ZONE IV HOCKEY 2016/17 MAJOR AWARDS NOMINEES

MOST VALUABLE PLAYER NOMINEES

Nominees listed in alphabetical order.

Tyson Allison--Carman Cougars

Tyson Allison is the Cougars nominee for Zone IV league MVP. In 21 games Tyson has 27 goals and 21 assists with only 6 minutes in penalties. Tyson's quick strike ability has energized his team all season. Tyson's defensive play is equally as good as his offensive production and is as dangerous on the penalty kill as on the power play. Off the ice Tyson has a valued voice within the dressing room and creates a winning attitude. Defenceman always approach Tyson with caution as his accurate shot is effective as his passing

Christian Avelar--Morris Mavericks

This was Christian's third season with the Mavericks. This year Christian played 18 games with the Mavericks this season. He had 23 goals and 12 assists for a total of 35 points in those games. His points per game average was 1.94, and consistently led his team offensively through those games by using his speed and quick hands to find theback of the net. Christian was the Subway Player of the Week in the first week of theleague this year with 3 goals and 1 assist. Christian also had the privilege of playing inthis year's All-Star Game and was voted an MVP for the blue team, scoring 3 goals and 4 assists.

Svan Bazin--Prairie Mountain Mustangs

The Mountain Mustangs nominee for MVP is Svan Bazin. Svan is a workhorse for the Mustangs and is counted on in all situations. He is a dominant force offensively (22 games, 26 goals, 50 points) but has also shown incredible growth and understanding in his defensive responsibilities this season. Svan also serves as team captain and is looked up to by all of his teammates for his dogged determination, tireless work ethic, and attention to detail. Svan's leadership skills are what set him apart from most players as he has the ability to get the most out of his teammates on a nightly basis. He is well known for playing a physical game, however, Svan plays by the rules and has only amassed 5 minor penalties this year. In addition to all of his success, Svan has maintained terrific grades in his grade 11 year and has also managed to remain an extremely humble and polite young man.

Jordan Blatz--Morden Thunder

Jordan was the cornerstone to the Morden Thunders success this year. He was a leader on the ice putting up more than a point per game. He played in all situations and had the ability to control the speed of the game when the puck was on his stick. He led by example on and off the ice and his leadership contributed to the success that the Thunder had this year. It was this leadership that may not show up on a scoreboard or game sheet, which made Jordan the most valuable player on our team. For these reasons the Morden Thunder are nominating Jordan Blatz as the MVP

Owen Fijala--Cartwright/Nellie McClung/Pilot Mound Tigers

Owen quickly solidified a spot on the Tigers top line. His speed and hockey sense allow him to create space on the ice and make him a difficult player to contain. Owen has collect 39 points (16 goals, 23 assists) this season and has been the cornerstone of the Tigers offence.

Colton Harder--W.C. Miller Aces

The W.C. Miller Aces nomination for the Heavy Metal Designs MVP Award is ColtonHarder. Colton is a Grade 11 student who plays forward and is one of the team's assistant captains. Colton possesses excellent speed and a very high level of skill which has led to his big offensive output this year. Through 23 league games Colton has compiled a very impressive league leading 32 goals and 24 assists. Colton plays center and has improved his game this year to become a complete player is all aspects of the ice. Colton should be just as proud of his defensive game as his offensive numbers and is often described by his coach as a 200 foot player.

T.J. Matuszewski--Garden Valley Collegiate Zodiacs

TJ was the most valuable player for the Zodiacs not only on the ice but off the ice as well. In a year when many of the players on the Zodiacs were new to the game, TJ, along with his gifted playing ability, showed great dedication, determination and character. The Zodiacs were hard pressed offensively this year; TJ while drawing attention from the opposition's top players was still able to average nearly a point per game.

Lucas Neufeld--Portage Collegiate Trojans

Lucas broke into Zone 4 with a splash scoring consistent goals since his rookie year and has grown into one of the league's best at his position, winning award's for both forward and defence. On the ice, he's is a terrific skater with a big shot and a flair for the dramatic; off the ice, he's one of hockey's most outgoing personalities, and he has shown he's a natural leader on and off the ice. Lucas was also voted MVP at the Zone 4 All Star Game.

