Sunday, January 30, 2011


Press Release

The Notre Dame Hounds Junior A hockey club and the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League have announced the three players that will represent the Hounds in year-end awards at the end of the season. The announcement of what players have been nominated by the team was made this morning as the SJHL’s President Tour presented by Source Embroidery-Yorkton made a stop in Wilcox. The President’s Tour is a chance to promote the upcoming SJHL playoffs and to show off the Credit Union Cup and the SJHL Sask-Tel Showcase of Awards.


Most Outstanding Player – Russell Abbott

If the 1991 born goalie from Mill Bay, BC could put pucks in the net the way he keeps them out, the Hounds might be one of the top teams in Canada this year. Abbott has been outstanding right from day one of the season. He is one of the top goalies in the SJHL in many categories and will be seen as a huge plus for the team next year when he returns as a 20 year old.

Most Outstanding Defenceman – James Howden

The SJHL has many good 1991 born defencemen in the league, but there may be none better than the product of Edgeley. Saskatchewan. Howden has helped shut down the top forwards in the SJHL on many a night and he has chipped in offensively as well contributing 32 points in 45 games. The fact he can come back as a 20 year old next season means nothing but good things for the program.

Top Rookie – Kale Derkson

The 1993 born forward from Regina may not be the biggest hockey player on the ice, but he certainly knows how to play with the big boys. His tenacious style has caught the eyes of scouts who feel he is one of those grit guys that teams need to have in order to be successful. He has made life miserable for many an opponent this year while doing his thing.

These three players will join the nominees from the 11 other SJHL teams for year-end awards. Those awards will be announced shortly after the end of the regular-season.

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