SEAC 2017-18 Year End Banquet


Just like that, another hockey season has concluded. And what a season it was! Both South East Athletic Clubs put forth very competitive squads during the 2017-18 campaign, with the Bantam AAA club making a return to the postseason for the first time since 2013. Meanwhile, the hard-working Midget 15's were in countless close games all season, ultimately culminating with an excellent performance at the 2018 Sutter Cup. So it goes that after all the action on the ice has finished, the hockey family gathers once more for the annual year end banquet.

This year's event had a somewhat sombre tone, with the recent events regarding the SJHL's Humboldt Broncos weighing heavily in the minds of those in attendance. Cards were available to sign at the entrance to send to the Broncos on behalf of SEAC, and each person through the door was offered a green and gold ribbon to show their solidarity with the Humboldt organization. A large number of people in attendance also wore jerseys as a show of support for those affected by the recent tragedy.

After some social time and a wonderful meal, it was on to the main course for the evening. SEAC was honoured to have a special guest speaker for the evening, Medicine Hat Tigers Head Coach and General Manager Shaun Clouston, who gave a very informative and thorough speech about what it takes to get the next level. Shaun's speech included 8 points for the players in attendance to consider, each one backed up by an example or two of Medicine Hat Tigers who have gone on to the professional ranks in one way or another. It was inspiring for the aspiring players who one day look to go down the road of the WHL's Tigers who call the Canalta Centre their home.

Medicine Hat Minor Hockey General Manager Kris Schultz took to the podium next, touching on a number of topics. Chief among them was the importance of reaching out and making connections through your hockey playing days. Schultz recalled a recent meeting with a fellow teammate from 25 years ago and how instant their bond was upon reconnecting. Kris also touched on his gratitude for being welcomed into the hockey family of Medicine Hat and reminded players to make the most of their time on the ice, bus and with their families, including a request for each player to thank their parents and those who help make their hockey dreams possible.

It was then on to the year end awards, with Head Coach Jason Bartram taking to the mic on behalf of the Bantam AAA Tigers, while Assistant Coach Russ Mortlock entertained those in the crowd as the spokesperson for the Midget 15's. Without further ado, your 2017-18 South East Athletic Club Award Winners:

BANTAM AAA:

Top Defenseman: This award goes to the defenseman who competed consistently every day in practice and games. This player also put the team first and helped make the players around him better throughout the season. This year’s award goes to Tanner Gold. Top Forward: This award goes to the forward who was reliable in all situations. He could be used in a variety of positions and was leaned on heavily. His consistent play all over the ice makes him the top forward. This year’s award goes to Mason Mowat.

Most Dedicated: This award goes to a player who rarely gets recognition and plays in relative obscurity, however, developed into a reliable team player that could be used in any situation. Most of the time his contribution to the team went unnoticed. This player always put the team first on and off the ice. This year’s award goes to Jase Fleury. MVP: This recognition goes to a player who judged to be the most valuable to his team. They bring an unparalleled level of commitment for working hard on and off the ice. This player is relied upon for rigorous and consistent effort in all team situations. This year’s award goes to Marek Andres.

MIDGET 15:

Top Defenseman: This award goes to the defenseman who competed consistently every day in practice and games. This player also put the team first and helped make the players around him better throughout the season. This year’s award goes to Caleb Irvine. ​Top Forward: This award goes to the forward who was reliable in all situations. He could be used in a variety of positions as was leaned on heavily. His consistent play all over the ice makes him the top forward. This year’s award goes to Hunter Kauppi. Most Dedicated: This award goes to a player who rarely gets recognition and plays in relative obscurity, however, developed into a reliable team player that could be used in any situation. Most of the time his contribution to the team went unnoticed. This player always put the team first on and off the ice. This year’s award goes to Brady Dovichak and Gavin Schroeder. Riley Martin Memorial: Awarded to the player whose performance best exhibits a strong desire to compete, that plays with a team first attitude and goes above and beyond to excel through hard work, perseverance, and commitment to the game. This year’s award goes to Kyden Moore. MVP: This recognition goes to a player who judged to be the most valuable to his team. They bring an unparalleled level of commitment for working hard on and off the ice. This player is relied upon for rigorous and consistent effort in all team situations. This year’s award goes to Caleb Irvine.

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