Gillis named top defenceman
Cape Breton players receive awards at NSMMHL banquet
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).
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.