The 2016 Bagskate Hockey Podcast Award Winners

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With the Ivan Hlinka Tournament set to get underway and World Junior summer camps taking place, it’s time to officially close the book on the 2015-16 junior and college hockey season.

As I posted last week, I allowed you to vote on who you thought were most deserving of winning the hardware (okay there’s no real trophy, but play along with me at home) for the 2016 Bagskate Hockey Podcast Awards. Now it’s time to reveal the winners.

Before we get to that though, here’s who else voted for the accolades, besides the readers of this blog and yours truly.

  • Brad Elliot Schlossman – College hockey writer for the Grand Forks Herald and beat reporter for the NCAA’s North Dakota Fighting Hawks
  • Brett Punkari – My younger brother and a supporter of every other country besides Canada at the World Juniors
  • Brett Smith – Former sports reporter for the Prince Albert Daily Herald and current Director of Communications and Community Relations for the WHL’s Prince Albert Raiders
  • Jack Hittinger – Sports editor for the Bemidji Pioneer and beat reporter for the NCAA’s Bemidji State Beavers
  • Joey Payeur – Sports reporter for the Fort Frances Times and beat reporter for the SIJHL’s Fort Frances Lakers
  • Marc Smith – Sports reporter for Golden West Radio in Moose Jaw and between the benches reporter/colour commentator for the WHL’s Moose Jaw Warriors
  • Matthew Gourlie – Sports editor for the Moose Jaw Times-Herald and beat reporter for the WHL’s Moose Jaw Warriors.
  • Perry Bergson – Sports reporter for the Brandon Sun and beat reporter for the WHL’s Brandon Wheat Kings
  • Scott Parsons – Goaltender for the MJHL’s Winnipeg Blues for the last three seasons.
  • Zachary Cormier – Sports reporter and photographer for the Red Deer Express and the Lacombe Express with part of his beat including coverage of the WHL’s Red Deer Rebels

Again, a huge thanks to those gentleman for sending their ballots along. Now to the winners.

Mitchell Marner of the London Knights. Photo by Aaron Bell/OHL Images

Forward of the Year – Mitchell Marner (London Knights)

It was going to be hard to top what Connor McDavid did in 2015 with the Erie Otters, but Marner’s dominance with the Knights during the playoffs was just as insane. With 44 points in the OHL playoffs and 14 points at the Memorial Cup, there was no doubt as to who the most dominant player was in all of junior hockey this year. If he doesn’t make the Toronto Maple Leafs out of training camp, he could be even scarier to watch next season.

  1. Mitchell Marner (London Knights) – 78 votes
  2. Patrik Laine (Tappara) – 60 votes
  3. Auston Matthews (Zurich) – 33 votes
  4. Dryden Hunt (Moose Jaw Warriors) – 25 votes
  5. Jesse Puljujarvi (Karpat) – 24 votes
  6. Nolan Patrick (Brandon Wheat Kings) – 24 votes
  7. Tyson Jost (Penticton Vees) – 23 votes
  8. Brayden Point (Moose Jaw Warriors) – 21 votes
  9. Christian Dvorak (London Knights) – 13 votes
  10. Drake Caggiula (North Dakota Fighting Hawks) – 12 votes
  11. Matthew Tkachuk (London Knights) – 11 votes
  12. Jimmy Vesey (Harvard Crimson) – 10 votes
  13. Conor Garland (Moncton Wildcats) – 9 votes
  14. Kyle Connor (Michigan Wolverines) – 6 votes
  15. Jake DeBrusk (Red Deer Rebels) – 6 votes
  16. Dylan Strome (Erie Otters) – 5 votes
  17. Francis Perron (Rouyn-Noranda Huskies) – 4 votes
  18. Kevin Labanc (Barrie Colts) – 2 votes

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Defenceman of the Year – Ivan Provorov (Brandon Wheat Kings)

Granted, the Memorial Cup wasn’t his best outing, but the Russian blueliner was just as dominant as Marner was at times during the 2015-16 season. I got a chance to watch him run the point down at ice level during the playoffs against Moose Jaw and it was almost like having a religious awakening. He’s far surpassed this level and should crack the Philadelphia Flyers opening night lineup.

  1. Ivan Provorov (Brandon Wheat Kings) – 82 votes
  2. Mikhail Sergachev (Windsor Spitfires) – 57 votes
  3. Dante Fabbro (Penticton Vees) – 50 votes
  4. Olli Juolevi (London Knights) – 47 votes
  5. Zach Werenski (Michigan Wolverines) – 30 votes
  6. Samuel Girard (Shawinigan Cataractes) – 25 votes
  7. Ethan Prow (St. Cloud State Huskies) – 10 votes
  8. Patrick Kulda (Oakville Blades) – 9 votes
  9. Cam Dineen (North Bay Battalion) – 8 votes
  10. Rasmus Andersson (Barrie Colts) – 8 votes
  11. Philippe Myers (Rouyn-Noranda Huskies) – 7 votes
  12. Cale Makar (Brooks Bandits) – 5 votes
  13. Nick Minerva (Fort Frances Lakers) – 4 votes
  14. Troy Stetcher (North Dakota Fighting Hawks) – 3 votes
  15. Jack Ahcan (Cedar Rapids Roughriders) – 2 votes
  16. Jeremy Lauzon (Rouyn-Noranda Huskies) – 2 votes
  17. Andrew Nielsen (Lethbridge Hurricanes) – 1 vote
  18. Brett Orr (Portage Terriers) – 1 vote
  19. Brinson Pasichnuk (Bonnyville Pontiacs) – 1 vote

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Goalie of the Year – Carter Hart (Everett Silvertips)

While there were a ton of talented netminders on the ballot this year, perhaps it’s not a surprise that Hart was the winner. After all, he won the CHL’s goaltender of the year in his first full season as a starter and he was the first netminder selected at the NHL Entry Draft in June. If this upward trend continues, he’ll end up being the starter for Canada at home for this year’s World Juniors.

  1. Carter Hart (Everett Silvertips) – 67 votes
  2. Tyler Parsons (London Knights) – 39 votes
  3. Cam Johnson (North Dakota Fighting Hawks) – 36 votes
  4. Thatcher Demko (Boston College Eagles) – 35 votes
  5. Chase Marchand (Rouyn-Noranda Huskies) – 32 votes
  6. Landon Bow (Seattle Thunderbirds) – 32 votes
  7. Stuart Skinner (Lethbridge Hurricanes) – 28 votes
  8. Alex Nedeljkovic (Niagara IceDogs) – 17 votes
  9. Jordon Cooke (Saskatchewan Huskies) – 16 votes
  10. Charlie Lindgren (St. Cloud State Huskies) – 10 votes
  11. Colton Point (Carleton Place Canadians) – 9 votes
  12. Connor Ingram (Kamloops Blazers) – 8 votes
  13. Mackenzie Blackwood (Barrie Colts) – 8 votes
  14. Nathan Park (Portage Terriers) – 4 votes
  15. Matthew Murray (Spruce Grove Saints) – 2 votes
  16. Kevin Boyle (UMass-Lowell River Hawks) – 1 vote

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Rookie of the Year – Alexander Nylander (Mississauga Steelheads)

With his brother William being one of the many hyped prospects in the Maple Leafs rebuild, the younger Nylander did a pretty good job of etching out his own name this year. Having won the CHL’s rookie of the year award and being picked eighth overall by Buffalo, he might have an even bigger season ahead as one of the key cogs on what should be a very good Steelheads squad and as a top forward for Sweden at the World Juniors.

  1. Alexander Nylander (Mississauga Steelheads) – 72 votes
  2. Brock Boeser (North Dakota Fighting Hawks) – 48 votes
  3. Olli Juolevi (London Knights) – 45 votes
  4. Matthew Phillips (Victoria Royals) – 37 votes
  5. Mikhail Sergachev (Windsor Spitfires) – 36 votes
  6. Kyle Connor (Michigan Wolverines) – 34 votes
  7. Cale Makar (Brooks Bandits) – 14 votes
  8. Cam Dineen (North Bay Battalion) – 13 votes
  9. Nikita Popugaev (Moose Jaw Warriors) – 10 votes
  10. Layne Young (Battlefords North Stars) – 9 votes
  11. Michael DiPietro (Windsor Spitfires) – 8 votes
  12. Colin White (Boston College Eagles) – 7 votes
  13. Vitali Abramov (Gatineau Olympiques) – 4 votes
  14. Nick Henry (Portage Terriers) – 2 votes
  15. Cameron Morrison (Youngstown Phantoms) – 2 votes
  16. Brett Welychka (Carleton Ravens) – 2 votes
  17. Cole Tymkin (Fort Frances Lakers) – 1 vote

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Team of the Year – London Knights (OHL and Memorial Cup Champions)

Let’s be honest, they aren’t the 2005 team when it comes to pure domination from start-to-finish. However, London’s 17 straight wins in the post-season after a Game 5 loss to the Owen Sound Attack in the first round was easily the most impressive run to a Memorial Cup since the 2010 Windsor Spitfires or even the 1991 Spokane Chiefs. Even if they lose a number of key guys to the pros, they are still probably going to be the favourites to win it all again in Windsor next May.

