NPHL Award Winners Announced
There is a changing of the guard in the NPHL as far as NPHL Award and All-Star Teams is concerned.
Five players received their first NPHL All-Star selection this season among the 12 players named.
By Chris Clegg, NPHL Statistician
The NPHL also has first time winners in six of the seven major awards this season including NPHL Most Valuable Player, Most Gentlemanly Player, Coach-of-the-Year, Rookie-of-the-Year [obviously], Best Defenceman and Best Forward. Only Manning’s Braden Gamble [in goal] is a repeat winner.
Voting was done by each team with voters not allowed to vote for players on their team.
There were no unanimous selections.
2014-15 NPHL Major Award Winners
Most Valuable Player: Dustin Sather, Spirit River Rangers
Most Gentlemanly Player: Andrew Buote, Grande Prairie Athletics
Coach of the Year: Blaine Bablitz, Grande Prairie Athletics
Rookie of the Year: Devin Bell, Grande Prairie Athletics
Best Goaltender: Braden Gamble, Manning Comets
Best Defencemen: Mark Stojan, Grande Prairie Athletics
Best Forward: Dustin Sather, Spirit River Rangers
2014-15 NPHL First All-Star Team
Goaltender: Braden Gamble, Manning Comets
Defenceman: Mark Stojan, Grande Prairie Athletics
Defenceman: Alex Curran, Spirit River Rangers
Forward: Dustin Sather, Spirit River Rangers
Forward: Jeff Shipton, Fort St. John Flyers
Forward: Colin Lefley, Spirit River Rangers
2014-15 NPHL Second All-Star Team
Goaltender: Darren Walker, Grande Prairie Athletics
Defenceman: Brady Busche, Fort St. John Flyers
Defenceman: Tyler Loney, Fort St. John Flyers
Forward: Mike Lefley, Spirit River Rangers
Forward: Joey Massingham, Fort St. John Flyers
Forward: Adam Boytinck, Grande Prairie Athletics
SR’s Dustin Sather wins NPHL MVP Award, Best Forward Award
The NPHL’s leading scorer in 2014-15 is also its most valuable player.
Dustin Sather of the Spirit River Rangers led the NPHL in scoring this year with 18-29-47 points, 16 points more than Fort St. John’s Jeff Shipton and Grande Prairie’s Mark Stojan. His 18 goals also led the league. Sather helped the Rangers to a first place tie with Grande Prairie, only to lose on a tiebreaker.
Sather also led Spirit River in scoring in 2011-12 with 28-43-71 points – his first in the league.
In winning the MVP award, Sather becomes the third Ranger to win and first in 14 years, Kelly Hrycun won in 2000-01 and Darin Allen in 1998-99.
Sather was also named to the NPHL First All-Star team making him a three-time all-star. He was named the West Division’s best right winger in 2011-12 and 2012-13 and co-winner of the NPHL’s Best Right Winger the same years.
GP’s Andrew Buote wins Most Gentlemanly Player Award
Andrew Buote continues Grande Prairie’s run of Most Gentlemanly Player honours.
Buote becomes Grande Prairie’s fourth winner in six years and fifth winner in nine years with Jordon Bombier winning in 2006-07, 2009-10, 2010-11 and 2012-13.
Buote recorded 5-16-21 points in 18 games for the Athletics, while only receiving one minor penalty all season.
Buote led the Athletics in scoring in 2013-14 with 26-22-37 points. He was also named to the NPHL All-Star West Division Right Wing Team in 2013-14.
GP’s Blaine Bablitz wins Coach of the Year Award
Blaine Bablitz becomes Grande Prairie’s third Coach-of-the-Year Winner.
Bablitz led the Athletics to a first place finish this season with a 16-4 record. It is only Grande Prairie’s second Lawrence Cup win in history; their first was in 2000-01.
Bablitz, a former coach of the Grande Prairie Storm, took over the coaching duties in mid-season and led the Athletics to an 11-2 finish after starting 5-2.
Fraser Berg was a co-winner of Coach-of-the-Year Award in 2007-08 while Ryan Widdifield as a co-winner in 2009-10.
