AJHL President Craig T. Cripps (left) presented the 2009-2010 Most Valuable Player
Award to Cody Kunyk of the Sherwood Park Crusaders on Thursday night prior
to the opening playoff game between the Crusaders and Bonnyville Pontiacs.
Kunyk (Sherwood Park, AB) led the Crusaders in regular season scoring with
87 points and completes the season 5th overall in the AJHL Scoring Race.
Kunyk scored a league leading 5 shorthanded goals. Kunyk recorded three or
more points in 14 games during the 2009-2010 season and was selected as the
Player of the Game nine times. Cody Kunyk also received the honour of
Source for Sports AJHL Player of the Week twice (September 2009 and November
Cody Kunyk was a member of Team Canada West at the 2009 World Junior A
Challenge (WJAC) in November. Kunyk and Team Canada West captured the
silver medal and Kunyk was named to the 2009 WJAC Tournament All-Star Team.
Kunyk was a unanimous selection to the 2010 North Division AJHL All-Star
Team in January 2010.
Kunyk has recorded 169 points in his three year career with the Crusaders
and is committed to the University of Alaska Fairbanks for the 2010-2011
Kunyk becomes just the third player in franchise history to receive the
League MVP Award, most recently awarded to Crusader Mike Palichuk in 1989.
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