Graduating Saanich Braves players Liam Sproule

Braves hold awards banquet ahead of playoffs

On Sunday the Saanich Braves honoured a number of players and volunteers for their contributions to the 2014-2015 season.

The Saanich Braves open the Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League playoffs against the Westshore Wolves tonight (Feb. 18), while last Sunday, they took a few hours to honour a number of players and volunteers for their contributions to the Braves’ 2014-2015 season.

The big winner on the night was forward Jack Rachwalski, earning the Most Valuable Player Award, as well as the Iron Man Award, having played in all of the Braves’ 48 games this season.

Another double award winner was defenceman Mackenzie Valentine, who took home the Student Athlete Award as well as the Top Defenceman Award.

Goalie Brandon Ward, who led the VIJHL with 1,900 minutes played, was named the team’s Rookie of the Year.  Forward Jordan Parmar took home the Most Improved Player Award. Recently acquired Nick Kean was honoured as the Braves Top Scorer, while second leading scorer Evan Horvath was selected as the team’s Unsung Hero for the season.

Ben Meek was named the winner of the Coaches Award, while recently added Liam Sproule was given the Norm Kelly Consulting Award as Top Playoff Contributor from the previous season. Meek, Sproule and captain Dayne Ellison were honoured as the Braves’ three graduating players.

The team also acknowledged the volunteers and staff who keep the team on the ice. Equipment manager Bob Hleuka was honoured with the Most Dedicated Volunteer Award.

Braves first round schedule

Game 1 vs. the Westshore Wolves is tonight (Feb. 18) at The Q Centre, 7 p.m.

Game 2 is Friday (Feb. 20) at Pearkes, 6:30 p.m. Game 3 is Sunday (Feb. 22) at The Q Centre, 5 p.m. Game 4 is Monday (Feb. 23) at Pearkes 6 p.m.

If necessary: Game 5 is Feb. 25 at The Q Centre, 7 p.m, Game 6 is Feb. 27 at Pearkes,  6:30 p.m., and Game 7 on March 1 at The Q Centre, 7 p.m.

– Christian J. Stewart is a Saanich-based communications professional and contributing editor and photographer with Independent Sports News.

 

 

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Comments are closed

Just Posted

Book stores in Victoria notice uptick in sales for anti-racism titles

White Fragility, How to be an Antiracist are among the best selling titles

Undercover operation exposes prominent human trafficking problem in Greater Victoria

VicPD’s Operation No More took place in mid-June at a local hotel

Langford approves permit for 124-unit mass timber building

Tallwood 1 to be completed by late 2021

Saanich serves up virtual Strawberry Festival

Residents invited to look back on 54 years of festivals

‘This year is unlike any other’: Trudeau delivers Canada day address

Sophie Gregoire Trudeau and the Prime Minister release video celebrating the national holiday

Gov. General honours Canadians for bravery, volunteer service

Five categories of winners presented on Canada Day

COVID-19: Should non-medical masks be mandatory in Canada?

New poll shows Canadians are divided on the rules around mandatory masks

‘A little bit scary for everybody’: Air passengers wary as new rules take effect

Masks or face coverings have been mandatory on flights since April 20

VIDEO: Prince William and Kate chat with B.C. hospital staff about COVID-19

Seven-minute video posted to Youtube on Canada Day

River centre says heavy rains could bring flooding to central, northeastern B.C.

Water levels are already unusually high and river banks can be extremely unstable

Campbell River’s defunct cruise ship terminal to undergo evaluation for future plans

With no cruise ship coming through, the $16million terminal has been a white elephant for over 13 years

Most Read