Monthly Archives: July 2017

The 2017 Bagskate Hockey Podcast Awards Results

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As we reached that quiet time between the CHL Import Draft and the Ivan Hlinka, I figured now would be a good opportunity to share the results from this year’s voting for The Bagskate Hockey Podcast Awards, which featured a lot of interesting results.

Before we get to the results, let’s meet the rest of this year’s voters, besides those of you who voted in the online poll and myself.

  • Brad Coccimiglio – Sports reporter for Village Media and beat writer for the OHL’s Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds
  • Brett Punkari – My brother and supporter of every team that’s not Canada at the World Juniors
  • Chris McLeod – Play-by-play announcer for the OHL’s Windsor Spitfires on TV Cogeco
  • Cody Buhler – Play-by-play announcer for the MJHL’s Portage Terriers
  • Joey Payeur – Sports reporter for the Fort Frances Times and beat writer for the SIJHL’s Fort Frances Lakers
  • Les Lazaruk – Play-by-play announcer for the Saskatoon Blades
  • Michael Oleksyn – Sports reporter for the Melfort Journal and beat writer for the SJHL’s Melfort Mustangs
  • Marc Smith – Sports reporter for Golden West Radio and beat writer for the WHL’s Moose Jaw Warriors
  • Mike Stubbs – Play-by-play announcer for the OHL’s London Knights
  • Nathan Kanter – Play-by-play announcer for the SJHL’s Battlefords North Stars
  • Pete Krupsky – Play-by-play announcer for the US NTDP
  • Phil Heilman – Friend of the show and man about town in the Battlefords
  • Robert Murray – Sports reporter for Fort McMurray Today and beat writer for the AJHL’s Fort McMurray Oil Barons

As ever, a big thanks to everyone who sent their ballot along. Now let’s meet this year’s winners.

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Forward of the Year – Alex DeBrincat (Erie Otters)

DeBrincat has always been a dominant goal scorer, but he took it to a completely different level this past season by putting home 65 goals. He may not have made the American World Junior team, but winning a OHL title, being named CHL Player of the Year and becoming the first player since Dale McCourt to score 50 more goals in three straight seasons should make up for that. It will be interesting to see how his game transfers to the pro level as he joins the Chicago Blackhawks system this fall.

  1. Alex DeBrincat (Erie Otters) – 91 votes
  2. Sam Steel (Regina Pats) – 65 votes
  3. Nico Hischier (Halifax Mooseheads) – 60 votes
  4. Mathew Barzal (Seattle Thunderbirds) – 37 votes
  5. Dylan Strome (Erie Otters) – 35 votes
  6. Adam Brooks (Regina Pats) – 33 votes
  7. Tyler Wong (Lethbridge Hurricanes) – 30 votes
  8. Coby Downs (Battlefords North Stars) – 24 votes
  9. Jeremey Leipsic (Portage Terriers) – 18 votes
  10. Jayden Halbgewachs (Moose Jaw Warriors) – 9 votes
  11. Zach Aston-Reese (Northeastern Huskies) – 8 votes
  12. Casey Mittelstadt (Eden Prairie High School) – 8 votes
  13. Jordan Kawaguchi (Chilliwack Chiefs) – 8 votes
  14. Taylor Raddysh (Erie Otters) – 7 votes
  15. Joel Caron (Granby Inouk) – 4 votes
  16. Brendan Harris (Wenatchee Wild) – 4 votes
  17. Eduards Tralmaks (Chicago Steel) – 4 votes
  18. Jack Jacome (Georgetown Raiders) – 2 votes

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Defenceman of the Year – Cale Makar (Brooks Bandits)

There’s probably a lot of people that have never seen Makar play, even though he was just picked fourth overall by the Colorado Avalanche at the NHL Draft. While I wasn’t fortunate enough to see him play in person, I can tell you that having watched him during every game of the Western Canada Cup that Makar was an absolute pleasure to see play and was the most exciting player from this year’s draft class in my opinion. I’m not sure yet how he’ll play at UMass, but his highlights from this past season are well worth looking up online.

  1. Cale Makar (Brooks Bandits) – 97 votes
  2. Thomas Chabot (Saint John Sea Dogs) – 82 votes
  3. Darren Raddysh (Erie Otters) – 71 votes
  4. Ethan Bear (Seattle Thunderbirds) – 51 votes
  5. Connor Hobbs (Regina Pats) – 40 votes
  6. Will Butcher (Denver Pioneers) – 38 votes
  7. Santino Centorame (Owen Sound Attack) – 20 votes
  8. Jordan Murray (UNB Varsity Reds) – 10 votes
  9. Samuel Girard (Shawinigan Cataractes) – 9 votes
  10. Connor Mackey (Green Bay Gamblers) – 9 votes
  11. Eric Sinclair (Flin Flon Bombers) – 8 votes
  12. Brendan Guhle (Prince George Cougars) – 6 votes
  13. TJ Melancon (Blainville-Boisbriand Armada) – 5 votes
  14. Jake Stevens (Victoria Grizzlies) – 5 votes

