The Morrisburg Junior B Lions ended the 2014-15 season with their awards presentations immediately following Sunday’s final game.
The Lions split their weekend games against the Akwesasne Wolves and then got together for their awards and to say farewell to their teammates.
A very fond farewell was bid to this year’s graduates, team captain Justin Lefevbre, their leading scorer Michael Paquette and Dallas Blacksmith and Kevin Dionne.
Team Captain Justin Lefevbre who was named the Lions Most Valuable Player was described by coach Mark Evans as a “hard working, hard-nosed player. If you ask Justin to go and do something, he’ll do it. You just can ask players to do something like what Justin brings to a hockey team. You are a great guy, you are a great team mate and thanks for all of your hard work.”
Collecting the most Valuable Defenceman Award was 18 year old Jordan Smail, who with Tanner Hummel, Cole Fowler and Jordan St. Louis received the Clare Van Allen Memorial Trophy which goes annually to recognize players who began their hockey in the South Dundas Minor Hockey system.
This year’s leading scorer was graduating player Michael Paquette. In 38 games played, Paquette scored 23 goals and assisted on another 23 for a 46 point season. He received the Gerald Hess Memorial trophy.
Named as the Rookie of the year was 16-year-old forward Jacob Kendrick who was presented the Garry Lawlor Memorial Tropy. Kendrick also received the silverware as the club’s top offensive player.
Defencemen Tanner Hummel and Brodie Barkley were both recognized. Hummel was presented the team’s top defensive player award and Barkley, described as “a young player with a lot of talent and a great future in hockey” got the nod for the Coaches Award.
Described as a player who did whatever the coaching staff needed him to do, Jordan St. Louis was recognized for sportsmanship and ability as the winner of the Jim McAllister ‘Lady Byng’ Memorial trophy.
Jacob Guilott and Landon Veenstra were named this year’s most improved players, and Ryan Griffin was awarded the team’s Hustler Award.
Lions team management also thanked South Dundas employee Chris “Krusty” Wouters for his great attitude and help at the arena, with the Lions and all of the minor hockey teams and players. Wouters was presented a plaque of appreciation.