Dawson Creek Jr. Canucks celebrate successful season

Taylor MacIntyre
03/15/2019

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After a heart-breaking loss in game 7 of the semi-final last Sunday, the Dawson Creek Junior Canucks had another premature exit in the NWJHL playoffs. 

Last night, the organization held their 21st Annual Awards Banquet to recognize their players' accomplishments over this past season. 

A buffet dinner, followed by individual awards for the players.

Goalie Conor Webb received the 'Sportsmanship' award, veteran Alex Richardson was the 'Unsung Hero,' rookie Tim Zimmer was given 'Most Dedicated,' 'Most Improved' went to another rookie Andrew Davidse, newcomer and Dawson Creek native Chase Henrickson got 'Playoff MVP,' Ethan Buck was the team's 'Most Valuable Defenceman,' Assistant Captain Brandon Rowley received 'Rookie of the Year,' 'Top Scorer' went to Assistant Captain Dustin Bahm, and lastly, 'Most Valuable Player' was presented to Team Captain, Kole Comin.

"It was quite an honour," said Rowley. "First year with the club and first year playing junior hockey. (...) It was just a lot of fun."

Five players are hanging up their Junior B sweaters - Liam Craig, Dylan McCuaig, Alex Richardson, Wesley Shipton, and captain, Kole Comin.

But their memories in the Mile Zero City won't soon be forgotten.

"Dawson Creek feels very, very tight-knit, so just the community impact you can have," said veteran Craig.

"Yeah, I feel the same way," continued McCuaig. "I've never played on a team that has had such great community support, honestly. It's been awesome being here."

And it sounds like the coaches were pretty attached to this group of players as well. 

"It's hard, but they're amazing young men." General Manager and Assistant Coach, Colby Wagar, continued, "I mean, when I first started doing this, I would have never thought that a person would get so emotionally attached to them, but we started to think about it and we talked about it and you know, some of them have been here for 10 months. They become part of your family and they become part of your community."

"For the players themselves, as growing up as young adults, I know life can get a little wild as a teenager and early 20s," said Head Coach, Gene Cooper. "So, you just try to be the influence, be positive, treat people right off the ice, and try to help out wherever you can and going forward, do the best you can do."

"I'd really like to thank our community," Wagar added. "I mean, I know I said it earlier in the year and as the second year of being the GM, the way the program turned around and I mean, our program wouldn't have turned around unless we had the support of our community."

A young - but talented - team with a promising future.

(Picture courtesy of the Dawson Creek Junior Canucks.)

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