Bonnyville Jr A Pontiacs forward, Bobby McMann took home three top team trophies, as well as the prestigious Inter Pipeline AJHL Scholarship. McMann picked up the club’s Most Valuable Player, Top Scorer, and Three-Star Trophy, after finishing the season with 68 points (36 goals, 32 assists) in 47 games. Previously, McMann had won the league’s Most Valuable Player award. McMann will head to Colgate University in the fall to play NCAA with the Raiders.
The Inter Pipeline AJHL Scholarship is awarded to the player deemed most deserving among the sixteen applicants (one per AJHL team) based on their proven qualities in the areas of leadership, sportsmanship, dedication and citizenship.
Assistant Coach for the Bonnyville Jr A Pontiacs, Mark Jensen, says choosing the recipients of the awards was a collective decision, “they’re all very difficult decisions to make. When we go through the list, as a coaching staff and a few other people have some input, we go and say, ‘who really deserves these awards?’ We have multiple people who deserve these awards.”
Bonnyville’s Pasichnuk brothers took home awards; Top Defenseman went to Brinson, who also won the league’s award of the same name and Top Defensive Forward was awarded to Steen for the second year in a row. Notably, Derek Brown took home two awards, Most Improved Player & Rookie of the Year . Erik Donald won the Matt Cook Unsung Hero Award and the President’s Award went to Alden Dupius.
2015-16 Pontiacs Awards
*Photo Credit Bonnyville Jr A Pontiacs Hockey Club on Facebook
Dishing out the hardware wasn’t the only task of the evening, volunteers and corporate sponsors were honoured at Friday’s Pontiacs Banquet. Jensen says it was great to be able to combine events. “It was a good turn out,” says Jensen, “it’s nice to combine the events, with the volunteers and the corporate sponsors, instead of trying to hold multiple events throughout the year; it’s a better turn out.” It was also a chance for both the volunteers and the sponsors to be a part of the awards ceremonies; where most of the Pontiacs’ roster was able to come.
“Almost all of them came back for the banquet,” Jensen explains some of the American boys weren’t able to travel so far to come back. “Everyone had left, actually, so the only ones who didn’t make it were the ones from the States and then there was one from BC who couldn’t make it.”
It’s exciting to see all these young kids win awards; Derek Brown, Eric Donald, & Alden Dupius. To know we have these kids coming back and something to build on for next year is exciting! Mark Jensen Assistant Coach Bonnyville Jr A Pontiacs
The Pontiac’s Prospects camp closed April 10th, Head Coach Rick Swan promises LCN exciting prospects news is to come!
*In an earlier version of this story it was written that Matt Cook was returning, not Erik Donald (the winner of the Matt Cook award). LCN apologizes for this misprint.