GRAND FALLS – The Grand Falls Rapids held their annual awards’ banquet on Friday night. Players were rewarded for their great play on the ice and at the academic level.
Following is the list of recipients for this past season:
TOP SCORER : Dominic Leblanc
Leblanc’s record now stands at 22 goals and 28 assists for 50 points in 38 games played. He is ranked 7th in the league among the best scorers.
TOP FORWARD : Dominic Leblanc
Leblanc is a complete forward as he is also very efficient on special teams. He has collected 10 points this season on the power play while scoring 4 winning goals.
TOP DEFENSEMAN : Keegan Hunt
Hunt is a key part of the Rapids defensive unit and he is also considered one of the top defenseman in the MHL. His record of 2g and 5a shows also how efficient he is supporting the offense when needed.
MOST VALUABLE PLAYER : Gio DiMattia
All season long, DiMattia showed incredible skills between the pipes, making key saves at the right moments, contributing greatly to his team’s success. DiMattia’s goals against average is currently at 3.69.
MOST IMPROVED PLAYER : Yannic Bastarache
As the second leading scorer on the Rapids, Bastarache had a very productive month of March with 9 goals and 2 assists. His totals for the season are at 21 goals, 20 assists for 41 points.
ROOKIES OF THE YEAR : Jonathan Cormier and Joachim Matulu
These two rookie defensemen had a great season for the Rapids, showing how well they have adapted to a junior A caliber. Matulu scored 3 goals this season on the power play while Cormier has 6 points (1g 5a) in 37 games.
THE UNSUNG HERO : Adam Fowlow
As a captain this season, Fowlow showed great leadership skills and was an important part to the Rapids’ offensive unit. Thanks to his size and skills around the opposing net, Fowlow has collected 20 points this season (11g 9a), while scoring once while his team was playing shorthanded.
FANS’ CHOICE : Alexis Cournoyer
Cournoyer is an explosive forward, showing all season long his great speed and puck control while being very good around the opponent’s net. In 29 games played thus far this season, he has 23 points to his credit (7g 16a) while scoring 2 power play goals.
MICHAUD PETROLEUM CUP : Dominique Leblanc
Leblanc wins this award by earning the most points during the presentation of the three stars at the end of the game.
STUDENT PLAYER : Bryce Thomson
Thomson is an excellent hockey player, but also a great student at the academic level. In 29 games this season, Thomson has a record of 1g and 4a. This season was his first in junior A and with the Rapids.