  1. London Knights (OHL and Memorial Cup Champions) – 66 votes
  2. Finland Under-20 Team (World Junior Champions) – 57 votes
  3. North Dakota Fighting Hawks (NCAA Champions) – 51 votes
  4. West Kelowna Warriors (BCHL, Western Canada Cup and RBC Cup Champions) – 45 votes
  5. Rouyn-Noranda Huskies (QMJHL Champions) – 34 votes
  6. Brandon Wheat Kings (WHL Champions) – 28 votes
  7. Finland Under-18 Team (World Under 18 Champions) – 15 votes
  8. Canada Under-18 Team (Ivan Hlinka Champions) – 14 votes
  9. Brooks Bandits (AJHL Champions and Western Canada Cup Runner-Up) – 11 votes
  10. Tri-City Storm (USHL Champions) – 11 votes
  11. Victoria Royals (WHL Quarter-Finalist) – 8 votes
  12. Canada White (World Under 17 Challenge Champions) – 6 votes
  13. Trenton Golden Hawks (OJHL and Dudley Hewitt Cup Champions) – 4 votes
  14. UNB Varsity Reds (University Cup Champions) – 2 votes
  15. Carleton Place Canadians (CCHL and Fred Page Cup Champions) – 1 vote
  16. Portage Terriers (MJHL Champions) – 1 vote

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Coach of the Year – Jukka Jalonen (Finland World Junior Team)

This one went down to the very end between Jalonen and North Dakota’s Brad Berry. Naturally, as a Suomi supporter, I’m quite pleased with the final result. Let’s face facts here, if you had Finland winning the gold medal prior to last year’s tournament I want to shake your hand. Sure having two of the top draft prospects played a key role in that, but Jalonen’s contributions should not be overlooked.

  1. Jukka Jalonen (Finland World Junior Team) – 55 votes
  2. Brad Berry (North Dakota Fighting Hawks) – 49 votes
  3. Brent Kisio (Lethbridge Hurricanes) – 39 votes
  4. Gilles Bouchard (Rouyn-Noranda Huksies) – 30 votes
  5. Dale Hunter (London Knights) – 28 votes
  6. Dave Lowry (Victoria Royals) – 24 votes
  7. Blake Spiller (Portage Terriers) – 21 votes
  8. Kelly McCrimmon (Brandon Wheat Kings) – 19 votes
  9. Rylan Ferster (West Kelowna Warriors) – 15 votes
  10. Steve Konowalchuk (Seattle Thunderbirds) – 13 votes
  11. Paul McFarland (Kingston Frontenacs) – 11 votes
  12. Bob Daniels (Ferris State Bulldogs) – 10 votes
  13. Kris Knoblauch (Erie Otters) – 10 votes
  14. Kevin Hasselberg (Battlefords North Stars) – 6 votes
  15. Brent Sutter (Red Deer Rebels) – 6 votes
  16. Rocky Thompson (Windsor Spitfires) – 6 votes
  17. Jordan Smith (Soo Thunderbirds) – 3 votes
  18. Wayne Strachan (Fort Frances Lakers) – 3 votes
  19. Bill Muckalt (Tri-City Storm) – 2 votes
  20. Ryan Papaioannou (Brooks Bandits) – 2 votes

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Game of the Year – London 3 Rouyn-Noranda 2 (Memorial Cup Final)

My feelings on this one are a bit biased since I was actually in Red Deer for the game, but this will probably go down as one of the best Memorial Cup finals in a long time. You had the Huskies almost ending the Knights win streak and pulling off one of the biggest upsets in tournament history, Chase Marchand and Tyler Parsons doing battle in a great goaltending duel and an overtime that was played at a frantic pace before Matthew Tkachuk scored the winning goal. This is a game I won’t soon forget.

  1. London 3 Rouyn-Noranda 2 (Memorial Cup Final – Overtime) – 59 votes
  2. Finland 6 Canada 5 (World Juniors Quarter-Final) – 45 votes
  3. Finland 4 Russia 3 (World Juniors Final – Overtime) – 44 votes
  4. Saskatchewan 3 Carleton 2 (University Cup Quarter-Final – Quadruple Overtime) – 36 votes
  5. Kelowna 3 Victoria 2 (Game 7 – WHL Quarter-Final – Overtime) – 30 votes
  6. Red Deer 2 Brandon 1 (Memorial Cup Round-Robin – Overtime) – 25 votes
  7. West Kelowna 4 Penticton 3 (Game 6 – BCHL Quarter-Final) – 20 votes
  8. Kelowna 2 Kamloops 1 (Game 7 – WHL First Round – Overtime) – 15 votes
  9. Ferris State 5 St. Cloud State 4 (NCAA Frozen Four First Round – Overtime) – 13 votes
  10. Blainville-Boisbriand 3 Val-d’Or 2 (Game 6 – QMJHL First Round – Triple Overtime) – 13 votes
  11. Seattle 5 Kelowna 4 (Game 4 – WHL Semifinal – Double Overtime) – 13 votes
  12. Edmonton 6 Medicine Hat 4 (WHL Tiebreaker Game) – 12 votes
  13. Red Deer 3 Regina 2 (Game 7 – WHL Quarter-Final) – 6 votes
  14. Russia 3 Canada Red 2 (World Under 17 Challenge Semifinal – Shootout) – 3 votes
  15. Kamloops 5 Kelowna 4 (Game 2 – WHL First Round) – 2 votes
  16. London 6 Niagara 5 (Game 3 – OHL Final – Overtime) – 2 votes
  17. Sault Ste. Marie 4 Sarnia 3 (Game 7 – OHL First Round) – 2 votes

The 2016 Bagskate Hockey Podcast Awards

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As some of you may know, I’ve been doing a podcast focused on Junior and College Hockey for the last year or so now called The Bagskate Hockey Podcast, which is shockingly nearing the 50 episode mark.

Since we’re in that time of the year where it’s the holding pattern between the CHL Import Draft and the start of the Hockey Canada Summer Camp, I figured what better way to pass the time then by merging the podcast with what’s happened in the last 12 months in a somewhat interactive way.

So as such, and in a format that is influenced quite a bit by The Pipeline Show’s Pipeies Awards that they handed out two years ago, I present to you the first ever Bagskate Hockey Podcast Awards.

After narrowing everything down to 20 finalist for each category (well 22 for one category but you’ll see why), I contacted everyone I had on the show this year to fill out a ballot if they have time. A few have come in already and the results so far are pretty interesting.

So here’s where you the reader/listener come in. Below is a link to each of the categories where you can vote for up to five choices for each award. You can also include someone that didn’t make the list for whatever reason (see Joe Hicketts for defenceman of the year) and add them to your ballot.

At any rate, the awards are as follows:

My plan is to allow online voting through the Civic Holiday long weekend here on Monday and then post the final results next week.

Like the points on Whose Line Is It Anyway?, the awards mean nothing in the grand scheme of things. But who doesn’t love a good debate and a chance to reflect on what has happened before we make the great leap forward into the 2016-17 season.


2016 Bagskate Hockey Podcast Awards – Game Of The Year

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Blainville-Boisbriand 3 Val-d’Or 2 (Game 6 – QMJHL First Round – Triple Overtime)

  • Philippe Sanche scored midway through the third overtime period as the 13th ranked Armada completed a stunning upset over a fourth seeded Foreurs squad that they finished 42 points behind in the regular season.

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Edmonton 6 Medicine Hat 4 (WHL Tiebreaker Game)

  • In the sixth tiebreaker game in league history, Luke Bertolucci scored twice as the Oil Kings clinched the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. Prior the game, the Tigers had won all six meetings in the regular season.

