The Yorkton Terrier Hockey Club held its annual Awards banquet at the Gallagher Centre Saturday night to wind up and celebrate the team and current season.
Club president Lyle Walsh says the Terrier board was happy with the season right from the start with Don Chesney coming on board as general manager, Trent Cassan taking on the role of head coach and adding the experience of assistant coach Danny McKay. "We knew we would certainly have a good team there," Walsh says.
The coaching team recruited some good players including excellent returning veterans. "We went a lot further than everybody said that we would and we wish we were playing tonight but it was a great season," he adds.
Walsh predicts a better season next year. Financially the team appears somewhat stronger. "We're into our lottery tickets and right now we're about where we were at the end and we've still got a month to go," he notes. Season ticket sales are up a little bit. The marketing is also up a little bit. "It's a tough business. It's hard to make money but I think we're going to have a pretty good year," he anticipates.
Walsh doesn't foresee major changes to the club with perhaps the exception of replacing the nine graduating players. The staff will have a big job recruiting replacements.
The Terrier AGM hasn't been scheduled but will probably take place within the first two weeks in June, Walsh suggests.
Donna Moore was named Yorkton Terrier Volunteer of the Year.
Several players received league recognition for their season. Terrier goalie Warren Shymko, defenseman Devon McMullen, and forward Zak Majkowski were named to the SJHL All Rookie team. Majkow-ski was also runner up for the SJHL Rookie of the Year title.
Terrier forward Jeremy Boyer and defenseman Blaine Tendler were named to the SJHL All Star team. Tendler was also named SJHL defenseman of the Year.
Team awards saw a number of players recognized for their achievements on the ice.
In the Three Star Award Devin Peters was named first star, Clarke Breitkreuz was named second star and Robbie Ciolfi claimed the third star.
Playoff MVPs were Ciolfi for the Estevan series, Buzzeo for the Kindersley series and Breitkreuz for the Credit Union Cup series against the La Ronge Ice Wolves.
Jeremy Boyer claimed the regular season top scorer title.
Robbie Ciolfi earned the top scorer award for the playoffs.
Craig Eisenhut received the Most Dedicated Player and Community Service Award.
Keon Vick was named Mr. Personality.
The Most Gentlemanly player was Jeremy Boyer.
Netminder Warren Shymko was named Most Improved Player.
Riley Paterson received the Unsung Hero Award.
Devon Peters claimed the Most Popular Player Award.
Brent Struble was named Mr. Hustle.
Zak Majkowski and Devon McMullen were named Rookies of the Year.
Terrier defenseman Kurtis Decker was presented with the Coaches' Award.
Blaine Tendler was named Most Valuable Defenseman.
The most Valuable Player Award went to Clarke Breitkreuz.
The President's Trophy went to Blaine Tendler.