MOST VALUABLE PLAYER: Alex Wakaluk, Melville Millionaires
1993 G Alex Wakaluk (Bellevue AB) backstopped the Melville Millionaires to one of the best records in the SJHL, all the while being one of the busiest netminders in the SJHL. Wakaluk goes into the final couple of games having appeared in 44 of the team’s 52 games and he sits third overall in goals against average with a 2.31-ledger, all the while being the last line of defense on a club that has struggled to put together a blue line worthy of being considered comparable to the other elite teams in the league. Wakaluk has as 2.31 GAA and a SPCT of .929, which ranks second in the league. His back-ups this year have posted a combined GAA of well over 3.00 and a SPCT well under .900; further illustrating Wakaluk’s importance to the success of the Millionaires. He leads all goalies in wins and is second in minutes played and is also second in shutouts with five. He has faced more rubber than any other puckstopper in the league, seeing an average of well over 32 shots a night.
PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Ian McNulty, Melville Millionaires
1992 F Ian McNulty (Airdrie AB) is poised to win the SJHL scoring championship as he leads teammate Russell Trudeau by three points with two games to play. McNulty, who has a scholarship to the University of Connecticut for this Fall, fell five points shy of a scoring championship last season. McNulty is a well rounded player, further evidenced by the fact that despite leading the league in points, he is not amongst the top five in powerplay points, which is the easiest way for skilled players to register offensive production. McNulty’s 25 goals are only four off the league leader and just four of his tallies have come with the man advantage. He does have four game winning goals and he also leads the league in assists despite missing five games earlier in the year due to injury. In the five games McNulty was absent, the Mils struggled to score and win hockey games.
GOALTENDER OF THE YEAR: Matt Hrynkiw, Humboldt Broncos
1992 G Matt Hyrnkiw (Saskatoon SK) has been, virtually, unbeatable all season long playing on a team that is extremely well rounded and asks its goaltender to make the first save. Well, Hrnkiw makes every save it seems. While he isn’t often peppered with shots, Hrynkiw has shown great mental toughness with incredible focus by going through stretches of games where he isn’t busy; but still manages to make a tough stop. In addition to leading the league in goals against average (1.80) and save percentage (.940), Hrynkiw also leads the league in shutouts (6), and is second in wins (26) and fourth in minutes played.
DEFENSEMAN OF THE YEAR: Josh Roach, Flin Flon Bombers
1992 D Josh Roach (Saskatoon SK) closes out his final season in the SJHL in fine style as he was the most prolific offensive blueliner by a long shot and also, vastly, improved his defensive game and stepped up his leadership qualities as well, lending his experience from last year as a member of the 2012 Canalta Cup champion Humboldt Broncos. Roach was dealt to Flin Flon as future considerations over the summer in the 2011 trade that saw the Bombers send Andrew Johnston to Humboldt. Roach helped make Mike Reagans’ patience pay off as he not only led all defensemen in most major categories; but he also came up just one vote shy in the SJHL MVP race. With 13-goals and 41-assists in 52-games, Roach put up over a point per game in a year where offensive production was hard to come by for SJHL skaters. In addition to leading all defensemen in goals, assists, and points, he also finished tied for the lead in powerplay points.
ROOKIE OF THE YEAR: Brett Boehm, Flin Flon Bombers
1994 F Brett Boehm (Saskatoon SK) was a runaway winner for the award as he, like teammate Roach, led all players eligible for the award by a wide margin. While Boehm continues to refine the intangibles of his game, his offense is already at an elite level. So much so, that the National Hockey League has taken notice and is on the radar for, potentially, going in the 2013 Entry Draft. Boehm scored 24-goals and 27-assists in 47-games (still two to play), leading all first year players in each of those three categories. In fact, he’s fifteen points better than the second highest scoring rookie. Boehm has a scholarship to attend Minnesota-Duluth.