Sam Voth--Northlands Parkway Collegiate Nighthawks

Sam is an NPC co-captain who plays a strong two-way game from his centerman position. Sam sits at a plus 31, and NPC's goal differential is a plus 33 through all games played this season. Sam flies through the neutral zone with speed and agility, and has learned how to shield the puck for possession through all three zones. The Nighthawks rely on Sam to be a consistent goal producer (scored points in 12-straight games amidst NPC's 11-game winning streak in November), who can also score in bunches. Most games Sam double shifts to shore up areas of need for the Nighthawks, yet still competes against the opposition's top line on his regular shift. Sam has won 62% of his faceoffs this season, and often takes more than half of the total draws for the club on any given night.

 

TOP GOALTENDER NOMINEES

Nominees listed in alphabetical order.

Alex Clemis--Carman Cougars

Alex has had a very successful season with a 15-3 record and finished league 2nd in minutes played amongst goalies. Alex has developed himself into a strong puck handler making the defenceman's job easier while displaying a calm presence to his teammates. Alex's calm on ice performance is replicated in the dressing room as he is a quiet, steady leader who has his teammates' attention when he speaks. With a save percentage over .900 and a GAA of 2.44 Alex is a strong candidate for top goaltender.

Nathaniel DeGraeves--Cartwright/Nellie McClung/Pilot Mound Tigers

As a first year goaltender, Nathaniel stood tall and confident on a team that struggled to win games. Nathaniel finished the season with a respectable .875 save percentage and collected 4 of the Tiger's 5 regular season wins.

Owen Domitruk--Morden Thunder

Owen finished in the top 3 in the all major goaltending stats this year. His consistent play helped the Thunder reach first place in the regular season. He was nominated by coaches across the league to participate in the all-star game. He consistently made timely saves when we needed them most and was integral in the success of the Thunder this year.

Griffin Dyck--Northlands Parkway Collegiate Nighthawks

Griffin is an NPC co-captain who leads by his determination, preparation, excellence, and good humour. Griffin has posted a .907 save percentage in league play while typically facing a 40-shot barrage per night. Griffin has combined his natural athleticism with a technical aspect of the game that allows him to make saves that he has no business making. Additional Highlights: Brandon tourney, Griffin made 46 saves as NPC beat Vincent Massey Wpg (3rd rank in province) 1 - 0. Virden tourney, NPC 4 wins and 0 losses and Griffin won 3 and lost 0. Winkler tourney, Griffin stopped 39 of 40 shots vs Steinbach, A-Side Semi-finals in 2-1 shoot-out loss. Steinbach would later win the final 3 - 0 vs Morden.

Declan Enns--W.C. Miller Aces

The W.C. Miller Aces nomination for the Top Goaltender Award is Declan Enns. Declan was the Aces only rostered goalie this season which meant that he had to shoulder a lot of work. Declan competed hard every game for the Aces, playing over 1000 minutes in league play and posting a respectable .860 save percentage. Declan is a Grade 11student in his second year with the Aces.

Christopher Lesage--Prairie Mountain Mustangs

The Mountain Mustangs nominee for Top Goalie is Christopher Lesage. Chris has been leaned on heavily this year with a young group of players in front of him. He shows a great understanding and appreciation for the goaltending position which allows him toexcel at his craft. Chris often faces upwards of 30 shots per game and has shown the ability to make some highlight-reel saves on a consistent basis. Chris's calm demeanor is essential for the Mustangs as having him between the pipes has a calming effect on our entire team. Chris always put the team before himself and shows all of the characteristics of a great teammate.

Bobby Matuszewski--Garden Valley Collegiate Zodiacs

Bobby a grade 12 veteran on the Zodiacs could have easily been mentioned in the MVP consideration. It was not uncommon for Bobby to see north of 50 shots a game. With this work load on a nightly basis Bobby showed up to the rink every night ready to go from puck drop until the final buzzer. While catching his breath between periods rather than making excuses, Bobby was often the guy rallying the players to be ready to go for the next period.

Parker Page--Portage Collegiate Trojans

All Parker Page has done since joining the Trojans is continue to win. He helped surpass all franchise record for wins during the 2015/16 season and helped lead the Trojans to their most wins with 17. This year he anchored the goalie spot with confidence and style.

No Nominee Submitted--Morris Mavericks

LEW MUELLER TOP DEFENSEMAN AWARD

Nominees listed in alphabetical order.

