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The Jim Piggott Memorial Trophy is presented annually to the Western Hockey League player selected as the most proficient in his first year of competition. The award is named after Jim Piggott who was the founder of the Saskatoon Blades, as well as one of the founding fathers on what is today the Western Hockey League.

Previously, the Stewart "Butch" Paul Memorial Trophy. Paul was a star player for the Edmonton Oil Kings in the mid sixties, leading the team to three straight Western Canada Championships, and a Memorial Cup in 1963. He turned pro with the Detroit Red Wings and during his second year in the organization he was involved in a auto accident. Unfortunately he succumb to the injuries of the crash on March 25, 1966.

List of Winners

Season Player Team
2019-20 Dylan Guenther Edmonton Oil Kings
2018-19 Brayden Tracey Moose Jaw Warriors
2017-18 Dylan Cozens Lethbridge Hurricanes
2016-17 Aleksi Heponiemi Swift Current Broncos
2015-16 Matthew Phillips Victoria Royals
2014-15 Nolan Patrick Brandon Wheat Kings
2013-14 Nick Merkley Kelowna Rockets
2012-13 Seth Jones Portland Winterhawks
2011-12 Sam Reinhart Kootenay Ice
2010-11 Mathew Dumba Red Deer Rebels
2009-10 Ryan Nugent-Hopkins Red Deer Rebels
2008-09 Brett Connolly Prince George Cougars
2007-08 Brayden Schenn Brandon Wheat Kings
2006-07 Kyle Beach Everett Silvertips
2005-06 Peter Mueller Everett Silvertips
2004-05 Tyler Plante Brandon Wheat Kings
2003-04 Gilbert Brule Vancouver Giants
2002-03 Matt Ellison Red Deer Rebels
2001-02 Braydon Coburn Portland Winter Hawks
2000-01 Scottie Upshall Kamloops Blazers
1999-00 Dan Blackburn Kootenay Ice
1998-99 Pavel Brendl Calgary Hitmen
1997-98 Marian Hossa Portland Winter Hawks
1996-97 Donovan Nunweiler Moose Jaw Warriors
1995-96 Chris Phillips Prince Albert Raiders
1994-95 Todd Robinson Portland Winter Hawks
1993-94 Wade Redden Brandon Wheat Kings
1992-93 Jeff Friesen Regina Pats
1991-92 Ashley Buckberger Swift Current Broncos
1990-91 Donevan Hextall Prince Albert Raiders
1989-90 Petr Nedved Seattle Thunderbirds
1988-89 Wes Walz Lethbridge Hurricanes
1987-88 Stu Barnes New Westminster Bruins
Stewart "Butch" Paul Memorial Trophy
1986-871 East - Joe Sakic Swift Current Broncos
West - Dennis Holland Portland Winter Hawks
1985-861 East - Neil Brady Medicine Hat Tigers
West - Ron Shudra (tied) Kamloops Blazers
West - Dave Waldie (tied) Portland Winter Hawks
1984-85 Mark MacKay Moose Jaw Warriors
1983-84 Cliff Ronning New Westminster Bruins
1982-83 Dan Hodgson Prince Albert Raiders
1981-82 Dale Derkatch Regina Pats
1980-81 Dave Michayluk Regina Pats
1979-80 Grant Fuhr Victoria Cougars
1978-79 Kelly Kisio Calgary Wranglers
1977-78 Keith Brown (tied) Portland Winter Hawks
John Ogrodnick (tied) New Westminster Bruins
1976-77 Brian Propp Brandon Wheat Kings
1975-76 Steve Tambellini Lethbridge Hurricanes
1974-75 Don Murdoch Medicine Hat Tigers
1973-74 Cam Connor Flin Flon Bombers
1972-73 Rick Blight Brandon Wheat Kings
1971-72 Dennis Sobchuk Regina Pats
1970-71 Stan Weir Medicine Hat Tigers
1969-70 Gene Carr Flin Flon Bombers
1968-69 Ron Williams Edmonton Oil Kings
1967-68 Ron Fairbrother Saskatoon Blades
1966-67 Ron Garwasiuk Regina Pats

CHL Rookie of the Year winner highlighted in blue.
1The WHL handed out separate awards for the East and West Divisions.

Research Notes

1977-78 thru 1966-67 trophy ???
add picture of trophy