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Wildcat Brandon Boutillier, left, tangles with Stephen MacInnis.
NEW GLASGOW – In his first year in the MHL, with a veteran team, Stephen MacInnis’s character stood out enough that he was recognized by the league with their annual character award.
“Stevie has been a leader since day one,” said Crushers head coach Jason Malone. “His ability to consistently do the little things is something every coach would appreciate. This is a well deserved honor for a guy who puts it on the line game in and game out.”
MacInnis may not have been the flashiest player on the ice night in and night out, but the forward from Cable Head East, PEI amassed 17 points in 48 games in his first MHL season and provided a vital presence in the Crushers lineup by consistently contributing in ways that don’t always make their way onto the scoresheet.
“We were extremely pleased when Stephen confirmed he would come play for the Crushers,” said Crushers governor Wade Taylor. “From the first practice Stephen demonstrated this with his hard work and high compete level. We are very proud of Stephen being awarded the Character Award and it is a tremendous honour for all MHL teams recognizing his contribution the same way we do.”
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List of award winners:
Player of the year: Rankyn Campbell – Miramichi Timberwolves
Defenceman of the year: Trey Lewis – Miramichi Timberwolves
Rookie of the year: Blade Mann-Dixon – Valley Wildcats
Top scorer: Jake Wright – Woodstock Slammers
Top goaltending duo: Jacob Fancy and Chris Festarini – Truro Bearcats
Community leadership award: Patrick Durgy – Campbellton Tigers
Character award: Stephen MacInnis – Weeks Crushers