Thursday, February 28, 2013

AJHL announces postseason awards

Press Release

CHESTERFIELD, VA. – The Atlantic Junior Hockey League (AJHL) has announced that Northern Cyclones forward Jonathan Felteau (pictured) has been named the league’s Most Valuable Player for the 2012-13 season.

Felteau, a 1993-born from Peabody, Mass., won the AJHL scoring title with 80 points on 24 goals in 43 games for the regular-season champion Cyclones.

“Jonathan established himself this year as a player who learned to compete at both ends of the ice to compliment his tremendous skill level,” said Cyclones head coach Bill Flanagan. “He was our offensive catalyst, but also one of the best shorthand guys I’ve ever coached. He’ll be a terrific college hockey player.”

Felteau was also named Forward of the Year and to the All-AJHL First Team.

The other All-AJHL First Team selections include forwards Jack Ceglarski of the Wilkes/Barre-Scranton Knights and Chris Wallace of the New York Bobcats; defensemen Gabe Chuckran of the Philadelphia Little Flyers and Tommy Dowell of the Knights; and Cyclones goaltender J.J. Solloway.

Named to the All-AJHL Second Team were forwards Eric Salzillo of the Walpole Express, Pat Schule of the Bobcats and Jason Zaleski of the Knights; Cyclones defensemen L.J. Fellows and Grant Gallo; and Boston Jr. Rangers goaltender Sam Bernard.

Other individual award winners include:

Defenseman of the Year
Tommy Dowell, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights
Dowell, a 1992-born from Kansas City, Mo., led all AJHL defensemen in scoring with 37 points on six goals in 43 regular-season games.

Goaltender of the Year
J.J. Solloway, Northern Cyclones
Solloway, a 1992-born from Derry, N.H., led all AJHL goaltenders in wins with 22, including five shutouts, to compliment a league-leading 2.09 goals-against average and a .926 save percentage.

Rookie of the Year
Jeremy Bracco, New Jersey Rockets
Bracco, from Freeport, N.Y., finished tied for 11th in league scoring with 48 points (15 goals) in only 29 games. The 1997-born has committed to Harvard University.

Coach of the Year
Justin Lyle, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights
Lyle guided the Knights to a 26-14-4 regular-season record, good 56 points - a 17-point increase from the 2011-12 season - and a fourth-place finish in the AJHL standings. In addition, three of his players have committed to NCAA programs for the coming fall.

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