GP’s Devin Bell becomes 4th A’s player to win Rookie-of-the-Year honours
Devin Bell is the fourth Grande Prairie player and first in nine years to win Top Rookie honours.
Bell was fourth in scoring for the Athletics this season with 13-8-21 points. His 3 short-handed goals led the NPHL and his 13 goals tied for the team lead, despite the fact he did not score a power play goal all season.
Other Rookie-of-the-Year winners from the Athletics were Jordon Bombier in 2002-03, Jason Roche in 2004-05 and Brennan Jones in 2005-06.
Manning’s Braden Gamble has lock on Best Goaltender Award
For the third straight season, Manning’s Braden Gamble has won the Best Goaltender Award.
And, it’s only his third year in the NPHL.
Gamble won the award despite his team’s 5-15 record, but voters realized his value to the team and his 4.81 goals against average. This year’s honour adds to Gamble’s impressive three-year run in the NPHL. He won the NPHL MVP in 2012-13 and 2013-14. By winning Best Goaltender Award for the third straight year, he is also named to the NPHL First All-Star Team for the third straight year.
An interesting note: second place finisher Darren Walker of the Grande Prairie Athletics did not win despite being the only goaltender in NPHL history to record a season average of under 2 goals per game [1.95 GAA] among goaltenders qualifying for best average.
GP’s Mark Stojan wins Best Defenceman Award
One year in the NPHL and one Best Defenceman Award for Grande Prairie’s Mark Stojan.
Stojan led all NPHL defenceman in scoring this season with 6-25-31 points, which also placed him third in NPHL scoring.
Other than Donny Lloyd in 2011-12 and 2012-13, Stojan is the only Athletic to ever win the award.
3 Rangers named to NPHL First All-Star Team
The two-time defending NPHL champion Spirit River Rangers dominate the NPHL’s First All-Star Team with 3 players selected.
And two players received their first NPHL All-Star selection.
NPHL MVP Dustin Sather is joined on the forward line by teammate Colin Lefley and defencmenan Alex Curran.
Rounding out the team are goaltender Braden Gamble of the Manning Comets, defenceman Mark Stojan of the Grande Prairie Athletics, and Jeff Shipton of the Fort St. John Flyers.
Sather is now a three-time NPHL All-Star. He was named the West Division’s Best Right Winger in 2011-12 and 2012-13 and co-winner of the NPHL’s Best Right Winger the same years.
Lefley makes his second All-Star Team, previously winning the West Division’s Best Centre position in 2011-12. He was second in Spirit River’s scoring this season with 16-14-30 points, which ranked him fourth in NPHL scoring.
For Shipton, it’s his first All-Star Award. Overall it’s his second NPHL Award, having won the Rookie-of-the-Year Award in 2008-09 when he recorded 18-28-47 points. This season, Shipton was second in NPHL scoring with 16-15-31 points.
Gamble wins his third straight Best Goaltender All-Star Award. He won the NPHL MVP in 2012-13 and 2013-14. By winning Best Goaltender Award for the third straight year, he is also named to the NPHL First All-Star Team.
Stojan’s fist year in the NPHL was a huge success by winning the Best Defenceman Award and NPHL First All-Star Team honours. Stojan led all NPHL defenceman in scoring this season with 6-25-31 points, which also placed him third in NPHL scoring.
Curran earns his second NPHL All-Star nod. He won the NPHL Best Defenceman Award last season and was named to the West Division All-Star Team. He was seventh in NPHL scoring this season with 9-20-29 points.
3 Flyers named to NPHL Second All-Star Team
The Fort St. John Flyers dominate the NPHL Second All-Star Team with 3 players selected.
And, three players received their first All-Star Team selection.
A pair of defenceman, Brady Busche and Tyler Loney, and forward Joey Massingham, were named to the team as were Darren Walker of the Grande Prairie Athletics in goal, and forwards Mike Lefley of the Spirit River Rangers and Adam Boytinck of the Grande Prairie Athletics.
Walker earns his third straight All-Star selection. He was also selected as the West Division’s Best Goaltender in 2012-13 and 2013-14 with Grande Prairie, after moving over from the Hythe Mustangs. Walker also won NPHL Rookie-of-the-Year honors in 2009-10. Walker’s sparkling 1.95 goals against average is the lowest ever in NPHL history among goaltenders qualifying for best average.