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Goaltender of the Year – Tyler Parsons (London Knights)

Tyler had an excellent final season in the OHL for the Knights. Not only did he win a gold medal at the World Juniors with the United States, but he was sublime in the playoffs as he helped his team beat the Windsor Spitfires and pushed the eventual champion Erie Otters to the limit. If it wasn’t for his play, the Knights would have been nowhere close to being in that situation. His next stop is the Calgary Flames system, while the runner-up in this year’s voting (Michael DiPietro) will more than likely be the favorite to win this award as he heads into his third season with the Windsor Spitfires.

  1. Tyler Parsons (London Knights) – 66 votes
  2. Michael DiPietro (Windsor Spitfires) – 64 votes
  3. Michael McNiven (Owen Sound Attack) – 44 votes
  4. Carter Hart (Everett Silvertips) – 43 votes
  5. Connor Ingram (Kamloops Blazers) – 31 votes
  6. Tanner Jaillet (Denver Pioneers) – 29 votes
  7. Taryn Kotchorek (Battlefords North Stars) – 26 votes
  8. Kristian Stead (Nipawin Hawks) – 24 votes
  9. Zach Sawchenko (Moose Jaw Warriors) – 22 votes
  10. Stefano Durante (Cobourg Cougars) – 17 votes
  11. Michael Bitzer (Bemidji State Beavers) – 14 votes
  12. Jordon Cooke (Sasakatchewan Huskies) – 13 votes
  13. Matiss Kivlenieks (Sioux City Musketeers) – 13 votes
  14. Nate McDonald (Powassan Voodoos) – 10 votes
  15. Chris Janzen (Trenton Golden Hawks) – 8 votes
  16. Mathew Robson (Penticton Vees) – 4 votes
  17. Mitchel Benson (Brooks Bandits) – 1 vote

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Rookie of the Year – Nico Hischier (Halifax Mooseheads)

Hischier was highly touted coming out of Switzerland in the CHL Import Draft last season, but no one expected him to be picked ahead of Nolan Patrick and be the highest drafted player ever from his country in NHL Draft history when the year began. He’ll start the season in New Jersey, but if he ends up back in Halfax, the Mooseheads will become a legit contender to be at the Memorial Cup in Regina.

  1. Nico Hischier (Halifax Mooseheads) – 91 votes
  2. Clayton Keller (Boston Terriers) – 58 votes
  3. Andrei Svechnikov (Muskegon Lumberjacks) – 42 votes
  4. Carl Stankowski (Seattle Thunderbirds) – 36 votes
  5. Aleksi Heponiemi (Swift Current Broncos) – 32 votes
  6. Joel Grzybowski (Battlefords North Stars) – 29 votes
  7. Oliver Chau (Brooks Bandits) – 24 votes
  8. Ryan Merkley (Guelph Storm) – 23 votes
  9. Matthew Villalta (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds) – 20 votes
  10. Adam Dawe (Notre Dame Hounds) – 18 votes
  11. Mareks Mitens (Aston Rebels) – 16 votes
  12. Adam Fox (Harvard Crimson) – 13 votes
  13. Jake Oettinger (Boston Terriers) – 11 votes
  14. Jett Woo (Moose Jaw Warriors) – 10 votes
  15. Trent Frederic (Wisconsin Badgers) – 8 votes
  16. Hunter Miska (Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs) – 7 votes
  17. Nate McDonald (Powassan Voodoos) – 3 votes

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Team of the Year – Windsor Spitfires (Memorial Cup Champions)

I’ll admit it’s a bit strange that a team that got knocked out in the first round of the OHL playoffs ended up being voted as the top squad of this past season, but when you beat the OHL, QMJHL and WHL champions on your way to a winning the Memorial Cup, that’s pretty hard to top. Although Windsor loses some top guys, their will still be some decent pieces returning next season so I don’t think there will be a huge drop-off like we’ve seen from other Memorial Cup winners.

