Bowen Byram has become the first-ever Vancouver Giant to win the Williams CHL Top Prospect Award.
The 17-year-old defenceman accepted the award today in Halifax as part of the Memorial Cup festivities.
The 2018-19 season was truly a historic one for the Cranbrook native who will be among the early selections in next month’s NHL Entry Draft in Vancouver.
Byram was named a first-team WHL Western Conference all-star after posting 26 goals and 45 assists for 71 points through 67 games.
His 26 goals were the most ever in a single season by a Giants defenceman. Additionally he set a new WHL single-season record with six overtime winning goals.
During the playoffs, Byram led all WHL skaters with 26 points making him the first ever defenceman to lead the WHL playoffs in scoring.
For his WHL regular season career, Byram has 98 points (32G-66A), including 10 power-play goals, one short-handed goal, and 11 game-winning goals in 138 games.
Internationally Byram has represented Canada three times: The 2017 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge (silver medal), the 2018 World Under-18’s and the 2018 Hlinka-Gretzky Cup (gold medal).
On NHL Central Scouting’s Final Rankings No. 2 among North American skaters and the top CHL skater.