The 2018 Bagskate Hockey Podcast Awards Results

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Well we can’t afford Rob Faulds for this production, but it’s time to officially wrap up the 2017-18 junior and college hockey campaign by handing out some hardware with the third edition of the Bagskate Hockey Podcast Awards.

In addition to your votes through the online poll that was up for most of June and my own ballot, let’s meet the rest of this year’s esteemed panel.

  • Andy Eide – Seattle Thunderbirds and WHL beat writer for ESPN 710 in Seattle
  • Brett Punkari – My brother and the lone Kitchener Rangers fan in Sault Ste. Marie
  • Jeremy Fraser – Sports reporter for the Cape Breton Post and beat writer for the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles
  • Marc Smith – Sports reporter for Golden West Radio and beat writer for the Moose Jaw Warriors
  • Matthew Gourlie – Moose Jaw Warriors beat writer for the Dub Network
  • Michael Oleksyn – Sports reporter for the Melfort Journal and beat writer for the Melfort Mustangs
  • Neate Sager – CHL beat writer for Sportsnet
  • Pete Krupsky – Play-by-play announcer for the US NTDP
  • Phil Heilman – Friend of the show and man about town in the Battlefords
  • Victor Findlay – U Sports beat writer for the Canadian University Sports Network and play-by-play announcer for the University Cup on Sportsnet

As always, a huge thanks to everyone who submitted their ballot for this fun exercise. Now let’s meet this year’s winners.

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Forward of the Year – Tyler Steenbergen (Swift Current Broncos)

As a member of the best line in junior hockey this season with Glenn Gawdin and Aleksi Heponiemi alongside him, Steenbergen came out of the gates firing offence and was scoring goals at an alarming rate. Injuries and time away at the World Juniors meant he only ended up with 47 goals, but he was a threat whenever he stepped on the ice and that was plain to see when the Broncos struggled to score goals after his injury in the Memorial Cup. Plus, his lone goal at the World Juniors was a big one as the Arizona Coyotes prospect scored in the final minutes of the third period to help Canada win the gold medal over Sweden.

  1. Tyler Steenbergen (Swift Current Broncos) – 50 votes
  2. Jayden Halbgewachs (Moose Jaw Warriors) – 49 votes
  3. Andrei Svechnikov (Barrie Colts) – 44 votes
  4. Glenn Gawdin (Swift Current Broncos) – 36 votes
  5. Sam Steel (Regina Pats) – 25 votes
  6. Morgan Frost (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds) – 24 votes
  7. Aleksi Heponiemi (Swift Current Broncos) – 17 votes)
  8. Ryan Donato (Harvard Crimson) – 16 votes
  9. Alex Barre-Boulet (Blainville-Boisbriand Armada) – 13 votes
  10. Boris Katchouk (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds) – 12 votes
  11. Gabriel Vilardi (Kingston Frontenacs) – 12 votes
  12. Adam Gaudette (Northeastern Huskies) – 10 votes
  13. Jack Hughes (US NTDP) – 9 votes
  14. Jordan Kyrou (Sarnia Sting) – 9 votes
  15. Oliver Wahlstrom (US NTDP) – 9 votes
  16. Ty Ronning (Vancouver Giants) – 8 votes
  17. Layne Young (Battlefords North Stars) – 6 votes
  18. Brayden Burke (Moose Jaw Warriors) – 5 votes
  19. Chris Van Os-Shaw (Spruce Grove Saints) – 1 vote

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Defenceman of the Year – Rasmus Dahlin (Frolunda)

There’s not much more than can be said about the Swedish sensation. The most hyped defensive prospect since Aaron Ekblad (who was the last blueliner to go first overall in the draft four years ago) Dahlin was impressive all year for his club and his country. As he joins a Buffalo Sabres squad looking to make the playoffs for the first time since 2011, Dahlin’s future looks bright as makes his way to the NHL. Just how good he’ll end up being remains to be seen.

  1. Rasmus Dahlin (Frolunda) – 90 votes
  2. Noah Dobson (Acadie-Bathurst Titans) – 41 votes
  3. Evan Bouchard (London Knights) – 37 votes
  4. Cale Makar (UMass Minutemen) – 35 votes
  5. Conor Timmins (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds) – 25 votes
  6. Cal Foote (Kelowna Rockets) – 21 votes
  7. Josh McDougall (Nipawin Hawks) – 18 votes
  8. Nicolas Hague (Mississauga Steelheads) – 16 votes
  9. Kale Clague (Moose Jaw Warriors) – 14 votes
  10. Ty Smith (Spokane Chiefs) – 10 votes
  11. Juuso Valmaki (Tri-City Americans) – 9 votes
  12. Dennis Cesana (Brooks Bandits) – 6 votes
  13. Olivier Galipeau (Acadie-Bathurst Titan) – 5 votes
  14. David Quenneville (Medicine Hat Tigers) – 4 votes
  15. Colby Sissons (Swift Current Broncos) – 4 votes
  16. Jacob Bernard-Docker (Okotoks Oilers) – 2 votes
  17. Jason Fram (Alberta Golden Bears) – 1 vote

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Goaltender of the Year – Carter Hart (Everett Silvertips)

The first two-time winner of any Bagskate Hockey Podcast award, Hart’s final season with the Silvertips saw him produce science fiction numbers. In a year where everyone was scoring goals in the WHL, Hart’s 1.60 goals against average was over a goal better than his closest rival (Portland’s Cole Kehler) and his .947 save percentage was 33 percentage points better than the next highest starter (Victoria’s Griffen Outhouse). While Stuart Skinner out-dueled him in the WHL final, Hart’s legacy is set in stone as a three-time WHL goalie of the year winner, this year’s league MVP recipient and a gold medal winner for Canada at the World Juniors. It’s only a matter of time before he becomes the full-time starter for the Philadelphia Flyers.

  1. Carter Hart (Everett Silvertips) – 98 votes
  2. Evan Fitzpatrick (Acadie-Bathurst Titan) – 54 votes
  3. Michael DiPietro (Windsor Spitfires) – 44 votes
  4. Stuart Skinner (Swift Current Broncos) – 42 votes
  5. Matthew Villalta (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds) – 22 votes
  6. Matthew Galadja (Cornell Big Red) – 20 votes
  7. Spencer Knight (US NTDP) – 10 votes
  8. Zach Sawchenko (Moose Jaw Warriors) – 10 votes
  9. Cale Morris (Notre Dame Fighting Irish) – 8 votes
  10. Colton Point (Colgate Raiders) – 8 votes
  11. Kaden Fulcher (Hamilton Bulldogs) – 6 votes
  12. Mitchell Gibson (Lone Star Brahmas) – 5 votes
  13. Matthew Thiessen (Steinbach Pistons) – 5 votes
  14. Samuel Harvey (Rouyn-Noranda Huskies) – 4 votes
  15. Jeremy Helvig (Kingston Frontenacs) – 3 votes
  16. Strauss Mann (Fargo Force) – 2 votes

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Rookie of the Year – Jack Hughes (US NTDP)

It’s pretty simple when it comes to projecting the 2019 NHL Draft class at the moment. There Jack Hughes and everyone else. The highly-touted American forward ran wild over the USHL this year as he average two points per game in his rookie campaign. As a member of the US NTDP, Hughes is part of a super talented crop of 2001-born players that ran over everything in their path at the World Under 17’s and also turned in an excellent showing at the World Under 18’s before losing in the final to Finland. Having yet to commit to an NCAA program and his OHL rights being held by a Mississauga Steelheads side that is expected to struggle next season, it appears Hughes will be back with the US NTDP for another campaign and could be set to put up some staggering numbers before making the jump to the pros.

