PHOTO: EAGLE DEFENCEMAN TREY PHILLIPS TOOK HOME THREE AWARDS – MVP, LEADING SCORER and TOP DEFENCEMAN! – photo courtesy of Julie Wilson
Monday, March 3- As expected, it was the Trey Philips Award’s Show on Saturday evening as the Canmore Eagles celebrated their 2013-14 regular season with their annual Annual Award’s Banquet at the Canmore Golf and Curling Club.
Hosted by Mountain FM morning man Rob Murray, with special speeches by Eagle’s Head Coach and General Manager Andrew Milne and Team President Darryl Lockwood, this year’s “Award’s Banquet” was an upbeat affair as the club posted its best regular season record (32-25-3) since the 2002-03 season.
The Eagles finished in fifth-place in the AJHL Southern Division standings and will now meet the fourth-place Camrose Kodiaks in an upcoming Best-of-Five Alberta Junior Hockey League opening round playoff series.
Phillips, who won the AJHL’s “Most Valuable Player” and “Top Defenceman” awards a week earlier, picked up three more trophies at the Eagle’s Award’s Dinner winning the team’s “Most Valuable Player”, “Leading Scorer”, and “Top Defenceman” awards. Philips had a career season for the Eagles scoring 25 goals and 40 assists in 58 games and lead the entire AJHL in scoring by a defenceman.
Eagle goaltender Ryan Ferguson, who posted a record of 24-14-4, took home the Town Of Canmore Award for “Rookie of the Year”. Ferguson was named the Eagle’s “Star of the Game” on 12 different occasions this season and posted a 2.58 Goals Against Average and a .922 Save Percentage.
Canmore native and defenceman Roman Melzer claimed the Canmore Ramada Award for “Academic Achievement” as the rookie excelled in his academic studies at the Canmore Composite High School with an +80% average. The Eagles salute Roman for his achievements both on and off the ice!
Canmore native Simon Philp was awarded the Bremner Engineering and Construction Award for the team’s “Most Dedicated Player”. Philp, who missed most of last season following painful hip surgery, come back with a vengeance this season scoring 20 goals and adding 18 assists in 59 games played.
Canmore native Jeremy Gordon, now in his third year with the hockey club, took home the “Player’s Choice” award as voted on by his team-mates. “Gordo” can play forward or defence and is more than willing to back up his team-mates when the going gets rough.
Defenceman Nikolas Kosman took home the Lake Louise Ski Area trophy for “Most Improved Player”. The 19-year-old played all 60 games for the Eagles this season, logged a ton of ice time, and improved his point total from 3 points last year to 19 this year. His inspired play bodes well for an excellent season next year when he is expected to be the Eagle’s #1 D-man.
Sherwood Park native Austen Hebert continued to excel defensively this season and won the Boston Pizza Trophy as the team’s “Most Sportsmanlike” player. Hebert plays every game with outstanding heart and determination.
Rookies Brett Radford and Brett Schimmel were named as co-winners for the “Derek Deegan” Award – to the Eagle player who volunteers his time to help-out with Canmore Minor Hockey. Both players were always quick to volunteer their time and could always be found at the rink helping out Minor Hockey players whenever possible. The Eagles truly value their relationship with Canmore Minor Hockey and strongly encourage their players to spend as much time as possible with the younger kids. Goaltenders Cam Barnes and Ryan Ferguson also received honourable mentions for their dedication to Canmore Minor Hockey.
The “Volunteer of the Year” was awarded to long-time Eagle Board member Pat Semeniuk. Semeniuk is a loyal Eagle fan and does whatever it takes to help out the club. Pat attends every home game and can be found helping out at the 50-50 table, organizing the volunteers on Game Day, organizing casinos, hosting the 20-year -old for annual dinners, and selling X-mas trees. Thanks for all your hard work and dedication throughout the years Pat!
Eagles Head Coach and General Manager Andrew Milne was also honoured for his countless hours of community work and took home the “Ken Pauls Senior” Award for “Outstanding Contribution”. Milne has been instrumental in keeping the Eagles afloat financially as he does so much more than just coach the hockey club. Milne is quick to volunteer his entire team for as many community events as possible, runs local hockey schools and programs, and ensures that his players are respectable members of the Canmore Community. Thanks Andrew – your efforts are truly appreciated by the entire Town of Canmore.
NOTEBOOK: Special thanks to the Canmore Golf and Curling Club and host Rob Murray for their outstanding contributions to the Award’s Banquet. Thanks also to the numerous Bow Valley business’s for their “Silent Auction” contributions. Your support is greatly appreciated by the hockey club. . .The Eagles will be holding their Celebrity Poker Tournament on Saturday, April 26 from 2 pm – 11 pm at the Stoney Nakoda Resort and Casino. The Poker Tournament will be open to the first 100 players to register. For full details, please see the promotional Poker Tournament poster on the Eagle’s website or contact Kenny Pauls JR. at Kenny@can-bow or call 403-609-7797.