Gil­lis named top de­fence­man

Cape Bre­ton play­ers re­ceive awards at NSMMHL ban­quet

Cape Breton Post - - SPORTS - BY JEREMY FRASER jeremy.fraser@cb­post.com

The Nova Scotia Eastlink Ma­jor Midget Hockey League handed out its an­nual awards on Fri­day, with a num­ber of lo­cal play­ers tak­ing home hon­ours.

Cape Bre­ton West Is­lan­der Keenan Gil­lis was se­lected as the league’s best de­fence­man, while team­mates Ewan MacDon­ald and Colten El­lis shared the league’s best goals-again­staver­age award. Is­lan­ders head coach Kyle MacDon­ald was named the ma­jor midget league coach of the year.

Two Cape Bre­ton Union­ized Trades­men won in­di­vid­ual awards at the league ban­quet with MacKen­zie Ericks­son re­ceiv­ing the John Hanna Tro­phy for most sports­man­like, while Cody Smith was given the Pres­i­dents Tro­phy for most im­proved.

Two Is­lan­ders were named to each of the league’s all-star teams.

De­fence­man Ryan MacLel­lan and for­ward Ja­cob Hud­son were named to the first all-star team, while goal­tender El­lis and for­ward Avery Warner, both Cape Bre­ton Scream­ing Ea­gles prospects, were se­lected for the sec­ond all-star team.

Goal­tender MacDon­ald and for­ward Lo­gan Chisholm were picked for the league’s rookie all-star team.

The league also an­nounced team vol­un­teer awards. Tyler Richards was given the award for the Trades­men, while Dar­ren MacDon­ald re­ceived the award for the Is­lan­ders.

Other award win­ners in­clude G Black­more (MVP, Weeks Ma­jor Midgets), Ryan Fran­cis (rookie of the year, Cole Har­bour), and Justin Bar­ron (top rookie de­fence­man, Hal­i­fax).

T.J. COLELLO/CAPE BRE­TON POST

Keenan Gil­lis of the Cape Bre­ton West Is­lan­ders was named best de­fence­man in the Nova Scotia Eastlink Ma­jor Midget Hockey League. Gil­lis fin­ished the reg­u­lar sea­son with six goals and 33 as­sists for 39 points in 37 games.

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