Note: Nominees are listed alphabetically by last name in the major award categories.

Heavy Metal Designs Zone 4 MVP Award --Winner Branden Hatley

Kirby Bridges—Cartwright/Nellie McClung/Pilot Mound Tigers

Has had an outstanding year for the Tigers leading the team to a 13-4-3-1 record, good for 3rd place in the Zone IV High School Hockey League. Kirby has 8 goals and 14 assists, while playing every game for the second best defensive team in the league. According to the Tigers coaching staff, “Kirby is our top D man and is a highly skilled player. He is our captain and is a true leader of this team both on and off the ice.  He plays the big, important minutes and averages 30 minutes a game, and is truly our team MVP.” 

Joey Delaquis—Prairie Mountain Mustangs

Joey is in his third and final year with the Mustangs and he has developed into a dominant player and the undisputed leader of this team. Joey has the ability to take over a game with his size, strength, speed, and skill. He also is an excellent defender and puck mover. Joey has 16 goals and 15 assists in 21 games as a defenseman so far this season. He has consistently stepped up in key situations throughout the year. Joey is not only a dominant player but also a great leader on the team. Each player on the team looks up to him and when he speaks it is heard by everyone. He is always eager to learn from good and bad plays then applies it to become a better player.

Branden Hatley—Morden Thunder--Winner

As a grade 10 in his first year in the league Branden has gone above and beyond what most first players have done in this league. In every game he has played, Branden has been a crucial part of his team’s success. Branden has played in every situation for us this season, whether it’s penalty kill, power play or the last minute of a close game. His offensive talents speak for themselves, leading the league in points with an impressive 52 points in 21 games.   Branden is a constant learner of the game and it’s his goal to be better night in and night out. Unfortunately not enough words can describe his work ethic, and character that make him an excellent candidate for league MVP.

Mason Metcalf-Carman Cougars--Runner-up

The Carman Cougars would like to nominate Mason Metcalf for the Zone 4 MVP award.  Mason is in the top two in Zone 4 scoring for the second consecutive year having collected 48 points (20 goals, 28 assists). He averaged 2.29 points per game with his line contributing over 60% of total team offense. He plays an important role in all situations of the game and plays a significant number of minutes per game including special teams.  Mason is an impact player that has the ability to turn games around with his effective puck movement and knack for scoring.  Mason was an assistant captain in his grade 11 year and played a role in providing leadership to a younger team. Mason was a Zone 4 All-Star for the second consecutive year and didn’t miss a game this season. 

Josh Neufeld—W.C. Miller Aces

Josh is a grade 12 student at W.C. Miller. Coaching him is a treat. His competitiveness and desire to play the game is what makes him so good. You can ask anything you want of him and his response will always be the same, (“you got it coach”). Josh plays a ton for us as we rely on him for the PK as well as power play on top of a regular shift. Not only is he a great person and player but also great ambassador to the game. Best of luck Neuf!

Jayden Sabourin—Morris Mavericks

A power forward, led his Team in scoring at nearly a goal per game pace, scoring 21 goals and adding 7 assists for a total of 28 points. One of the fastest players in the league he kills penalties, plays the power play for the Mavericks and fills in as a defenceman when needed. He represented his team in the All Star Game winning the shooting accuracy competition. Jayden gives an honest effort for team every night and is the leader of his team.

Jordan Wall—Northlands Parkway Collegiate Nighthawks

All-Star Selection.  Grade 12. He was the Nighthawks’ captain.  Stepped up to the Winkler Flyers as an ‘AP’ and scored an assist on his second shift of his first game in Steinbach.  Unmatched agility and balance on his skates.  Jordan shoots bullets from the point with his slap shot and his wrist shot.  Terrific vision he can see and use the whole ice with hard or saucer passes.  We used Jordan heavily in big moments, and less when our team got up in the score.  Lead zone 4 defencemen in scoring.

Tanner Wylde—Portage Collegiate Institute Trojans

Leads our team in points and determination.  Always fired up to create momentum.  Consistent playmaker.  Easily hardest working player any game.

Zone 4 Top Goaltender Award--Winner--Morgan Wall

Bailey Bachalo/Adam Lamblez—Portage Collegiate Institute Trojans

Shared the starting goalie role as grade tens quickly adjusting to the high school pace with a dynamic and enthusiastic attitude.

Keegan Blehm—Northlands Parkway Collegiate Nighthawks

Zone 4 All-Star Selection, grade 10, Keegan is the league leader in goals against average with 2.82, and one of only three goalies with an average of less than 3.00.  Also impressive is that Keegan leads the league in save percentage (0.913), and has done this since the beginning of the season.  Keegan is a battler.  He is NPC’s version of Mike Vernon or Jonathan Quick, small in stature but comes up with the big saves.  Keegan has a tremendous amount of courage and a great sense of humour, which has enabled him to come from the Tigers and mesh with a whole new group.  Keegan plays angles well.  Keegan has been a great partner for our grade 9 netminder, staying encouraging when sharing the net.