Busche is named to his first All-Star Team. He joined the Flyers last year scoring 4-14-17 points. This season, he scored 3-10-13 points.
Loney is named to his second All-Star Team after scoring 4-15-19 points in only 11 games for the Flyers this season. He was also named an All-Star in 2010-11.
Lefley earns his fifth NPHL All-Star nomination, having been named the NPHL’s Best Left Winger 2007-08, 2008-09, 2012-13 and 2013-14, and Best Right Winger in 2010-11. He also led the NPHL in scoring in 2008-09. This season, he was third on Spirit River’s scoring list with 10-20-30 points, good enough for sixth in NPHL scoring.
Massingham’s first year in the NPHL has resulted in an All-Star nod. He was second on the Flyers in scoring with 13-17-30 points, which ranked him fifth in NPHL scoring.
Boytinck is also a first time NPHL All-Star selection. His 10-15-25 points were second on the Athletics and 11th in NPHL scoring.
2014-15 NPHL Awards, All-Star Voting Results
Most Valuable Player
Player, Team, First Place Votes, Second Place Votes, Third Place Votes, Total.
Player 1 2 3 TOTAL
Dustin Sather, SR 2 2 1 17
Braden Gamble, MAN 2 0 2 12
Jeff Shipton, FSJ 2 0 2 12
Mark Stojan, GP 0 3 1 10
N.Deslongchamps, FAL 0 1 0 3
Most Gentlemanly Player
Player 1 2 3 TOTAL
Andrew Buote, GP 2 2 0 16
Pat Rowan, FAL 3 0 0 15
Alex Curran, SR 1 1 1 9
Brendan Hawryluk, GRIM 0 2 1 7
Danny Bryan, FSJ 0 0 4 4
Shane Brolly, MAN 0 1 0 3
Coach of the Year
Coach 1 2 3 TOTAL
Blaine Bablitz, GP 3 1 0 18
Gerard Dicaire, FSJ 2 2 1 17
K.R. Vreeling, MAN 0 2 1 7
Mel Vollman, SR 0 1 3 6
Jason Bouchard, FAL 1 0 0 5
Graham Campbell, GRIM 0 0 1 1
Rookie of the Year
Player 1 2 3 TOTAL
Devin Bell, GP 4 1 0 23
Danny Bryan, FSJ 1 4 0 17
Kaven Kover, MAN 0 1 3 6
C.J. Wass, SR 1 0 0 5
Logan Putio, GRIM 0 0 2 2
Chris Rondeau, FAL 0 0 1 1
Player 1 2 3 TOTAL
Braden Gamble, MAN 2 2 0 16
Darren Walker, GP 2 1 0 13
Jared Andersen, FSJ 1 1 2 10
David Larson, GP 1 1 0 8
N.Deslongchamps, FAL 0 1 0 3
Andrew Szmata, GRIM 0 0 2 2
Alex Wright, SR 0 0 2 2
Player 1 2 3 4 TOTAL
Mark Stojan, GP 4 0 1 0 21
Alex Curran, SR 0 3 1 0 10
Brady Busche, FSJ 0 2 1 0 7
Tyler Loney, FSJ 1 0 2 0 7
Kevin Monfette, FAL 1 0 0 1 6
Josh McKinnon, MAN 0 1 1 0 4
Tanner Labbe, GP (#33) 0 0 0 2 2
Neil Maissoneuve, FAL 0 0 0 2 2
Terry Houlder, GRIM 0 0 0 1 1
Player 1 2 3 TOTAL
Dustin Sather, SR 3 2 0 21
Jeff Shipton, FSJ 2 1 1 14
Colin Lefley, SR 1 1 0 8
Mike Lefley, SR 0 1 0 3
Joey Massingham, FSJ 0 1 0 3
Adam Boytinck, GP 0 0 2 2
Al Anderson, FAL 0 0 1 1
Andrew Buote, GP 0 0 1 1
Pat Rowan, FAL 0 0 1 1