Jordan Harder was the recipient of the team’s Most Valuable Player award after leading the team with 60 points in 32 games. Head coach Gary Alexander says it’s great to see local products come back home and perform so well on the ice.
“Hards came back here, a local boy. I’m a home town boy too so I really like that,” he states. “Hards came back with lots of enthusiasm and put his heart and soul into it. It was great effort and we sure are glad to have him.”
Another welcome addition to the club this past season was Lien Miller-Jeannotte. He put up 25 goals and 25 assists in 35 games played and was rewarded as the club’s Rookie of the Year. Alexander says the Huskies knew they were getting a quality player last year when he joined the team.
“Right when he came home there was a lot of enthusiasm. We knew he was a fairly high calibre player because he had been away playing hockey in Prince George. He had some credibility right off the bat and he proved that he could play with us. There was some things he needed to know that is going to help him further his career and I think we gave him quite a bit of that. It was pretty much right off the bat we knew we had something.”
The team is currently working with Miller-Jeannotte to find a fit at the junior-A level but Alexander says the club would be thrilled to have him back in the fall should the situation play out that way.
Other award winners from the evening include:
Most Exciting Player – Cayle Bell
Most Popular Player – Travis McLean
Playoff MVP – Blair Karasiuk
Top Defenceman – John Apsassin
Most Gentlemanly Player – Jarod Lang
The Huskies finished the season in third place in the NWJHL standings with a record of 24-9-2.