  1. Jack Hughes (US NTDP) – 76 votes
  2. Filip Zadina (Halifax Mooseheads) – 59 votes
  3. Alexis Lafreniere (Rimouski Oceanic) – 37 votes
  4. Matthew Galadja (Cornell Big Red) – 24 votes
  5. Jake Anthony (Nipawin Hawks) – 22 votes
  6. Rasmus Sandin (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds) – 19 votes
  7. Dylan Cozens (Lethbridge Hurricanes) – 17 votes
  8. Alex Newhook (Victoria Grizzlies) – 16 votes
  9. Peyton Krebs (Kootenay Ice) – 14 votes
  10. Arthur Kailyev (Hamilton Bulldogs) – 12 votes
  11. Max Paddock (Regina Pats) – 10 votes
  12. Scott Perunovich (Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs) – 6 votes
  13. Matej Pekar (Muskegon Lumberjacks) – 5 votes
  14. Matthew Thiessen (Steinbach Pistons) – 4 votes
  15. Mitchell Gibson (Lone Star Brahmas) – 3 votes
  16. Riley Brandt (RMC Paladins) – 2 votes

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Team of the Year – Acadie-Bathurst Titan (Memorial Cup Champions)

After reaching the Memorial Cup in the first season in New Brunswick after moving from Laval in 1999, the Titan spent a long time in the QMJHL wilderness and had threat of relocation over the last few seasons. The smallest centre in the CHL returned to the scene in a massive way this year as they took care of the top ranked Blainville-Boisbriand Armada in the league final and then picked up their biggest win in franchise history by capturing the 100th Memorial Cup in Regina. With their success and the Swift Current Broncos capturing the WHL crown, it’s a great sign for the rest of the CHL that small market teams can succeed.

  1. Acadie-Bathurst Titan (QMJHL and Memorial Cup Champions) – 74 votes
  2. Canada Under-20 Team (World Junior Champions) – 46 votes
  3. Swift Current Broncos (WHL Champions) – 32 votes
  4. Alberta Golden Bears (University Cup Champions) – 30 votes
  5. Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs (Frozen Four Champions) – 29 votes
  6. Hamilton Bulldogs (OHL Champions) – 22 votes
  7. Nipawin Hawks (SJHL Champions) – 14 votes
  8. Wellington Dukes (OJHL and Dudley Hewitt Cup Champions) – 12 votes
  9. Edmundston Blizzard (MHL Champions) – 10 votes
  10. US NTDP (USHL Semi-Finalist) – 10 votes
  11. Chilliwack Chiefs (RBC Cup Champions) – 8 votes
  12. Wenatchee Wild (BCHL and Doyle Cup Champions) – 8 votes
  13. Finland Under-18 Team (World Under-18 Champions) – 7 votes
  14. Longueuil College Francais (QJHL Champions) – 4 votes
  15. Canada Under-18 Team (Ivan Hlinka Champions) – 1 vote
  16. Ottawa Jr. Senators (CCHL and Fred Page Cup Champions) – 1 vote

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Coach of the Year – Mario Pouliot (Acadie-Bathurst Titan)

Back in the 2012-13 season, Pouliot was fired partway through the campaign by the Baie-Comeau Drakkar, who would then go on to lose back-to-back QMJHL finals. After being hired by the Titan four seasons ago, Pouliot has played a key role in helping this core develop from the ground up as they became the top major junior hockey team in the country. As of writing, he’s expected to return to Bathurst next year as they start the rebuilding process towards making another run to the top.

  1. Mario Pouliot (Acadie-Bathurst Titan) – 63 votes
  2. Manny Vivieros (Swift Current Broncos) – 37 votes
  3. Drew Bannister (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds) – 33 votes
  4. John Gruden (Hamilton Bulldogs) – 33 votes
  5. Dennis Williams (Everett Silvertips) – 32 votes
  6. John Druce (Wellington Dukes) – 30 votes
  7. Brian Maloney (Chilliwack Chiefs) – 27 votes
  8. Dominique Ducharme (Drummondville Voltigeurs) – 18 votes
  9. Scott Sandelin (Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs) – 12 votes
  10. Joel Bouchard (Blainville-Boisbriand Armada) – 10 votes
  11. Seth Appert (US NTDP Under-18 Team) – 9 votes
  12. John Wroblewski (US NTDP Under-17 Team) – 9 votes
  13. Bliss Littler (Wenatchee WIld) – 8 votes
  14. Tyler Deis (Okotoks Oilers) – 6 votes
  15. Dale Hawerchuk (Barrie Colts) – 6 votes
  16. Doug Johnston (Nipawin Hawks) – 6 votes
  17. Paul Dyck (Steinbach Pistons) – 5 votes
  18. Tim Hunter (Moose Jaw Warriors) – 5 votes
  19. Grant Poltuny (Northern Michigan Wildcats) – 5 votes

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Game of the Year – Sault Ste. Marie 4 Kitchener 3 (OHL Semi-Final Game 7 – Double Overtime)

With the Rangers having held off a Greyhounds rally to win Game 6 in Kitchener a night earlier, the stage was set for a humdinger of a finish to the OHL’s Western Conference final. This one certainty delivered as Logan Stanley scored late in the third period to force a pair of dramatic extra frames before Jack Kopacka fired a shot home four minutes into the second overtime to send the Greyhounds to the league final for the first time since 1993. Granted, the championship series didn’t go as I had hoped, but this game certainly tops the lot when it comes to my favourite moment with my hometown team since their Memorial Cup title. I’m forever jealous of my brother that he got to attend this one, though he was a bit bummed out that his Rangers ended up on the losing end.

  1. Sault Ste. Marie 4 Kitchener 3 (OHL Semi-Final Game 7 – Double Overtime) – 67 votes
  2. Nipawin 6 Humboldt 5 (SJHL Semi-Final Game 4 – Triple Overtime) – 42 votes
  3. Moose Jaw 3 Swift Current 2 (WHL Quarter-Final Game 6 – Triple Overtime) – 40 votes
  4. Swift Current 4 Everett 3 (WHL Final Game 2 – Overtime) – 34 votes
  5. Everett 6 Tri-City 5 (WHL Semi-Final Game 6 – Overtime) – 17 votes
  6. Hamilton 2 Swift Current 1 (Memorial Cup Round-Robin) – 17 votes
  7. Moose Jaw 5 Prince Albert 4 (WHL First Round Game 3 – Overtime) – 16 votes
  8. Canada 3 Sweden 1 (World Junior Gold Medal Game) – 15 votes
  9. Kingston 6 North Bay 5 (OHL First Round Game 5 – Triple Overtime) – 13 votes
  10. Wellington 2 Wenatchee 1 (RBC Cup Semi-Final) – 13 votes
  11. Kitchener 4 Sault Ste. Marie 3 (OHL Semi-Final Game 6 – Overtime) – 10 votes
  12. Notre Dame 4 Michigan 3 (Frozen Four Semi-Final) – 10 votes
  13. USA 5 Russia 4 (Five Nations Cup Round-Robin) – 10 votes
  14. Denmark 5 Belarus 4 (World Junior Relegation Round Game 1) – 7 votes
  15. Regina 4 Hamilton 2 (Memorial Cup Semi-Final) – 7 votes
  16. Sault Ste. Marie 4 Hamilton 3 (OHL Final Game 4 – Overtime) – 7 votes
  17. St. Francis Xavier 5 New Brunswick 4 (University Cup Semi-Final – Overtime) – 6 votes
  18. Sault Ste. Marie 3 Kitchener 2 (OHL Semi-Final Game 1) – 5 votes
  19. Slovakia 3 United States 2 (World Junior Round-Robin) – 3 votes
  20. Lethbridge 5 Brandon 4 (WHL Quarter-Final Game 2 – Overtime) – 1 vote
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The 2018 Bagskate Hockey Podcast Awards

CHL Award Winners

Following another exciting season of junior and college hockey, it’s time once again to wrap up the campaign the only way I know how.

Well I guess we could of done a hot take convention, but in lieu of that it’s time for the third annual Bagskate Hockey Podcast Awards.

For those that are new to the process, each year I send a ballot to all the guests that appeared on my show for the last 12 months and I also allow the listeners to chime in with their thoughts.

As always, the seven categories are as follows:

Voting will take place until the end of Canada Day (Sunday, July 1) with the final results being posted here later that a week at a to be determined date (translation – whenever I can find time in between my work schedule)

As ever, thanks for voting and be sure to come back next month when we find out who joins the previous winners.