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Ferris State 5 St. Cloud State 4 (NCAA Frozen Four First Round – Overtime)

  • Jared VanWormer scored just 18 seconds into overtime as Ferris State knocked out a St. Cloud State side that entered the Frozen Four as the second overall seed.

Finland 6 Canada 5

Finland 6 Canada 5 (World Juniors Quarter-Final)

  • Patrik Laine scored on the power-play with 5:50 to go in a wild affair as Canada failed to make the medal round at the tournament for the first time since 1998.

Finland 4 Russia 3

Finland 4 Russia 3 (World Juniors Final – Overtime)

  • After Andrei Svetlakov scored with six seconds left in regulation, Kasperi Kapanen scored a wrap-around goal in overtime as Finland won the World Juniors at home and picked up their second title in three years.

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Kamloops 5 Kelowna 4 (Game 2 – WHL First Round)

  • After falling behind 4-3, Collin Shirley scored on a rebound with 30.5 seconds left to tie the game at four. Ryan Rehil then blasted a shot through traffic with 4.8 seconds remaining to stun the crowd in Kelowna.

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 Kelowna 2 Kamloops 1 (Game 7 – WHL First Round – Overtime)

  • Following a great battle between netminders Michael Herringer and Connor Ingram, Tomas Soustal scored seven minutes into overtime as the Rockets knocked their division rivals out of the playoffs.

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Kelowna 3 Victoria 2 (Game 7 – WHL Quarter-Final – Overtime)

  • After falling behind 2-0 in the opening 10 minutes and being outshot 21-6 midway through the game, Justin Kirkland tied the game with 0.2 seconds left in the third period and Calvin Thurkauf scored in overtime as the Rockets eliminated the top team in the WHL regular season in stunning fashion.

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Kitchener 6 Windsor 5 (Game 1 – OHL First Round – Overtime)

  • Windsor jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first period before the Rangers scored four goals to regain the lead in the second frame. Both teams traded goals before Brandon Robinson scored the winner in overtime.

London 6 Niagara 5

London 6 Niagara 5 (Game 3 – OHL Final – Overtime)

  • Niagara scored four goals in the first period to take a 4-1 lead but the Knights roared back with Owen MacDonald scoring in overtime to put London one win away from an OHL title.

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London 3 Rouyn-Noranda 2 (Memorial Cup Final – Overtime)

  • Matthew Tkachuk scored in overtime as the Knights withstood a valiant effort by the Huskies to complete a 17-game win streak on their way to their second Memorial Cup title.

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Owen Sound 4 London 3 (Game 5 – OHL First Round – Overtime)

  • Petrus Palmu scored the winner to keep the Attack’s playoff hopes alive in what proved to be the last game that the Knights lost all season.

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Red Deer 2 Brandon 1 (Memorial Cup Round-Robin – Overtime)

  • After losing to the Wheat Kings in the Eastern Conference final, the Rebels knocked the WHL champions out of the Memorial Cup with a 0-3 record as Evan Polei scored the winning goal in overtime.

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Rouyn-Noranda 5 Moncton 4 (Game 6 – QMJHL Semifinal)

  • The Huskies fell behind 4-1 but they bounced back four unanswered goals as Francis Perron scored late in the third period to help Rouyn-Noranda move to the QMJHL finals.

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Russia 3 Canada Red 2 (World Under-17 Challenge Semifinal – Shootout)

  • Maxim Zhukov turned aside 50 shots in the game and made six more stops in the shootout as Russia advanced to the final. Michael DiPietro was impressive as well in the loss as he made 31 saves and stopped five shooters in the shootout before Kirill Slepets scored the game-winner.

Saskatchewan 3 Carleton 2

Saskatchewan 3 Carleton 2 (University Cup Quarter-Final – Quadruple Overtime)

  • Parker Thomas scored the game-winner for the Huskies as they prevailed in the longest game in University Cup history. Saskatchewan then went to triple overtime in the semfinal where they lost to St. Francis Xavier.

Sault Ste. Marie 4 Sarnia 3

Sault Ste. Marie 4 Sarnia 3 (Game 7 – OHL First Round)

  • The seventh-ranked Greyhounds completed the upset over the second-seeded Sting in a battle of West Division rivals. Greyhounds netminder Brandon Halverson played a huge role in the triumph as he made 36 saves on the road in the series finale.

Seattle 5 Kelowna 4

Seattle 5 Kelowna 4 (Game 4 – WHL Semifinal – Double Overtime)

  • After scoring twice in the final two minutes to tie the game up, rookie Matthew Wedman completed the comeback as Seattle knocked out the defending WHL champions and advanced to their first league final since 1997.

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Val-d’Or 6 Blainville-Boisbriand 5 (Game 5 – QMJHL First Round)

  • With their season on the line and already down 3-0 in the first period, the Foreurs roared back in what turned out to be a back-and-forth high scoring affair. Nicolas Aube-Kubel found the back of the net late in the third to keep his team’s playoff hopes alive.

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West Kelowna 4 Penticton 3 (Game 6 – BCHL Quarter-Final)

  • Thanks to great netminding late by Matthew Greenfield, The Warriors withstood a frantic comeback by the Vees to complete a stunning upset of a Vees team that many expected to be in the RBC Cup.


2016 Bagskate Hockey Podcast Awards – Coach Of The Year

Brad Berry

Brad Berry (North Dakota Fighting Hawks)

  • Was an assistant coach for North Dakota for three seasons before taking over from Dave Hakstol last May.
  • Had a 34-6-4 record as North Dakota won their eighth NCAA championship and their first national title since 2000.
  • Named NCHC Coach of the Year

Gilles Bouchard

Gilles Bouchard (Rouyn-Noranda Huskies)

  • In his third season as general manager and head coach for the QMJHL team.
  • Had a 54-9-5 record as the Huskies won their first ever league title and made it to the Memorial Cup.
  • Named CHL and QMJHL coach of the year.
  • Also won a gold medal as an assistant coach with Canada White at the World Under-17 Challenge.

Jason Clarke

Jason Clarke (Carleton Place Canadians)

  • In his seventh season as owner, general manager and head coach.
  • Had a 43-16-3 record as the Canadians won their third straight CCHL title, their third straight Fred Page Cup and made their third straight trip to the RBC Cup.
  • He also served as the head coach for Canada East at the World Junior A Challenge.

Rylan Ferster

Rylan Ferster (West Kelowna Warriors)

  • In his fifth season as general manager and head coach.
  • Had a 38-17-3 record as the Warriors won their first BCHL, Western Canada Cup and RBC Cup titles.

Kevin Hasselberg

Kevin Hasselberg (Battlefords North Stars)

  • In his fifth season as general manager and head coach.
  • Had a 43-11-4 record as the North Stars had the best record in the SJHL before being knocked out in the semifinals.
  • Named SJHL Coach of the Year.
  • Was hired by the Pensacola Ice Flyers to become their head coach and general manager on July 25.

Dale Hunter

Dale Hunter (London Knights)

  • In his 15th season as head coach and 16th season as owner and president
  • Had a 51-14-3 record as the Knights won their fourth OHL title and their second Memorial Cup.

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Jukka Jalonen (Finland Under-20 Team)

  • First season as Finland’s Under-20 coach
  • Had a 6-1 record as Finland won their fourth ever gold medal and their second in the last four years.
  • Will be the head coach for Jokerit next season.

Brent Kisio

Brent Kisio (Lethbridge Hurricanes)

  • Was an assistant coach with the Calgary Hitmen for eight seasons prior to be hired by the Hurricanes last June.
  • Had a 46-24-2 record as the Hurricanes won the Central Division for the first time since 1997 and made the playoffs for the first time since 2009 before being knocked out in the first round.

Kris Knoblauch

Kris Knoblauch (Erie Otters)

  • In his fourth season as head coach.
  • Had a 52-15-1 record as the Otters had the top record in the OHL before losing in the semifinals.
  • Was named OHL coach of the year.
  • Will be an assistant coach for Canada at next year’s World Juniors.

Steve Konowalchuk

Steve Konowalchuk (Seattle Thunderbirds)

  • In his fifth season as head coach.
  • Had a 45-23-4 record as the Thunderbirds went to the WHL final for the first time since 1997.

Dave Lowry

Dave Lowry (Victoria Royals)

  • In his fourth season as head coach.
  • Had a 50-16-6 record as the Royals had the best record in the WHL before losing in the quarter-finals.
  • Named WHL coach of the year for the second time in three years.
  • Was also the head coach for Canada at the World Juniors.

