The AMBHL held their annual awards ceremony last night and the following players and coaches were selected in the various categories.
Coach of the Year
Brayden Toma – Edmonton MLAC and Justin Jarmolicz – Red Deer Rebels
- Brayden Toma led his MLAC team to a 13-16-7 record in the 16/17 season, good enough for 3rd place in their division. This was a tremendous improvement from the previous season where they went 0-34-2 in what was one of the worst records in AMBHL history. Justin Jarmolicz led the Red Deer Rebels to 21-9-6 record, good enough for 2nd place division placing. Red Deer improved by 13 points from the previous season.
Defenseman of the Year
Logan Dowhaniuk – Camrose Red Wings and Anson McMaster – Rocky Mountain Raiders
- Logan Dowhaniuk had one of the highest goal totals by a defenseman in AMBHL history with 27 goals and finished with 56 points to lead all AMBHL defenseman. Dowhaniuk is ranked within our first round for the Bantam Draft. Big 6’3 Anson McMaster of Rocky Mountain got better and better as the season wore on. McMaster finished with 15-24-39 and was 3rd in AMBHL defenseman scoring. McMaster is ranked within our first round for the Bantam Draft as well.
Ethan Leyer – St. Albert Sabres and Noah Danielson – Red Deer Rebels
- Ethan Leyer was one of the leaders on a loaded St. Albert team this year. Ethan finished 7th in league scoring with 37-31-68 in 36 games. His 37 goals were 2nd overall behind Ozzy Wiesblatt’s 38. Leyer should go somewhere in the 3-5 round range on draft day. Noah Danielson had a huge season winning the AMBHL scoring title with 36-42-78. This coming after he put up 9-9-18 in his rookie bantam season. Some feel Danielson could vault to the first round.
Goaltender of the Year
Sebastian Cossa – Fort Saskatchewan Rangers and Garin Bjorklund – Calgary Bisons
- Hard to argue with these choices as Cossa was dominant all season long in leading the AMBHL in almost all the statistical categories for goalies. Cossa had the triple crown for goalie stats in leading with a .934% save percentage, 1.80 GAA and 5 shutouts. Bjorklund led all AMBHL south goalies in GAA with a 1.97 and 3 SO.
Sebastian Cossa – Fort Saskatchewan Rangers and Noah Danielson – Red Deer Rebels
Rookie of the Year
Matthew Savoie – St. Albert Sabres and Jayden Grubbe – Calgary Bisons
- Matthew Savoie was the only 2004 born peewee aged player in the AMBHL this year. Our #1 ranked 2004 prospect for the 2019 Draft had eye raising numbers for a player of his age with 34-27-61, good enough for 14th in league scoring. Jayden Grubbe played mostly 2nd line minutes but averaged near a PPG in his rookie season with 15-18-33 in 36 games. Grubbe is high ranked for the 2018 draft already.
At Swift Current, the Kabos Raiders took game 1 of the best of 3 SBAAHL final 3-1 over the Sask Valley Vipers. Reed Jacobson paced the attack with 1-1-2, giving him 8-5-13 in 8 playoff games. Keagan Little also had 1-1-2. Josh Pillar scored the lone Sask Valley goal, giving him a playoff leading 10 goals and 19 points. Game 2 of the best of 3 league final goes Saturday in Warman where the Broncos can win the league title.
CSSHL Varsity Playoffs
For the 2nd consecutive season, it will be a all Delta Varsity final as Green takes on White. Green went 25-0-0 in the regular season and so far 5-0-0 in the playoffs while White went 19-5-1 in the regular season and 4-1-0 in the playoffs. Green have been a powerhouse all season long, averaging better than 8 GPG. The final goes today at 1:15 PST.
The Bantam Prep Playoffs are now underway. Stay tuned to @wehpscout on twitter for all the updates.