2016

  • Forward Of The Year (Mitchell Marner – London Knights)
  • Defenceman Of The Year (Ivan Provorov – Brandon Wheat Kings)
  • Goalie Of The Year (Carter Hart – Everett Silvertips)
  • Rookie Of The Year (Alexander Nylander – Mississauga Steelheads)
  • Team Of The Year (London Knights – OHL & Memorial Cup Champions)
  • Coach Of The Year (Jukka Jalonen – Finland World Junior Team)
  • Game Of The Year (London 3 Rouyn-Noranda 2 – Memorial Cup Final)

2017

  • Forward Of The Year (Alex DeBrincat – Erie Otters)
  • Defenceman Of The Year (Cale Makar – Brooks Bandits)
  • Goalie Of The Year (Tyler Parsons – London Knights)
  • Rookie Of The Year (Nico Hischier – Halifax Mooseheads)
  • Team Of The Year (Windsor Spitfires – Memorial Cup Champions)
  • Coach Of The Year (Kris Knoblauch – Erie Otters)
  • Game Of The Year (Cobourg 3 Brooks 2 – RBC Cup Final)

2018 Bagskate Hockey Podcast Awards – Game of the Year

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Brandon 4 Medicine Hat 3 (WHL First Round Game 6 – Overtime)

  • Despite a hat-trick by Tigers forward Mark Rassell, the Wheat Kings knocked out the WHL Central Division champions thanks to an overtime winning goal by Linden McCorister in a neutral site game held in Dauphin, Man.

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Canada 3 Sweden 1 (World Juniors Gold Medal Game)

  • Tyler Steenbergen scored his only goal of the tournament with 1:40 left in the third period to give Canada their 17th gold medal at the event and their first title since 2015

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Denmark 5 Belarus 4 (World Junior Relegation Round Game 1)

  • In this year’s edition of the best game that no one saw, the Danes tied the game with 44 seconds left and found the back of the net with 15 seconds to go to help them stay in the main pool for next year’s World Juniors

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Everett 3 Portland 2 (WHL Quarter-Final Game 4)

  • After falling behind 2-1 with 2:07 to go, the Silvertips scored twice in the next 57 seconds to take a commanding 3-1 series lead over their division rivals

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Everett 6 Tri-City 5 (WHL Semi-Final Game 6 – Overtime)

  • Down 5-2 with almost 10 minutes left in the third period, the Silvertips came roaring back to tie the game before Kevin Davis scored in overtime to punch his team’s ticket to the WHL final for the first time since 2004

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Hamilton 2 Swift Current 1 (Memorial Cup Round-Robin)

  • Broncos goaltender Stuart Skinner turned in an incredible performance with 54 saves, but Marian Studenic would have the final say as he scored with 2:01 left to give the Bulldogs the win

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Kingston 6 North Bay 5 (OHL First Round Game 5 – Triple Overtime)

  • In the third longest game in OHL history, Gabriel Vilardi potted home his second of the night to advance the Frontenacs to the second round, but not before Justin Brazeau scored four times for the Battalion and netminder Christian Propp turned aside 77 shots for the visitors

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Kitchener 4 Sault Ste. Marie 3 (OHL Semi-Final Game 6 – Overtime)

  • After Taylor Raddysh scored twice in the final five minutes to force an extra frame, Kole Sherwood would seal the deal for the Rangers in overtime to set the stage for a seventh and deciding contest in the OHL Western Conference Final

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Lethbridge 5 Brandon 4 (WHL Quarter-Final Game 2 – Overtime)

  • Down 4-0 after 24 minutes of play, the Hurricanes roared back to life in the second half of the game with Tate Olsen scoring at the 16 minute mark of overtime to complete an epic comeback

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Moose Jaw 5 Prince Albert 4 (WHL First Round Game 3 – Overtime)

  • Facing a 4-2 deficit with 2:40 to go, the Warriors scored twice in the final minutes and silenced the Art Hauser Centre crowd with a goal by Brayden Burke just 19 seconds into overtime to take a 2-1 series lead

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Moose Jaw 3 Swift Current 2 (WHL Quarter-Final Game 6 – Triple Overtime)

  • Despite being outshot 60-38, the Warriors kept their season alive with a power-play goal by Jayden Halbgewachs and a great goaltending performance by Brody Wilms

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Nipawin 6 Humboldt 5 (SJHL Semi-Final Game 4 – Triple Overtime)

  • In what would be the team’s final game before a devastating bus accident two days later, the Broncos pushed the eventual SJHL champions to the limit before Brandan Arnold scored the game-winner in a back-and-forth affair

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Notre Dame 4 Michigan 3 (Frozen Four Semi-Final)

  • In a season that was full of late heroics for the Fighting Irish, Jake Evans scored with five seconds left to propel the program to the national championship game for the first time since 2008

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Regina 4 Hamilton 2 (Memorial Cup Semi-Final)

  • A third period goal by Sam Steel and a 44 save performance by Max Paddock sent the host Pats to the Memorial Cup final for the first time since they won the tournament in 1974

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Sault Ste. Marie 3 Kitchener 2 (OHL Semi-Final Game 1)

  • While shorthanded and taking a face-off in the Rangers end, Conor Timmins found the back of the net just as the buzzer sounded in the third period to give the Greyhounds a stunning triumph

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Sault Ste. Marie 4 Kitchener 3 (OHL Semi-Final Game 7 – Double Overtime)

  • A goal by Jack Kopacka at the four minute mark of the second overtime period sent Greyhounds fans into a frenzy as the team advanced to the OHL final for the first time since 1993

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Slovakia 3 United States 2 (World Juniors Round-Robin)

  • A minute after Casey Mittelstadt scored a highlight-reel goal to tie the game, Samuel Bucek scored one of his own as Slovakia defeated the United States for the first time since 2009 at the World Juniors

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Swift Current 4 Everett 3 (WHL Final Game 2 – Overtime)

  • After giving up three goals in the first period, the Broncos slowly clawed their way back before Giorgio Estephan completed the comeback in overtime as the Silvertips blew a 3-0 lead for the first time since Nov. 30, 2014

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United States 4 Canada 3 (World Juniors Round-Robin – Shootout)

  • Shootout goals by Kieffer Bellows and Brady Tkachuk gave the Americans the win over their archrivals in the first outdoor game ever held at the World Juniors

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Wellington 2 Wenatchee 1 (RBC Cup Semi-Final)

  • In a contest where they were outshot by a 51-14 margin, the Dukes capitalized on a stellar showing from Jonah Capriotti to upset the previously unbeaten Wild and advance to the RBC Cup final


2018 Bagskate Hockey Podcast Awards – Coach of the Year

Drew BAnnister

Drew Bannister (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds)

  • In his third season as head coach
  • Led the Greyhounds to their first trip to the OHL final since 1993
  • Was named CHL and OHL Coach of the Year
  • Won a gold medal as an assistant coach for Canada at the Ivan Hlinka
  • Was hired as head coach for the AHL’s San Antonio Rampage in June

Joel Bouchard

Joel Bouchard (Blainville-Boisbriand Armada)

  • In his fourth season as general manager and head coach
  • Led the Armada to their second straight QMJHL final
  • Was named QMJHL Coach of the Year
  • Was hired as head coach for the AHL’s Laval Rocket in May

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Tyler Deis (Okotoks Oilers)

  • In his second season as head coach and his first as general manager
  • Led the Oilers to their first AJHL final
  • Was named AJHL and CJHL Coach of the Year

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John Druce (Wellington Dukes)

  • Was hired as head coach by the Dukes in January after being fired partway through his second season as head coach of the Cobourg Cougars
  • Led the Dukes to their first OJHL and Dudley Hewitt Cup titles since 2011
  • Reached the RBC Cup final for the second year after winning the tournament with the Cougars in 2017

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Dominique Ducharme (Drummondville Voltigeurs)

  • In his second season as general manager and head coach
  • Led the Voltigeurs to the quarter-final for the first time since 2014
  • Served as head coach for Canada at the World Juniors for a second straight year and won a gold medal
  • Was hired as an assistant coach for the NHL’s Montreal Canadiens in April

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Paul Dyck (Steinbach Pistons)

  • In his sixth season as general manager and head coach
  • Led the Pistons to their second MJHL title and their first trip to the RBC Cup in team history
  • Was named MJHL Coach of the Year for the second straight season

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Cary Eades (Fargo Force)

  • In his third season as general manager and head coach
  • Led the Force to their first USHL title
  • Won his second Clark Cup crown as head coach (Had previously won in 2015 with the Sioux Falls Stampede)

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John Gruden (Hamilton Bulldogs)

  • In his second season as head coach
  • Led the Bulldogs to their first OHL championship since moving from Belleville in 2015

Tim Hunter

Tim Hunter (Moose Jaw Warriors)

  • In his fourth season as head coach
  • Led the Warriors to their first ever WHL regular season crown and their second trip to the quarter-final round in three years
  • Won a gold medal as an assistant coach for Canada at the World Juniors in his second straight year in that role