Gardiner McDougall

Gardiner MacDougall (UNB Varsity Reds)

  • In his 16th season as head coach.
  • Had a 23-3-2 record as UNB won their sixth University Cup and their fifth in the last 10 years.

Kelly McCrimmon

Kelly McCrimmon (Brandon Wheat Kings)

  • In his 13th season as head coach, 24th as owner and 27th as general manager.
  • Had a 48-18-6 record as the Wheat Kings won their third WHL title and finished fourth at the Memorial Cup.

Paul McFarland

Paul McFarland (Kingston Frontenacs)

  • In his second season as head coach.
  • Had a 46-17-5 record as the Frontenacs won their first playoff series since 1998 before losing in the OHL quarter-finals.
  • Will be the head coach for Canada at the 2016 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament.

Bill Muckalt

Bill Muckalt (Tri-City Storm)

  • Was an assistant coach with Michigan Tech for four seasons before he was hired by the Storm to serve as head coach and general manager last June.
  • Had a 28-15-17 record as the Storm won their first ever USHL title.

Ryan Papaioannou

Ryan Papaioannou (Brooks Bandits)

  • In his seventh season as general manager and head coach.
  • Had a 49-9-2 record as the Bandits won their third AJHL title, finished second at the Western Canada Cup and made it to the semifinal at the RBC Cup.

Jordan Smith

Jordan Smith (Soo Thunderbirds)

  • In his third season as head coach.
  • Had a 47-6-1 record as the Thunderbirds won their second straight NOJHL title and their fourth in the last eight years. They also made it to the Dudley Hewitt Cup final.
  • Will also be the Thunderbirds general manager next season.

Blake Spiller

Blake Spiller (Portage Terriers)

  • In his 10th season as head coach and general manager.
  • Had a 52-6-2 record as the Terriers won their second straight MJHL title and their seventh in the last 12 years. They also finished third at the Western Canada Cup.
  • Won the CJHL and MJHL Coach of the Year awards for the second straight year.

Wayne Strachan

Wayne Strachan (Fort Frances Lakers)

  • In his ninth season as head coach and general manager.
  • Had a 46-8-4 record as the Lakers won their third SIJHL title and their third in a row. They also finished in fourth place at the Dudley Hewitt Cup.
  • Was named SIJHL coach of the year for the fifth time in his career.

Rocky Thompson

Rocky Thompson (Windsor Spitfires)

  • Was an assistant coach with the Edmonton Oilers before being hired by Windsor last July
  • Had a 40-21-7 record as the Spitfires returned to the playoffs after a year’s absence before losing in the first round.


2016 Bagskate Hockey Podcast Awards – Team Of The Year

Brandon Wheat Kings

Brandon Wheat Kings

  • Had a 48-18-6 record in the regular season to win the WHL’s East Division title.
  • Leading Scorer: Jayce Hawryluk with 106 points
  • Leading Goalie: Jordan Papirny with a 31-17-6 record and a 2.61 goals against average
  • Award Winner: Ivan Provorov (Top Defenceman)
  • Went 16-5 in the playoffs for their third WHL championship.
  • Nolan Patrick led the WHL playoffs in scoring with 30 points and was named playoffs MVP.
  • Went 0-3 at the Memorial Cup and missed the playoffs.

Brooks Bandits

Brooks Bandits

  • Had a 49-9-2 record in the regular season to win the AJHL South Division title.
  • Leading Scorer: Dylan McCrory with 70 points
  • Leading Goalie: Josh Davies with a 31-5-2 record and a 2.18 goals against average.
  • Award Winner: Cale Makar (Rookie of the Year)
  • Went 12-1 in the playoffs for their third AJHL championship.
  • Derek Lodermier led the AJHL in scoring with 30 points in the playoffs.
  • Dylan McCrory was named playoffs MVP after putting up 24 points.
  • Went 5-1 at the Western Canada Cup and earned the second berth to the RBC Cup with a 2-1 win over the Portage Terriers.
  • Garret Hughson was the event’s top goaltender and Jeff Malott was named top forward.
  • Went 3-2 at the RBC Cup and lost in the semifinal to the West Kelowna Warriors by a score of 4-1.
  • Cale Makar was named top defenceman and tournament MVP.

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Carleton Place Canadians

  • Had a 43-16-3 record in the regular season to win the CCHL’s Robinson Division.
  • Leading Scorer: Lucas Batt with 77 points
  • Leading Goalie: Colton Point with a 23-6-2 record and a 2.16 goals against average
  • Award Winner: Brett Murray (Top Prospect)
  • Went 12-4 in the playoffs on their way third straight CCHL title and their third league crown in team history.
  • Colton Point had a 12-4 record with a 1.82 goals against average to earn playoff MVP accolades
  • Went 4-0 at the Fred Page Cup and won their third straight title with a 4-2 win over the Woodstock Slammers.
  • Bryce Van Horn led the tournament in scoring with four goals and five assists in four games and was named Tournament MVP
  • Owen Grant (two assists in four games) was named top defenceman and Colton Point (4-0 record with a 2.00 goals against average) was named top goaltender.
  • Went 0-4 at the RBC Cup and missed the playoffs.
  • Bryce Van Horn was named the tournament’s top forward

Canada Under 18 Team

Canada Under-18 Team

  • Went 3-0 in the round-robin to finish in first place in Group A at the Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament.
  • Defeated Russia 2-1 in a shootout in the semifinal and beat Sweden 7-3 in the final to with their eight straight title and their 20th overall.
  • Leading Scorers: Tyler Benson and Pierre-Luc Dubois with six points
  • Leading Goalie: Dylan Wells with a 3-0 record and a 1.33 goals against average

Canada West

Canada West

  • Went 2-0 in the round-robin to finish in first place in Group B at the World Junior A Challenge.
  • Defeated Canada East 8-5 in the semifinal and beat Russia 2-1 in the finals to win their fourth title.
  • Leading Scorer: Tyson Jost with nine points (led the entire tournament and was named MVP)
  • Leading Goalie: Matthew Murray with a 4-0 record and a 2.75 goals against average.

Canada White

Canada White

  • Went 1-2 in the round-robin to finish in third place in Group A at the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge.
  • Defeated Finland 4-2 in the quarter-finals, beat Sweden 2-1 in the semifinals and won over Russia 6-2 to win their first ever gold medal at the tournament and became the first Canadian team to win since Ontario in 2011.
  • Leading Scorer: Owen Tippett with eight points
  • Leading Goalie: Ian Scott with a 3-1 record and a 2.78 goals against average.

Fairbanks Ice Dogs

Fairbanks Ice Dogs

  • Had a 49-8-3 record in the regular season to win the NAHL’s Midwest Division.
  • Leading Scorer: Todd Burgess with 95 points
  • Leading Goalie: Gavin Nieto with a 33-5-1 record and a 1.71 goals against average
  • Award Winner: Todd Burgess (Most Valuable Player and Forward of the Year)
  • Went 9-3 in the playoffs to win their third NAHL title and their second in the last three years.
  • Reggie Lutz had 12 points on his way to being named playoff MVP.

Finland Under-18 Team

  • Went 3-1 in the round-robin to finish second in Group B at the World Under-18 Championship.
  • Defeated Russia 4-3 in the quarter-final, upset the United States 4-2 in the semifinals and beat Sweden 6-1 in the final to win their third title.
  • Leading Scorer: Eeli Tolvanen with nine points
  • Leading Goalie: Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen with a 3-0 record and a 2.00 goals against average.

Finland Under 20 Team

Finland Under-20 Team

  • Went 3-1 in the round-robin to finish second in Group B at the World Juniors.
  • Defeated Canada 6-5, won over Sweden 2-1 and beat Russia 4-3 in overtime to win their fourth tournament title and their second in the last three years.
  • Leading Scorer: Jesse Puljujarvi with 17 points (Named Top Forward and Tournament MVP)
  • Leading Goalie: Kappo Kahkonen with a 4-0 record and a 2.52 goals against average.

