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Powassan’s McDonald named finalist for CJHL’s Top Goaltender Award

Canadian Junior Hockey League

Media Update

Release date: Thursday, May 4, 2017

CJHL announces its finalists for Top Goaltender of 2016-17
Drackett: Calgary Canucks (AJHL); Johnson: Brockville (CCHL); Bengert: Steinbach (MJHL); McDonald: Powassan (NOJHL); Astorino: Georgetown (OJHL) & Stead: Nipawin (SJHL) up for CJHL’s Top Goaltender

CALGARY, Alta. – The Canadian Junior Hockey League announced Thursday the six finalists for its Top Goaltender Award, which is awarded annually and determined through voting by the 10 leagues that comprise the CJHL.

Earning CJHL finalist accolades for this honour are Logan Drackett (Calgary Canucks – AJHL); Henry Johnson (Brockville Braves – CCHL); Roman Bengert (Steinbach Pistons – MJHL); Nate McDonald (Powassan Voodoos – NOJHL); Josh Astorino (Georgetown Raiders – OJHL) and Kristian Stead (Nipawin Hawks – SJHL).

Listed below you will find information on each of the finalists:

AJHL: Logan Drackett, Calgary Canucks: The 19-year-old from Calgary, Alta., was earlier named the AJHL’s top goaltender for 2016-17. … Was also a finalist for AJHL MVP honours. … Drackett finished among the Top 5 AJHL netminders with a 2.35 goals-against average and .918 save percentage. … He recorded the second-most shutouts in his league with six, wins at 29 and minutes played with 2,788. … Drackett represented the AJHL at the 2016 World Junior A Challenge as a member of Team Canada
West. … He was a three-time recipient of the AJHL Defensive Player of the Week Award in 2016-17 while being selected Star of the Game eight times. … He was earlier named to the 2016-17 AJHL South Division All-League Team.

With files from Charla Flett, Vice-President, Communications (AJHL)

CCHL: Henry Johnson, Brockville Braves: Finished up his final year of Jr. ‘A’ by earning his second straight CCHL Top Goaltender Award. … The native of Minneapolis, Minn., is considered very athletic, with quick reflexes, good focus and concentration. … Johnson finished second in the CCHL in saves with 1,502 while leading his 12-team league in save percentage at
.929 SV%. … Was credited as being a main reason for Brockville making the playoffs. … Has committed to Bemidji State University for 2017-18 on NCAA D-I scholarship. … Went 25-18 on the year with a 2.56 GAA, his .929 save mark and two shutouts.

With files from Sean Marcellus, Operations Manager (CCHL)

MJHL: Roman Bengert, Steinbach Pistons: The 20-year-old native of Cole Harbour, N.S., led the MJHL in three goaltending categories: wins (38), minutes played (2,743) and shutouts (five). In fact, his 38 wins were tops among all CJHL goaltenders. … His efforts resulted in him winning the MJHL Top Goaltender Award and he was also named a first-team, all-star selection. Bengert was twice chosen MJHL Goaltender for the month and picked up one league Player of the Week honour. … At six-foot-three-inches, Bengert provides a large physical presence in the net. … Has committed to Lake Superior State University of the NCAA.

With files from Brian Smiley, Media Relations Officer (MJHL)

NOJHL: Nate McDonald, Powassan Voodoos: The 17-year-old North Bay, Ont., product was instrumental in leading Powassan to their first place finish in the overall NOJHL standings and their initial league regular season title in franchise history. … McDonald led all NOJHL netminders in goals-against average at 2.159 and wins with 30. … He was also third in save percentage at .923 and finished tied for second in shutouts with three while playing the fourth-most minutes in the league at 2,112. … McDonald was also a member of Team NOJHL at the Eastern Canada Challenge Cup.

With files from David Harrison, Statistician & Historian (NOJHL)

OJHL: Josh Astorino, Georgetown Raiders: The 20-year old Niagara Falls, Ont., native was a rock between the pipes for the Raiders during his first season in the OJHL, helping lead the club to a third consecutive West Division and South-West Conference regular season title, while also capturing the OJHL regular season championship for the first time since 2011-12. … Was named OJHL Goaltender-of-the-Month in January. … Posted an impressive 28-3-2 record for the league’s second-best win total, along with two shutouts. The 1st Team All-Star allowed just 67 goals against this season in 35 games played for a 1.93 goals against average which also ranked second-best to finish as runner-up for the OJHL Top Goaltender Award (lowest GAA), while his 974 saves saw him post the OJHL’s best save percentage at .936%. … Had three win streaks of five or more, including a nine-game run.

With files from Izak Westgate, Director of Operations (OJHL)                             
SJHL: Kristian Stead, Nipawin Hawks: Stead was a double award recipient in the SJHL in 2016-17. … Not only was he named the league’s top goaltender for his efforts in net, but he was chosen as the SJHL’s Most Valuable Player. … The 20-year-old Merritt, B.C. product led all SJHL netminders in wins with 29. … Stead also shared top spot in league save percentage at .936 and led the way in the 12-team SJHL in shutouts with seven. … His 1.97 goals-against average ranked him third overall. …  His win, average and save mark totals all represented personal career single season highs. … Stead has committed to attend the University of Alaska-Anchorage on NCAA Division I Scholarship where he will play for the Seawolves hockey program.

With files from Mike Stackhouse, Communications (SJHL)

The CJHL would also like to recognize the four honourable mentions for its Top Goaltender Award:

BCHL: Darion Hanson – Vernon Vipers
LHJAAAQ: Stefano Cantali – Collège Français de Longueuil
MHL: Christofer Langlais – Summerside Western Capitals
SIJHL: Patrick Zubick – Dryden GM Ice Dogs

ABOUT THE CJHL AWARDS VOTING PROCESS

A candidate from each of the 10 leagues that comprise the CJHL was nominated by their respective leagues for each of the six national awards.

The initial stage of the selection process saw representatives from each of the CJHL leagues rank their top five players from among the 10 national nominees.

Rankings were then assigned a point value with the five-highest point-getters, and ties if determined, advancing as finalists to the concluding round of voting.

The five finalists, and ties if determined, for each award come from either the AJHL, BCHL, CCHL, LHJAAAQ, MHL, MJHL, NOJHL, OJHL, SJHL or SIJHL.

The finalists, and ties if determined, for the CJHL player awards will be announced during the week of May 1-5.

That will be followed by the announcements of each of the respective award winners during the period of May 8-12 heading into the RBC Cup Canadian Jr. A Championship, May 13-21, in Cobourg, Ont.

Each of the finalists for the CJHL Coach of the Year will be announced prior to the start of the RBC Cup, with the winner being named during the nine-day event.

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