Mark Stone of Winnipeg, captain of the Brandon Wheat Kings and member of Canada’s national junior men’s hockey team, has been named one of 16 finalists for the 54th annual H.L. (Krug) Crawford Memorial Award for sporting excellence in southwestern Manitoba.
Stone, 19, was leading the Western Hockey League in scoring when he joined Team Canada for the 2011 IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship which is currently being played in Calgary and Edmonton.
Also among the finalists are Team Canada women’s under-18 hockey team members Halli Krzyzaniak, 16, of Neepawa and Ashleigh Brykaliuk, 16, of Brandon. Both will play for Canada at the 2011 World Women’s Under-18 Hockey Championship in the Czech Republic from Dec. 31 to Jan. 7.
Seven volleyball players are also finalists including Lisa Barclay, who played for Canada’s senior women’s team last summer, along with Brandon University Bobcats men’s and women’s team members Donata Huebert, Teagan Hunter, Kevin Miller, Meaghan Robertson and Paul Sanderson as well as Tabitha Love, who was born in Brandon and raised in Dauphin and is playing for UCLA.
The other finalists are basketball’s Tia Coulter, racquetball player Kurtis Cullen, cross-country skier Slade Doyle, speedskater Hewson Elliott, rugby player Amanda Thornborough and football player Keegan Treloar, who was the Concordia University placekicker. The winner will be announced on Jan. 3 in the Brandon Sun.