Fort Frances Lakers

Fort Frances Lakers

  • Had a 46-8-2 record in the regular season to finish in first place in the SIJHL standings.
  • Leading Scorer: Dylan Robertson with 88 points
  • Leading Goalie: Pierce Duschenko with a 28-4-2 record and a 2.68 goals against average
  • Award Winners: Nick Minerva (Best Defenceman), Dylan Robertson (Most Valuable Player), Wayne Strachan (Coach of the Year) and Cole Tymkin (Rookie of the Year)
  • Went 8-2 in the playoffs to win their third straight SIJHL title and their third in franchise history.
  • Dylan Robertson led the playoffs in scoring with 17 points and was named MVP.
  • Went 0-3 at the Dudley Hewitt Cup and missed the playoffs.

Longueil College Francais

Longueil College Francais

  • Went 43-8-3 in the regular season to finish in first place in the QJHL’s Burrows Division.
  • Leading Scorer: Alexis Guilbault with 92 points
  • Leading Goalie: Vincent Gervais with a 23-1-1 record and a 2.32 goals against average
  • Award Winner: Jonathan Fillion (Best Defenceman)
  • Went 12-1 in the playoffs to win their second straight QJHL championship, their seventh overall and their fourth in the last six years.
  • Vincent Gervais went 12-1 in the playoffs with a 2.59 goals against average to win playoff MVP.
  • Went 2-2 at the Fred Page Cup and lost to the Woodstock Slammers by a score of 3-2 in the semifinal.

London Knights

London Knights

  • Went 51-14-2-1 in the regular season to finish in second place in the OHL’s Midwest Division.
  • Leading Scorer: Christian Dvorak with 121 points.
  • Leading Goalie: Tyler Parsons with a 39-9-3 record and a 2.33 goals against average
  • Award Winner: Mitchell Marner (CHL and OHL Player of the Year)
  • Went 16-2 in the playoffs to win their fourth OHL title and their third in the last five years.
  • Mitchell Marner led the playoffs in scoring with 44 points on his way to winning OHL playoffs MVP.
  • Went 4-0 at the Memorial Cup and defeated the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies 3-2 in overtime to win their second title.
  • Mitchell Marner led the tournament in scoring with 14 points and was named tournament MVP.
  • Tyler Parsons was named the Memorial Cup’s top goaltender.
  • After losing Game 5 of their first round series to the Owen Sound Attack, the Knights won 17 games in a row on their way to the Memorial Cup title.

Melfort Mustangs

Melfort Mustangs

  • Had a 39-14-5 record in the regular season to finish in first place in the SJHL’s Sherwood Division.
  • Leading Scorer: Travis Mayan with 93 points
  • Leading Goalie: Richard Palmer with a 29-9-3 record and a 2.92 goals against average
  • Award Winner: Eric Sinclair (Top Defenceman)
  • Went 12-5 in the playoffs to win their second straight SJHL title and their fourth in franchise history.
  • Travis Mayan led the playoffs in scoring with 23 points and was named SJHL playoffs MVP.
  • Went 1-4 at the Western Canada Cup and lost 3-2 to the Portage Terriers in the semifinal.

North Dakota Fighting Hawks

North Dakota Fighting Hawks

  • Finished the season with a 34-6-4 record.
  • Leading Scorer: Brock Boeser with 60 points
  • Leading Goalie: Cam Johnson with a 24-4-2 record and a 1.66 goals against average
  • Went 19-4-1 in conference play to win the NCHC regular season title.
  • Award Winners: Brock Boeser (NCHC Rookie of the Year) and Brad Berry (NCHC Coach of the Year)
  • Finished in a tie for third place at the NCHC Tournament. After defeating Colorado College in two games, they lost 4-2 to Minnesota-Duluth in the semifinal and tied Denver 1-1 in the third place game.
  • At the Frozen Four, they beat Northeastern 6-2, defeated Michigan 5-2, won over Denver 4-2 and knocked off Quinnipiac 5-1 to win their eighth national title.
  • Drake Caggiula scored two goals in the Frozen Four final and was named the Most Outstanding Player.

Pictou County Weeks Crushers

Pictou County Crushers

  • Went 25-18-5 in the regular season to finish in third place in the MHL’s South Division.
  • Leading Scorer: Michael Dill with 51 points
  • Leading Goalie: Daniel Vautour with a 2.80 goals against average and a 13-14-2 record
  • Award Winner: Michael Dill (Rookie of the Year)
  • Had a 12-5 record in the playoffs to win their first ever MHL title.
  • Mike Lyle had 24 points on his way to winning the MHL Playoffs MVP.
  • Had a 0-3 record at the Fred Page Cup and missed the playoffs.

Portage Terriers

Portage Terriers

  • Had a 52-6-2 record in the regular season to lead the MJHL standings.
  • Leading Scorer: Brad Bowles with 102 points
  • Leading Goalie: Nathan Park with a 38-7-0 record and a 1.92 goals against average.
  • Award Winners: Brad Bowles (Most Valuable Player), Nick Henry (Rookie of the Year), Nathan Park (Top Goaltender), Brett Orr (Top Defenceman) and Blake Spiller (Coach of the Year)
  • Went 12-1 in the playoffs to win their second straight MJHL title, their 10th overall and their seventh in the last 12 years.
  • Brad Bowles led the playoffs with 24 points and was named playoff MVP.
  • Went 3-3 at the Western Canada Cup and lost 2-1 to the Brooks Bandits in the runner-up game.
  • Brad Bowles was named Tournament MVP and Brett Orr was named top defenceman.

Rouyn-Noranda Huskies

Rouyn-Noranda Huskies

  • Went 54-9-5 in the regular season to finish in first place in the QMJHL’s West Division.
  • Leading Scorer: Francis Perron with 107 points
  • Leading Goalie: Chase Marchand with a 2.42 goals against average and a 29-6-1 record
  • Award Winners: Gilles Bouchard (CHL and QMJHL Coach of the Year), Francis Perron (QMJHL Most Valuable Player) and Chase Marchand (QMJHL Goalie of the Year)
  • Went 16-4 in the playoffs to win their first ever QMJHL title.
  • Francis Perron led the playoffs in scoring with 33 points and was named QMJHL playoff MVP.
  • Went 2-3 at the Memorial Cup and lost 3-2 in overtime to the London Knights at the final.

Soo Thunderbirds

Soo Thunderbirds

  • Had a 47-6-1 record in the regular season to finish in first place in the NOJHL’s West Division.
  • Leading Scorer: Matthew Caruso with 62 points
  • Leading Goalie: Connor Ryckman with a 11-1-0 record and a 1.49 goals against average
  • Had a 12-1 record in the playoffs to win their second NOJHL title, their fourth overall and their third in the last five years.
  • Michael Caruso had 11 points on his way to winning the playoff MVP .
  • Had a 3-2 record at the Dudley Hewitt Cup and lost 4-0 to the Trenton Golden Hawks in the final.

Trenton Golden Hawks

Trenton Golden Hawks

  • Went 44-6-4 in the regular season to finish in first place in the OJHL’s East Division.
  • Leading Scorer: Danny Hanlon with 60 points
  • Leading Goalie: Daniel Urbani with a 34-4-1 record and a 1.69 goals against average
  • Went 16-2 in the playoffs to win their first OJHL title.
  • Daniel Urbani was named playoffs MVP after posting a 16-2 record with a 1.54 goals against average.
  • Went 4-0 at the Dudley Hewitt Cup and won 4-0 over the Soo Thunderbirds in the final for their first ever title.
  • Lucas Brown led the tournament in scoring with seven points and was named MVP.
  • Went 3-2 at the RBC Cup and lost 6-2 to the Lloydminster Bobcats in the semifinal.
  • Daniel Urbani was named the event’s top goaltender.

Tri-CIty Storm

Tri-City Storm

  • Went 28-15-17 in the regular season to finish in first place in the USHL’s Western Conference.
  • Leading Scorer: Carson Meyer with 51 points
  • Leading Goalie: Jake Kielly with a 21-7-10 record and a 2.33 goals against average.
  • Had a 9-2 record on their way to the first USHL title.
  • Dan Labaosky led the playoffs in scoring with 19 points.
  • Wade Allison had 16 points to win USHL playoffs MVP.

UNB Varsity Reds

UNB Varsity Reds

  • Went 23-3-2 in the regular season to finish in first place in the AUS.
  • Leading Scorer: Philippe Maillet with 31 points
  • Leading Goalie: Etienne Marcous with a 16-2-0 record and a 2.11 goals against average
  • Award Winner: Jordan Murray (CIS Top Defenceman)
  • Had a 3-2 record in the AUS playoffs and lost the finals to the St. Francis Xavier X-Men.
  • At the University Cup, they beat Western 5-1, shutout Saint Mary’s 4-0 and defeated St. Francis Xavier 3-1 to win their sixth title and their fifth in the last 10 years.
  • Philippe Halley led the event in scoring with seven points and was named tournament MVP.

