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HockeyNow’s Minor Hockey Player of the Year Award is well on its way to becoming a minor hockey tradition of sorts. The B.C. award has been handed out since 2000, with the program expanding to include Alberta and Ontario last year.

“I feel like an old man talking about this award,” said Two-time Stanley Cup Champion Colin Fraser, the first recipient of the award when he was a 15-year-old Bantam. “Obviously, it was something special at the time and something I’ll never forget.”

Since Fraser, no less than 12 other future NHL draftees and players have won, including Gilbert Brule, Karl Alzner, Stefan Elliott, Griffin Reinhart, Morgan Rielly and 2011 first-overall pick Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, to name a few.

“The award is a great honour, especially when you look at some of the people who have won it in the past,” said Nugent- Hopkins of the players who came before him when he was honoured in 2008.

Our Player of the Year Selection Committee, chaired by former NHL defenceman Dave Babych, chooses the winner annually from a list of finalists compiled throughout each season.

With each passing year, as the list of deserving recipients grows, the philosophy upon which the award was built remains the same – to honour the minor hockey players each year who best exemplify hard work, dedication, performance, sportsmanship and leadership both on and off the ice.

 

STORIED HISTORY:
past B.C. Minor Hockey Player of the Year winners

2016: Josh Williams

2015: Luka Burzan

2014: Justin Almeida

2013: Dante Fabbro

2012: Mathew Barzal*

2012: Jansen Harkins*

2011: Joe Hicketts

2010: Curtis Lazar

2009: Morgan Rielly*

2009: Griffin Reinhart*

2008: Ryan Nugent-Hopkins

2007: Kevin Sundher

2006: Stefan Elliott

2005: Geordie Wudrick

2004: Dustin Sylvester

2003: Karl Alzner

2002: Gilbert Brule*

2002: Brock Bradford*

2001: Tyler Burton

2000: Colin Fraser

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