Muskie boys hold awards banquet

The Muskie boys’ hockey team wrapped up the season with its annual awards banquet Monday night at the Adventure Inn.
Family, friends, and representatives from the Blueline Club gathered to honour the team for what was another strong season. The black-and-gold finished with an impressive 47-11-1 record, which included a trip to the all-Ontarios in Oshawa late last month.
Muskie head coach Shane Bliss spoke first and thanked his young squad for a good season. He said he was eagerly looking forward to next season as all but four skaters are scheduled to return.
“It’s been a great experience,” Bliss said of the season. “When you have a good group of kids, there’s no headaches. I really thank them.
“I hope they learned a lot and I hope that next season, we take another big step forward. Thanks boys. Great job.”
Bliss also thanked the parents, the Blueline Club, and the rest of the his coaching staff for all their efforts throughout the season, noting it would not have been such a success without their hard work and dedication off the ice.
Assistant coach and emcee Ken Christiansen then took the stage and entertained everyone on hand with a good-natured roasting of both Bliss and the players.
It then was time to hand out the awards.
Joanne Roach presented the Randy Roach Memorial Award for the “Unsung Hero” of the Muskie roster to defenceman Mike McCaig.
McCaig finished the season with three goals and 14 assists, and was a steady player at both ends of the ice. His positive attitude and strong work ethic also made him a popular player among his teammates.
Four-year Muskie veteran Mitch Green took home a pair of awards.
He won the A.R. “Al” Freeman Memorial as the most gentlemanly Muskie on the ice, as well as the Mrs. Bert Egan Memorial Trophy for his outstanding contribution to Muskie hockey.
Grade 9 forward Joe Basaraba took home the Billy Woods Award as rookie of the year. He finished third in team scoring with 21 goals and 33 assists.
Muskie captain Ryan Witherspoon won the Rod Cain Memorial Award for contributing the most to the development of good sportsmanship, morale, and teamwork.
Witherspoon led all Muskie scorers with 60 points during the season (28 goals/32 assists) and wasn’t afraid to mix things up physically.
Brian Glavish was honoured with the Danny Johnson Memorial Award for the player who best displayed his love for the game.
And finally, Muskie forward Kyle Turgeon took home the Barney Maher Award as the team’s most valuable player.
Turgeon, a Grade 11 forward who finished the regular season fourth in team scoring with 24 goals and 24 assists, was commended by Bliss for his relentless effort on the ice and his willingness to fill any role on the team.