The SIJHL announced Thursday that Fort Frances Lakers’ captain Nick Lucas earned the league’s Most Sportsmanlike Player Award for the 2018-19 season.
Lucas picked up the honour over fellow nominees Jacob Siebenga (Dryden GM Ice Dogs) and Stratton Pickett (Red Lake Miners).
The winner was determined in voting completed by each of the SIJHL’s six clubs.
In 44 regular-season games with the Lakers this season, the Cottage Grove, Mn. product, who is in his final year of Jr. ‘A’ hockey, amassed a career single season-high 48 points while incurring only five minor penalties–just three of which occurred after Oct. 1.
In 97 career SIJHL games, Lucas scored 35 times and assisted on 58 others for 93 points.
He also had eight more points in 11 playoff outings.
It also marked the fourth-straight year that a Fort Frances player has garnered the accolade, including the second-straight time for Lucas.
This also was the seventh time someone from a Fort Frances-based franchise has earned most sportsmanlike player honours in the 18-year history of the SIJHL.
While Lucas was a co-recipient last season with Alex Maticic (Thunder Bay North Stars), Dylan Kooner claimed the honour for the Lakers in 2016-17 and Andrew Willner won the award the year previously.
Jacob Nolan also garnered the accolade for Fort Frances back in 2012-13, as did Tyler Stevenson in 2010-11.
Former Borderland Thunder forward A.J. Tucker was a co-recipient back in 2002-03.
On Friday, the SIJHL announced Thief River Falls Norskies’ forward Boe Bjorge won the Most Improved Player award for the 2018-19 season.
Bjorge earned the accolade over fellow finalists Stratton Pickett (Miners) and Joel Willan (Thunder Bay North Stars) in balloting completed by each of the SIJHL’s six clubs.
In 56 regular-seaon games, the 20-year-old Grand Forks, N.D. product racked up 81 points on 29 goals and 52 assists to lead the Norskies in scoring and also finish sixth overall in the league.
This marked an impressive 66-point improvement for Bjorge from the 2017-18 campaign with Thief River Falls.
Among his efforts was a 19-game point streak that ran from Oct. 31-Jan. 9 while also producing an SIJHL season-best 16-game point run in road match-ups for his squad.
In 90 career SIJHL games, Bjorge produced at more than a point-per-game clip with 96 (38 goals and 58 assists).