Despite a less than successful season for his team, Trail Smoke Eaters rookie and Nelson Minor Hockey graduate Adam Wheeldon picked up an important honour at the team’s annual awards dinner.
Last week the 17-year-old walked away with the Ed Shelly Memorial Award which is given to the Smoke Eaters player recognized as the hardest worker.
Wheeldon — who played with the Nelson Junior Leafs last season — finished his first BCHL season with three goals and seven assists. He also added 63 penalty minutes.
The Smoke Eaters finished last in the Interior Conference in the regular season with a 11-42-1-6 record and well out of the playoffs.
After this season Wheeldon looks to fit prominently into the team’s future plans.