DeBenedet named top rookie
There have been few rookies in the history of the SIJHL with the credentials of Lucas DeBenedet.
The Fort Frances Lakers’ forward yesterday was named the league’s CCM Rookie of the Year ahead of Thunder Bay North Stars’ forward Daniel Del Paggio and Minnesota Iron Rangers’ forward Jason Reynolds.
The International Falls product soon could get his second piece of league hardware.
He is up against Del Paggio and English River Miners’ forward John Morales for the Pizza Hut Player of the Year/Most Valuable Player award, which will be announced shortly.
In related news, Lakers’ blueliner Cody Wickstrom lost out to Minnesota’s Austin Frank yesterday for the Gongshow Gear best defenceman honour.
Frank led all defencemen with 43 points while Wickstrom was second with 38.
Tim Cavar of the North Stars was the other finalist.
Meanwhile, the Lakers and North Stars will conclude their two-game, total-goal playoff opener tomorrow at 7:30 p.m. at the Ice For Kids Arena.
The Stars took the opener 4-3 in Thunder Bay on Saturday.
The winner gets to pick its semi-final opponent.