Selkirk Steelers have dominated this year’s MJHL awards, winning four
of six categories. Steelers’ veteran Parker Thomas, 20, has been named
league MVP, topping the list of winners.
Thomas, who hails from Winnipeg, has been awarded the Steve "Boomer"
Hawrysh Award, given annually to the MVP winner. The award was doubly
special for Thomas, who was a runner-up for MVP last season.
Thomas will soon be adding another trophy to his collection ─ MJHL
scoring championship. After 53 games, he has 32 goals and 93 points.
“All the award winners should be extremely proud of themselves,” MJHL
Commissioner Kim Davis said today. “All of the award winners were
selected based on voting by the coaches of our league.”
Runners-up were Zack Waldvogel of the Portage Terriers and Tyler Grove of OCN Blizzard.
Rookie of the Year - Vince Leah Trophy
Tyler Jeanson, Portage Terriers
Jeanson, 16, has enjoyed an outstanding rookie season, reflected in
21 goals and 40 points in 55 games. A native of Graysville, Mb (west of
Carman), Jeanson was also named to the MJHL all-rookie squad.
The runners-up were Jackson Keane, Winnipeg South Blues and Carter Johnson, Swan Valley Stampeders.
Braeden Ostepchuk, Selkirk Steelers
Ostepchuk, 20, has been outstanding this season, reflected in a 35-8
record, 1.95 GAA, 93.3% Save % and 6 shutouts. For two consecutive
months (November/December) the Lethbridge native was named the league’s
Runners-up were Adam Iwan, Virden Oil Capitals and Zach Rakochy, Steinbach Pistons.
Top Defenseman - Brian Kozak Trophy
Joel Messner, Selkirk Steelers
Messner, a 19-year-old from Lorette, has been outstanding along the
blueline, playing a key role in the Steelers’ outstanding season. In
addition to his standout defensive play, he’s also shown to have an
offensive flare reflected in 50 points (9-41) in 50 games.
Runners-up were Channing Brescianni of Winnipeg Blues and Tanner Butler, Dauphin Kings.
Hockey Ability – Lorne “Windy” Lyndon Trophy
Max Flanagan, Swan Valley Stampeders
Flanagan, 20, hails from Edmonton and has been a major contributor in
the Stamps’ offensive attack, reflected in leading his team’s points’
race with 36 goals and 65 points in 57 games.
The runners-up were Justin Valentino, Dauphin Kings and Warren Callis of Winnipeg Blues.
Coach of the Year - Portage Terriers "Muzz McPherson" Award
Ryan Smith, Selkirk Steelers
This award is named after colourful Murray “Muzz” McPherson, who led
the Portage Terriers to a Centennial Cup championship in 1972-73.
McPherson would be impressed with the outstanding coaching performance
of Smith, whose Steelers’ won the Addison Division pennant.
Under Smith’s guidance, Steelers were as high as 3rd overall in the CJHL rankings.
Runners-up were Troy Leslie of Virden Oil Capitals and Blake Spiller, Portage Terriers.
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