Tribute to five players as they graduate.
“I had the privilege to be a part of the best junior organization in Canada, each and every single day,” Head Coach of the Bonnyville Pontiacs, Rick Swan, spoke to a crowd of sponsors, parents, and fans on Friday evening at the Centennial Centre in Bonnyville, for the team’s awards banquet. “Tonight is about appreciation, it’s a time to say thank you.”
Swan continued to thank the fans and donors who allow the organization to continue, and “the board members who allowed us to implement a mentality of positive change. As well as continue to grow our culture in the right direction as an organization.”
You allow us to strive to be the best organization in the country and allow us to carry on the great work. – Rick Swan addressing the sponsors at the 2017 Bonnyville Jr A Pontiacs Awards Banquet.
Most Gentlemanly Player(s): Charlie Gawlicki and Brandon Whistle
Most Improved Player: PJ Morracco
Matt Cook Unsung Hero: Derek Brown and Gen Bryshun
Pontiacs Rookie of the Year: Isaac Saniga and Jake Gresh
President’s Award: Ryan Symington
Don McNab Most Dedicated Player Award: Ryan Symington
Top Defenseman: Erik Donald
Top Defensive Forward: Ryan Piche
Playoff MVP Award: Ryan Piche
Top Scorer: Alden Dupuis
Three Stars: Alden Dupuis
Team MVP: Alden Dupuis
The voice of the Bonnyville Pontiacs, Robb Hunter was also honoured at the event in recognition in calling his 700th AJHL game. The monumental game came on March 29th, 2017.
“Although our goal is to always win a championship, it’s important to recognize the measure of this year’s Bonnyville Pontiacs cannot be measured by any sole player on the team’s accomplishments,” Coach Swan says there’s always a bigger picture at play, “I believe we’re doing the right things, as an organization, in growing a complete athlete and I always believe you create success by approaching every individual as an opportunity. It’s an opportunity to create both an outstanding citizen and an outstanding athlete; never either – or.”