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

Heavy Metal Designs Zone 4 MVP Award

Winner--Brendan Turnbull – Morden Thunder
Brendan Turnbull is a 2nd year student athlete that has continued to show his offensive dominance in the league. Following a grade 10 year that saw him lead the league in goal scoring (33), Brendan has elevated his overall game to even greater heights. Brendan again leads the league in goals (40) and is second in assists (28) while also leading in overall points (68) thru 21 games. All of these great offensive accomplishments while also developing into a great leader, wearing a captains letter for our team. Brendan is consistently a focal point of other teams in their game planning against the Thunder which makes his success all the more impressive while also highlighting his determination to succeed.  The Morden Thunder are proud to nominate Brendan Turnbull as the Heavy Metal Designs MVP for 2014/15

Nominees


Braeden Beernaerts – Prairie Mountain Mustangs
Braeden Beernaerts is in his final year of High School Hockey and what a year it has been! Having played at the Center position for most of his hockey career, Braeden has proven to be a game breaker. His size and skills are intimidating. Over half way through the regular season Braeden was asked by his coaches to play as a defenseman to strengthen our blue line, and did not disappoint. He has been rock solid back there and has also contributed to our offense. He plays 30 minutes plus per game and plays in all situations.  Braeden has put his team and coaches first in accepting this roll, which was not an easy adjustment for him.


Lance Dueck – Morris Mavericks
The Morris Mavericks nomination for League MVP is Lance Dueck. The Captain of the Mavericks is a four year player, in Gr 12.. Lance is an inspirational leader to his Team, he is an intense competitor who is respected by opponents around the League. Lance plays both Forward and Defence whenever required, he leads his Team in scoring, and logs big minutes of ice time every night playing both on powerplay and killing penalties. Lance has represented Morris in the past two Zone 4 All Star Games and was this year's Team Blue MVP.


Tristen Dueck – WC Miller Aces
Miller Aces would like to nominate Tristen Dueck as their MVP.  Tristen is a fourth year student at Miller and is playing in his fourth year as a member of the Aces.  He is our Captain and our leader not only as a point man scoring big goals for us when we need them but leading by example, working hard in practice and in games.  Though being a great person and leading by example he is well respected by his teammates and they look to him for leadership.  Unsure of what his future holds for him, he would like to continue playing hockey.  Thanks for your leadership Tristen and all the best in the future.


Cody Friesen – NPC Nighthawks
Cody Friesen was the Nighthawks’ assistant captain and centered our top line.  Cody consistently wins face-offs in both ends.  Cody’s balance and agility makes him the “slipperiest” player in the zone, spinning away from checks and dancing around defencemen, a magician with the puck.   Cody scores consistently against every team in the league, and leads our team with 5 game winning goals.  Cody makes his line-mates better with great passes, and he uses his anticipation to turn plays over defensively.  Cody plays a gritty game, and despite his small frame he seals bigger players to the boards.


Brady Klassen – GVC Zodiacs
Brady has been nothing short of spectacular for the Zodiacs. A team in rebuild mode has given up plenty of shots and quality scoring chances with Brady providing key save after key save. Brady's outstanding play has earned him practice invites by the Winkler Flyers and Winkler Royals this season.


Mason Metcalf – Carman Cougars
The Carman Cougars would like to nominate Mason Metcalf for the Zone 4 MVP award. Mason is currently 6 points from tying Tristen Keck for the most career points recorded in Zone 4 in the last 25 years. For the third consecutive year, Mason ranks within the top points leaders in Zone 4. Mason is an integral part of our team's offense with his uncanny ability to see the entire ice and find his teammates. Mason was the runner-up for the Zone 4 MVP Award for the previous 2 seasons. Mason was a Zone 4 All-Star for the third consecutive year.


Grifffen McLean – CNMPM Tigers
Griffen McLean is the hardest working player on the team, with a great attitude and constant desire to improve himself and the team. He is almost a point and half per game player while playing in all situations. We are fortunate that Griffen chose to stay and be a Tiger this season.


Zac Neufeld – PCI Trojans
Zac Neufeld is getting talked about quite a bit leading up to the playoffs, and for good reason. His work ethic is unmatched and his effort on the ice speaks volumes game in and game out. He’s arguably the most talented all-around forward. His evolution over the three years has surpassed coaches' earlier expectations.  Neufeld has impeccable vision up and down the ice and an uncanny ability to create plays and make tape-to-tape passes with ease. He’s a setup man first, goal scorer second, but he’s also an adept defensive player, as well.  Named MVP of the all-star game – Zac Neufeld is a gem in the Trojans line-up.