Jesse Dowswell--W.C. Miller Aces

The W.C. Miller Aces nomination for the Lew Mueller Defenseman of the Year Award is Jesse Dowswell. Jesse is a Grade 12 student who plays defense and is one of the team's assistant captains. Jesse plays thirty plus minutes/game and is always matched up against the opposing team's top offensive line. Jesse's skating ability and puck moving ability allow him to be very dynamic on the back end. He is the Aces most important defenseman as he plays in all situations, pp, pk, and even strength. He is very reliable defensively and plays a hard game, making it very difficult for opposing players to generate offensive chances.

Riley Ens--Carman Cougars

Riley is currently 1st among Zone IV defenceman and 19th overall in league scoring with 27 points and 18 minutes in penalties. Riley plays over 30 minutes a game for the Cougars because he can control the defensive zone, is committed to a team-first game, executes clean breakouts, and provides offensive production. Riley is a leader on the team and was voted in as an assistant captain by his teammates. His tenacious work ethic and ability to influence the play is a constant encouragement to his team.

Reece Gates--Prairie Mountain Mustangs

The Mountain Mustangs nominee for Top Defenceman is Reece Gates (22 games, 4 goals, 14 points). Reece brings many valuable elements to the Mustangs blue line. He is a minute-muncher, penalty kill specialist, power play quarterback, physical presence, and an exceptional leader. Reece's greatest strength is his ability to read and react to the game and consistently make the right play. Reece serves as an assistant captain in his grade 12 season and is an important source of leadership for our young team. Reece embodies all of the characteristics that make up an elite defenceman and does so while maintaining his great sense of humour and a smile on his face.

Brayden Klippenstein--Morris Mavericks

This was Brayden's second season with the Mavericks. Brayden is known for his hard work ethic and for being someone who digs deep and hustles to make smart plays with the puck. He is a consistent, dependable defenceman that can be counted on in any situation including power plays and penalty kills. He was an Assistant Captain, and led the Mavs defence in points with 6 goals and 19 assists in 23 games. Brayden also had the privilege of playing in the All-Star game in Carman where he scored a goal for the blue team, and was part of the relay team that won the relay competition.

C.J. Lambkin--Garden Valley Collegiate Zodiacs

CJ was the anchor of the Zodiacs blue line. Often the Zodiacs were only able to dress 4 defenseman, which meant all 4 were going to play heavy minutes. CJ noticed this trend early in the year and took it upon himself make some changes in his game. A skilled two-way defenseman, CJ put the team a head of himself and simplified his game in order to keep the Zodiacs competitive. CJ played hard in all situations with a defensive mindset and occasionally showed off his offensive upside when he would take over a shift with an end to end rush.

Robi Lewarne--Cartwright/Nellie McClung/Pilot Mound Tigers

Robi has been an ironman on the Tiger's blue line for the last two seasons. A converted forward, Robi logs massive minutes each game and is a major key to both the power play and penalty kill. As a pointman, Robi has collected 20 points (5 goals, 15 assists) on the season.

Lucas Neufeld--Portage Collegiate Trojans

Lucas Neufeld broke into Zone 4 with a splash scoring consistent goals since his rookie year and has grown into one of the league's best at his position, winning award's for both forward and defence. On the ice, he's is a terrific skater with a big shot and a flair for the dramatic; off the ice, he's one of hockey's most outgoing personalities, and he has shown he's a natural leader on and off the ice. Lucas was also voted MVP at the Zone 4 All Star Game.

Carter Wall--Northlands Parkway Collegiate Nighthawks

Carter is a threat to score with his 82-mile an hour slap shot or his accurate snapper that finds ways through screens. Carter's defensive play is outstanding. He reads pressure well, and advances the puck with precision passing or with his skating skills. Carter missed virtually the entire 2015-16 season, but has bounced back to be a key part of the Nighthawks' resurgence.

Tanner Wiebe--Morden Thunder

Tanner has been an important piece of the success of the Thunder this year. He plays in all situations and was key to the success of our power play. His big shot, patience with the puck and strong desire to win have made him one of the elite defenseman in our league. He is able to take control of games when he is in possession of the puck and he makes his teammates better when he is on the ice. For these reasons we are nominating Tanner for defenseman of the year.