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Jeff Jackson (Notre Dame Fighting Irish)

  • In his 13th season as head coach
  • Led the Irish to the Big Ten title in their first year to in the conference and their second Frozen Four final (Last reached the title game in 2008)
  • Won the Spencer Penrose Coach of the Year for the second time (Last won in 2007)

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Doug Johnson (Nipawin Hawks)

  • In his eight season as general manager and head coach
  • Led the Hawks to their first SJHL title since 1990
  • Was named SJHL Coach of the Year for the second straight season

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Bliss Littler (Wenatchee Wild)

  • In his sixth season as head coach and general managed
  • Led the Wild to their first BCHL title and their first Doyle Cup title in their third year in the league
  • Was named BCHL Coach of the Year for the second straight season

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Adam Maglio (Prince George Spruce Kings)

  • In his first season as head coach after two seasons as an associate coach with the Spruce Kings
  • Led the Spruce Kings to their first division title and their first ever trip to the BCHL final

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Brian Maloney (Chilliwack Chiefs)

  • Was in his first season as an associate coach before being promoted to the head coach and general manager position in May after Jason Tatarnic was fired
  • After moving into his new role a week before the tournament, he led the Chiefs to their first RBC Cup title

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Grant Potulny (Northern Michigan Wildcats)

  • Was an assistant coach for the NCAA’s Minnesota Golden Gophers for eight seasons prior to being hired by the Wildcats in April 2017
  • Led the team to the WCHA final and their first 20-win season since the 2009-10 season
  • Won a bronze medal as an assistant coach for the United States at the World Juniors in his second straight year in the position

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Mario Pouliot (Acadie-Bathurst Titan)

  • In his fourth season as head coach
  • Led the Titan to their second QMJHL championship and their first Memorial Cup title

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Scott Sandelin (Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs)

  • In his 18th season as head coach
  • Led the Bulldogs to their second national title and their first since 2011

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Bram Stephen (Spruce Grove Saints)

  • Was the head coach for the ACAC’s Grant MacEwan Griffins for five seasons prior to being hired by the Saints as their head coach and assistant general manager in June 2017
  • Led the Saints to their first AJHL title since 2015

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Manny Viverios (Swift Current Broncos)

  • In his second season as head coach and director of player personnel
  • Led the Broncos to their first WHL title since 1993
  • Was named WHL Coach of the Year
  • Was hired as an assistant coach by the NHL’s Edmonton Oilers in May

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Dennis Williams (Everett Silvertips)

  • Was the head coach and general manager for the USHL’s Bloomington Thunder for three seasons before being hired by the Silvertips in May
  • Led the team to their first trip to the WHL final since 2004


2018 Bagskate Hockey Podcast Awards – Team of the Year

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Acadie-Bathurst Titan

  • Went 43-15-10 to finish first in the QMJHL Maritimes Division
  • Leading Scorer: Antoine Morand with 76 points
  • Leading Goalie: Evan Fitzpatrick with a 26-12-5 record and a 2.90 goals against average
  • Award Winner: Olivier Galipeau (QMJHL Defenceman of the Year)
  • Went 16-4 to win their second QMJHL title and their first since 1999
  • Jeffrey Truchon-Viel had 23 points and was named playoff MVP
  • Went 3-1 to win their first Memorial Cup

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Alberta Golden Bears

  • Went 23-4-1 to finish first in Canada West
  • Leading Scorer: Luke Philp with 40 points
  • Leading Goalie: Zach Sawchenko with a 12-1-0 record and a 2.12 goals against average (Brendan Burke had a 11-3-0 record and a 2.03 goals against average)
  • Award Winners: Jason Fram (Canada West and U Sports Defenceman of the Year), Steven Owre (Canada West Rookie of the Year) and Luke Philp (Canada West Player of the Year)
  • Went 4-0 in the Canada West playoffs to win their 27th conference title
  • At the University Cup, they beat Acadia 8-6, edged Saskatchewan 3-2 in overtime and defeated St. Francis Xavier 4-2 to win their 16th championship and their third in the last five years
  • Stephane Legault led the tournament with seven points and was named University Cup MVP

Canada Under 18 Team

Canada Under-18 Team

  • Had a 2-1 record to finish second in Group B at the Ivan Hlinka
  • Defeated Sweden 4-1 and beat the Czech Republic 4-1 to win their 21st title and their ninth in the last 10 years
  • Leading Scorer: Joe Veleno with seven points
  • Leading Goalie: Olivier Rodrigue with a 4-0 record and a 1.00 goals against average

Canada Under 20 Team

Canada Under-20 Team

  • Had a 3-1 record to finish first in Group A at the World Juniors
  • Routed Switzerland 8-2, defeated the Czech Republic 7-2 and beat Sweden 3-1 to win their 17th title and their second in the last four years
  • Leading Scorer: Jordan Kyrou with 10 points
  • Leading Goalie: Carter Hart with a 5-1 record and a 1.81 goals against average

Canada West

Canada West

  • Had a 0-2 record to finish third in Group B at the World Junior A Challenge
  • Defeated Canada East 4-3 in overtime, knocked off the Czech Republic 5-1 and beat the United States 5-1 to win their fifth title and their second in the last three years
  • Leading Scorer: Ross Armour with six points
  • Leading Goalie: Zach Rose with a 3-1 record and a 1.59 goals against average

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Chilliwack Chiefs

  • Went 26-26-6 to finish fourth in the BCHL Mainland Division
  • Leading Scorer: Will Calverley with 46 points
  • Leading Goalie: Mathieu Caron with an 18-12-1 record and a 3.07 goals against average
  • Went 3-4 in the playoffs and lost 4-3 to the Prince George Spruce Kings in the first round
  • Fired head coach Jason Tatarnic a week before hosting the RBC Cup and replaced him with associate coach Brian Maloney
  • Went 5-1 at the RBC Cup to win their first national championship
  • Will Calverley had seven points and was named tournament MVP

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Cochrane Crunch

  • Went 36-17-3 to finish second in the NOJHL East Division
  • Leading Scorer: Kyle Herbster with 86 points
  • Leading Goalie: Taylor Unruh with a 19-8-2 record and a 2.93 goals against average
  • Award Winner: Connor Lovie (MVP and Top Defenceman)
  • Went 12-4 in the playoffs to win the first title in their fourth season
  • Kyle Herbster had 17 points and finished tied for the playoff scoring title with Jacob Partridge of Rayside-Balfour
  • Connor Lovie had 16 points and was named playoff MVP
  • Went 0-3 at the Dudley Hewitt Cup and missed the playoffs

Dryden Ice Dogs

Dryden Ice Dogs

  • Went 40-8-8 to finish first in the SIJHL
  • Leading Scorer: Jacen Bracko with 81 points
  • Leading Goalie: Jacob Gnidziejko with a 15-5-3 record and a 2.38 goals against average
  • Award Winner: Jacen Bracko (MVP) and Cory Dennis (Defenceman of the Year)
  • Went 8-3 in the playoffs to win their second straight title and their fourth overall
  • Ted Davis had 12 points and was named playoff MVP
  • Went 2-2 at the Dudley Hewitt Cup and lost 7-4 to the Wellington Dukes in the final

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Edmundston Blizzard

  • Went 36-10-4 to finish first in the MHL North Division
  • Leading Scorer: Logan Johnston with 65 points
  • Leading Goalie: Francis Asselin with a 24-9-0 record and a 2.60 goals against average
  • Went 12-5 in the playoffs to win their first title in the first season in Edmundston (Franchise last won a title in 2015 as the Dieppe Commandos)
  • Kyle Ward led the playoffs in scoring with 22 points and was named playoff MVP
  • Went 1-3 at the Fred Page Cup and lost 5-1 to Longueuil College Francais in the semi-final

Fargo Force

Fargo Force

  • Went 36-16-7 to finish third in the USHL Western Conference
  • Leading Scorer: Grant Hebert with 54 points
  • Leading Goalie: Strauss Mann with a 22-8-3 record and a 1.86 goals against average
  • Went 11-3 in the playoffs to win the first title in their 10th season of existence
  • Griffin Loughran had 10 points and was named playoff MVP