Zone 4 Top Goaltender Award

Winner--Jesse Ross – Morden Thunder
Jesse Ross is a 2nd year (grade 11) student athlete who has stepped into the role of “starter” for the Thunder this season. Jesse has compiled a 12-2-0-2 record this season to lead the league in wins while also playing as one of the leagues top performers in both GAA (3.22) and save % (.901). Jesse has provided us with elite, “big save” goaltending all season allowing our team to have a chance to succeed every single night.The Morden Thunder are proud to nominate Jesse Ross for the Top Goaltender in 2014/15

Nominees


Griffin Dyck – NPC Nighthawks
Zone 4 All-Star Selection, Griffin has been able to steal games for the Nighthawks.  Griffin is a great battler, who is able to make the first save and find a way to stop the second shot.  Griffin has carried the load, called upon time and again to be the backbone for the team.


Chris Friesen – WC Miller Aces
Miller Aces would like to nominate Chris Friesen as the Top Goaltender.  Chris is a fourth year student and playing in his third year as an Ace.  Chris has worked hard for us this year and the team relies on him to pull us through the tough times.  With the style of game we play Chris is asked to face a lot of shots per game after putting him in odd man situations.  However he relishes these types of situations and comes up big for us.  Chris, thanks for your dedication and effort and we wish you all the best in the future.  Keep playing.


Justin Gaudet- Prairie Mountain Mustangs
Justin is in his final year of High School hockey. By far his work ethic and compete in games and practices are his biggest assets. Respected by his coaches and teammates for never giving up on a puck Justin has been very successful this season. He has certainly been the difference in some of our games this season. Never to let his teammates down Justin just stops pucks!!


Brady Klassen – GVC Zodiacs
Brady has been nothing short of spectacular for the Zodiacs. A team in rebuild mode has given up plenty of shots and quality scoring chances with Brady providing key save after key save. Brady's outstanding play has earned him practice invites by the Winkler Flyers and Winkler Royals this season.


Adam Lamblez – PCI Trojans
Adam Lamblez has constantly risen to the occasion when pressured. When facing more shots and a heavy workload, Lamblez shines his brightest as he seemingly relishes the opportunity to be more active in his crease.   For one of the younger goalies, he sure doesn’t lack for competitiveness, athleticism, or technique. He has already set the bar high shattering the all-time win record for Trojans Hockey and still has one more year potentially to play for the maroon and gold.


Dylan Livingstone – CNMPM Tigers
The biggest complement we can give Dylan is that he gives us a chance to win. He is a competitor that will never give up. He moves better between his posts than most goaltenders at his age and this combined with a high compete level and a great attitude make us believe there is no one better to lead the Tigers into the Playoffs.


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 had an impressive .904 save percentage, one of the best in the league.  He played in 20 league games this season thus far, logging 1,169 minutes played ranking in at 2nd most. Rocky has a great work ethic and willingness to improve his game. Rocky was selected to the Zone 4 All Star game this year.


Eric Vermette – Morris MavericksVbr />Eric Vermette is a three year player and Gr 12 Student. This Season he has played the third most minutes of any goatender in the League, and has 10 of his Team's 14 wins while posting a respectful save percentage.

Lew Mueller Defenseman of the Year Award

Winner--Trent Siemens – Morris Mavericks
Trent Siemens is a four year player, Gr 12 student who competes hard and plays over 30 minutes of each game. Trent has represented the Mavericks in the past two Zone 4 All Star Games.

Nominees


Braeden Beernaerts – Prairie Mountain Mustangs
With only a half dozen games full time back on the point, Braeden has proven that he can play at any position. He is our “Buff”. Braeden reads the ice very well and is very good at defending in our own zone. Being a very mobile player he can carry the puck out of our zone with determination and force. He plays big minutes for his team and is relied upon greatly!


Jayden Bergen – WC Miller Aces
Miller Aces  would like to nominate Jayden Bergen as the Top Defenseman.  With a point a game average and under two minutes of penalties per game, Jayden is called on to play, power play, penalty kill as well as regular shift.  This will often put him into the twenty-five to thirty minutes a game of playing time.  This is only his second year of Aces as he is only a third year student.  His hard work in games and practices  puts him at the top of his class.  Best of luck  Jayden and hope to see you again next year.


Jordan Blatz – Morden Thunder
Jordan has excelled as our top “shut down” defenseman while also developing into a point per game player. Jordan not only leads the team in minutes played each night but also anchors our Power Play and Penalty Kill units. Jordan’s staunch defensive play has aided in the Thunder leading the league in goals against thus far. All of this is even more impressive when you consider that Jordan is only a grade 10 student athlete. The Morden Thunder are proud to nominate Jordan Blatz for the Lew Mueller Defenseman of the year award for 2014/15

Tyson Dyck – PCI Trojans
Tyson Dyck  showed his offensive talent this season while anchoring our D.  A fluid skater on the backend, Dyck tallied critical points this season, leading the defensive squad. He possesses vision up ice and makes a solid first pass out of the zone to break out. He can be utilized as a weapon on the point. He has an accurate, powerful shot and isn’t afraid to distribute the puck either.  A smart positional defenseman, Dyck may not be the largest blueliner, but he plays like he is. He lays crushing open ice checks and has great balance when trying to knock players off the puck. His physicality certainly benefits his overall style of play.