West Kelowna Warriors

West Kelowna Warriors

  • Went 38-17-3 in the regular reason to finish in second place in the BCHL’s Interior Division.
  • Leading Scorer: Jonathan Desbiens with 83 points.
  • Leading Goalie: Matthew Greenfield with a 13-4-1 record and a 2.09 goals against average.
  • Had a 15-9 record in the playoffs on their way to their first ever BCHL championship.
  • Kylar Hope led the playoffs in scoring with 24 points.
  • Went 3-2 at the Western Canada Cup and defeated the Brooks Bandits 6-0 in the final to win their first title.
  • Went 4-2 at the RBC Cup and shutout the Lloydminster Bobcats 4-0 in the final to win their first title.


2016 Bagskate Hockey Podcast Awards – Goalie Of The Year

Mackenzie Blackwood

Mackenzie Blackwood (Barrie Colts)

  • Had a 28-13-0 record with a 2.72 goals against average and a .921 save percentage in his third OHL season.
  • His .921 save percentage was the best in the OHL.
  • Won the OHL’s goaltender of the year award.
  • In the playoffs he had a 6-5 record with a 2.71 goals against average and a .915 save percentage.
  • Had a 1-2 record with a 3.95 goals against average and a .859 save percentage for Canada at the World Juniors.
  • A second round pick in 2015, he signed an entry-level contract with the New Jersey Devils in December.

Landon Bow

Landon Bow (Seattle Thunderbirds)

  • Had a 25-20-4 record with a 2.49 goals against average and a .923 save percentage in his fourth WHL season.
  • Started the year with the Swift Current Broncos, where he had a 9-14-4 record with a 3.09 goals against average and a .913 save percentage.
  • He was traded to the Seattle Thunderbirds in January for goalie Taz Burman, forward Jamal Watson and a conditional second round pick in a future WHL Draft.
  • With Seattle, he had a 16-6 record with a 1.76 goals against average and a .938 save percentage.
  • In the playoffs, he had a 13-5 record with a 1.96 goals against average and a .927 save percentage. He also had five shutouts.
  • An undrafted player, he signed a contract with the AHL’s Texas Stars in June.

Kevin Boyle

Kevin Boyle (UMass-Lowell River Hawks)

  • Had a 24-10-5 record with a 1.83 goals against average and a .934 save percentage in his senior NCAA season.
  • Was named Hockey East goaltender of the year and co-player of the year.
  • Won the Hockey East Tournament MVP award after going 3-1 with a 1.24 goals against average and .958 save percentage.
  • An undrafted player, he signed an entry-level contract with the Anaheim Ducks in March.

Jordon Cooke

Jordon Cooke (Saskatchewan Huskies)

  • Had a 19-5-0 record with a 2.52 goals against average and a .921 save percentage in his sophomore CIS season.
  • His 19 wins were the most by a Huskies goalie in a single season.
  • Won the CIS goaltender of the year and Canada West outstanding player of the year awards
  • Was undrafted and has yet to sign a pro contract.

Thatcher Demko

Thatcher Demko (Boston College Eagles)

  • Had a 27-8-4 record with a 1.88 goals against average and a .935 save percentage in his junior NCAA season.
  • His 10 shutouts were the most by a Boston College goalie in a single season and the second most ever by a NCAA netminder.
  • Won the Mike Richter Award as the top goalie in the NCAA and was named co-player of the year in Hockey East.
  • Was a finalist for the Hobey Baker Award.
  • A second round pick in 2014, he signed an entry-level contract with the Vancouver Canucks in April.

Matthew Greenfeld

Matthew Greenfield (West Kelowna Warriors)

  • Had a 13-4-0 record with a 2.09 goals against average and a .938 save percentage in his first BCHL season.
  • After two seasons with the OHL’s Kitchener Rangers, he started the 2015-16 campaign with the USHL’s Tri-City Storm.
  • With the Storm, he had a 3-5-4 record with a 2.58 goals against average and a .896 save percentage.
  • He was dealt to the Warriors in December for future considerations.
  • In the playoffs, he had a 14-8 record with a 2.25 goals against average and a .932 save percentage on his way to a BCHL title.
  • After suffering a concussion in Game 5 of the BCHL final, he played in two games at the Western Canada Cup before suffering a second concussion while his team won the event.
  • At the tournament he had a 1-1 record with a 2.04 goals against average and a .937 save percentage.
  • He returned to the lineup at the RBC Cup, where he had a 3-0 record with a 0.67 goals against average and a .980 save percentage.
  • Made 48 saves in the RBC Cup final in a 4-0 win over the Lloydminster Bobcats.
  • An undrafted player, he is ineligible to play in the NCAA and has yet to commit to a CIS program.

Carter HArt

Carter Hart (Everett Silvertips)

  • Had a 35-23-4 record with a 2.14 goals against average and a .918 save percentage in his second WHL season.
  • Won the Del Wilson Trophy as the WHL’s top goaltender and the CHL’s goaltender of the year award.
  • In the playoffs, he had a 2-4 record with a 2.39 goals against average and a .929 save percentage.
  • Won a gold medal for Canada at the Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament, where he had a 2-0 record with a 1.50 goals against average and a .903 save percentage.
  • He was taken in the second round by the Philadelphia Flyers at the NHL Draft in June and was the first goalie to be selected.

Garret Hughson

Garret Hughson (Brooks Bandits)

  • Had a 14-3-0 record with a 2.23 goals against average and a .918 save percentage in his first AJHL season.
  • He started the season with the WHL’s Spokane Chiefs, where he had a 0-2-1 record with a 5.44 goals against average and a .833 save percentage.
  • After being released by the Chiefs in October, he was claimed by the OHL’s Niagara IceDogs and dealt to the Windsor Spitfires for a 15th round pick in 2017.
  • With the Spitfires, he had a 7-4-1 record with a 3.09 goals against average and a .895 save percentage.
  • He was released by the Spitfires in January and signed with the Bandits.
  • In the playoffs, he had a 12-1 record with a 1.10 goals against average and a .957 save percentage on his way to an AJHL title.
  • At the Western Canada Cup, he had a 4-1 record with a 2.28 goals against average and a .917 save percentage on his way to a runner-up finish.
  • At the RBC Cup, he had a 3-2 record with a 3.02 goals against average and a .898 save percentage.
  • He is committed to the Lethbridge Pronghorns for the 2016-17 season.

ADam Huska

Adam Huska (Green Bay Gamblers)

  • Had a 26-9-2 record with a 1.82 goals against average and a .931 save percentage in his first USHL season.
  • His 1.82 goals against average and .931 save percentage were the best in the USHL.
  • Won the USHL’s goaltender of the year award.
  • In the playoffs, he had a 1-3 record with a 2.65 goals against average and a .902 save percentage.
  • Had a 1-4 record with a 3.90 goals against average and a .899 save percentage for Slovakia at the World Juniors.
  • A seventh round pick in 2015, he has yet to sign with the New York Rangers.
  • He is committed to the UConn Huskies for the 2016-17 season.

Cam Johnson

Cam Johnson (North Dakota Fighting Hawks)

  • Had a 24-4-2 record with a 1.66 goals against average and a .935 save percentage in his sophomore NCAA season.
  • Set the second longest shutout streak in NCAA history at 249:41 while recording four straight shutouts.
  • His 1.66 goals against average was the second-best single season mark in North Dakota history.
  • An undrafted player, he has yet to sign a pro contract.

Charlie Lindgren

Charlie Lindgren (St. Cloud State Huskies)

  • Had a 30-9-1 record with a 2.13 goals against average and a .925 save percentage in his junior NCAA season.
  • His 30 wins were the most in the NCAA.
  • An undrafted player, he signed an entry-level contract with the Montreal Canadiens in March.
  • Made 26 saves in his NHL debut in April in a 4-2 win over the Carolina Hurricanes.