LLOYD C. ORCHARD MOST SPORTMANLIKE NOMINEES

Nominees listed in alphabetical order.

Svan Bazin--Prairie Mountain Mustangs

The Mountain Mustangs nominee for Most Sportsmanlike is Svan Bazin. Svan is a workhorse for the Mustangs and is counted on in all situations. He is a dominant force offensively (22 games, 26 goals, 50 points) but has also shown incredible growth and understanding in his defensive responsibilities this season. Svan also serves as team captain and is looked up to by all of his teammates for his dogged determination, tireless work ethic, and attention to detail. Svan's leadership skills are what set him apart from most players as he has the ability to get the most out of his teammates on a nightly basis. He is well known for playing a physical game, however, Svan plays by the rules and has only amassed 5 minor penalties this year. In addition to all of his success, Svan has maintained terrific grades in his grade 11 year and has also managed to remain an extremely humble and polite young man.

Quentin Cobb--Cartwright/Nellie McClung/Pilot Mound Tigers

A third year player, Quentin's large frame and workhorse attitude are untraditional characteristics of a "Most Sportsmanlike" nominee. Making his home in front of the opposition's net, Quentin has amassed only 4 minor penalties while managing to collect 15 points on the season.

Braden Dyck--Northlands Parkway Collegiate Nighthawks

Co-Captain Braden Dyck is NPC's rock, a composed and exceptional defenseman with great hockey instincts and puck handling abilities. Big Brad is the most gentlemanly of all the hardest hitters in Zone 4. Despite being constantly "chirped" when opponents seek revenge, Braden does not get into a war of words--he just plays the game HARD, and FAIR. Braden has not taken a retaliation penalty all year, but has drawn several from angry opponents. He is respectful to his teammates, competitors and his coaching staff and has displayed amazing sportsmanship all season long.

Tyler Fedak--Portage Collegiate Trojans

One particular athlete in our crew has grown leaps and bounds, beyond anything I've ever seen in any athlete. Tyler Fedak is down-to-Earth, the other athletes love him, they follow his direction. He' s low stress and high intensity which makes him gold on any team he plays for. He works hard on and off the ice and leads by example.

Matthew Fehr--W.C. Miller Aces

The W.C. Miller Aces nomination for the Lloyd C. Orchard Most Sportsmanlike player is Matthew Fehr. Matthew is a Grade 12 student who plays forward and is the Aces team captain. Matthew is a true leader by example, leading the team in blocked shots and assists. He is amongst the league leaders in points (5th overall), scoring 15 goals and 32 assists while spending only 4 minutes in the penalty box. Matthew plays the game hard and is a great leader for the Aces. He is a big reason why the Aces have had a successful season.

Jordan Keck--Morris Mavericks

This is Jordan's second season with the Mavericks. Jordan had an excellent year serving as an Assistant Captain. Jordan ended the regular season with 33 points in 21 games. He is known on his team as a leader, a motivator and an example of being a true teammate. He is respected by his teammates and coaches for his good attitude, and for being a real team player on and off the ice. Jordan had the privilege of being part of the All-Star Competition, winning the accuracy competition, scoring 4 goalsand 3 assists, but he also contributed to the team greatly with his attitude of sportsmanship.

Eric Klassen--Carman Cougars

Eric Klassen centers the Cougars top line, kills penalties, plays power play, is currently 8th in league scoring and has only one minor penalty this season (leads the league in TP/PIM at 19). Eric plays the game with passion, commitment and confidence. He is an assistant captain as voted on by his teammates and plays an honest game at both ends of the ice. All truly characteristics of a nominee of the Most Sportsmanlike player in Zone IV.

Rylan McCallum--Morden Thunder

Rylan was over a point a game player this year in Zone IV league play. He played in all 24 games and accumulated only 4 penalty minutes. He plays aggressive but with respect for the game and his opponents. For these reasons the Morden Thunder are nominating Rylan McCallum.

Mark Warms--Garden Valley Collegiate Zodiacs

Mark a grade 12 veteran was second on the Zodiacs in scoring. Mark played a significant role for the Zodiacs in all aspects of the game. On many nights, it might have been easy for Mark to show frustration or check out of a game but instead Mark chose to work harder. Along with Mark's skill set, he was often among the hardest working players in each game while only taking 3 minor penalties all year.