The NWJHL announced its year-end awards March 25, and once again the Fort St. John Huskies took home the bulk of the prizes.
It's no NWJHL championship, but the team and palyers were deserving of these awards and the recognition still counts in good times and bad.
Jared Loewen won his second straight NWJHL Defenseman of the Year Award, and won his first league MVP award. Loewen had 56 points in 39 games, up from the 39 points he had last year. He finished just 13 points back from the league's leading scorer, not bad for a defenceman.
The league's leading scorer was his teammate Gary Loewen, who had 69 points (19 goals, 50 assists), 11 more points than the 58 he had in the 2018-19 season in five fewer games. Both Loewens have aged out of junior and have finished their career with the Huskies.
Rounding out the Huskies award winners was Tyler McArthur winning the Top Goaltender awrad. In his rookie season, McArthur had some tough stretches in terms of goals against and save percentage, but as a whole was remarkably consistent and was the backbone of the team's success. He finished the year with a 21-4-1 record, and a GAA of 2.48 and SV % of .895.
McArthur picked up the mantle left by Jonathan Bateman, who won the Top Goaltender award as a Huskie last season. Last year, the Huskies won six of seven awards. They won four of eight this season.
Here is the list of awards handed out.
MVP: Jared Loewen - FSJ Huskies
Top Scorer: Gary Loewen - FSJ Huskies
Top Defenceman: Jared Loewen - FSJ Huskies
Top Goaltender: Tyler McArthur - FSJ Huskies
Rookie of the Year: Mason McLeod - Dawson Creek Jr Canucks
Most Gentlemanly: Dawson Briscoe - North Peace Navigators
Coach of the Year: Evan Boire - Sexsmith Vipers
Al Spence Meritorious Award: Tony Doll - Fairview Flyers
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