Xtreme hand out hardware at annual awards banquet
By: Lucas Punkari
| Posted: Thursday, Apr 10, 2014 11:43 am
The Airdrie Xtreme hockey team officially closed the book on its 2013/14 AMBHL (Alberta Major Bantam Hockey League) season on March 27, with its annual awards banquet at the Ron Ebbesen Arena.
“It’s nice to recognize some kids for their individual success during the year, but it’s always hard as well as we really want to give an award to every kid,” Xtreme Head Coach Josh Zimmer said.
“Everyone does a lot during the year, and those who didn’t get awards were deserving of them.”
This year’s Most Valuable Player award went to team Captain Brett Trentham of Three Hills, as the second-year forward was lauded for his leadership skills with the team.
“He’s just a real class act,” Zimmer said.
“He conducts himself with class and knows the right time to speak up and when he needs to be quiet.”
“He’s very mature beyond his years, that’s for sure,” Zimmer added.
Trentham’s partner in crime up front, Airdrie’s Gary Haden, received two awards during the evening as he took home the Top Forward and Top Scorer trophies.
“Gary’s game is built on speed, and he competes hard all over the ice,” Zimmer said of Haden, who led the Xtreme in scoring with 70 points this year.
“He wants to make a difference whenever he is on the ice, and those awards are reflective of that,” he added.
The Top Defencemen award was shared by two blueliners, as Didsbury’s Taylor Fawns and Canmore’s Landon Melzer both received the accolade.
“Both guys were returning players for the team, and they really showed all of the things that they learned last season,” Zimmer said.
“They did all of the little things out on the ice, and they did a lot to help out our new players.”
A first-year forward for the Xtreme took home an award for the strides he made during the season, as Rocky View County resident Zachary Bokenfohr was named the team’s Most Improved Player.
“He has a great approach to the game,” Zimmer said.
“He’s very mature, especially with his mental approach, and he always knows what he has to do out on the ice in order to do well.”
Rounding out the award winners were Canmore’s Jacob Bernard-Docker and Airdrie’s Jonathan Lake, who won the team’s Code of Conduct and Heart and Hustle awards respectively.
“Jacob treats everyone with respect, and he represents the program the right way,” Zimmer said.
“He’s a great player who has a bright future ahead of him, especially as he will be back with the Xtreme next year.”
“Jonathan is a player who grew into his role throughout the season,” he added. “We asked him to play a lot on our penalty kill, and he took a lot of pride in that.”