Winnipeg Blues’ Jeremy Olinyk has been named the MJHL’s RBC Player of the Month for October. For the 19-year-old from Winnipeg, the past two months have been nothing short of outstanding.
This is his second consecutive RBC Player of the Month award, winning the honour in September. Not one to rest on his laurels, Olinyk has come out firing on all cylinders in October, reflected in two consecutive weeks being named MJHL Player of the Week.
"It's pretty thrilling," he says of the double honor. "But with player success comes team success, and I think that we've just been thriving...I've been feeding off of what my linemates have been doing. Our team has been doing well all around...it's very exciting."
The Winnipeg Blues have benefitted from Olinyk’s outstanding play, currently sitting first in the Addison Division with a 16-4 record. Quite the turnaround for the Blues, who missed the playoffs last year.
Runners up for the RBC Player of the Month award are 19 -year-old forward Jesse Sinatynski of the Dauphin Kings and 20-year-old forward Chapen Leblond of the Winkler Flyers.
Sherwood Hockey Defenseman of the Month
Selkirk Steelers’ vet Lane Werbowski has been outstanding on the blueline for the boys from Steeltown. The Winnipegger has 15 points (6-9) in 18 games. His goal total includes four on the powerplay, one shorthanded and one game-winner.
Runners up are: 18-year-old Yvan Pattyn of the Portage Terriers and 20-year-old Paul Bonar of the Winnipeg Blues.
MGEU Goaltender of the Month
Much of this year’s success for the Winkler Flyers can be credited to outstanding goaltending. Tyler Oswald of the Flyers has been very consistent for the Flyers, reflected in his overall record of 6-2. The native of Sanford also has a very impressive GAA of 2.40 and save percentage of .919.
The runners up are 20-year-old Shea Cooper of the Portage Terriers and 17-year-old Teagan Sacher of the Winnipeg Saints.
Husky Energy Rookie of the Month
He may have one of the best names in the MJHL: Valentino. But, Justin Valentino of the Swan Valley Stampeders also knows where to find the net, reflected in 20 points (6-14) in 18 games. The native of Thompson has shown his scoring touch while on the powerplay, scoring four while holding the man advantage.
The runners up are 17-year-old defenseman Tanner Jago of the Winkler Flyers and 18-year-old goaltender Isaiah Plett of the Winnipeg Blues.
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