Portage Terriers clean up MJHL annual awards
WINNIPEG – The Portage Terriers were the big winners when the Manitoba Junior Hockey League announced their annual awards on Saturday morning. The first place Terriers won five of the six major awards including the most valuable player.
Terriers forward Brad Bowles was named the MVP and the winner of the Steve “Boomer” Hawrysh Award. The 20-year-old from Elkhorn leads the MJHL scoring race with 40 goals and 56 assists in 56 games. Last season Bowles won the MJHL’s Hockey Ability Award.
Bowles’ teammate Nick Henry won the Vince Leah Trophy for rookie of the year. Terriers goaltender Nathan Park was chosen the top goaltender. Portage blueliner Brett Orr was named the winner of the Brian Kozak trophy for top defenseman and their coach Blake Spiller was selected the coach of the year for the second year in a row and third time overall. Spiller also won the “Muzz McPherson” Award in 2008 and 2015.
The only award that wasn’t taken by the Terriers was the Hockey Ability – Lorne “Windy” Lyndon Trophy which was won by Dan Taillefer of the Steinbach Pistons.
The league also announced their all-star teams with each winner to receive their award at a game over the next two weeks.
1st All-Star Team
Goal – Nathan Park (Portage Terriers)
Defense – Brett Orr (Portage Terriers)
Defense – Brady Keeper (OCN Blizzard)
Forward – Brad Bowles (Portage Terriers)
Forward – Logan Harland (OCN Blizzard)
Forward – Tristan Keck (Winkler Flyers)
2nd All-Star Team
Goal – Sean Kuehn (Virden Oil Capitals)
Defense – Zach Whitecloud (Virden Oil Capitals)
Defense – Zak Hicks (Winkler Flyers)
Forward – Kamerin Nault (Winnipeg Blues)
Forward – Daniel Taillefer (Steinbach Pistons)
Forward – Tyler Penner (Steinbach Pistons)
Rookie All-Star Team
Goal – Emilien Boily (OCN Blizzard)
Defense – Tyler Jubenvill (Winkler Flyers)
Defense – Darby Gula (Steinbach Pistons)
Forward – Nick Henry (Portage Terriers)
Forward – Bennett Dalke (Virden Oil Capitals)
Forward – Josh Tripp (Swan Valley Stampeders)