Chase MarchandChase Marchand (Rouyn-Noranda Huskies)

  • Had a 29-6-1 record with a 2.42 goals against average and a .911 save percentage in his third QMJHL season.
  • His 2.42 goals against average was the best in the QMJHL this year.
  • Won the Jacques Plante Trophy as QMJHL goalie of the year.
  • Was acquired by the Huskies on waivers from the Victoriaville Tigres at the start of the season.
  • In the playoffs, he had a 15-3 record with a 1.35 goals against average and a .946 save percentage
  • Had a 2-3 record with a 3.13 goals against average and a .908 save percentage at the Memorial Cup.
  • An undrafted player, he has committed to the St. Francis Xavier X-Men for the 2016-17 season.

Matthew Murray

Matthew Murray (Spruce Grove Saints)

  • Had a 23-4-0 record with a 2.60 goals against average and a .910 save percentage in his second AJHL season.
  • Won the AJHL and CJHL goaltender of the year awards.
  • In the playoffs, he had a 6-4 record with a 1.90 goals against average and a .941 save percentage.
  • Won a gold medal for Canada West at the World Junior A Challenge, where he had a 4-0 recod with a 2.75 goals against average and a .912 save percentage.
  • Was not selected at the NHL Draft in June.
  • He will play for the USHL’s Fargo Force in the 2016-17 season.
  • He is committed to the UMass Minutemen for the 2017-18 season.

Alex Nedeljkovic

Alex Nedeljkovic (Niagara IceDogs)

  • Had a 24-20-4 record with a 2.91 goals against average and a .907 save percentage in his fourth OHL season.
  • He started the season with the Flint Firebirds where he had a 9-7-2 record with a 3.21 goals against average and a .907 save percentage.
  • In December he was traded with defenceman Josh Wesley to Niagara for goaltender Brent Moran, second round picks in 2017 and 2012, Guelph’s second round pick in 2018 and third round picks in 2018 and 2019.
  • With the IceDogs, he had a 15-13-2 record with a 2.72 goals against average and a .907 save percentage.
  • In the playoffs, he had a 12-5 record with a 2.81 goals against average and a .903 save percentage.
  • Won a bronze medal for the United States at the World Juniors, where he had a 4-2 record with a 1.66 goals against average and a .943 save percentage.
  • A second round pick in 2014, he signed an entry-level contract with the Carolina Hurricanes last March.

Nathan Park

Nathan Park (Portage Terriers)

  • Had a 38-7-0 record with a 1.92 goals against average and a .922 save percentage in his first MJHL season.
  • His 1.92 goals against average was the best in the MJHL this year.
  • Won the MJHL’s top goaltender award.
  • He was traded to Portage prior to the season with forward Dylan Kooner by the SIJHL’s Fort Frances Lakers for forward Quinn Lenihan and future considerations.
  • In the playoffs, he had a 12-1 record with a 1.87 goals against average and a .924 save percentage on his way to a MJHL title.
  • Had a 3-2 record with a 1.80 goals against average and a .940 save percentage at the Western Canada Cup.
  • He is committed to the NAIT Ooks for the 2016-17 season.

Tyler Parsons

Tyler Parsons (London Knights)

  • Had a 37-9-3 record with a 2.33 goals against average and a .921 save percentage in his second OHL season.
  • Scored a goal in October when the Sudbury Wolves put the puck in their own net while on a power play and he was the last Knight to touch the puck.
  • In the playoffs, he had a 16-2 record with a 2.15 goals against average and a .925 save percentage on his way to a OHL title.
  • Won the Memorial Cup, where he had a 4-0 record with a 1.78 goals against and a .942 save percentage.
  • Was named the most outstanding goaltender at the Memorial Cup.
  • Was selected in the second round by the Calgary Flames at the NHL Draft in June.

Colton Point

Colton Point (Carleton Place Canadians)

  • Had a 23-6-2 record with a 2.16 goals against average and a .915 save percentage in his first CCHL season.
  • His 2.16 goals against average was the best in the CCHL.
  • In the playoffs, he had a 12-4 record with a 1.82 goals against average and a .933 save percentage on his way to a CCHL title.
  • Named the CCHL playoff MVP.
  • At the Fred Page Cup, he had a 4-0 record with a 2.00 goals against average and a .902 save percentage on his way to the title.
  • Named the Fred Page Cup top goaltender.
  • Had a 0-4 record with a 3.82 goals against average and a .904 save percentage at the RBC Cup.
  • Was picked in the fifth round by the Dallas Stars at the NHL Draft in June.
  • He is committed to the Colgate Raiders for the 2016-17 season.

Hunter Shepard

Hunter Shepard (Bismarck Bobcats)

  • Had a 34-11-3 record with a 1.90 goals against average and a .926 save percentage in his second NAHL season.
  • Named NAHL Goaltender of the Year.
  • In the playoffs, he had a 6-6 record with a 2.28 goals against average and a .926 save percentage.
  • An undrafted player, he has committed to the Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs for the 2016-17 season.

Stuart Skinner

Stuart Skinner (Lethbridge Hurricanes)

  • Had a 27-10-1 record with a 2.73 goals against average and a .920 save percentage in his second WHL season.
  • He scored a goal against the Medicine Hat Tigers in March.
  • In the playoffs, he had a 1-3 record with a 3.76 goals against average and a .862 save percentage.
  • Had a 2-0 record with a 2.82 goals against average and a .860 save percentage for the Canada at the World Under 18’s.
  • He is a potential first round pick for the 2017 NHL Draft.

Ontario Junior Hockey League game action between Trenton and Cobourg

Daniel Urbani (Trenton Golden Hawks)

  • Had a 34-4-0 record with a 1.69 goals against average and a .930 save percentage in his second OJHL season.
  • His 34 wins and 1.69 goals against average were the best in the OJHL this year.
  • Was named the OJHL goaltender of the year.
  • He was traded by the Kingston Voyageurs to Trenton in the off-season for defenceman Braedyn Asselstine.
  • In the playoffs, he had a 16-2 record with a 1.54 goals against average and a .944 save percentage on his way to a OJHL title.
  • Named the OJHL playoff MVP.
  • Won the Dudley Hewitt Cup, where he had a 3-0 record with a 1.00 goals against average and a .966 save percentage.
  • Had a 3-1 record with a 2.76 goals against average and a .916 save percentage at the RBC Cup.
  • Was named the RBC Cup’s Top Goaltender.
  • An undrafted player, he is committed to the Canisius Golden Griffins for the 2016-17 season.


2016 Bagskate Hockey Podcast Awards – Rookie Of The Year

Vitali Abramov

Vitali Abramov (Gatineau Olympiques)

  • Joined the Olympiques after being drafted 13th overall in the 2015 CHL Import Draft
  • Had 38 goals and 55 assists in 63 games.
  • His 38 goals, 55 assists and 93 points were the most by a rookie in the QMJHL.
  • Won the QMJHL Rookie of the Year award.
  • In the playoffs, he had seven goals and six assists in 10 games.
  • Was picked in the third round by the Columbus Blue Jackets at the NHL Draft in June.

Brock Boeser Rookie

Brock Boeser (North Dakota Fighting Hawks)

  • Joined North Dakota after a season with the USHL’s Waterloo Black Hawks.
  • Had 27 goals and 33 assists in 42 games on his way to a NCAA title.
  • Part of the vaunted ‘CBS’ line with Drake Caggiula and Nick Schmaltz.
  • Won a bronze medal for the United States at the World Juniors, where he had a goal and two assists in seven games.
  • A 23rd overall pick by the Vancouver Canucks in 2015, he has yet to sign a pro contract.

Bradley Chenier

Bradley Chenier (Rayside-Balfour Canadians)

  • Joined the Canadians after a season with the Sudbury Wolves Minor Midget program.
  • Had 29 goals and 43 assists in 52 games.
  • His 72 points were the most by a rookie in the NOJHL.
  • Won the NOJHL’s rookie of the year award.
  • In the playoffs, he had two goals and three assists in five games.
  • A fourth round pick in the 2015 OHL Draft, he will look to make the North Bay Battalion next year.
  • He is eligible for the 2017 NHL Draft.

Kyle Connor Rookie

Kyle Connor (Michigan Wolverines)

  • Joined Michigan after three seasons with the USHL’s Youngstown Phantoms.
  • Led the NCAA in scoring with 35 goals and 36 assists in 38 games.
  • He finished the season on a 27-game point streak.
  • Won the Big 10’s Player and Rookie of the Year awards.
  • Was a finalist for the Hobey Baker Award.
  • Had two assists in five games for the United States at the IIHF World Championships.
  • A first round pick in the 2015 NHL Draft, he signed an entry-level contract with the Winnipeg Jets in April.

