Joachim Blichfeld was briefly disappointed when the San Jose Sharks sent him back to Portland for one more season of junior hockey.
The forward from Frederikshavn, Denmark then made the most of his 20-year-old season.
On Wednesday, Blichfeld was named winner of the Four Broncos Memorial Award as the Western Hockey League Player of the Year for 2018-19.
Blichfeld led the league with 53 goals and 114 points in 68 regular-season games, numbers that would have been even higher had Cody Glass been available for more than 38 of those games.
The Winterhawks also won the WHL's Scholastic Team of the Year award.
Blichfeld is the fourth Winterhawk WHL player of the year. Oliver Bjorkstrand (118 points, 2014-15), Steve Konowalchuk (104 points, 1991-92) and Perry Turnbull (118 points, 1978-79) were the others.
Blichfeld had 105 goals and 123 assists in 187 regular-season games over three seasons with the Winterhawks.
Currently training with Denmark in advance of the 2019 IIHF World Championship tournament, Blichfeld is expected to begin his pro career next season with the San Jose Barracuda of the American Hockey League.
This is the sixth time Portland has been honored as the WHL's Scholastic Team of the Year. Eight players enrolled at Sunset High had a combined 3.0 GPA, and 16 players earned a combined 96 credit hours at Clackamas Community College.
COLLEGE MEN'S GOLF
Oregon and Oregon State have been chosen for the NCAA's May 13-15 regional at TPC Myrtle Beach in South Carolina.
The Ducks are seeded seventh out of 14 teams. The Beavers are 10th.
Wake Forest and California are 1-2.
• Oregon senior Edwin Yi made the all-Pac-12 second team.
UO senior Ryan Gronlund and OSU sophomore Spencer Tibbits were honorable mention.
The all-freshman team includes Oregon's Yin Ho Yuu and Oregon State's Sean Kato. Craig Ronne of the Ducks was honorable mention all-freshman team.
Former Portland Christian High star Kim Hill is back on Team USA for the 2019 FIVB Volleyball Nations League, the top annual tournament in the world.
Hill is one of nine outside hitters on the 30-play preliminary roster for coach Karch Kiraly.
COLLEGE MEN'S SOCCER
The Portland Pilots will kick off their 2019 season at Merlo Field on Friday, Aug. 30, against Colgate, which made the second round of the NCAA tournament in 2018.
COLLEGE WOMEN'S SOCCER
The University of Portland will open at Washington on Friday, Aug. 23.
The Pilots' home opener is Sunday, Sept. 8, against Denver.
Concordia senior Mckenzie Smith has been named to the all-Great Northwest Athletic Conference team as a utility player.
Juniors Sally Bowles (pitcher) and Hannah Self (catcher) made the secone team from Concordia.
Bowles also was chosen as the GNAC Newcomer of the Year.
Honorable mention Cavaliers were sophomores Marisa Stockton (first base) and Paityn Willoughby (designated player).
Concordia's Shelby Whitaker was voted co-coach of the year, along with Mike Larabee of regular-season league champion Central Washington.
The Cavs, who were picked to finish last in the coaches' preseason poll, will be the No. 3 seed in the four-team conference tournament this week at Concordia.
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