Arshdeep Bains becomes the first player of South Asian descent to win the Bob Clarke Trophy as WHL scoring champion – WHL Network

Red Deer Rebels forward Arshdeep Bains is the Western Hockey League’s leading scorer for the 2021-22 WHL regular season.

Bains, a 21-year-old product of Surrey, B.C., was a driving force all season long for the upstart Rebels, recording a career-high 43 goals and 69 assists to finish atop the standings. WHL scorers with 112 points in 68 games. .

The Vancouver Canucks prospect has scored the scoresheet in 55 of 68 games this season, leading the Rebels to a second-place finish in the WHL Central Division with a 45-19-2-2 record (94 points ).

Bains finished the campaign on an impressive 14-game points streak, tallying 14 goals and 18 assists for 32 points, from March 5 to April 16. Overall, Bains finished the 2021-22 season with 35 multipoint performances in 68 games, including a season-high five points (3G-2A) in a 6-1 win at Saskatoon on Feb. 5.

Including his aforementioned three goals on Feb. 5, Bains notched two hat tricks on the season, the other on Oct. 15 in an 8-1 win at Calgary.

In addition to leading the WHL in points this season, Bains finished first in assists (69), third in power-play assists (30), second in game-winning goals (10) and tied ranked first in first goals (10).

In addition to being the first player of South Asian descent to lead the WHL in scoring, Bains is only the second Red Deer Rebel to finish atop the WHL regular season scoring charts. In 2000-01, forward Justin Mapletoft etched his name on the Bob Clarke Trophy after an impressive season that included 120 points (43G-77A) in 70 games.

The 6-foot-1, 184-pound Bains will leave the WHL at the end of the season. Undrafted to the WHL, Bains signed a standard WHL player contract during the 2017-18 season and appeared in 257 WHL regular season games, amassing 209 points (77G-132A) during the season. road.

Bains’ breakout season caught the eye of the NHL’s Vancouver Canucks earlier this season. After being passed over in the NHL Draft, Bains captured the intrigue of the Canucks and signed an entry contract with the Club on March 11, 2022.

Bains and the Red Deer Rebels are now set to open the 2022 WHL playoffs on Friday, April 22, when they host the Brandon Wheat Kings at Peavey Mart Centrium for Game 1 of their first-round series.

The Bob Clarke Trophy, awarded annually to the WHL’s top scorer, is named after the WHL and NHL legend known to many as one of the toughest and most skilled to ever play football. Clarke played two seasons in the WHL and won the WHL scoring title in both campaigns. The 1967-68 WHL season saw Clarke amass 168 points (51B-117A) in 59 appearances. During the 1968-69 season, Clarke scored 137 points (51B-86A) in just 58 games as he helped his hometown Flin Flon Bombers win the WHL Championship in 1969.

From there, the Flin Flon, Man. product played 15 NHL seasons with the Philadelphia Flyers, including captaining the club to two Stanley Cup championships. He was awarded the Hart Trophy as the NHL’s Most Valuable Player three times and was named an NHL All-Star four times. Clarke was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1987.

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