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Cougar hand out annual player awards

The fourth annual Prince George Cougars Awards Banquet and Brunch took place on Sunday afternoon at the Prince George Civic Centre.

Over 300 fans, parents, billets, volunteers and Cougars representatives gathered to celebrate the 2018-19 regular season filled with many individual milestones and accomplishments.

After a wonderful meal, general manager and interim head Coach Mark Lamb and vice president, business Andy Beesley, each took turns addressing the crowd and highlighting the eventful 2018-19 regular season.

Mayor Lyn Hall, MLA Shirley Bond and CEO of the Spirit of the North Healthcare Foundation Judy Neiser, were local dignitaries on hand that they presented awards.

Twenty-year-olds Josh Curtis, Joel Lakusta and Mike MacLean each received a photo plaque and game worn and alumni jerseys as keepsakes for their careers with the Cougars.

Associate coach Steve O’Rourke, assistant coach Nick Drazenovic and goaltending coach Taylor Dakers presented plaques to a handful of Cougars’ recognizing first WHL goals, first wins and first shutouts.

Then it was time for the individual awards which were presented in the following order:

  • BRETT CONNOLLY ROOKIE OF THE YEAR AWARD: Tyson Upper
  • JEFF ZORN AWARD FOR ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE: Josh Curtis
  • CHRIS MASON AWARD FOR MOST 3-STARS SELECTIONS: Taylor Gauthier
  • DOROTHY JOHNSON MEMORIAL AWARD (VOTED BY THE FANS): Taylor Gauthier
  • FAN CLUB BURSUARY WINNER: Josh Curtis
  • SPIRIT OF THE NORTH HEALTHCARE FOUNDATION HUMANITARIAN AWARD: Isaiah DiLaura
  • TROY BOURKE AWARD [OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR]: Vladislav Mikhalchuk
  • ERIC BREWER AWARD FOR BEST DEFENSIVE PLAYER AWARD: Cole Moberg
  • MICHAEL FOGOLIN MEMORIAL AWARD (VOTED BY THE PLAYERS): Josh Curtis & Josh Maser
  • DAN HAMHUIS AWARD FOR TEAM MVP: Josh Maser

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