Greater Vernon Minor Hockey didn’t have its year-end banquet but they have announced all the award winners for 2019-20. (Morning Star - file photo)

Vernon minor hockey hands out year-end hardware

Organization couldn’t hold annual banquet because of COVID-19

In a normal year, Greater Vernon Minor Hockey would host a banquet to announce its year-end award winners.

But, of course, 2020 has been anything but normal.

Like many sports organizations, minor hockey had to cancel its year-end banquet due to COVID-19, but it doesn’t mean they didn’t announce the award winners.

“All of us at GVMHA would like to congratulate our award winners,” administrator Michelle McCrea said. “From the players and goalies that worked hard this past season for their teams, way to go everyone. To our coaches for giving their personal time and leadership, and our dedicated officials who work to keep the game safe for everyone, thank you.”

Two very deserving individuals were honoured with the Volunteer of the Year award, each spending long hours of their personal time to complete the volunteer jobs as well as other special projects for minor hockey that have come up over the years they’ve been volunteering. The winners are Michelle Godard and Les Hobenshield.

Coaches of the Year winners were Jerred Smith (junior); Rob Johnson (senior) and Lance Johnson (rep).

Goalie of the Year was Austin Seibel from the Vernon Vipers’ Tier 2 bantam squad.

Haylee Gosselin was named Referee of the Year, Terry Johnson was chosen as Most Dedicated official and Jace Collard was selected Junior Referee of the Year.

All house and rep leagues handed out awards. The winners include:


Most Improved: Jordan Toews;

Most Sportsmanlike: Cadel Simms;

Most Valuable Player: Kobe Menzies;

Best Defenceman: Nixon Whieldon;

Best Goalie: Ben Dobernigg.


Most Improved: Jeffrey Brown, Tyler McInnes;

Most Sportsmanlike: Tarran Tepper;

Most Valuable Player: Nick Brandner;

Best Defenceman: Gavin Johnson, Charlie McGinty;

Best Goalie: Isaac Brisco.


Most Improved: Jackson Donnelly;

Most Sportsmanlike: Ashton Rysen;

Most Valuable Player: Rory O’Brien;

Best Defenceman: Pwalxken Joe;

Best Goalie: Kohen Molde.


Most Improved: Jakob Aeichele;

Most Sportsmanlike: Paige Brayshaw;

Most Valuable Player: Caleb James;

Best Defenceman: Bradley Halvorsor;

Best Goalie: Jared Ross.


Most Improved: Emma Ward, Dalton Lawrence;

Most Sportsmanlike: Alexander Sharman, Paisley Kasper;

Most Valuable Player: Mathis Paull, Carter Wallace.


Most Sportmanlike: Addison Boal;

Most Improved: Maci Lameoureux;

Most Valuable Player: Mikayla Bishop.


Most Sportsmanlike: Hailey Sitter;

Most Improved: Caden Oliver, Lyndon Tung;

Most Valuable Player: Hudson Kibblewhite.


Most Sportsmanlike: Mena Bhatt;

Most Improved: David Calder;

Most Valuable Player: Teigan Kelley.


Most Sportmanlike: Keiscia Maleniza;

Most Improved: Allyson McAvoy;

Most Valuable Player: Isabella Huston.


Most Sportsmanlike: Parker Davidson;

Most Improved: Hannah Robertson;

Most Valuable Player: Holly Magnus.


Most Sportsmanlike: Logan Killingbeck;

Most Improved: Bogdan Savelyev;

Most Valuable Player: Austin Seibel.


Most Sportsmanlike: Ryan Cox;

Most Improved: Zachary Bouchard;

Most Valuable Player: Austen Vandenbrand.


Most Sportsmanlike: Maisun Ang-Hamilton;

Most Improved: Gage Stoll;

Most Valuable Player: Aidan Spraggs, Thomas Burton.

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