Sanford Sabres boys’ hockey coach Ryan Ogilvie is very proud of his championship team and happy some of the players were recently recognized for their achievements on and off the ice.
The Winnipeg High School Hockey League awards were given out on April 17 and Fraser Mirrlees, Bronson Ammeter, Steve Young, Mark Livingston and Chase Kendall received awards.
"In the past, players from our team have won one or two awards on a given year, but for us to win five awards in one season is unprecedented in recent memory. This speaks to the success we had this year as a team and the quality of the young men, both as athletes and academics, that made up that team," Ogilvie wrote in an email message.
The Sabres beat the Lord Selkirk Royals 6-1 to take top spot in the WHSHL’s Free Press Division on March 12. The team notched 21 wins and just one loss during the season.
Fraser Mirrlees was named most valuable player in the Free Press Division, and given a $250 scholarship.
"I knew my name was in the running, but I was surprised," the 17-year-old centre from Oak Bluff said.
He said the team had a great season, and that "winning MVP was the icing on the cake."
Goalie Bronson Ammeter received the Platinum Promotions award, a $500 scholarship, for team play and academic achievement.
He left the Midget AAA Capitals to play with the Sabres during his final year at Sanford Collegiate. The 18-year-old from Starbuck said he was surprised by the level of play in the WHSHL.
"It was a lot different than I expected," he said. "But the season ended perfectly."
Steve Young won the Canad Inns $500 scholarship, given to a player who’s been in the WHSHL for two years, maintained an academic average of 80 per cent or higher and plans to attend a post-secondary institution after high school.
Half of the $3,000 Dave Hill scholarship went to Mark Livingston. Winners are chosen for maintaining a 75 per cent average in Grades 11 and 12, and the respect they’re earned from their team, fellow students and teachers.
The family of the late Travis Price presents $500 scholarships to one player from each team in the league, and Chase Kendall was elected by his teammates to receive the award for the Sabres.