Brandon Sun publisher Eric Lawson presents Wheat Kings captain Mark Stone with the Brandon Sun Scoring Champion trophy on Saturday evening. Stone was also named the team’s MVP. (TIM SMITH/BRANDON SUN)
Captain Mark Stone led the way for the Brandon Wheat Kings on the ice all season long and he led them again as the team awards were handed out Saturday night at Westman Place.
Stone, who had two goals and two assists in a 7-2 victory over the Pats Saturday, was the recipient of a team-high four awards, including recognition as the Meighen Haddad Most Valuable Player.
"It’s obviously nice to be honoured for having a good season," said Stone, who finished second in Western Hockey League scoring with 123 points.
"I owe a lot to this team, a lot to the guys in the dressing room and a lot to the coaching staff and everyone. I’ve been here for four years and I’ve had nothing but good things (happen). This is just a little perk at the end of the season."
Despite missing time while representing Canada at the world junior hockey championship, the 19-year-old Ottawa Senators draft pick registered 41 goals and 82 assists in 66 games. His point total is the most by a Wheat King since Peter Schaefer also had 123 points in 1996-97.
The Winnipegger was also the team’s Brandon Sun Scoring Champion, Manitoba Hydro Turk Broda Trophy winner as the top Manitoba-born player and the Keystone Centre Most Sportsmanlike Player.
His linemate Mike Ferland was a double winner, as were defencemen Brodie Melnychuk and Eric Roy.
Ferland was the Manitoba Blue Cross Three Star Award winner and claimed the Shoppers Drug Mart Fans’ Choice Award. Melnychuk was the Art Marshall Award as the team’s top graduating 20-year-old and was selected as the Rob Stouffer Most Inspirational Player.
Roy was the Dennis Truscott UCT Most Improved Player and the Maggie Janz Scholastic Player of the Year.
Ryan Pulock won the Brad McCrimmon Top Defenceman Trophy, which was renamed this season in honour of the former Wheat Kings great who died in a plane crash in Russia in September.
Pulock was honoured to be the first recipient of the trophy bearing McCrimmon’s name.
"That’s really special to me," said the 17-year-old Grandview native, who had 19 goals and 41 assists in 71 games this season.
"Brad was obviously a great D-man. It was tragic and to be the first D-man to win that is special to me."
Alessio Bertaggia was the Meyers Norris Penny Rookie of the Year, Bruno Mraz was the Canad Inns Hardest Working Player, Brenden Walker won the Precision Toyota Unsung Hero Award and Paul Ciarelli was chosen as the McDonald’s Most Community Minded Player.
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition March 19, 2012