Blues place three on all-star team
Cumberland County Cool Blues' defenceman Joel Stronge accepts his all-star defenceman trophy from Blues' coach Ron Reynolds during the Don Johnson Cup awards banquet. Darrell Cole-Amherst Daily News
SPRINGHILL - Trevor MacKenzie of the East Hants Penguins scored 11 goals and added seven assists in four games at the Don Johnson Cup and was named the tournament's top forward and its most valuable player.
The tournament's top players were honoured during an awards banquet early Saturday at the Richard Calder Arena.
The Penguins, who were undefeated in the round robin, were well represented when the awards were passed out with rearguard Jamie Klie picking up top defenceman honours and Matt Bracegirdle being selected as the top goalie.
Josh Manelli of the Central Junior Cataracts was named the tournament's most sportsmanlike player.
The Cumberland County Cool Blues placed three players on the all-star team with Chris Fearneley being selected for the goalie's position, Joel Stronge on defence and Mark Rozak at forward.
Forward Brodie Sanderson and defenceman Brett Vessey of the Kensington Vipers and forward Patrick Sweeney of East Hants were also selected to the team.
Former NHL forward Mac Davis talked to the players and remembering their junior careers and talked about the importance of teamwork in the dressing room, on the ice and in life.
"Remember these days because they could be the best days of your life," said Davis, who played in the NHL with Detroit and Buffalo and is a member of the Rochester Americans hall of fame.
Davis also encouraged the players to remember it's just a game and while they should compete and play hard, winning is not everything.
"Go out there and compete, but more importantly go out there and do your best," said Davis, urging the players to thank those around them who've made it possible for them to play.
On ice action resumes later today with the host Blues facing the Kensington Vipers in one semifinal at 3:30 p.m. with the Central Junior Cataracts facing the Penguins in the other at 8 p.m. The final goes Sunday at 2 p.m.