Each year, the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League presents seven awards for on-ice excellence: Most Valuable Player, Top Scorer, Top Defenceman, Top Goaltender, Rookie of the Year, Most Sportsmanlike Player and Coach of the Year. Winners are named from each of the league’s four divisions prior to the start of KIJHL Playoffs, with overall league award winners named prior to the Teck Cup Finals.
- Monday, February 13 – Eddie Mountain Division
- Tuesday, February 14 – Neil Murdoch Division
- Wednesday, February 15 – Bill Ohlhausen Division
- Thursday, February 16 – Doug Birks Division
Today, we honour the award winners for the Bill Ohlhausen Division.
|Most Valuable Player
|Last season’s KIJHL MVP finished fourth in the league with 73 points in 38 games to average 1.92 points per game. Henderson was a plus-49 and played an average of 21:44 a game. Henderson also averaged nearly five minutes on the power-play at 4:46, but was also used on the penalty-kill, an average of 1:57 per game. The Quesnel product was a key part in the Osoyoos Coyotes securing second place in the Bill Ohlhausen Division.
|Henderson led the KIJHL last season in points with 65 in 40 games. He was second in goals with 32. The 5-11, 185-pound forward found another level to produce with a career high 73 points. Henderson also set a new career high in assists with 48. He produced 19 of his points on the power-play and had three game-winning goals and four short-handed points. Henderson also had 26 primary assists.
|Gould is in his third season with his hometown Posse and helped them win the KIJHL President’s Cup as the overall regular season champions for the first time in the organization’s 20-year history. Gould had 16 points in 43 games and was a key part of a blueline that allowed 110 goals in 44 games – fourth lowest in the KIJHL. Gould averaged 23:30 of ice time and played an average of 3:43 per game on the penalty-kill. Gould also played an average of 1:38 on the power-play.
|Trzaska equaled his career high of 10 wins from last season in just 12 games this year. He returned to the posse from the MJHL’s Neepawa Titans and played 711 minutes, with a .922 SP and a 2.62 GAA as he allowed 31 goals. Trzaska wrapped up the regular season with four straight wins against Kelowna, Osoyoos, Summerland and North Okanagan. In those games, The 6-foot, 180-pound goalie made 116 saves on 124 shots for a .935 SP and a 1.99 GAA. Trzaska’s 10 wins rank him 18th in the KIJHL.
|Rookie of the Year
North Okanagan Knights
|In his first season in the KIJHL, the Coldstream, B.C. product represented the Knights on Team KIJHL in the BCHC Prospects Game. Seibel finished fifth in wins with 16, which led all rookie goalies. He had two shutouts to go with a .926 SP and a 2.95 GAA in 29 games. Seibel closed out the regular season with four straight wins over Osoyoos, Kelowna twice and Summerland. He turned aside 135 of 141 shots for a .957 SP and a 1.50 GAA.
|Most Sportsmanlike Player
North Okanagan Knights
|Johnston receives the Most Sportsmanlike Player award for the Bill Ohlhausen Division for the second straight season. Johnston had 22 penalty minutes for the season. In 84 career KIJHL games, Johnston has 28 penalty minutes. The 5-11, 175-pouind forward was second on the Knights with 45 points in 42 games playing an average of 20:45 per game. Of Johnston’s 45 points, 17 came on the power-play.
|Coach of the Year
|Readman is in his second full season with the Posse after joining the organization from the Creston Valley Thunder Cats. Readman led the Posse to its first ever first-overall regular season finish with a record of 31-7-3-3 in 44 games. Last season the Posse were 15-24-3-0 in 42 games. The Posse finished as the third highest scoring team in the league with 181 goals and allowed the fourth fewest goals with 110.