.
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