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Saints spread some credit around
By Derek Kaye,
Castlegar News Contributor
It was a busy weekend of pomp and ceremony pre-game at the Selkirk Saints and Castlegar Rebels games on Saturday and Sunday March 1 and 2. On Saturday at the Saints Game with Trinity Western the graduating players from both teams were announced.
Graduating Saints include Connor Stephens, Dylan Smith, Jared Seuter, Connor McLaughlin, Colin Minardi, Matthew Luongo, Mason Spear, Scott Swiston, Beau Taylor and star goalie Chris Hurry. In fact some of the members are considering sticking together as they pursue their education and hockey careers. The game 2 star Scott Swiston told the Castlegar News after the game that Beau Taylor, Connor McLaughlin and himself are seriously considering attending a select few Alberta Colleges to play hockey together and finish Bachelor of Business degrees. Festivities continued with the presentation of awards. Saints assistant coach Jamie Friess presented the Coaches Award to Scott Swiston and Connor McLaughlin. Josh Hoffman from Mountain FM presented the Unsung Hero Award (picture above) to Chris Hurry. The Rookie of the Year Award went to Tanner Lenting and was presented by Selkirk College Registrar Cathy Mercer.
The Top Defenceman Award went to Stefan Gonzales and was presented by Sandro Rotach from Kootenay Savings. The Most Valuable Player Award was presented by Brad and Kathleen Zubick from McDonalds to Logan Proulx.
Sunday night pre-game at the Rebels and NiteHawks final play-off game at the Castlegar Complex the local West Kootenay Minor Hockey league Atoms were champions of their league and were all present on the ice in their jerseys for the official championship banner raising.