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Finland Under-18 Team

  • Went 4-0 to finish first in Group B at the World Under 18’s
  • Beat Belarus 5-2, shutout Sweden 2-0 and defeated the United States 3-2 to win their fourth title and their second in the last three years
  • Leading Scorer: Niklas Nordgren with 10 points
  • Leading Goalie: Justus Annunen with a 6-0 record and a 2.00 goals against average

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Hamilton Bulldogs

  • Went 43-18-7 to finish first in the OHL East Division
  • Leading Scorer: Robert Thomas with 75 points
  • Leading Goalie: Kaden Fulcher with a 32-17-6 record and a 2.86 goals against average
  • Went 16-5 in the playoffs to win their first title in their third year of existence (The franchise last won a title as the Belleville Bulls in 1999, while Hamilton’s last OHL title came with the Fincups in 1976)
  • Robert Thomas had 32 points and was named playoff MVP
  • Went 2-2 at the Memorial Cup and lost 4-2 to the Regina Pats in the semi-final

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Longueuil College Francais

  • Went 38-8-3 to finish first in the QJHL St-Louis Division
  • Leading Scorer: Vincent Chapleau with 114 points
  • Leading Goalie: Gabriel Morency with a 19-3-2 record and a 2.31 goals against average
  • Award Winner: Vincent Chapleau (Player of the Year)
  • Went 12-1 in the playoffs to win their eighth title, their first since 2016 and their fifth in the last eight years
  • Vincent Chapleau led the playoffs in scoring with 26 points
  • Goaltender Philippe Savard-Masse had a 12-1 record and a 2.47 goals against average on his way to being named playoff MVP
  • Went 3-2 at the Fred Page Cup and lost 10-1 to the Ottawa Jr. Senators in the final
  • William Lemay led the tournament ins scoring with nine points

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Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs

  • Went 19-14-3 to finish third in the NCHC
  • Leading Scorer: Scott Perunovich with 36 points
  • Leading Goalie: Hunter Shepherd with a 25-14-1 record and a 1.91 goals against average
  • Award Winner: Scott Perunovich (NCHC Rookie of the Year and Tim Taylor Award)
  • Finished fourth in the NCHC Tournament – After sweeping Western Michigan 2-0 in the quarter-finals, they lost 3-1 to Denver in the semi-final and fell 4-1 to North Dakota in the third place game
  • In the Frozen Four, they topped Minnesota State 3-2 in overtime, edged Air Force 2-1, beat Ohio State 2-1 and defeated Notre Dame 2-1 to win their second national title and their first since 2011
  • Karson Kuhlman had a goal and assist in the final and was named the tournament’s most outstanding player

Nipawin Hawks

Nipawin Hawks

  • Had a 43-8-7 record to finish first in the SJHL Sherwood Division
  • Leading Scorer: Josh McDougall with 74 points
  • Leading Goalie: Declan Hobbs with a 22-4-3 record and a 2.20 goals against average (Jake Anthony had a 20-3-3 record and a 1.94 goals against average)
  • Award Winners: Declan Hobbs (Co-Goalie of the Year with Justen Close of Kindersley), Doug Johnson (Coach of the Year) and Josh McDougall (Defenceman oft the Year)
  • Went 11-5 in the playoffs to win their second title and their first since 1990
  • Brandan Arnold had 21 points and was named playoff MVP
  • Lost 4-2 to the Steinbach Pistons in the Anavet Cup
  • Brandan Arnold led the series in scoring with 11 points

Ottawa Jr. Senators

Ottawa Jr. Senators

  • Had a 46-9-2 record to finish first in the CCHL Yzerman Division
  • Leading Scorer: Chiwetin Blacksmith with 67 points
  • Leading Goalie: Connor Hicks with a 18-2-1 record and a 1.92 goals against average (Francis Boisvert had a 15-5-1 record and a 2.00 goals against average)
  • Went 12-6 in the playoffs to win their fourth CCHL title and their first since 2012
  • Nick Lalonde led the playoffs in scoring with 23 points
  • Goaltender Connor Hicks had a 12-5 record and 2.02 goals against average on his way to being named playoff MVP
  • Went 4-0 at the Fred Page Cup to win their first title
  • Went 2-3 at the RBC Cup and lost 3-2 to the Chilliwack Chiefs in the semi-final

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Shreveport Mudbugs

  • Had a 41-12-7 record to finish first in the NAHL South Division
  • Leading Scorer: Jordan Fader with 45 points
  • Leading Goalie: Gustavs Grigals with a 17-5-4 record and a 1.95 goals against average (Jaxon Castor had a 10-5-1 record and a 1.50 goals against average)
  • Went 9-4 in the playoffs to win their first title in their second year in the league
  • Goaltender Jaxon Castor had a 9-3 record and a 1.66 goals against average on his way to being named playoff MVP

Spruce Grove Saints

Spruce Grove Saints

  • Had a 47-10-3 record to finish first in the AJHL North Division
  • Leading Scorer: Chris Van Os-Shaw with 97 points
  • Leading Goalie: Nolan Kent with a 15-4-0 record and a 1.52 goals against average
  • Award Winner: Chris Van Os-Shaw (AJHL & CJHL Most Valuable Player and CJHL Top Forward)
  • Went 12-1 in the playoffs to win their fifth title, their first since 2015 and their fifth in the last nine years
  • Josh Harris had 15 points and was named playoff MVP
  • Lost 4-1 to the Wenatchee Wild in the Doyle Cup
  • Logan Ganie led the series in scoring with seven points

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Steinbach Pistons

  • Had a 48-8-4 record to finish first in the MJHL
  • Leading Scorer: Bradley Schoonbaert with 91 points
  • Leading Goalie: Matthew Thiessen with a 28-3-1 record and a 2.06 goals against average (Matthew Radomsky had a 20-5-1 record and a 2.16 goals against average)
  • Award Winners: Paul Dyck (Coach of the Year) and Darby Gula (Defenceman of the Year)
  • Went 12-4 in the playoffs to win their second MJHL title and their first since 2013
  • Drew Worrad led the playoffs in scoring with 18 points and was named playoff MVP
  • Defeated the Nipawin Hawks 4-2 to win the Anavet Cup for the first time
  • Went 0-4 at the RBC Cup and missed the playoffs

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Swift Current Broncos

  • Had a 48-17-7 record to finish second in the WHL East Division
  • Leading Scorer: Glenn Gawdin with 125 points
  • Leading Goalie: Stuart Skinner with a 30-21-4 record and a 3.07 goals against average
  • Award Winners: Aleksi Heponiemi (CHL and WHL Sportsman of the Year) and Manny Viverios (WHL Coach of the Year)
  • Went 16-10 in the playoffs to win their third title, their first since 1993 and the first for a Saskatchewan team in 25 years
  • Glenn Gawdin had 32 points was named playoff MVP
  • Went 0-3 at the Memorial Cup and missed the playoffs

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United States Under-17 Team

  • Had a 2-1 record to finish first in Group A at the World Under-17 Challenge
  • Defeated Sweden 5-1, routed Canada White 9-1 and beat Canada Red 6-4 to win their fourth title and their first since the January 2014 event
  • Leading Scorer: Jack Hughes with 15 points
  • Leading Goalie: Spencer Knight with a 3-0 record and a 2.33 goals against average (Cameron Rowe had a 3-0 record and a 2.62 goals against average)

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Wellington Dukes

  • Had a 33-13-8 record to finish first in the OJHL East Division
  • Leading Scorer: Mitchell Martan with 67 points
  • Leading Goalie: Jonah Capriotti with a 21-11-3 record and a 2.56 goals against average
  • Had a 16-9 record to win their third title and their first since 2011
  • Colin Doyle had 24 points and was named playoff MVP
  • Went 4-1 at the Dudley Hewitt Cup on their way to the third title and their first since 2011
  • Mitchell Mendonca and Ben Evans led the tournament in scoring with eight points
  • Went 2-3 at the RBC Cup and lost 4-2 to the Chilliwack Chiefs in the final

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Wenatchee Wild

  • Had a 37-16-5 record to finish third in the BCHL Interior Division
  • Leading Scorer: Jasper Weatherby with 74 points
  • Leading Goalie: Seth Eisele with a 20-11-0 record and a 2.64 goals against average
  • Award Winner: Bliss Littler (Coach of the Year), Jasper Weatherby (Most Valuable Player) and Cooper Zech (Top Defenceman)
  • Went 16-4 in the playoffs to win their first title in their third year in the league (Became the first American team to win the BCHL Title since the Bellingham Blazers in 1979)
  • Jasper Weatherby led the playoffs in scoring with 38 points
  • Defeated the Spruce Grove Saints 4-1 to win the Doyle Cup for the first time (Became the second American team to qualify for the RBC Cup and the first since the Minnesota Wilderness in 2013)
  • Went 4-1 at the RBC Cup and lost 2-1 to the Wellington Dukes in the semi-final
  • Jasper Weatherby led the tournament in scoring with eight points


2018 Bagskate Hockey Podcast Awards – Rookie of the Year

Jake Anthon

Jake Anthony (Nipawin Hawks)

  • Joined the Hawks after a season with the Sherwood Park Kings
  • Had a 20-3-3 record with a 1.94 goals against average and a .929 save percentage
  • His 1.94 goals against average and .929 save percentage were the best in the SJHL
  • His 20 wins were the most by a rookie in the SJHL
  • Played in 28 minutes during the SJHL playoffs
  • Has gone undrafted the last two years.