Dane Halstead – Carman Cougars
The Carman Cougars would like to nominate Dane Halstead for the Lew Mueller Defenseman of the Year Award. Dane has contributed 17 points this season, making him one of the top scoring defensemen in the league. Dane is a fierce competitor who logs over thirty minutes a game during regular shifts and with specialty teams. 


Tristan Loewen – GVC Zodiacs
Tristan Loewen has been a workhorse for the Zodiacs, logging 35 minutes a game. A smooth skating, determined defenseman is always lined up against the opposition's top players. Tristan's leadership has been simply outstanding, providing patience and insight to the Zodiacs new players.


Logan Riglin – CNMPM
A steady and smart player our grade 11 assistant captain has stepped up into a leadership roll. He's been very reliable defensively while chipping in offensively.


Bailey Sabourin – NPC Nighthawks
All-Star Selection  Bailey Sabourin is a great stay-at-home defenceman.  Steady and consistent, Bailey makes good decisions positionally and with the puck.  Bailey has strong physical presence, frequently stepping up and taking the body.  Bailey makes accurate first passes moving out of the defensive zone.


Lloyd C. Orchard Most Sportsmanship Player

Winner--Richard Lesage – Prairie Mountain Mustangs
Richard is in his final year of High School Hockey. Richard leads the team in points with only 8 minutes of penalties. Being the team Captain Richard leads by his play and work ethic on the ice. Richard will rise to the occasion with a big play to rally his team. A very unselfish player, Richard puts his teammates first!

Nominees


Cade Kowalski – Morden Thunder
Cade has logged BIG minutes in all facets of the game for us this season while also centering our top line. Cade’s offensive success as a grade 10 student athlete in Zone 4 this season has been impressive to say the least. He is presently 1st in the league in assists (42) while also scoring 17 goals and sits in 2nd in overall league scoring. Even with all the ice time, Cade has only compiled 10 PIM on the season showcasing his sportsmanship. The Morden Thunder are proud to nominate Cade Kowalski for the Most Sportsmanlike w/ability for 2014/15


Jordan Riddell – Carman Cougars
The Carman Cougars would like to nominate Jordan Riddell for the Lloyd C. Orchard Most Sportsmanship Player Award. Jordan has recorded only 10 minor penalties in 22 games. He leads our team in hits, and is the most physical player on our team. Jordan plays with great intensity while playing within the rules of the game. With 44 points, Jordan is second on our team in scoring and logs a considerable number of minutes in regular shifts and with special teams. Jordan was selected to play at the All Star game this year.


Justin Sanders – CNMPM Tigers
After not playing hockey for four years Justin has been a pleasant surprise for a team that didn't know if they would even have enough players for a team this season. Justin has stepped in and is second on the team in scoring while only having 6 penalty minutes. He leads by example and has steadily improved all year. His natural speed is his biggest asset and his hands are improving every time he touches the puck.


Ryan Sawatzky – GVC Zodiacs
Ryan has been a leader on and off the ice for the Zodiacs this season. Ryan plays in all situations and is relied on by the Zodiacs. Ryan is second in team scoring and has only taken 9 minor penalties this season. Ryan has shown a high level of respect to his teammates, coaches as well as to the opposition and officials.


Evan Upgang – PCI Trojans
Evan Upgang is our captain and leads our squad with integrity and class. Upgang developed into a leader on the Trojans over the past three years.  He uses his size, speed and defensive smarts to shut the other team down. He is one of the Trojans' best d-men  and can be counted on to model tenacity and hard work for sixty minutes of hockey every night.


Cam Wiens – NPC Nighthawks
Cam is a fierce competitor.  He takes on every challenge with vigor.  Cam matches against the top players in the zone, and has only 8 penalty minutes in 23 games.  Cam is key to the Nighthawks’ scoring, 2nd only to Cody Friesen.  Cam plays the game the way it should be played: with intensity, determination, while maintaining a high level of respect for the opposition.


Matthew Winter – WC Miller Aces
Miller Aces nominates Matthew Winter as the most Gentlemanly Player.  Matthew is a fourth year student and is playing in his fourth year as a member of the Aces.    Matthew is a quiet person both on and off the ice.  However his effort and determination is always noted. He does his talking with his play.  Matthew logs a lot of ice time for us, we rely on him on the power play, penalty kill, and the even strength.  He is also a key centerman for us, taking important draws in key situations.  With all this ice time and responsibility he continues to play tough and yet stay out of the penalty box.  Matthew has only 10 minutes of penalty time this year, and playing the type of game he does it shows you his true character.  Thanks for your effort and contribution Matthew, it’s been fun working with you, all the best in the future.


Adam Zallusky – Morris Mavericks
Adam Zallusky is the Morris Mavericks nomination for most sportsmanlike player. This third year player plays a shut down role most night vs other Team's top players and still manages a point  per game average, and has accumulated only two minor penalties. Adam is a smooth skater and plays both forward and defence.