All-Star Teams


Konstantin Simchuk

Simchuk also garnered 1997-98 WCHL Outstanding Goaltender honors after leading Tacoma to the first-ever North Division title. The native of Kiev, Ukraine, finished the regular season tied for first among WCHL goaltenders with a 3.08 goals against average (GAA), second in wins with 33, fourth in minutes with 2631, and second in shutouts with three.

Darren Perkins

Perkins earned WCHL Outstanding Defenseman honors for the second time as his steady play at the blue line helped San Diego earn its third straight Founders Cup as regular season champions. The 29-year-old blueliner finished second among WCHL defenseman and sixth on the Gulls squad in scoring with 67 points on 17 goals and 50 assists. Perkins posted a plus-minus rating of +70, eclipsing his 1995-96 rating of +63 as the highest in WCHL history.

Bob Wilkie

A former National Hockey League defenseman, Wilkie finished fifth among WCHL blueliners and second on the Fresno team in scoring with 63 points on 13 goals and 50 assists. The 29-year-old's 50 assists tied him for second among league defensemen.

Kim Maier

Maier led the WCHL in goal-scoring with 56, including a new league single-season record 31 power play tallies. The native of Estevan, Saskatchewan, finished tied for fourth in the league scoring race with 103 points on 56 goals and 47 assists.

Dan Shermerhorn

In his rookie season in the WCHL, Shermerhorn earned 1997-98 WCHL Most Valuable Player honors after leading Tacoma to the North Division crown. The former University of Maine standout finished third in the WCHL in scoring with 114 points on 45 goals (fourth in the WCHL) and 69 assists (third in the WCHL) as well as tying Sabercats teammate Maier for the club's top plus-minus rating at +23.

Craig Lyons

Lyons was named a first team WCHL All-Star for the second straight season and is the only repeat winner from the 1996-97 first team. The 25-year-old right wing led the Fighting Falcons in scoring with 92 points (eighth in the WCHL), goals with 33, and assists with 59.


David Goverde (Phoenix Mustangs)

A former East Coast Hockey League Player of the Year, Goverde finished in the top five in all six major goaltending categories with a 3.39 GAA (fourth), 30 wins (third), 3149 minutes (second), 1532 saves (second), two shutouts (tied for third), and a .896 save percentage (second). The Toronto, Ontario-native helped lead Phoenix to a second-place finish in the South Division.

Scott Drevitch (Tacoma Sabercats)

Tacoma's player/assistant coach, Drevitch led all WCHL defensemen in scoring with 75 points on 11 goals and 64 assists. The veteran blueliner from Brookline, Massachusetts, led all WCHL defensemen with his 64 assists and was third in scoring on the Sabercats squad with his 75 points.

Chris Newans (Anchorage Aces)

Newans joins Fresno's Craig Lyons as the only 1996-97 WCHL All-Star to earn that distinction in 1997-98. The native of Dauphin, Manitoba, finished fourth among WCHL defensemen and fifth on the Aces squad in scoring with 64 points on 24 goals and 40 assists. Newans' 24 goals placed him first among league blueliners.

Hugo Belanger (Phoenix Mustangs)

A former ECHL Most Valuable Player, Belanger led Phoenix and finished second among all WCHL playerers in scoring with 119 points on 40 goals (tied for fifth in WCHL) and 79 assists (second in WCHL). The former Clarkson University star was also tied for second on the Mustangs squad with a plus-minus rating of +17.

Keith Street (Anchorage Aces)

The 33-year-old Street captured his first WCHL scoring title while appearing in all 64 games for Anchorage. The veteran Aces center posted 120 points on 30 goals and a league-leading 90 assists. Street's 90 assists established a new WCHL single season standard for assists.

Paul Williams (Anchorage Aces)

Williams enjoyed the finest season of his professional career, recording 85 points on 46 goals and 39 assists. The Anchorage-native led the Aces squad and finished third in the WCHL with his 46 goals. Williams led all WCHL players in shooting percentage in notching a goal on 24.9 percent of his shots.

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