Cam Dineen

Cam Dineen (North Bay Battalion)

  • Joined the Battalion after a season with the EHL’s New Jersey Rockets.
  • Had 13 goals and 46 assists in 68 games
  • In the playoffs, he had eight assists in 11 games.
  • He had two assists in four games for the United States at the Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament.
  • He was picked in the third round by the Arizona Coyotes at the 2016 NHL Draft in June.

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Michael DiPietro (Windsor Spitfires)

  • Joined the Spitfires after being drafted in the second round of the 2015 OHL Draft.
  • Had a 16-8-2 record with a 2.45 goals against average and a .912 save percentage.
  • Won the Dinty Moore Trophy for the best goals against average by a rookie goaltender.
  • In the playoffs, he had a 1-2 record with a 3.48 goals against average and a .869 save percentage.
  • He had a 3-2 record with a 1.75 goals against average and a .929 save percentage for Canada Red at the World Under 17 Challenge.
  • His 1.75 goals against average was the best at the tournament.
  • He is considered to be a top prospect for the 2017 NHL Draft.

Nick Henry

Nick Henry (Portage Terriers)

  • Joined the Terriers after a season with the Central Plain Capitals midget program.
  • Had 26 goals and 35 assists in 50 games.
  • Won the MJHL Rookie of the Year award.
  • In the playoffs, he had eight goals and six assists in 12 games on his way to a MJHL title.
  • He had two goals and two assists in five games at the Western Canada Cup.
  • He is committed to the Western Michigan Broncos for the 2017-18 season.
  • He is eligible for the 2017 NHL Draft.

Olli Juolevi Rookie

Olli Juolevi (London Knights)

  • Joined the Knights after being picked 45th overall in the 2015 CHL Import Draft.
  • Had nine goals and 33 assists in 57 games.
  • In the playoffs, he had three goals and 11 assists in 18 games on his way to a OHL title.
  • Won the Memorial Cup, where he had seven assists in four games.
  • Won a gold medal for Finland at the World Juniors, where he had nine assists in seven games.
  • His nine assists were the most by a defenceman at the tournament.
  • Was taken fifth overall by the Vancouver Canucks at the 2016 NHL Draft in June.

Charles Levesque

Charles Levesque (Hawkesbury Hawks)

  • Joined the Hawks after a season with Ridley College.
  • Had 19 goals and 42 assists in 62 games.
  • Won the CCHL’s Rookie of the Year Award.
  • In the playoffs, he had two goals and four assists in 10 games.
  • Went undrafted at the 2016 NHL Draft.
  • He has yet to commit to a CIS or NCAA program.

Cale Makar

Cale Makar (Brooks Bandits)

  • Joined the Bandits after a season with the Calgary Midget Flames.
  • Had 10 goals and 45 assists in 54 games in his first AJHL season.
  • In the playoffs, he had three goals and 11 assists in 13 games on his way to a AJHL title.
  • At the Western Canada Cup, he had a goal and four assists in six games on his way to a runner-up result.
  • At the RBC Cup, he had four goals and three assists in five games.
  • His seven points were the most in the entire tournament and he won the RBC Cup MVP and top defenceman awards.
  • Won a gold medal with Canada West at the World Junior A Challenge, where he had a goal in four games.
  • He is committed to the UMass Minutemen for the 2017-18 season.
  • He is eligible for the 2017 NHL Draft.

Cameron Morrison Forward

Cameron Morrison (Youngstown Phantoms)

  • Joined the Phantoms after a season with the OJHL’s Aurora Tigers.
  • Had 34 goals and 32 assists in 60 games.
  • Had the best plus/minus in the USHL at +38.
  • Won the USHL Rookie of the Year Award.
  • Had a goal and three assists in seven games for the Canada at the World Under-18’s.
  • Was picked in the second round by the Colorado Avalanche at the NHL Draft in June.
  • He is committed to the Notre Dame Fighting Irish for the 2016-17 season.

Alexander Nylander

Alexander Nylander (Mississauga Steelheads)

  • Joined the Steelheads after being picked 12th overall in the 2015 CHL Import Draft.
  • Had 28 goals and 47 assists in 57 games.
  • His 47 assists and 75 points were the most by a rookie in the OHL.
  • Won the OHL and CHL Rookie of the Year Awards.
  • In the playoffs, he had six goals and six assists in six games.
  • Won a silver medal for Sweden at the World Under 18’s, where he had three goals and eight assists in seven games.
  • He had four goals and five assists in seven games for Sweden at the World Juniors.
  • Was picked eighth overall by the Buffalo Sabres in the NHL Draft in June.

Matthew Phillips

Matthew Phillips (Victoria Royals)

  • Joined the Royals after two seasons with the Calgary Midget Buffaloes.
  • He had 37 goals and 39 assists in 72 games.
  • His 37 goals and 76 points were the most by a rookie in the WHL.
  • Won the Jim Piggott Trophy for WHL Rookie of the Year.
  • In the playoffs, he had five goals and three assists in 13 games.
  • Was picked in the sixth round by the Calgary Flames at the NHL Draft in June.

Mikahil Sergachev Rookie

Mikhail Sergachev (Windsor Spitfires)

  • Joined the Spitfires after being picked sixth overall in the 2015 CHL Import Draft.
  • Had 17 goals and 40 assists in 67 games.
  • His 17 goals were the most by a defenceman in the OHL.
  • Won the Max Kaminsky Trophy as the OHL’s most outstanding defenceman.
  • Had zero points in five games for Russia at the World Under-18’s.
  • Was picked ninth overall by the Montreal Canadiens at the 2016 NHL Draft in June.

Vimal Sukumaran

Vimal Sukumaran (Chilliwack Chiefs)

  • Joined the Chiefs after two seasons with Salisbury School.
  • Had 32 goals and 34 assists in 52 games.
  • Won the BCHL Rookie of the Year Award.
  • In the playoffs, he had seven goals and 12 assists in 20 games.
  • Has gone undrafted the last three years.
  • He is committed to the Providence Friars for the 2016-17 season.

Eeli Tolvanen

Eeli Tolvanen (Sioux City Musketeers)

  • Joined the Musketeers after three seasons with the Blues junior program in Finland.
  • Had 17 goals and 21 assists in 49 games.
  • Won a gold medal for Finland at the World Under-18’s, where he had seven goals and two assists in seven games.
  • His seven goals were the most in the entire tournament.
  • Had nine goals and an assist in five games for Finland at the World Under-17 Challenge.
  • His nine goals and 10 points were the most in the entire tournament.
  • Had a goal and an assist in five games for Finland at the Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament.
  • He is committed to the Boston College Eagles for the 2017-18 season.
  • He is a possible Top 10 pick for the 2017 NHL Draft.

Cole Tymkin

Cole Tymkin (Fort Frances Lakers)

  • Joined the Lakers after a season with the Thunder Bay Kings.
  • Had 15 goals and 33 assists in 49 games.
  • Won the SIJHL’s Rookie of the Year Award.
  • In the playoffs, he had two goals and four assists in nine games.
  • He had an assist in two games at the Dudley Hewitt Cup.
  • A fifth round pick in the 2015 OHL Draft, he signed a contract with the London Knights in June.
  • He is eligible for the 2017 NHL Draft.

Brett Welychka Rookie

Brett Welychka (Carleton Ravens)

  • Joined the Ravens after four seasons in the OHL with the London Knights and the Belleville Bulls.
  • Had 14 goals and 32 assists in 27 games.
  • Was named the CIS Rookie of the Year.
  • An undrafted player, he has yet to sign a pro contract.

Colin White Rookie

Colin White (Boston College Eagles)

  • Joined Boston College after two season with the US NTDP.
  • Had 19 goals and 24 assists in 37 games.
  • Won a bronze medal with the United States at the World Juniors, where he had three goals and four assists in seven games.
  • A 21st overall pick in the 2015 NHL Draft by the Ottawa Senators, he has yet to sign a pro contract.

Layne Young

Layne Young (Battlefords North Stars)

  • Joined the North Stars after two seasons with the Battlefords Stars midget program.
  • Had 24 goals and 51 assists in 57 games.
  • Won the SJHL Rookie of the Year Award.
  • In the playoffs, he had seven goals and six assists in 10 games.
  • Has gone undrafted the last two years.
  • He has yet to commit to a CIS or NCAA program.


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