SIJHL announces its 2017-18 award finalists

THUNDER BAY, Ont. – The Superior International Junior Hockey League announced Wednesday the finalists for each of its individual awards for the 2017-18 regular season.

Voting for each of these honours was completed by each member club in the SIJHL.

Out of these finalists, the winner of each individual honour will be announced over the course of the coming days leading up to the conclusion of the Bill Salonen Cup playoffs.

Listed below are the nominees for the 2017-18 SIJHL awards.

The candidates are listed alphabetically in order of their team: Dryden GM Ice Dogs; English River Miners; Fort Frances Lakers; Minnesota Iron Rangers; Thief River Falls Norskies and Thunder Bay North Stars.

Mallons Corporate Impressions/Play It Again Sports MVP
Jacen Bracko, Dryden GM Ice Dogs
Parker Simonson, Thief River Falls Norskies
Brad Thrower, Thunder Bay North Stars

CCM Hockey Best Defenceman
Cory Dennis, Dryden GM Ice Dogs
Brody Jennings, English River Miners
Joe Newhouse, Thunder Bay North Stars

Top Goaltender
Michael Lenko, English River Miners
Bailey Schmitz, Thief River Falls Norskies
Brandon Bodnar, Thunder Bay North Stars

CCM Hockey Rookie of the Year
Evan Walls, Dryden GM Ice Dogs
Jacob Siebenga, English River Miners
Keighan Gerrie, Thunder Bay North Stars

Best Defensive Forward
Jaedin Ness, Fort Frances Lakers
Mitchell Soderberg, Thief River Falls Norskies
Avery Siau, Thunder Bay North Stars

Most Improved Player
Julian Uhryniuk, Fort Frances Lakers
Mark Sanchez, Minnesota Iron Rangers
Cody Aarvig, Thief River Falls Norskies

Most Sportsmanlike Player
Nick Lucas, Fort Frances Lakers
Michael Johnson, Thief River Falls Norskies
Alex Maticic, Thunder Bay North Stars

Coach of the Year
Kurt Walsten, Dryden GM Ice Dogs
Cole Workman, Thief River Falls Norskies
Rob DeGagne, Thunder Bay North Stars

The following remaining SIJHL awards will be announced and presented at a future date:

Regular season winner; The CCM Hockey First and Second All-Star teams; regular season leading scorer (Most points); RBC Jr. ‘A’ Scholarship; the Gary Cook Memorial Award; the CCM Hockey Most Valuable Playoff Performer; SIJHL Bill Salonen Cup Playoff Champion and the SIJHL Team Community Award.