The Vernon Vipers handed out their team awards Wednesday night, officially capping off a season in which the team missed the playoffs for the first time in a decade.
Mike Zalewski and Patrick McGillis grabbed the most hardware.
Zalewski was Vernon’s top scorer with 38 goals and 75 points, earning the nod as the team’s most valuable player.
Zalewski is moving on to the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute next season, going back to his home state of New York.
McGillis missed tons of time on the ice, sidelined half the season by a high ankle sprain. But the defenceman’s work off the ice earned him a share (along with Max Mowat) of the Rienie Holland community service award.
McGillis was also recognized as the team’s most sportsmanlike player and received the team’s $900 Blueliners scholarship.
Adam Tambellini, brother of former Chilliwack Chief Jeff Tambellini, won the team’s rookie of the year award.
Aaron Hadley was named the unsung hero, Brett Corkey was named the top defenceman, Jedd Soleway was named the most improved player and Riley Hunt was named the fan favourite.