The Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League announced the 2021-22 award winners Wednesday, and two players from the Humboldt Broncos combined for six awards.
The league’s Player of the Year, Most Valuable Player and Top Goaltender was Humboldt’s Rayce Ramsay. The 2001-born netminder picked up an SJHL record 41 wins over the course of the campaign in 50 starts. He posted a goals-against average on the season of 1.98 and had a save percentage of .930 - both top of the table in the league.
Connor McGrath was the Top Forward, Rookie of the Year, and SJHL Top Scorer. The former Weyburn Red Wing, acquired by the Broncos in a trade during the off-season last year, finished with 84 points in 56 games. The 2003-born forward also had 33 power play points over the course of the campaign. He is also the 128th ranked North American skater in the upcoming NHL draft, and has already committed to Ferris State University.
The SJHL’s Top Defenseman for the 2021-22 campaign was Xavier Lapointe of the Flin Flon Bombers. The 2002-born blueline, originally from Quebec City, finished the season with 50 points in 58 games – the most amongst all defensemen in the league. Lapointe is committed to the Rochester Institute of Technology for next season.
The Most Sportsmanlike Player of the year was Battlefords North Stars captain Rylan McNinch. The 2001-born forward was known for having a very physical game, while maintaining his discipline. He finished the year with 42 points and just 20 penalty minutes.
This year’s Coach of the Year is a repeat winner – Brayden Klimosko. He took a completely rebuilt team in the Battlefords North Stars, pegged by many to probably finish near the bottom of the table at the start of the season, to a 35-win campaign, finishing fourth overall.
While the regular season awards have now been announced, the season itself is not quite over yet in the SJHL. The league finals start Friday night in Estevan, as the Bruins take on the Flin Flon Bombers in a best-of-seven series to determine the league champions.