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Although the Steinbach Pistons saw their season come to an end this week as they were eliminated in the MJHL playoffs by the Swan Valley Stampeders, last year’s championship season by the Pistons is still drawing accolades.
Sport Manitoba announced this week that the Pistons are one of five nominees for the Manitoba Junior Team of the Year.
The Pistons are up against the J.T. Ryan curling team, 17U Junior Bisons volleyball team, the U16 Angels ringette team and the U15 Team Manitoba ball hockey team.
The Pistons were nominated for their stellar season last year that saw them finish first overall in the regular season standings with 100 points on a record of 48-8-2-2, 17 points ahead of the second place Virden Oil Capitals.
Steinbach went on to win the MJHL championship, defeating Virden in the final and then defeated the SJHL champion Nipawin Hawks to win the ANAVET Cup.
Meanwhile, Eastman Selects standout goaltender Raygan Kirk from Ste. Anne is one of the nominees for the Junior Female Athlete of the Year. Kirk was named the MVP in leading Canada to the gold medal at the U18 World Women’s Hockey Championship in Japan. Kirk is one of nine nominees in the category.
A number of other awards will also be handed out at the awards evening on April 13.
Nominated for the Open Female Athlete of the Year are: Kaitlyn Lawes, Rhonda Orr, Emily Potter, Jennifer Saunders and Kelsey Wog.
Nominated for the Open Male Athlete of the Year are: Todd Fanning, Andrew Harris, Justin McDonald, Tyler Mislawchuk and David Onyemata.
Nominated for the Open Team of the Year are the Jennifer Jones curling team, Winnipeg Blue Bombers football team, Winnipeg Jets hockey team and the U of M Bisons Women’s hockey team.
Nominations for the annual awards came from Sport Manitoba together with submissions from the Manitoba Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association.
Winners will be announced at the Sport Manitoba’s Night of Champions, being held April 13, beginning at 7:00 p.m. at the Club Regent Event Centre in Winnipeg.
Tickets for the event are available through the Sport Manitoba website.