SJHL award winners
Daily Herald Staff
Former Prince Albert Raider Austin Daae has been named the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League’s Canalta Player of the Year.
Daae, who spent the last half of the 2012-13 campaign with the Raiders, won the league scoring race with 71 points and not once in the regular season did he go more than three games without registering at least one point.
The 20-year-old Daae helped his hometown Estevan Bruins to claim the No. 7 seed for the playoffs and in the Wild Card Series against the Flin Flon Bombers was instrumental in helping the Bruins win a tough five-game series. Estevan was eliminated in the quarter-finals when they were bumped by the Battlefords in five games.
Other league awards were also doled out on the weekend with Humboldt Bronco goaltender Ryland Pashovitz being named the rookie of the year, Michael Gudmandson of the Battlefords North Stars was selected as the SGEU most valuable player, Kale Thomson picked up the SaskTel goalie of the year award, Chase Norrish of the Yorkton Terriers got the nod as the top defenceman and Jamie Fiesel of the Melville Millionaires was unanimously chosen as the Sherwood coach of the year.
Pashovitz, Gudmandson and Thomson are all goaltenders and have their respective clubs in the league semifinals.
Pashovitz posted a regular-season-best goals-against-average of 1.60 while also recording an amazing save percentage of .947. Gudmandson, who came to the Battlefords in a November trade with Neepawa of the Manitoba Junior Hockey League, helped turn the Stars’ 4-12 start into a Kramer Division title while Thomson posted eight shutouts in helping the Terriers grab the regular-season and Viterra Division championships.
Norrish led all defencemen in scoring with 45 points including a run of 23 points in the final 14 games of the regular season. Norrish’s twin brother Brady was the Yorkton MVP a year ago and together with Thomson in net helped the Terriers post the league’s lowest goals-against mark with 125 goals allowed in 56 games.
Fiesel, who has been with the Millionaires since 2004 when he replaced former Prince Albert Raider coach Steve Young in mid-season when Young headed to Moose Jaw to start his Western Hockey League career, took a team that lost all but four regulars from last year and had them in a position to challenge for first overall for most of the season.
Feisel’s Millionaires will now face the North Stars in the semifinals beginning this weekend while the Terriers and Broncos will have a rematch of last year’s final in the other semifinal.