Riley Brandt

Riley Brandt (RMC Paladins)

  • Joined the Paladins after three seasons with the Vernon Vipers
  • Had 21 goals and 12 assists in 33 games
  • His 21 goals were the most in U Sports
  • Was named OUA East Rookie of the Year
  • An undrafted player, he has has yet to sign a pro contract

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Dylan Cozens (Lethbridge Hurricanes)

  • Joined the Hurricanes after a season with the Yale Hockey Academy
  • Had 22 goals and 31 assists in 57 games
  • His 22 goals were the most by a rookie in the WHL
  • His 0.93 points per game was the best by a rookie in the WHL
  • In the playoffs, he had seven goals and six assists in 15 games
  • Was named WHL Rookie of the Year
  • At the World Under-17’s, he had a goal and six assists in six games for Canada Red
  • Is a potential first round pick for the 2019 NHL Draft

Colten Ellis

Colten Ellis (Rimouski Oceanic)

  • Joined the Oceanic after two years with the Cape Breton West Islanders and following a trade with the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles in June 2017
  • Had a 33-8-6 record with a 2.35 goals against average and a .913 save percentage
  • His 33 wins and six shutouts were the most by a rookie in the CHL and the QMJHL
  • In the playoffs, he had a 3-4 record with a 3.12 goals against average and a .885 save percentage
  • At the World Under-18’s, he had a 2-0 record with a 3.50 goals against average and a .887 save percentage for Canada
  • Is eligible for the 2019 NHL Draft

Matthew Galadja Rookie

Matthew Galadja (Cornell Big Red)

  • Joined the Big Red after two seasons with the Victoria Grizzlies
  • Had a 21-5-2 record with a 1.51 goals against average and a .939 save percentage
  • His 1.51 goals against average was the best in the NCAA
  • His nine shutouts were the most in the NCAA
  • His 21 wins were the most by a freshman in the NCAA
  • His .939 save percentage was the best by a freshman in the NCAA
  • Was named the ECAC’s Goalie of the Year and Rookie of the Year
  • An undrafted player, he has yet to sign a pro contract

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Mitchell Gibson (Lone Star Brahmas)

  • Joined the Brahmas after two seasons with the Philadelphia Jr. Flyers
  • Had a 26-7-9 record with a 1.59 goals against average and a .935 save percentage
  • His 11 shutouts were the most in the NAHL
  • His 1.59 goals against average and .935 save percentage were the best in the NAHL
  • In the playoffs, he had a 5-3 record with a 1.37 goals against average and a .950 save percentage
  • His 1.37 goals against average and .950 save percentage were the best in the NAHL playoffs
  • Was named the NAHL’s Goalie and Rookie of the Year
  • Was selected in the fourth round by the Washington Capitals at the 2018 NHL Draft
  • Is committed to play for the NCAA’s Harvard Crimson for the 2019-20 season

Jack Hughes

Jack Hughes (US NTDP)

  • Joined the US NTDP after a season with the Toronto Minor Midget Marlboros
  • Had 21 goals and 33 points in 27 games
  • His 2.00 points per game was the best in the USHL
  • At the World Under 18’s, he had five goals and seven assists in seven games
  • His 12 points were the most at the event
  • Was tied with Maxim Cajkovic for the most assists at the event with seven
  • At the World Under-17’s, he had five goals and 10 assists in six games
  • His 10 assists and 15 points were the most at the event
  • Is currently projected to be the first overall pick at the 2019 NHL Draft

Arthur Kailyev

Arthur Kaliyev (Hamilton Bulldogs)

  • Joined the Bulldogs after a season with the Compuware U16 program
  • Had 31 goals and 17 assists in 68 games
  • In the playoffs, he had three goals and eight assists in 21 games
  • At the Memorial Cup, he had no points in four games
  • Is eligible for the 2019 NHL Draft

Peyton Krebs

Peyton Krebs (Kootenay Ice)

  • Joined the Ice after a season with the CFR Chemical Bisons
  • Had 17 goals and 37 assists in 67 games
  • His 54 points were the most by a rookie in the WHL
  • At the World Under 17’s, he had a goal and five assists in five games for Canada Red
  • Is projected to be a Top 10 pick at the 2019 NHL Draft

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Alexis Lafreniere (Rimouski Oceanic)

  • Joined the Oceanic after a season with the Saint-Eustache Vikings
  • Had 42 goals and 38 assists in 60 games
  • In the playoffs, he had four goals and three assists in seven games
  • Was named CHL and QMJHL Rookie of the Year
  • At the World Under 18’s, he had four goals and two assists in five games for Canada
  • At the World Under 17’s, he had three goals and three assists in six games for Canada Red
  • Is currently projected to be the first overall pick at the 2020 NHL Draft

Alex Newhook

Alex Newhook (Victoria Grizzlies)

  • Joined the Grizzlies after a season with the York Simcoe Minor Midget Express
  • Had 22 goals and 44 assists in 45 games
  • His 1.47 points per game was the most in the BCHL
  • His 44 assists, 66 points and 1.47 points per game was the most by a rookie in the BCHL
  • In the playoffs, he had three goals and six assists in 12 games
  • Was named BCHL and CJHL Rookie of the Year
  • At the World Under 17’s, he had a goal and three assists in five games for Canada Black
  • Is projected to be a top 10 pick at the 2019 NHL Draft
  • Has committed to the NCAA’s Boston College Eagles for the 2019-20 season

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Zachary Okabe (Grande Prairie Storm)

  • Joined the Storm after a season at Shawnigan Lake School
  • Had 22 goals and 35 assists in 58 games
  • In the playoffs, he had a goal and four assists in nine games
  • Was named AJHL Rookie of the Year
  • Is eligible for the 2019 NHL Draft
  • Has committed to the NCAA’s Vermont Catamounts for the 2019-20 season

Max Paddock

Max Paddock (Regina Pats)

  • Joined the Pats after two seasons with the Brandon Midget Wheat Kings
  • Had a 19-7-2 record with a 2.90 goals against average and a .904 save percentage
  • Did not play in the WHL playoffs due to an injury
  • At the Memorial Cup, he had a 3-1 record with a 3.65 goals against average and a .908 save percentage
  • Went undrafted at the 2018 NHL Draft

Matej Pekar

Matej Pekar (Muskegon Lumberjacks)

  • Joined the Lumberjacks after one season with the Oakland Jr. Grizzlies
  • Had 14 goals and 40 assists in 56 games
  • His 40 assists were the most by a rookie in the USHL
  • Was named the USHL’s Rookie of the Year
  • At the World Under 18’s, he had a goal and four assists in five games for the Czech Republic
  • At the Ivan Hlinka, he had an assist in five games for the Czech Republic
  • Was selected in the fourth round by the Buffalo Sabres at the 2018 NHL Draft
  • Has committed to the NCAA’s Miami RedHawks for next season

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Scott Perunovich (Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs)

  • Joined the Bulldogs after a season with the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders
  • Had 11 goals and 25 assists in 42 games
  • Was named the NCHC Rookie of the Year
  • Won the Tim Taylor Award as the top freshman in NCAA Hockey
  • At the World Juniors, he had a goal and two assists in seven games for the United States
  • Was selected in the second round by the St. Louis Blues at the 2018 NHL Draft

Emile Samso

Emile Samson (Blainville-Boisbriand Armada)

