AMHERST – Ramblers forward Josh Coleman is the inaugural recipient of the Maritime Junior A Hockey League’s community leadership award, the league announced Monday.
The 19-year-old Amherstonian, who attends Mount Allison University, spent Monday mornings this season helping minor hockey players develop their skills, served breakfast Wednesdays at Spring Street Academy, and also raised money for the Children’s Wish Foundation and the Heart and Stroke Foundation.
“Josh demonstrates what it means to care and have pride in his community,” Ramblers head coach and general manager Corey Crocker said in a news release.
“Josh’s endless hours of community service entitles him as a leader on our hockey club and a role model for all the young athletes in Amherst and the surrounding areas.
“Josh carries a smile on his face that carries weight in the community as a great role model and he is always willing to attend community events. He is a player that other players want to be around because of his good habits off the ice.”
Coleman, a five-foot-11, 185-pound forward, has played two years with the Ramblers. In 48 regular-season games this season, he totalled 10 goals and six assists to go with 43 penalty minutes.
The league also announced that Matt Milson of the Miramichi Timberwolves is the first player to receive the MJAHL character award.
Each team was asked to nominate a player on their club that other teams hate to play against, but would love to add to their lineup, a player with outstanding grit and determination.
Milson, a 20-year-old Miramichi native, racked up 25 goals and 41 assists in 49 regular-season games this year, good for seventh in league scoring.
The league has created a builders award, with the inaugural winner to be announced at the MJAHL annual general meeting and draft, to be held in Bridgewater in June.
The league will also announce its executive and coach of the year at the draft.