|High School Ice Hockey:
Annual Hockey Award Winners Announced
Monday, March 19, 2001
By Mike Costantino
In recognition of excellence on the ice, SJSports Online recently presented during the finals of the varsity series its second annual ice hockey awards. This year was tougher than last year as there were numerous players that had excellent seasons. The following is a list of the player we felt stood out during the 2000-2001 SJHSIHL season.
Defenseman of the Year- Buddy utilized his speed and his smarts to always seem to be in the right place at the most opportune time. He continued his strong season in the playoffs and led his team to the championship.
JVA Player of the Year- Chris Mirabella, Delran. Chris led the jva in scoring with thirty-two points and helped Delran to finish second in their division. His average of 3 points per game was impressive considering the amount of attention opposing teams spent on trying to contain him.
JVB Player of the Year- Ryan Folkman, Triton. Ryan had an unbelievable season for Triton as he led his team to an undefeated season and the championship at his level. Ryan's' goal against average was a mind-boggling 1.46.
Coach of the Year- Steve Brown, Washington Township. Coach Brown replaced Chris Harrington last year after serving under his tutelage and led his team to an undefeated regular season and eventually the league championship. His stoic yet forceful presence behind the bench was key in balancing out the emotional levels that these young athletes have.
Leadership Award- Mike Keppler, Eastern. Mike Keppler was the starter last year and with a talented freshman coming in was relegated to back-up status. Most athletes when asked to sit become disruptive and selfish, but Mike put team goals above personal rewards. And when called upon to either start or finish games he compiled a 3-0 record in five games and was third in the league in save percentage.
Click here to view last year's winners.
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