NWJHL Award Winners

February 12, 2013

The NWJHL announced it’s annual award winners this past weekend and there were a few surprises when all the voting was finished. Every year the league puts forth a vote to it’s members and before playoffs the announcement is made. Last season the Kings had a couple of winners. Forward Nolan Trudeau captured Top Scorer as well as shared the honours for league MVP. Former King Corey Wamsteeker was announced as the Rookie of the year.

Top Scorer
Winner: Nolan Trudeau
Team: Grande Prairie JDA Kings
Trudeau captures his second consecutive scoring title edging out his teammate Lyndin Lewis for the honour. Last season Nolan posted 43 goals and 47 assists for 90 points to capture the title. This season he was one point better in one less game played scoring 40 goals and adding 51 helpers for 91 points.

Top Goalie
Winner: Patrick Earle
Team: North Peace Navigators
The only other award not voted on is top goalie which this year was awarded to Patrick Earle of the North Peace Navigators. In 24 games Earle posted 19 wins and 4 losses with a goals against average 2.41 and a save percentage of 0.914.

League MVP
Winner: Brennan Romanovitch
Team: Fairview Flyers
In one of the bigger surprises the expansion Fairview Flyers produced there first ever Most Valuable Player to overager Brennan Romanovitch. Not to discredit Brennan but there certainly was some surprise when he ousted the likes of Nolan Trudeau, Josh Peters and Robbie Sidhu for the honour. Scoring 17 goals and adding 37 assists for 54 points Brennan led the Flyers in scoring this season and helped an expansion team who started slow climb all the way to third place in the standings.

Rookie of the Year
Winner: Dustin Long
Team: North Peace Navigators
A toss up (in our opinion) for rookie of the year came down to Slave Lakes Gordy Laderoute and the eventual winner, Dustin Long of the North Peace Navigators. Long had an impressive rookie debut and as the season went on got better and better. He finished the season with 27 goals, 21 assists and 48 points good enough for first in rookie scoring and 12th in league scoring.

Top Defensemen
Winner: Kevin Monfette
Team: North Peace Navigators
Despite missing seven games this season Navigators defensemen Kevin Monfette captured another NWJHL Best Defensemen award. With 8 goals and 29 assists Monfette finished first in defense scoring.

Most Gentlemanly
Winner: Gordy Laderoute
Team: Slave Lake Wolves
Another surprise to us but after having struck out on the rookie of the year award Slave Lake rookie Gordy Laderoute walked away with some league hardware capturing the Most Gentlemanly Award. Typically awarded to a player who exemplifies a high skill set along with playing a smart/clean game Laderoute only posted 14 penalty minutes. Kings forward Nolan Trudeau who led the league in scoring only posted 8 PIM’s the entire season.

Coach of the Year
Winner: Darcy Haugan/Clarence Malbeuf
Team: North Peace Navigators/Slave Lake Wolves
Haugan captures another NWJHL Coach of the year. Having been a large part of the continued success of the Navigators Haugan took his team to second place in the NWJHL standings with 29 wins, 5 losses and 1 OT loss. Malbeuf gets reconigzed for the first time and helped take a Slave Lake team returning from a years absence to 17 wins and 18 losses which was good enough for fourth place in the NWJHL standings.

Congratulations to all of this years league award winners.

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