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Club hosts annual awards night
Matt Lapointe (right) accepts the Vern Hurley Sr. Memorial Trophy as the most valuable player on the Amherst CIBC Wood Gundy Ramblers from coach Jeff LeBlanc (left) and Vern Hurley Jr.
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AMHERST, N.S. – Matt Lapointe is quick to deflect the accolades that have come his way this season.
The 21-year-old Edmonton native was honoured by the Amherst CIBC Wood Gundy Ramblers as the club’s most valuable player. He was presented the Vern Hurley Sr. Memorial Trophy.
It’s an awesome honour, but there are so many guys in this dressing room who deserve this award as much as I do. Matt Lapointe
“It’s an awesome honour, but there are so many guys in this dressing room who deserve this award as much as I do,” said Lapointe. “It’s nice to be recognized and it’s true to be honoured like this by an organization with so much history. I’m kind of speechless.”
In his second season with the Ramblers, Lapointe thrived in Amherst. He teamed up with linemates Jordan King and Brandon Kosik to become one of the league’s top offensive lines.
Lapointe had 34 goals and 40 assists for 74 points with the Ramblers, finishing second to only Jordan King in team scoring.
His offensive skills were rewarded earlier this season when he was recruited by the University of Moncton, where he will play AUS Hockey next season with the Blue Eagles.
King, who is also in his second season with the Ramblers, was presented the Walter Maltby Trophy as top scorer. The Corner Brook, N.L. native joined the Ramblers from the Halifax Mooseheads last season and had 80 points, including 34 goals, this year to finish fourth in league scoring.
Kosik, a native of Kirkland, Que., joined the Ramblers last season from the Wellington Dukes of the Ontario Junior Hockey League and had 48 points in 49 games and earned the Shermie White Memorial Trophy as the player combining sportsmanship and playing ability.
Dunn was also honoured with the Fan’s Choice Award, the Henry Treadwell Memorial Trophy in honour of a longtime fan and volunteer.
The Lorne Briggs Memorial Trophy was presented to second-year defenceman Jesse Dunn, who joined the club in a trade with the Woodstock Slammers and had 32 points in 49 games, providing an offensive flair on the blueline as well as steady defence.
Matt Sartoris, who joined the club from the QMJHL this season, was presented the Captain’s Choice Award Hawkes Blueberry Trophy and he also received the Jeff Myatt Memorial Trophy as the Players’ Choice Award winner.
Julian Makary, who joined the Ramblers from the Summerside Western Capitals last season and battled through a series of injuries both last season and this year, was honoured for his work in the community with minor hockey and other organizations.
For that, the 19-year-old Bedford native was presented the first Roger Bacon Trophy.
Layton Parsons, who came to Amherst from the South Shore Lumberjacks at last June’s draft, was presented the Ron MacLeod Memorial True Grit Award.
In his first season with the Ramblers, the Dartmouth native had 44 points in 50 games and picked up 66 penalty minutes.
Second-year defenceman and Souris, P.E.I. native Dawson Grenier was presented the Moe Bent Memorial Award as the most improved player. Grenier saw his defensive game improve immensely over the regular season and he became a bit of an offensive threat late in the season with a big slapshot from the point.
Grenier, whose father Andy played on the Ramblers’ championship team of 1989, had six goals and 15 assists in 49 games.
Brock McEwen of Moncton was presented the Carmen Porter Memorial Trophy as the rookie of the year. McEwen had five goals and eight assists in 48 games while linemate Felix LeBlanc, who the Ramblers acquired in a trade in the offseason, had 10 points in 50 games and received the Carter’s Sports Cresting Award for academic proficiency and playing ability.
The Ramblers also honoured longtime supporter Ronald ‘Frenchie’ Comeau with the second Ronnie Rayworth Memorial Award as volunteer of the year.
Comeau was the scorekeeper for the Ramblers for more than 45 years before illness forced him to retire last season.
Brock McEwen (centre) accepts the Carmen Porter Memorial Trophy as rookie of the year from coach Jeff LeBlanc and Porter’s grandson Travis Parrell.
Former Amherst Ramblers president Jim Henwood presents the True Grit Award to Layton Parsons.
Kate-Lyn Briggs and Amherst Ramblers assistant coach Pat Legere present the Lorne Briggs Memorial Trophy to defenceman Jesse Dunn.
Amherst Ramblers coach Jeff LeBlanc and John Wry present the Maurice Bent Memorial Trophy as most improved player to defenceman Dawson Grenier.
Amherst Ramblers captain Chad Bannister and Dorritt Amos present the Hawkes Blueberries Trophy to Captain’s Choice Award winner Matt Sartoris.
Brandon Kosik (right) accepts the Shermie White Memorial Trophy from Amherst Ramblers assistant coach Jeff Walsh and Scott White.
Julian Makary accepts the Roger Bacon Trophy from former Nova Scotia premier and Cumberland East MLA Roger Bacon. The award is presented for community work.
Melissa Siddall and Kylie Siddall join with Amherst Ramblers player Matt Lapointe to present the Jeff Myatt Memorial Trophy as Players’ Choice Award winner to Matt Sartoris.
Olivia Pulsifer presents the Carter’s Sports Cresting Education Award to Felix LeBlanc.
Former Amherst Ramblers manager Walter Maltby presents Jordan King with the Walter Maltby Trophy as top scorer.
Jesse Dunn is presented the Henry Treadwell Memorial Trophy as Fan’s Choice Award winner by Mathias Mayhew.
Ronald ‘Frenchy’ Comeau accepts the Ronnie Rayworth Memorial Trophy as volunteer of the year from Bev Estabrooks and Rayworth’s son Peter Waye.