Saturday, January 15, 2011


Press Release

Melville, SK –The Melville Millionaires hockey club and the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League have announced the three players that will represent the Millionaires in year-end awards at the end of the season. The announcement of what players have been nominated by the Millionaires was made this morning as the SJHL’s President Tour presented by Source Embroidery-Yorkton made a stop in Melville. 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 – Lucas Froese

Lucas Froese is only 18 years old, but it would appear as if the Grunthal, Manitoba native will have a long future in the game. Froese came to Melville just after the season started after failing to crack the lineup of the WHL’s Regina Pats. Since coming to the Millionaires, Froese has averaged more than a point a game as he has 29 in 27. He was also one of four SJHL players chosen to represent the league as this year’s CJHL Top Prospects game.

Most Outstanding Defenceman – Craig Karius

The 20 year old Melville product has been a rock for the Millionaires on the blueline this season. The 6 foot, 203 pound Karius has not only been one of the top graduating defencemen in the SJHL this year, but he is probably having his best ever season in Melville. His rugged play and leadership has gone a long ways in Melville this season.

Top Rookie – Roger Tagoona

Roger Tagoona came to Melville after playing midget Triple A hockey with Norman Inlet in Nunavut. It took Roger a while to get accustomed to the SJHL style of play, but once he realized what he had to do, he went out and did it. Tagoona has 26 points in 37 games for the Millionaires this season and has shown to everyone that he belongs.

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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