The Estevan Bruins managed to spread out the awards at their year-end banquet on March 26 at the Days Inn Plaza, but goaltender Matt Gibney and forward Austin Daae were the big winners.
They shared the team's regular season MVP award, and Gibney was named the playoff MVP.
“Everyone around town has been saying I've had a good playoff, so I wasn't really surprised by that award, but to get the regular season MVP – I was actually really surprised,” Gibney told Lifestyles. “With the big name scorers we have with Austin and Tanner Froese, when coach (Chris Lewgood) said it was a shared award, I thought it was going to those two.”
Gibney also won the Audrey Shinske Memorial Dream on Scholarship – a $1,000 bursary that goes to a player who wants to go to school.
“I imagine I'll be playing college hockey somewhere (next season),” Gibney said. “Where that is, I'm not 100 per cent sure, but when I make that decision, I'll definitely make sure that I announce it through the organization.”
Ironically, Daae and Gibney were teammates with the Moose Jaw Warriors of the Saskatchewan Midget AAA Hockey League for most of three seasons.
“I thought it was cooler (to share the MVP award with Gibney) than just getting it for myself,” said Daae.
Daae won one other award – the team's top scorer award. That was a given, since he was the top scorer in the SJHL this season.
Two days before the Bruins' awards night, Daae was named the SJHL's most outstanding player.
“Most of the year, I stuck to my own game,” said Daae. “I did the things that have made me successful in the past, which is using my linemates to the best of my ability … to create my own success, and to work hard.”
Daae said he's undecided about his plans for next year, but he has received interest from minor pro and Canadian university teams.
Captain Tanner Froese, and rookies Nolan Nicholas and Keegan Allison also took home two honours each from the awards night. Froese was named the most popular player, and he won the iron man award. Froese never missed a game in three SJHL seasons.
Nicholas was named the club's top rookie, and he won the award for community involvement.
Allison was chosen as the most underrated player, and he took home the Bruin training staff's heart award.
Forward Cory Kosloski captured the other top honour of the night, the Bill Shinske Ethics Award, which is handed out to a player who possesses a positive attitude, discipline, respect and pride.
Defenceman Zach Douglas, meanwhile, was chosen as the team's top blue-liner.
The other award winners were: Keaton Longpre was the most sportsmanlike player; RT Rice and Nick Egan shared the Rocky most aggressive player award; Brett Lewchuk took the Abe Berday most scholastic player award; Ben Johnstone and Austin Roesslein shared the Mr. Hustle award; David Robertson was named the most improved player; and Richard Winton won the team's volunteer award.