The Nelson Leafs traded in their skates and sweaters for suits and ties on Sunday night as the team hosted its annual awards banquet at the Hume Hotel.
Coaches Frank Maida and Sean Dooley handed out the awards after speaking about the successful season the Leafs enjoyed.
Jamie Vlanich won the award for leading scorer and was named as team MVP. Vlanich was also the leading scorer in the entire KIJHL.
Other award winners included:
- Carson Willans — Most Valuable Player in the Playoffs;
- Linden Horswill — Sportsmanship Award;
- Brandon Sookro — Most Improved;
- Alec Wilkinson — Rookie of the Year;
- Travis Wellman — Unsung Hero;
- Blair Andrews — Coach’s Award;
- Darnel St. Pierre — Spirit Award;
- Austin Lindsay — Excellence in Education Award;
- Brad Rebagliati — Citizenship Award;
- Robson Cramer — Top Defenceman;
- Aaron Dunlap — Most Popular (as voted by the players.
Gord Davis, a member of the Leafs’ executive that has years of experience with the club, was presented with the Jim Kienholz Award as Volunteer of the Year.
Nelson is now preparing to host the 2014 Cyclone Taylor Cup which begins April 10 and runs until the 13.
Four teams will battle it out for the BC crown, The teams include The Nelson Leafs, Beaver Valley Nitehawks, Aldergrove Kodiaks and the Victoria Cougars.
Maida said his squad has had a chance to rest, get healthier and prepare for the tournament.
All of the games take place at the Nelson and District Community Complex.