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.
2015: Gabriel Vilardi
2014: Brandon Saigeon
The next level. A hockey player’s evolution, to a degree, takes place on a ladder. It involves a long, at times daunting, climb up the rungs to the player’s ultimate goal.
Did that just happen? You can excuse fans and parents for asking that question, because it’s not something you see at the rink every day. With his team breaking up the ice, 2018 Ontario HockeyNow Player Of The Year Jamie Drysdale decided to join the rush... while skating backwards.
We’re less than two months out from making our final selections for the HockeyNow Minor Hockey Player of the Year award winners in B.C., Alberta and Ontario. The 2018 nominees have been impressing us all season long and some were fortunate enough to make their mark at the Telus Cup in Sudbury late last month.
A new crop of talented players is bound to hit the Canadian Hockey League (CHL) and major junior hockey, many bound to be stars in hockey for years to come.
We couldn’t be prouder of the HockeyNow Minor Hockey Player of the Year Award and what it represents for minor hockey. For the 19th year, we will be presenting the award to a player in each B.C., Alberta, and Ontario who not only shows great hockey ability, but also brings strong sportsmanship and leadership to the table as well as proven participation in their school and community.
Only a few months remain until the winners are announced. For the 19th year, HockeyNow will award some of the best minor hockey talent in B.C., Alberta, and Ontario with the annual Player of the Year Award.
Only a few months remain until the winners are announced. For the 19th year, HockeyNow will soon be awarding some of the best minor hockey talent in B.C., Alberta, and Ontario with the annual Player of the Year Award.
What better way to kick off 2018 than to look at the minor hockey players making waves and getting noticed by our scouts for this year’s Minor Hockey Player of the Year Award?
The Minor Hockey Player of the Year race is especially top of mind at HockeyNow as we look ahead to watching former player of the year Dante Fabbro wear the red and white at the World Junior Championships later this month – assuming he makes a full recovery, of course.
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