  1. Windsor Spitfires (Memorial Cup Champions) – 60 votes
  2. Cobourg Cougars (RBC Cup Champions) – 46 votes
  3. United States Under-20 Team (World Junior Champions) – 45 votes
  4. Battlefords North Stars (SJHL Champions) – 39 votes
  5. Denver Pioneers (Frozen Four Champions) – 37 votes
  6. Brooks Bandits (AJHL and Western Canada Cup Champions) – 30 votes
  7. UNB Varsity Reds (University Cup Champions) – 30 votes
  8. Portage Terriers (MJHL Champions) – 20 votes
  9. Erie Otters (OHL Champions) – 17 votes
  10. United States Junior Select Team (World Junior A Challenge Champions) – 16 votes
  11. Seattle Thunderbirds (WHL Champions) – 15 votes
  12. Saint John Sea Dogs (QMJHL Champions) – 14 votes
  13. Czech Republic Under-18 Team (Ivan Hlinka Champions) – 10 votes
  14. United States Under-18 Team (World Under-18 Champions) – 10 votes
  15. Terrebonne Cobras (QJHL and Fred Page Cup Champions) – 8 votes
  16. Flin Flon Bombers (SJHL Runner-Up) – 7 votes
  17. Lone Star Brahmas (NAHL Champions) – 6 votes
  18. Powassan Voodoos (NOJHL Champions) – 4 votes
  19. Chicago Steel (USHL Champions) – 3 votes
  20. Penticton Vees (BCHL Champions) – 3 votes
  21. Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds (OHL Quarter-Finalist) – 3 votes

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Coach of the Year – Kris Knoblauch (Erie Otters)

Since he arrived in Erie, Knoblauch played a huge role in the Otters becoming one of the top teams in the country. Now granted, having Connor McDavid on the roster will help with that, but even with him gone Knoblauch’s side continued to run off 50 wins or more over the course of the last four seasons. He didn’t get a Memorial Cup crown, but now he’s off to the pros as an assistant with the Philadelphia Flyers in a well deserved promotion.

  1. Kris Knoblauch (Erie Otters) – 53 votes
  2. Nate Bedford (Battlefords North Stars) – 48 votes
  3. Ryan McGill (Owen Sound Attack) – 41 votes
  4. Rocky Thompson (Windsor Spitfires) – 39 votes
  5. Jim Montgomery (Denver Pioneers) – 35 votes
  6. Steve Konowalchuk (Seattle Thunderbirds) – 31 votes
  7. Tom Keca (Fort McMurray Oil Barons) – 30 votes
  8. Blake Spiller (Portage Terriers) – 29 votes
  9. John Druce (Cobourg Cougars) – 28 votes
  10. Ryan Papaioannou (Brooks Bandits) – 23 votes
  11. Kyle Brick (Blind River Beavers) – 21 votes
  12. Dan Muse (Chicago Steel) – 10 votes
  13. Danny Flynn (Saint John Sea Dogs) – 8 votes
  14. Manny Viveiros (Swift Current Broncos) – 7 votes
  15. Patrick Grandmaitre (Ottawa Gee-Gees) – 6 votes
  16. Dave Bracken (Belle River Nobles) – 5 votes
  17. Doug Johnson (Nipawin Hawks) – 5 votes
  18. Scott Wray (Powassan Voodoos) – 3 votes

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Game of the Year – Cobourg 3 Brooks 2 (RBC Cup Final)

Not only did this game feature a national championship game being decided in overtime, but Nick Minerva’s blast from the point sent the fans in Cobourg into a frenzy as their hometown team picked up their biggest win in franchise history. Coupled with the fact that the Cougars tied the the game late in the third and goaltender Stefano Durante had an incredible performance to stymie the Bandits shooters and help upset the top Junior A team in the country, this is a game that won’t be forgotten any time soon.

  1. Cobourg 3 Brooks 2 (RBC Cup Final – Overtime) – 57 votes
  2. Windsor 4 Erie 3 (Memorial Cup Final) – 56 votes
  3. Everett 3 Victoria 2 (WHL First Round Game  – Quintuple Overtime) – 50 votes
  4. United States 5 Canada 4 (World Juniors Gold Medal Game – Shootout) – 50 votes
  5. Erie 5 London 4 (OHL Quarter-Final Game 7 – Overtime) – 45 votes
  6. Swift Current 5 Regina 4 (WHL Quarter-Final Game 4 – Triple Overtime) – 24 votes
  7. Seattle 4 Regina 3 (WHL Final Game 6 – Overtime) – 23 votes
  8. Lethbridge 5 Medicine Hat 4 (WHL Quarter-Final Game 7 – Overtime) – 16 votes
  9. Penticton 1 Chilliwack 0 (BCHL Final Game 7 – Overtime) – 11 votes
  10. Cape Breton 5 St. Francois 4 (Telus Cup Final – Overtime) – 10 votes
  11. Chicago 2 Sioux City 1 (USHL Final Game 5 – Overtime) – 7 votes
  12. Olds 4 Canmore 3 (AJHL First Round Game 3 – Overtime) – 7 votes
  13. Boston 4 North Dakota 3 (Frozen Four First Round – Double Overtime) – 6 votes
  14. Minnesota-Duluth 2 Harvard 1 (Frozen Four Semi-Final) – 5 votes
  15. Erie 4 Mississauga 3 (OHL Final Game 5 – Overtime) – 3 votes
  16. Red Deer 4 Lethbridge 3 (WHL First Round Game 3 – Double Overtime) – 3 votes
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