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Today's number: 212

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The Province

May 3, 2012 5:38 AM

Jonathan McDonald's Numbers Game.

Photograph by: Joseph Llamzon , PNG

Why: On Wednesday, the WHL announced its annual award winners. The player of the year: Winnipeg’s Brendan Shinnimin, who scored 58 goals and 76 assists for a league-leading 134 points as a member of the Tri-City Americans. It’s one heck of a season, and it’s significant for the WHL, as it marked the highest single-season points total since Pavel Brendl scored the same number of points during the 1998-99 season. Shinnimin, who averaged close to two points per game, had more than three points per game in February, when he scored an incredible 23 goals and added 20 assists in just 14 games.

Numbers-wise, it pales in comparison with the WHL’s all-time best. Rob Brown, whose second season in the NHL produced a stunning 115 points, skating with Mario Lemieux, finished his junior career in 1986-87 as a Kamloops Blazer by recording a record 212 points in 63 games. That eclipsed future Canuck Cliff Ronning’s record of 197 points, set two seasons earlier. Of course, much like in the NHL, those were different times. Brown’s mark may never be broken; Shinnimin’s achievement is also significant.

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