  • Joined the Armada after a season with the Sainte-Foy Dynamiques
  • Had a 17-3-2 record with a 2.12 goals against average and a .907 goals against average
  • His 2.12 goals against average was the best by all rookies in the CHL and QMJHL
  • In the playoffs, he had a 13-7 record with a 2.21 goals against average and a .916 save percentage
  • Has gone undrafted the last two years

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Rasmus Sandin (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds)

  • Joined the Greyhounds after five games in the SHL with Rogle, where he had an assist
  • Had 12 goals and 33 assists in 51 games
  • In the playoffs, he had a goal and 12 assists in 24 games
  • At the Ivan Hlinka, he had three assists in five games for Sweden
  • Was selected with the 29th overall pick by the Toronto Maple Leafs at the 2018 NHL Draft

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Jordan Spence (Summerside Western Capitals)

  • Joined the Western Capitals after a season with the Charlottetown Midget Islanders
  • Had 13 goals and 39 assists in 50 games
  • His 39 assists were the most by all defencemen in the MHL
  • His 39 assists, 52 points and 1.04 points per game were the most by all rookies in the MHL
  • In the playoffs, he had four goals and 13 assists in 12 games
  • His 13 assists, 17 points and 1.42 points per game were the most by all defenceman in the MHL playoffs
  • Was named MHL Rookie of the Year
  • After being undrafted in the 2017 QMJHL Draft, he was selected in the second round by the Moncton Wildcats in June and later signed a contract with the team
  • Is eligible for the 2019 NHL Draft

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Matthew Thiessen (Steinbach Pistons)

  • Joined the Pistons after one year with the Rink Hockey Academy
  • Had a 28-3-1 record with a 2.06 goals against average and a .923 save percentage
  • His 2.06 goals against average was the best in the MJHL
  • Was tied with Troy Martinyuk for the most wins in the MJHL with 28
  • His 28 wins were the most by a rookie in the CJHL and MJHL
  • His .923 save percentage was the best by a rookie in the MJHL
  • Was tied Ethan Peterson for most shutouts by a rookie in the MJHL with two
  • In the playoffs, he had a 10-4 record with a 1.60 goals against average and a .944 save percentage
  • His four shutouts were the most in the MJHL playoffs
  • His 1.58 goals against average and .944 save percentage were the best in the MJHL playoffs
  • Was tied with Riley McVeigh for the most wins in the MJHL playoffs with 10
  • In the Anavet Cup, he had a 4-2 record with a 2.47 goals against average and a .904 save percentage
  • At the RBC Cup, he had a 0-1 record with a 3.03 goals against average and a .896 save percentage
  • Was selected in the seventh round by the Vancouver Canucks at the 2018 NHL Draft
  • Has committed to the NCAA’s Maine Black Bears for the 2019-20 season

Filip Zadina

Filip Zadina (Halifax Mooseheads)

  • Joined the Mooseheads after five seasons with HC Pardubice
  • Had 44 goals and 38 assists in 57 games
  • His 44 goals and 82 points were the most by a rookie in the CHL and the QMJHL
  • His 38 assists were the most by a rookie in the QMJHL
  • In the playoffs, he had five goals and seven assists in nine games
  • At the World Juniors, he had seven goals and an assist for the Czech Republic
  • Was selected with the sixth overall pick by the Detroit Red Wings at the 2018 NHL Draft


2018 Bagskate Hockey Podcast Awards – Goalie of the Year

Mitchel Benson

Mitchel Benson (Brooks Bandits)

  • Had a 43-12-1 record with a 2.20 goals against average and a .911 save percentage during his second AJHL season
  • His 43 wins were the most in the AJHL and the CJHL
  • His five shutouts were the most in the AJHL
  • In the playoffs, he had a 9-6 record with a 2.10 goals against average and a .921 save percentage
  • An undrafted player, he has committed to play for the NCAA’s Colgate Raiders next season

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Brandon Bodnar (Thunder Bay North Stars)

  • Had a 23-7-2 record with a 3.01 goals against average and a .892 save percentage in his third SJHL season and his first with Thunder Bay after two years with the Fort Frances Lakers
  • Was tied with Matthew Radomsky for the most shutouts in the CJHL with eight
  • His 23 wins and eight shutouts were the most in the SIJHL
  • In the playoffs, he had a 8-5 record with a 2.01 goals against average and a .936 save percentage
  • His eight wins and two shutouts were the most in the SIJHL playoffs
  • At the Dudley Hewitt Cup, he had a 2-2 record with a 2.75 goals against average and a .910 save percentage
  • Was named the SIJHL’s Goaltender of the Year
  • An undrafted player, he has yet to commit to a post-secondary program

Michael DiPietro

Michael DiPietro (Windsor Spitfires)

  • Had a 29-21-4 record with a 2.79 goals against average and a .910 save percentage in his third OHL season
  • His seven shutouts were the most in the OHL
  • Was tied with Carter Hart for the most shutouts in the CHL with seven
  • In the playoffs, he had a 2-4 record with a 2.81 goals against average and a .934 save percentage
  • His .934 save percentage was the best in the OHL playoffs
  • Was named the OHL Goaltender of the Year
  • He was part of Canada’s fourth place side at the World Hockey Championship but did not play in any games
  • A third round pick in the 2017 NHL Draft, he signed an entry level contract with the Vancouver Canucks in May

Evan Fitzpatrick

Evan Fitzpatrick (Acadie-Bathurst Titan)

  • Had a 26-12-5 record with a 2.90 goals against average and a .893 save percentage in his fourth QMJHL season
  • He started the season with the Sherbrooke Phoenix and had a 9-9-4 record with a 3.48 goals against average and a .874 save percentage
  • Was traded to Acadie-Bathurst in January and had a 17-3-1 record with a 2.24 goals against average and a .915 save percentage
  • In the playoffs, he had a 16-4 record with a 2.10 goals against average and a .925 save percentage
  • His 16 wins and two shutouts were the most in the QMJHL playoffs
  • His 2.10 goals against average was the best in the QMJHL playoffs
  • At the Memorial Cup, he had a 3-1 record with a 2.96 goals against average and a .906 save percentage
  • Became the first goalie since Adam Dennis of the London Knights in 2005 to have a shutout in the Memorial Cup final
  • A second round pick in the 2016 NHL Draft, he signed an entry level contract with the St. Louis Blues in March 2017

Kaden Fulcher

Kaden Fulcher (Hamilton Bulldogs)

  • Had a 32-17-6 record with a 2.86 goals against average and a .899 save percentage in his third OHL season
  • In the playoffs, he had a 16-5 record with a 2.70 goals against average and a .905 save percentage
  • His 16 wins were the most in the OHL playoffs
  • His .905 save percentage was the best in the OHL playoffs
  • At the Memorial Cup, he had a 2-2 record with a 2.27 goals against average and a .918 save percentage
  • An undrafted player, he signed an entry level contract with the Detroit Red Wings in October

Matthew Galadja

Matthew Galadja (Cornell Big Red)

  • Had a 21-5-2 record with a 1.51 goals against average and a .939 save percentage in his freshman season in the NCAA after two years in the BCHL
  • His 1.51 goals against average was the best in the NCAA
  • His nine shutouts were the most in the NCAA
  • His 21 wins were the most by a freshman in the NCAA
  • His .939 save percentage was the best by a freshman in the NCAA
  • Was named the ECAC’s Goalie of the Year and Rookie of the Year
  • An undrafted player, he has yet to sign a pro contract

Mitchell Gibson

Mitchell Gibson (Lone Star Brahmas)

  • Had a 26-7-9 record with a 1.59 goals against average and a .935 save percentage during his first NAHL season after two years with the Philadelphia Jr. Flyers organization
  • His 11 shutouts were the most in the NAHL
  • His 1.59 goals against average and .935 save percentage were the best in the NAHL
  • In the playoffs, he had a 5-3 record with a 1.37 goals against average and a .950 save percentage
  • His 1.37 goals against average and .950 save percentage were the best in the NAHL playoffs
  • Was named the NAHL’s Goalie and Rookie of the Year
  • Was selected in the fourth round by the Washington Capitals at the 2018 NHL Draft
  • Is committed to play for the NCAA’s Harvard Crimson for the 2019-20 season

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Carter Hart (Everett Silvertips)

  • Had a 31-6-4 record with a 1.60 goals against average and a .947 save percentage during his fourth WHL season
  • His 1.60 goals against average and .947 save percentage were the best in the CHL and the WHL
  • His seven shutouts were the most in the WHL
  • Was tied with Michael DiPietro for the most shutouts in the CHL with seven
  • In the playoffs, he had a 14-8 record with a 2.40 goals against average and a .921 save percentage
  • Was named CHL Goaltender of the Year for the second time in three years and won the WHL Goaltender of the Year award for the third straight season
  • Was the first goalie since Darcy Kuemper in 2010-11 to win the WHL Player of the Year award
  • At the World Juniors, he had a 5-1 record with a 1.81 goals against average and a .930 save percentage for Canada
  • A second round pick in the 2016 NHL Draft, he signed an entry level contract with the Philadelphia Flyers in October 2016

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Samuel Harvey (Rouyn-Noranda Huskies)

  • Had a 30-9-6 record with a 2.10 goals against average and a .930 save percentage during his fourth QMJHL season
  • His 2.10 goals against average and .930 save percentage were the best in the QMJHL
  • In the playoffs, he had a 3-4 record with a 2.17 goals against average and a .945 save percentage
  • His .945 save percentage was the best in the QMJHL playoffs
  • Was named QMJHL Goalie of the Year
  • An undrafted player, he has yet to sign a pro contract.

