Outlaws’ duo, Edam goalie headline SWHL Awards | saskNOW | Saskatchewan

“It’s definitely a substantial honour to be named [MVP], just since the other teams in the league vote on it, and it’s good that even though I’m more than 40 and on my way out, they however know I can add a minimal little bit,” he extra with an audible smile. “But I also want to mention that when you are enjoying with a group full of superstars like us [in Wilkie], we’ve acquired four or five men that could conveniently be named MVP of the league, and nobody would bat an eye.”

Derek Keller – Prime Defenceman

Coming off one more stellar year as the benchmark for two-way enjoy in the senior ranks, Keller racked up 26 factors (five objectives, 21 assists) in 17 game titles this 12 months on his way to a ninth consecutive Prime Defenceman Award, having also taken dwelling the difference in each individual of 2015, ’16, ‘17, ‘18, ‘19, ‘20, ‘22, and ’23.

Having said that, by no means 1 to permit his past achievement go to his head, Keller – like his longtime teammate, Harrison – was the photograph of humility when requested about the award and what it usually means.

“Anytime it’s your friends that are recognizing you for one thing like this it signifies some thing, and it’s a thing I imagine that all people cherishes and does not want to acquire for granted and is appreciative of,” Keller mentioned. “Our principal aims are team targets but personal accolades, when it’s coming from your friends, also suggest a little bit additional.”

That emphasis on ‘team first’ is a significant section of what led the Outlaws to a franchise-most effective 18– record this season, as the workforce appears to be like to proceed their reign as the benchmark of good results in the SWHL, having gained 6 of the last seven league championships, dating back to 2015.

Taryn Kotchorek – Prime Goaltender

From a pair of veterans of the senior hockey ranks, to a initial-12 months standout in between the pipes, Kotchorek is coming off a massive rookie marketing campaign suiting up for the Edam 3 Stars, just 40 minutes north of his hometown in the Battlefords.

Kotchorek began 17 of his team’s 18 online games, posting an 8-8-1 file with a league-higher two shutouts. His 2.59 aims against normal and .924 conserve share were being also greatest amongst goaltenders to engage in double-digit game titles.

Kotchorek reported it would not have been possible to see the accomplishment he did this calendar year, without having the complete team’s motivation to participating in sturdy defence.

“It’s really amazing and I’m pretty honoured to gain [Top Goaltender] my very first calendar year in the league, but I have acquired to give a good deal of credit history to our staff,” he said. “We shed a handful of imports previously in the 12 months, so we were kind of battling with scoring plans, but we genuinely focused on defence and I assume experienced the most affordable ambitions in opposition to all year. Adhering to that philosophy as a group helped me with that award and I like to think of it much more as a workforce award.”

Other SWHL award winners involve: Rookie of the Calendar year, Wyatt Versluis (Biggar Nationals) Mentor of the Yr, Colter Zarabiak and Kyle Laturnus (Biggar Nationals) Defensive Ahead of the Yr, Cody McKinnon (Macklin Mohawks) and Most Gentlemanly Player, Jeremy Boyer (Hafford Hawks).

Wilkie’s Rick Cey turned just the second player to be recognized with the Invoice Cey Memorial Award, presented annually to “an particular person deemed the most difficult performing area participant in the SWHL.” Ken Kernorhan (Biggar Nationals) was regarded with the Harvey Somerville Memorial Award “in recognition of several years of support to senior hockey and the SWHL.”

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