Pontiacs Celebrate Successful Year with Awards Banquet

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.

2017 Awards 

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.”