Congrats to all winners and nominees!
Alberni Valley's MacMillans amongst
those tabbed for Coastal Awards
BURNABY, BC -- February 24, 2010
-- A foursome of Alberni Valley Bulldogs were
recognized for outstanding seasons today when the British Columbia Hockey League
announced its 2009/10 Coastal Conference awards winners.
Bulldogs' forward Mitch MacMillan was named the Coastal Conference Most Valuable
Player. MacMillan led the league in goals with 61 and paced all Coastal scorers with 93
points, while also becoming the first BCHL player since Kyle Turris to score 50 goals in
50 games or less.
Other Alberni Valley players to receive awards included Mark MacMillan, who was named
the Coast's Rookie of the Year following a season that saw the 18-year old finish ninth in
BCHL scoring with 80 points.
Bulldogs' defenceman Kevin Ross was named a co-winner of
the conference's Most Sportsmanlike Player award with Cowichan Valley Capitals forward
There was also a tie for the Coast's Top Defenceman, as Powell River's Mat Bodie and
Victoria's Jordan Heywood split the award. Bodie picked up 42 points in his second BCHL
season while also captaining Team Canada West to a silver medal at the 2009 World
Junior A Challenge in Summerside, PEI. Heywood finished the season with 51 points and
tied for the league lead in game winning goals by a defenceman with four.
Alberni Valley Bulldogs head coach Nolan Graham picked up the conference's Coach of
the Year nod after leading his club to a 53-point improvement in the standings and a first
round playoff bye. The Bulldogs went from last to first on the Coast under Graham in his
first season as a head coach in the BCHL.
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