Chris Friesen—W.C. Miller Aces

Chris is a 3rd year student at Miller and playing his second year for us. Chris has a good work ethic and a positive attitude. His goals against may not reflect it but his save percentage is pretty good because we give up a lot of shots. Best of luck Chris!

Justin Gaudet—Prairie Mountain Mustangs

Justin entered his second year with the Mustangs as our number 1 goalie and did not disappoint. Justin has had a strong season and has been an important contributor in some key wins. Justin has played in every league game since our back-up goalie was hurt for the season in December. He has appeared in 19 games and has a record of 12-5-1.  His .887 save percentage and 3.30 GAA do not fairly represent Justin’s season as he has been victim of a few poor team games and a heavy workload.

Ted Lea—Cartwright/Nellie McClung/Pilot Mound Tigers-Runner-up

Has given the team the type of goaltending which has allowed the team to have only four regular season losses all season. Ted has played in 17 of the team’s 21 games and sports a 10 wins (2nd in league), 2 shut-outs, and 3.15 GAA, and a save percentage of .889. According to the Tigers coaching staff, “Ted has given us the type of consistent goaltending, necessary to be one of the league’s top teams and has been a big part of our overall success this season.”

Rocky Van De Velde—Carman Cougars

The Carman Cougars would like to nominate Rocky Van De Velde for the Zone 4 Top Goaltender award.  Rocky, a Grade 11 student in Elm Creek, has been a workhorse in goal this year playing in 20 league games in his second year with the Cougars.  Rocky has consistently faced over 40 shots a game and still boasts an .896 save percentage.  He was the busiest goaltender in Zone IV this season. He led the league in minutes played with 1,151 and shots faced with 845. Rocky is a team leader, has a great work ethic and willingness to improve his game.  He is a strong competitor and battles till the buzzer on a nightly basis. 

Eric Vermette—Morris Mavericks

Played the third most minutes (1,010) in the League and recorded all seven of his team's wins. This Grade 11 student faces over 30 shots per night, and has a modest GAA of 4.51 goals per game.

Morgan Wall—Morden Thunder--Winner

Morgan in his final year as a high school goalie compiled an impressive 10-1 record tied for second in league wins. He had the second best goals against average (2.87) and was second in save percentage (0.9126) and shutouts (1).  Morgan has shown all season why he is an elite goalie, giving us a chance to win, night in and night out.   Morgan is a great competitor who leads his team on and off the ice.

Lew Mueller Defenseman of the Year Award--Winner--Kirby Bridges

Kirby Bridges—Cartwright/Nellie McClung/Pilot Mound Tigers--Winner

Has had an outstanding year for the Tigers leading the team to a 13-4-3-1 record, good for 3rd place in the Zone IV High School Hockey League. Kirby has 8 goals and 14 assists, while playing every game for the second best defensive team in the league. According to the Tigers coaching staff, “Kirby is our top D man and is a highly skilled player. He is our captain and is a true leader of this team both on and off the ice.  He plays the big, important minutes and averages 30 minutes a game, and is truly our team MVP.” 

Joey Delaquis—Prairie Mountain Mustangs

Joey is in his third and final year with the Mustangs and he has developed into a dominant defenseman. Joey has the ability to take over a game with his size, strength speed and skill. Joey has 16 goals and 15 assists in 21 games as a defenseman so far this season. He also is an excellent defender and puck mover. He plays in every situation and is relied upon heavily in challenging situations. He has consistently stepped to the challenge throughout the year and has been an excellent student of the game as he tries to get better and learn as much as possible each day.

Dane Halstead—Carman Cougars

The Carman Cougars would like to nominate Dane Halstead for the Lew Mueller Defenseman of the Year Award.  Dane has a plus/minus rating of +3 on a sub .500 team this year.  He contributed 3 goals and 9 assists in his first year with the Cougars.  Dane plays a large number of special team minutes on both the power play and penalty kill and plays upwards of 30 minutes a game on average.  He is a fierce competitor that has the ability to throw crushing body checks and shows no fear in blocking shots.  Dane is an assistant captain as a grade 10 student with the Cougars. 

Teegan Martin—Portage Collegiate Institute Trojans

Has captained our team for two years.  Tough to penetrate in our zone.  Can take the puck in an offensive push as easily as he defends in our end.

