As part of the biggest weekend in Canadian junior hockey which finishes with the Memorial Cup Championship, the Canadian Hockey League handed out their hardware for 2010-11.
For the league's top scorer, two of the finalists are property of the Los Angeles Kings as Linden Vey and Tyler Toffoli both found themselves up for the award.
The 19-year-old Linden Vey, fresh off signing an entry-level contract with the Kings won the award as he led the entire CHL in scoring with 116 points (46 goals, 70 assists) in 69 games for the WHL's Medicine Hat Tigers. The Wakaw, Saskatchewan, native had already been named the WHL's top scorer so this award is the cherry on top, so to speak, as Vey capped off his four-year junior career with a phenomenal season.
Tyler Toffoli, also 19, had a season that was just as impressive in Ottawa for the OHL's 67's. The Scarborough, Ontario, native finished tied in point-scoring with in the Ontario Hockey League with Jason Akeson of the Kitchener Rangers, although Akeson had 33 goals less than Toffoli. Nonethless, both players were named finalists.
As disappointing as it probably must have been for Tyler Toffoli not to win the award, much praise has to go to Linden Vey for the season he had. Regardless who won, though, both look prime to get their professional careers going and hope for the same success they had in junior. Toffoli's pro career is already six games old as he registered two goals while playing in the AHL with the Manchester Monarchs only a little over a month ago.
Congratulations to both Linden Vey and Tyler Toffoli on their great seasons and I am excited to see both of them represent the Los Angeles Kings admirably for years to come.