Jeremy Helvig

Jeremy Helvig (Kingston Frontenacs)

  • Had a 31-16-9 record with a 2.68 goals against average and a .916 save percentage during his fourth OHL season
  • In the playoffs, he had a 9-6 record with a 3.06 goals against average and a .909 save percentage
  • A fifth round pick in the 2016 NHL Draft, he signed an entry level contract with the Carolina Hurricanes in March

Connor Hicks

Connor Hicks (Ottawa Jr. Senators)

  • Had a 18-2-1 record with a 1.92 goals against average and a .933 save percentage during his first CCHL season after four years in the OHL
  • In the playoffs, he had a 12-5 record with a 2.02 goals against average and a .920 save percentage
  • His 12 wins and two shutouts were the most in the CCHL Playoffs
  • Was named the CCHL Playoffs MVP
  • At the Fred Page Cup, he had a 4-0 record with a 1.44 goals against average and .933 save percentage
  • At the RBC Cup, he had a 2-3 record with a 2.63 goals against average and a .903 save percentage
  • He started the season with the OHL’s Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds, where he had a 1-1-1 record with a 3.93 goals against average and a .888 save percentage
  • An undrafted player, he has committed to the Dalhousie Tigers in U Sports for next season

Declan Hobbs

Declan Hobbs (Nipawin Hawks)

  • Had a 22-4-3 record with a 2.20 goals against average and a .919 save percentage in his second SJHL season
  • In the playoffs, he had an 11-5 record with a 2.10 goals against average and a .929 save percentage
  • His 11 wins were the most in the SJHL playoffs
  • In the Anavet Cup, he had a 2-4 record with a 3.02 goals against average and a .907 save percentage
  • Split the SJHL Goaltender of the Year honours with Justen Close
  • He also spent time in the WHL with the Spokane Chiefs, where he had a 1-1-0 record with a 2.44 goals against average and a .894 save percentage
  • An undrafted player, he has yet to commit to a U Sports program.

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Nolan Kent (Spruce Grove Saints)

  • Had a 15-4-0 record with a 1.52 goals against average and a .934 save percentage during his second AJHL season
  • His 1.52 goals against average and a .935 save percentage were the best in the AJHL
  • In the playoffs, he had a 12-1 record with a 1.58 goals against average and a .923 save percentage
  • His 12 wins and four shutouts were the most in the AJHL Playoffs
  • His 1.58 goals against average was the best in the AJHL Playoffs
  • In the Doyle Cup, he had a 1-4 record with a 3.36 goals against average and a .903 save percentage
  • An undrafted player, he has committed to the NCAA’s Northern Michigan Wildcats for next season

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Strauss Mann (Fargo Force)

  • Had a 22-8-3 record with a 1.86 goals against average and a .932 save percentage during his first USHL season after two years at Brunswick School
  • In the playoffs, he had an 11-3 record with a 2.09 goals against average and a .932 save percentage
  • His 11 wins were the most in the USHL Playoffs
  • Was tied with Jared Moe for the most shutouts in the USHL Playoffs with two
  • An undrafted player, he has committed to the NCAA’s Michigan Wolverines for the 2019-20 season

Cale Morris

Cale Morris (Notre Dame Fighting Irish)

  • Had a 27-8-1 record with a 1.94 goals against average and a .944 save percentage during his sophomore season in the NCAA
  • His 27 wins were the most in the NCAA
  • Was tied for Colton Point for the best save percentage in the NCAA with a .944 mark
  • Was named Big Ten Goaltender of the Year and Player of the Year
  • Won the Mike Richter Award as the top goalie in the NCAA
  • An undrafted player, he has yet to sign a pro contract

Riley Morris

Riley Morris (Okotoks Oilers)

  • Had a 31-2-2 record with a 1.98 goals against average and a .922 save percentage during his fourth AJHL season
  • In the playoffs, he had a 9-6 record with a 2.18 goals against average and a .916 save percentage
  • Was named the AJHL and CJHL Goalie of the Year
  • An undrafted player, he has yet to commit to a post-secondary program

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Zach Sawchenko (Alberta Golden Bears)

  • Had a 12-1-0 record with a 2.12 goals against average and a .911 save percentage during his freshman season in U Sports after four years in the WHL with the Moose Jaw Warriors
  • In the Canada West playoffs, he had a 1-0 record with a 1.00 goals against average and a .966 save percentage
  • At the University Cup, he had a 2-0 record with a 1.95 goals against average and a .917 save percentage
  • An undrafted player, he has yet to sign a pro contract

Pats/Broncos

Stuart Skinner (Swift Current Broncos)

  • Had a 30-21-4 record with a 3.07 goals against average and a .905 save percentage during his fourth WHL season
  • He started the season with the Lethbridge Hurricanes and had a 14-15-2 record with a 3.38 goals against average and a .897 save percentage
  • Was traded to Swift Current in January and had a 16-6-2 record with a 2.68 goals against average and a .914 save percentage
  • In the playoffs, he had a 16-10 record with a 2.20 goals against average and a .932 save percentage
  • His 16 wins and six shutouts were the most in the WHL Playoffs
  • His 2.20 goals against average and .932 save percentage were the best in the WHL Playoffs
  • At the Memorial Cup, he had a 0-3 record with a 4.02 goals against average and a .902 save percentage
  • A third round pick in the 2017 NHL Draft, he signed an entry level contract with the Edmonton Oilers in May

Matthew Thiessen

Matthew Thiessen (Steinbach Pistons)

  • Had a 28-3-1 record with a 2.06 goals against average and a .923 save percentage during his first MJHL season after one year with the Rink Hockey Academy
  • His 2.06 goals against average was the best in the MJHL
  • Was tied with Troy Martinyuk for the most wins in the MJHL with 28
  • His 28 wins were the most by a rookie in the CJHL and MJHL
  • His .923 save percentage was the best by a rookie in the MJHL
  • Was tied Ethan Peterson for most shutouts by a rookie in the MJHL with two
  • In the playoffs, he had a 10-4 record with a 1.60 goals against average and a .944 save percentage
  • His four shutouts were the most in the MJHL playoffs
  • His 1.58 goals against average and .944 save percentage were the best in the MJHL playoffs
  • Was tied with Riley McVeigh for the most wins in the MJHL playoffs with 10
  • In the Anavet Cup, he had a 4-2 record with a 2.47 goals against average and a .904 save percentage
  • At the RBC Cup, he had a 0-1 record with a 3.03 goals against average and a .896 save percentage
  • Was selected in the seventh round by the Vancouver Canucks at the 2018 NHL Draft
  • Has committed to the NCAA’s Maine Black Bears for the 2019-20 season

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Matthew Villalta (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds)

  • Had a 40-5-4 record with a 2.58 goals against average and a .908 save percentage during his second OHL season
  • His 40 wins were the most in the CHL and OHL
  • His 2.58 goals against average was the best in the OHL
  • In the playoffs, he had a 14-9 record with a 3.30 goals against average and a .893 save percentage
  • Was tied with Mario Culina for the most shutouts in the OHL playoffs with one
  • A third round pick in the 2017 NHL Draft, he signed an entry level contract with the Los Angeles Kings in April