President's Update - March 14th, 2016

***League Final set...Bethune vs. Lumsden***       Highway Hockey League 2015-16 Award winners...Congratulations to Travis Bosch, goaltender with the Raymore Rockets, this year’s Most Valuable Player in the Highway Hockey League. Bosch is the first goalie to win the MVP award since Justin Mrazek from the Avonlea Arrows won in 2010. Bosch finished the year with 13 wins, 3 losses, one shut out and a 2.78 GAA. He also led the league in minutes played with 970 minutes. The Most Valuable Player Local, the Eckdahl-Jenkins Memorial Award, goes to Tyrell Shulko of the Raymore Rockets. Tyrell led the league with 27 goals. He finished fourth in scoring with 35 points and had his season cut short with injury in a Provincial game. The Stats-Van Trott Award for Rookie of the Year goes to Brayden Frank of the Cupar Canucks. Brayden had 5 goals and 7 assists for 12 points in 16 games played. The HHL Most Sportsmanlike Player Award goes to Tyrell Shulko of the Raymore Rockets. This is the eighth time the Rockets have an award winner in this category. Previously this award was won by Darren Miller in 1981; Murray Cranch in 1990, 1993 and 1995…always wanted a Murray Cranch hockey card; Travis Asmundson in 1997 and 1999 and by Brett Kuglin in 2010. The Ken Hale Memorial Award for Manager of the year goes to Howard Dobson of the Raymore Rockets. Howard would be our longest serving Manager in the HHL. The Rockets have had years of success in our league and last won the championship in 2011. The Lynwood Miller Coach of the Year award goes to Darrell Haysom of the Lumsden Monarchs.

President's Update - March 7th, 2016

Bethune Bulldogs on a mission…The Bulldog train keeps rolling down the track. The defending HHL champions and Provincial ‘A’ finalists from 2014-15 lost their first Provincial game in January to Watrous and since then have reeled off nine consecutive wins in Provincials and league playoffs. The Bulldogs started their HHL semi-finals with a 10-3 victory over the Wynyard Monarchs on March 1st in Bethune.  Drew George, Derek Fuchs, Mike Reich and Jake Ulmer each had two goals to lead the way in this game. Kyle Ross also scored and added four assists and Joel Kot also scored to complete the scoring for the Bulldogs. Cody Straker with two goals and Riley Storzuk with one goal scored for Wynyard.  Ryan Senft picked up the win in net for the Bulldogs and David Perkin was in the net for the Monarchs. The Bulldogs had seven minor penalties and the Monarchs had four. There were no power play goals in this game although one of Reich’s goals was scored shorthanded. On March 5th the teams met in Wynyard for game two of the series. Riley Storzuk and Brett Leffler gave the Monarchs a 2-0 lead after one period. An early second period shorthanded goal from Jake Ulmer got the Bulldogs on the board and that goal was answered quickly by Donovan Hall and the Monarchs were up by two goals. Derek Fuchs and Drew George would score late in the period and this game was tied 3-3 going into the third period.  The Bulldogs would score four times in third period with goals coming from Mike Reich, Russ Nielson, Troy Willfong and a second goal from drew George. Nielson also had four assists which gave him a five point night. Ryan Senft picked up the win in net for the Bulldogs and Kevin Orthner was in net for the Monarchs. Wynyard had seven minor penalties and Bethune had five.  The evening before the second game of this series the Bulldogs were in Radville to play game one of their Provincial ‘A’ semi-final and defeated the Nationals 8-5. Game two of this series will be played in Bethune on Friday, March 11th at 8:00 p.m.

President's Update - February 29th, 2016

Nominations for Highway Hockey League Awards announced…

Teams are now voting on League awards and all-star team for the 2015-16 season.  There are three left wings, two Centers, one right wing and a goalie nominated in the Most Valuable Player category.  The nominees are Kyle Oleniuk from the Avonlea Arrows, Kyle Ross from the Bethune Bulldogs, Donovan Chow from the Cupar Canucks, Kyle Johnson from the Lumsden Monarchs, Travis Bosch from the Raymore Rockets, Quinn McIntosh from the Strasbourg Maroons and Brett Leffler from the Wynyard Monarchs.

The Eckdahl-Jenkins Trophy goes to the Most Valuable Player – Local. Two Centers, two right wings, two left wings and a defenceman are nominated in this category.  In this category the nominees are Josh Jelinski from the Avonlea Arrows, Mike Reich from the Bethune Bulldogs, Brett Boha from the Cupar Canucks, Kyle Johnson from the Lumsden Monarchs, Tyrell Shulko from the Raymore Rockets, Eric Schultz from the Strasbourg Maroons and Brett Leffler from the Wynyard Monarchs.

The Stats-Van Trott goes to the Rookie of the Year. There are four nominees this year. They are Brayden Frank from the Cupar Canucks, Bryce Lugt from the Lumsden Monarchs, Donovan Thompson from the Strasbourg Maroons and Landin Leshchyshyn from the Wynyard Monarchs.

The Tyson Sievert HHL Scoring Trophy was won by Kyle Ross of the Bethune Bulldogs. This year we have renamed the trophy for Team Goaltending after Gunnar Lindal who passed away in 2014.  Gunnar was a longtime Wynyard Monarch and worked in many capacities for the club when he stopped playing. His grandsons Aaron Lindal, Tyson Lindal and Tayler Jordan all played in our league. The Gunnar Lindal Team Goaltending Trophy was won by the Raymore Rockets this year. Goalies Travis Bosch and Anthony Bergen will share this trophy this year.


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