The 2015-2016 season has been a very successful one for the Winkler Flyers. This year’s edition of the Orange and Black have provided us with a very entertaining brand of hockey. After one of their best regular season’s in recent memory, we would like to pay special tribute to some of the players that stood out this season.
We would also like to recognize the members of the organization who were nominated for the Manitoba Junior Hockey League Year End Awards. Nominated for the MVP Award – #15 Tristan Keck…..Nominated for the Hockey Ability and Sportsmanship Award – #19 Cam Whyte…..Nominated for the Rookie of the Year Award – #23 Tyler Jubenvill….and nominated for the Coach of the Year Award – Ken Pearson.
Every year, the Flyers hand out the following five awards to a very deserving group of individuals.
Rookie of the year
This years recipient has excelled during his first year of play in the Manitoba Junior Hockey League. He has helped anchor a Flyer powerplay that has been among the best in the league all season long – doubling the Flyers efficiency in special teams situations from a year ago. He currently leads the first year Flyers with 25 assists, has recorded 7 Multi-point games to this point in his rookie campaign and has been named to the MJHL All-Rookie Team. Ladies and gentlemen, please join me in congratulating the Winkler Flyers Rookie of the Year #23 – Tyler Jubenvill
Best Defensive Player
Awarded to the player deemed to make the greatest defensive contribution on a nightly basis, this years top defensive player consistently matches up against the oppositions top offensive players. He is a vital part of a Flyer penalty kill that ranks 2nd in the MJHL this season. Night in and night out he is amongst the team leaders in time on ice and is one of only 4 players to play in all 58 regular season games this season. Congratulations to the Winkler Flyers Top Defensive Player, third year Flyer and team captain, #6 – Connor Hamonic
The Winkler Flyers coach’s award goes to a player who has provided steady, consistent play all season long. He ranks near the top of the Flyers in virtually all statistical categories but his best attribute is perhaps his ability to not only elevate his play, but also the play of his linemates on any given night. This 20 year old centre is completing his 2nd year in orange and black, yet has become a key member of the teams leadership group, serving as an assistant captain this year. Congratulations to the winner of this years Coaches Award – #26 – Kayden Jarvis
Most Valuable Defenseman
The 2015-2016 regular season has featured a number of exceptional performances from the Winkler Flyers blue line. A pair of D-men have had exceptional years in all areas and will share the award:
This player has led the league in scoring by a defenceman all season long, and despite missing the last month due to injury, remains in a 3 way tie for the scoring lead. In addition, he has been involved in more power play goals than any other member of the Winkler Flyers, plays key minutes in all situations for the orange and black and was named to the MJHL 2nd All-Star Team in this, his 3rd and final year with the orange and black.
His teammate on the blueline also plays key minutes in all situations and ranks 2nd among Flyer defenceman in scoring. This player has been on the ice for more even strength goals for than any other Flyer defencman and leads the D-Core with a +30 plus/minus rating. He also serves as a Flyers assistant captain in his 3rd year with the club.
Congratulations to the co-winners of the Winkler Flyers Most Valuable Defenseman award – #22 – Zak Hicks and #8 – Lawson McDonald.
Most Valuable Player
This years Most Valuable Player award will also be shared by a pair of Flyers who have had a memorable 2015-2016 regular season.
Together, they have become the highest scoring duo in the league. The first, a 3rd year Flyers who sits 2nd on the team in scoring and ranking 5th among goal scorers in the league, leads the team in +/- with a +42 ranking. He has scored a goal in more games than any of his teammates, having found the back of the net in 30 of the teams 58 games and recorded points in 40 of 58 games this season.
His teammate, and linemate has had an equally memorable season. He has continued to light up the MJHL and currently ranks 3rd in the league in points as he tries to chase down his 2nd consecutive 40 goal season. He has once again been named as an MJHL First Team All-Star after recording 10 multi-goal and 21 multi-point games. And in his 4th and final campaign as a Winkler Flyer, this assistant captain also owns a stellar +41 plus/minus rating through 58 games played.
Ladies & Gentleman, please join me in congratulating the Co-MVP’s of the Winkler Flyers – #19 Cam Whyte and #15 – Tristan Keck