Following dinner, the awards ceremony began as the coaching staff handed out a variety of honours to numerous players.
Before the players were recognized, Kathy Mclean and Dave Hildebrand were recognized for their dedication to the organization throughout this past season.
The award ceremony began with the designation of Best Defenceman, an honour given to rookie defenceman Dave Marshall. Marshall’s talents were also recognized later in the evening, winning the Rookie of the Year award as well.
Marshall was unable to receive his awards in person, as the sturdy d-man is currently in Prince George, trying out for the city’s BCHL Junior A team, the Prince George Spruce Kings.
There was no surprise for the winner of this year’s Top Scorer award, as Robbie Sidhu reclaimed his title from last year, winning the award after finishing the season second in NWJHL scoring, with an impressive 87 points (32 goals, 55 assists) in 36 games.
Like Marshall, Sidhu also took home a second award, winning Most Valuable Player for the year.
Next the Wayne Gamble Leadership Award was handed out, with this year’s winner being goaltender Travis Mclean.
Another award handed out was Playoff MVP, which this year, was awarded to defenceman Tylar Bestward, as Assistant Coach Todd Alexander explained, “every time Tylar was in the line-up, he made a real difference for the team.”
The team also designated an award for Most Gentlemanly Player, an award which this year was handed out to rookie forward Blair Karasiuk. The talented rookie racked up 30 points throughout the season, while only receiving ten minutes in penalties.
Like his fellow rookie, Karasiuk wasn’t present to accept his award, as he is currently attempting to make Alberta Junior Hockey League’s Okotoks Oilers.
Finally the award ceremony concluded with the team bidding farewell to long time defenceman Cory Langdon, who played his final year with the team this season. The team recognized the shot blocking and hard hitting d-man for his years of service, sending him off with some kind words, and a few playful jabs and his team jersey.
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