Natural leader Cherewyk receives Max Clunie Award

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Carlton Comprehensive High Student grade 11 student Logan Cherewyk received the Max Clunie Memorial Award on Sunday at Kinsmen Arena. The award is handed out annually upon completion of the Prince Albert Minor Hockey Midget city finals, the accolade recognizes a house division player who best exemplifies the qualities Clunie possessed. Herald photo by Perry Bergson

Recognizing the qualities of leadership, tenacity and grit, the third edition of the Max Clunie Memorial Award was handed out on Sunday at Kinsmen Arena.

Midget White Stars forward Logan Cherewyk was bestowed with the award honouring the memory of Clunie, who passed away in a 2011 plane crash.

Awarded annually upon completion of the Prince Albert Minor Hockey Midget city finals, the accolade recognizes a house division player who best exemplifies the qualities Clunie possessed.   

Each of the coaches and managers of the city’s midget teams nominate one player for the award.

Cherewyk’s coach, Prince Albert police Chief Troy Cooper, said he nominated Cherewyk in part because of his team-first attitude.

“Logan jumped right out at me,” Cooper said of nominating Cherewyk for the award. “He’s a true team player and someone I thought had a lot of character. He’s just a hardworking, grinding hockey player who enjoys the sport.”

Cooper added that throughout the 17-year-old assistant captain’s season, Cherewyk never hesitated to stand up for some of the team’s younger and smaller players.

“It’s just something I like doing,” Cherewyk said of protecting his teammates. “I try to lead by example, I don’t let my teammates get pushed around. It helps everyone around you get better and improve.”

While delivering big hits to stand up for his teammates, Cooper added that Cherewyk is also a natural-born leader both on the ice and in the locker room. 

“In hockey you need someone that’s vocal to be a positive influence,” Cooper said. “Logan was one of those people. He’s outgoing, knows the game and the other kids look to him as a leader.”

An avid football player, the field adjacent to Carlton Comprehensive High School was dubbed Max Clunie Field in memory of the 15-year-old.

At the time of his passing, Clunie was entering the midget division of P.A. minor hockey and in an effort to recognize his passion for that sport as well, the Suchorab and Mugford families created the award. 

Following his third year of midget hockey, Cherewyk plans to try out for the Junior-A Prince Albert Icehawks of the Prairie Junior Hockey League.

Having played peewee hockey with Clunie, Cherewyk said he is honoured to be chosen among dozens of other candidates nominated for the award dedicated to preserving the memory of his former teammate.

“It’s pretty special,” he said. “There is only one guy out of everybody that gets picked and I’m just happy it was me this year.”

andrew.schopp@paherald.sk.ca 

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