Josh Neufeld—W.C. Miller Aces

Josh is a grade 12 student at W.C. Miller. Coaching him is a treat. His competitiveness and desire to play the game is what makes him so good. You can ask anything you want of him and his response will always be the same, (“you got it coach”).  Josh plays a ton for us as we rely on him for the PK as well as power play on top of a regular shift. Not only is he a great person and player but also great ambassador to the game. Best of luck Neuf!

Riley Sager—Morden Thunder

Riley is our nomination this year for top defensemen. Riley who was a point per game player this season 19 points in 20 games. He was a key part in our success not only on the power play, but he also logged major minutes for us on the penalty kill as well. His great skating ability and keen eye for making a play is what makes him a special defenseman.  

Trent Siemens—Morris Mavericks

Is one of the most improved players in the League, he plays big minutes every night for his Team every night, both on power play and penalty kill. He plays the role of a shutdown defenceman adding 7 assists while accumulating only 12 minutes in penalties.

Jordan Wall—Northlands Parkway Collegiate Nighthawks--Runner-up

All-Star Selection.  Grade 12. He was the Nighthawks’ captain.  Stepped up to the Winkler Flyers as an ‘AP’ and scored an assist on his second shift of his first game in Steinbach.  Unmatched agility and balance on his skates.  Jordan shoots bullets from the point with his slap shot and his wrist shot.  Terrific vision he can see and use the whole ice with hard or saucer passes.  We used Jordan heavily in big moments, and less when our team got up in the score.  Lead Zone 4 defencemen in scoring.

Lloyd C. Orchard Most Sportsmanship Player Award--Winner--Brendan Turnbull

Colten Bamford—Cartwright/Nellie McClung/Pilot Mound Tigers

Is CNMPM’s nominee for ‘Most Sportsmanlike Player’.  Colten has had an excellent year for the Tigers with 10 goals, 17 assists (27 points) and has 2 penalty minutes. According to the Tigers coaching staff, Colten “Is a highly skilled hockey player that plays 25-30 minutes each game, and is solid both offensively and defensively. He is a key part of our PP and PK, and despite the 2 PIM, plays with an energy and intensity that has been integral to our success this season.”

Braden Beernaerts—Prairie Mountain Mustangs--Runner-up

Braden has yet to record a PIM this season despite being the most used forward on the team. Braden’s role on the team includes first unit power play and penalty kill as well as being our team’s top center man. He is relied upon for scoring important goals and is currently leading our team and tied for fourth in league scoring. Braden plays the game with intensity but always operates within the rules of the game.

Cody Friesen—Northlands Parkway Collegiate Nighthawks

Zone 4 All-Star Selection and grade 11, Cody ranked 6th in Zone IV scoring, with 41 points in 21 games.  He has a remarkable 2 penalty minutes despite leading our forwards in minutes played every night.  He was the Zodiacs nomination for this award last year, when he had 0 penalty minutes and finished in the Zodiacs’ top five scorers.  Cody keeps his feet moving and his mouth shut.  Cody is a great face-off man and our team’s top penalty killer.  He is a terrific checker who takes care of his own end first every night, plays clean, and scores a lot.

Tyson Hofer—Portage Collegiate Institute Trojans

Hard working player who has improved immensely over the past two years while developing his physical play while still maintaining low PIMs.

Jack Lotscher—Carman Cougars

The Carman Cougars would like to nominate Jack Lotscher for the Lloyd C. Orchard Most Sportsmanship Player Award.  Jack is a grade 12 student in his third year with the Cougars and team captain.  He was 7th Zone 4 scoring (37 points) and second in team scoring. He plays a large number of important minutes each game including on special teams and competes hard on a nightly basis.  Jack is a very disciplined player and always puts the team first having only taken two minor penalties this season.  He is a leader both in the dressing room and on the ice.

Jayden Sabourin—Morris Mavericks

As well as being the Mavericks MVP he logs a large amount of ice time, playing hard in both ends of the ice. He led his team in scoring and picked up only 2 minutes in penalties.

Brendan Turnbull—Morden Thunder--Winner
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Brendan who is never one to say much, speaks volumes with his on ice play and his constant drive to play for his teammates. Tallying a league leading 33 goals as a first year player in grade ten is simply astonishing.  Brendan only took two penalties (12 PIM) all year. Brendan has played in every situation for us, and because of his ability to stay out of the box; it has been of the reasons his team has been so successful. 

Matthew Winter—W.C. Miller Aces

Matthew is a 3rd year student at Miller and playing in his 3rd year as well. Matthew has a positive attitude along with a quiet but effective work ethic. We play Matty in a lot of key spots which he really excels at. A center man taking key face-offs, as well as playing on the penalty kill. His quiet demeanor on the ice keeps him out of the box and on the ice where we can use him. Best of luck Matthew!