Felbel named playoff MVP, top goalie
The Manitoba Major Junior Hockey League held its annual awards banquet Thursday and the league champion Charleswood Hawks skated away with an impressive haul.
The Hawks claimed six of the awards, with goaltender Lucas Felbel picking up the playoff MVP and top goaltender trophies.
Dillon Smith took home the top defenceman trophy, while Jesse Toth was recognized as the regular-season scoring champ. The forward scored 30 goals and had 57 points in 40 games.
The Hawks also won hardware as the regular-season champs.
Fort Gary/Fort Rouge Twins forward Mackenzie Acheson was named league MVP. Twins coach Michael Gillam earned coach of the year honours. Brady Bouchard of the St. Vital Victorias was named the MMJHL rookie of the year.
Glimcher honoured by Legion
The 51st Legion Athletic Camp at the International Peace Garden has recognized Manitoba High School Athletics Association executive director Morris Glimcher for his work.
Glimcher will be presented with the fifth annual CAP award at the end of July. The CAP award is given to alumni of the camp for his or her outstanding contributions in the roles of coach, athlete or promoter of a selected sport or association.
"Morris has been an ambassador for not only high school sports and sports in Manitoba but right across Canada," Legion Athletic Camp director Jeff Phillips said in a release. "His association with the camp through his role (MHSAA) has been more than 35 years."
Hutchinson named MVP
Madison Hutchinson, the captain of the 2012 Esso Cup national female midget hockey champion Pembina Valley Hawks, has been named the most valuable player of the Manitoba (AAA) Female Midget Hockey League.
Hutchinson, who was named the top defenceman at the Esso Cup, had 85 points for the Hawks in MFMHL, exhibition and tournament play this season.
Pembina Valley won the Esso Cup at the Hockey Canada tournament by beating the Thunder Bay Queens 4-2 in the final on April 28.
Four recruits for U of M
Manitoba Bisons men's hockey coach Mike Sirant has announced commitments from four recruits for the 2012-13 season.
Forwards Paul Ciarelli, Aaron Lewadniuk and Dylan Kelly and defenceman Brock Sutherland are all Manitobans, with Ciarelli, Sutherland and Lewadniuk all bringing WHL experience.
Ciarelli, a 21-year-old Winnipegger, joins the Bisons after four seasons with the Brandon Wheat Kings. He had 30 points in 67 WHL games last season.
Sutherland, also 21 and a Brandon native, played for the Calgary Hitmen in the season just completed. He had 16 points and was plus-25 in 68 games.
Lewadniuk, a 22-year-old from Carman, played in the ECHL in the 2011-12 season. Prior to that, he spent two WHL campaigns with the Wheat Kings.
A 21-year-old Winnipegger, Kelly played the last two seasons with the MJHL’s Winnipeg Blues and prior to that, for two seasons for the Portage Terriers.
He recorded 125 points in 209 career MJHL games.
Bevan, Bleznuk top jocks
The Manitoba High School Athletics Association athletes of the week are Paige Bevan of St. Norbert in the urban section and Tamara Bleznuk of St. Jean in the rural section.
Bevan, of the St. Norbert Celtics basketball team, is the Home Run Sports award winner, taking her team to the bronze medal at the AAA Provincial Basketball Championship.
Bevan was named an all-star at the tournament and carries a 90 per cent average while also participating in volleyball, cross-country and track and field.
Bleznuk, of the St. Jean Saints badminton team, is the week's Tri-Star rural athlete of the week.
A mixed-doubles player, she finished in the top three at eight tournaments, including four wins. Bleznuk and partner Colin Chartier won the bronze at the provincial badminton championships and helped the school claim a third straight provincial aggregate banner.
Bleznuk keeps an average of 75 per cent and also competes in volleyball and track and field.