North Peace Hockey League Major Award Winners
Most Valuable Player: Kip Noble, Fort St. John Flyers
Rookie-of-the-Year: Jeff Shipton, Fort St. John Flyers
Coach-of-the-Year Wade Wallan, Hythe Mustangs
Most Gentlemanly Player: Donny Lloyd, Spirit River Rangers
Best Goaltender: Troy Hunt, Fort St. John Flyers
Best Defenceman: Kip Noble, Fort St. John Flyers
North Peace Hockey League First All-Star Team
Goaltender: Troy Hunt, Fort St. John Flyers
Defence: Kip Noble, Fort St. John Flyers
Defence: Donny Lloyd, Spirit River Rangers
Centre: Kelly McLeod, Grande Prairie Athletics
Right Wing: Todd Alexander, Fort St. John Flyers
Left Wing: Mike Lefley, Spirit River Rangers
North Peace Hockey League Second All-Star Team
Goaltender: Mike Walker, Hythe Mustangs
Defence: Chad Wilchynski, Spirit River Rangers
Defence: Mike Mohr, Grande Prairie Athletics
Centre: Aaron Parenteau, Peace River Stampeders
Right Wing: Rod Bowers, Grande Prairie Athletics
Left Wing: Nick Laporte, Peace River Stampeders
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Kip Noble wins NPHL MVP Award
Kip Noble of the Fort St. John Flyers has won his third NPHL MVP Award.
Voting was announced Feb. 15 by NPHL President Jack McAvoy. Noble, who has now won the award three times with three different teams, received one more point than Mike Lefley of the Spirit River Rangers and two points more than Mike Walker of the Hythe Mustangs. The voting was the closest in many years.
Noble, who was also named to the NPHL First All-Star Team for the seventh time, led the Flyers in scoring this year with 22-49-71 points and was third overall in NPHL scoring.
Noble previously won the MVP award in 2003-04 with the Dawson Creek Canucks and in 2004-04 with the Horse Lake Thunder.
It is believed Noble is still the only defencemen to win the MVP award since Cliff Mein of the Grimshaw Huskies won it in 1960-61.
Jeff Shipton wins NPHL Rookie-of-the-Year Award
Jeff Shipton of the Fort St. John Flyers is this year’s runaway NPHL Rookie-of-the-Year Award winner.
Shipton received twice as many points in award voting (18 points to nine) than Brenin Rycroft of the Hythe Mustangs and Scott Taje of the Grande Prairie Athletics.
Shipton, who enjoyed a fine season scoring 18-29-47 points and placing sixth in team scoring, becomes the first Flyer to win the award.
Other players receiving votes were Jared Zawacki of the Falher Pirates, Dustin Craig of the Fairview Kings and Cody Willier of the High Prairie Regals.
Troy Hunt wins Best Goaltender Award
Troy Hunt of the Fort St. John Flyers is starting to make the Best Goaltender Award his own personal trophy case.
Hunt won the award for the third straight year and becomes the first goaltender to accomplish the feat since Manning Comets’ Eric Henitiuk won seven straight awards from 1982-83 to 1988-89.
Hunt led the NPHL in goaltending average this year with a mark of 3.23, more than a goal better than runner-up Matt Yesemeniski of the Spirit River Rangers. Hunt also recorded a record of 12-1 and had one shutout.
Hunt has also posted the NPHL’s best average three straight years. In 2006-07 he had a 2.61 GAA, last year he lowered the mark to 2.02.
Hunt now has an NPHL career mark of 60-13-2 with nine shutouts and a sparkling GAA of 2.77.
Mike Walker of the Hythe Mustangs was only two points behind in voting; Grande Prairie Athletics goaltender David Larson five points behind.
Kip Noble wins Best Defenceman Award
Kip Noble of the Fort St. John Flyers has won his seventh Best Defenceman Award.
Noble, also named the NPHL’s MVP, led the Flyers in scoring this year with 22-49-71 points and was third overall in NPHL scoring.
Noble’s seventh award now places him one behind the all-time leader, Mike Tookey of the Peace River Stampeders. Tookey won seven straight awards from 1992-93 to 1998-99 and added an eighth in 2000-01. Tookey took 1999-2000 off.
Noble began his NPHL career in 2000-03 with the Dawson Creek Canucks. Since that time, he has amassed incredible totals. He has now played 192 games and recorded 175-333-508 points.
Noble has now won the award with three different teams and is the only player in NPHL history to accomplish the feat.
Donny Lloyd of the Spirit River Rangers placed second for the second straight season coming only four points behind Noble in voting.
3 Flyers named to NPHL First All-Star Team
The Fort St. John Flyers have placed three players on this year’s First All-Star Team.
Goaltender Troy Hunt is joined by defenceman Kip Noble and right winger Todd Alexander. Completing the team are defenceman Donny Lloyd of the Spirit River Rangers, Kelly McLeod of the Grande Prairie Athletics at centre and Mike Lefley of the Spirit River Rangers on left win.
The selections means the West Division completed a clean sweep of First-Team All-Star selections.
Hunt was named to his third straight First All-Star Team while Noble was selected for the seventh time on the First All-Star Team with three different teams; the Dawson Creek Canucks and Horse Lake Thunder being the others.
Alexander, who was named to his third All-Star Team overall, was selected to the NPHL’s Second All-Star Team on left wing last season. In 2006-07 he was named to the First All-Star Team on right win. He was seventh in NPHL scoring this season with 25-33-58 points.
Donny Lloyd’s selection was his second in as many years and the second straight year he has placed second to Noble in Best Defenceman balloting. He was eleventh in NPHL scoring this year with 14-40-54 points.
Lefley, who led the NPHL in scoring this year with 45-42-87 points, was also named to the First All-Star Team last season on left wing.