Dear Railcats Players, Parents and Fans.
As indicated in an earlier communication, the Winnipeg East Railcats organization cancelled plans for the Annual Banquet and Awards night as a result of the recent Covid-19 health crisis. I know that the banquet evening is one that is looked forward to by many, myself and members of the WER Board included and where we have an opportunity to celebrate as an organization and collectively, the seasons of all our teams and players.
I had mentioned as well in a previous post, that even in the face of the current global crisis and the impacts being felt locally, that we would still be recognizing our players whom have been selected to receive awards as recognition through their respective teams and by nomination for player awards.
Before I get into the award recipients and nominations, I would like to take the time to extend my very best to all teams for your seasons and accomplishments. Over and above standings, I believe that no matter where teams stood before the end of the regular season, that the deeper essence of your experiences in developing friendships and positive memories is the bigger take away. I also understand and will underscore that seasons also do not come without their unique challenges, of which I hope that as we head into the spring/summer, that these will be addressed leading into the 2020/21 hockey season.
With that being said, please note the following and this years’ award recipients under the categories below. In the categories where there was a decision to be made amongst a group of nominees, I would wish to acknowledge the players for your names being placed forward as a nomination.
Vandal Goalie Award
The team is very honored to nominate this goalie for the
prestigious Vandal Goalie Award.
Right from the beginning of these try-outs, actually it started last year when this goalie was released from the Railcats, this goalie took the advice from last year’s release and had something to prove to himself, that he belonged. This goalie led his team to the A1 finals last year
and that confidence carried over to try-outs. This goalie had a positive attitude and was determined to make our team. This goalie never let last years release bother him in his perseverance to be the best
he could be.
This goalie had an outstanding season, he made this years allstar team, he did not lose single league game in regulation.
We played in the 2nd biggest tournament in Canada, The Prestigious Regina Peewee Classic this season. This goalie led our team to an undefeated round, defeating the first place Regina team and a
previous undefeated Bow River team from Alberta.
This goalie had a remarkable 0.88 goals against average and .966 save percentage and was named to the 2nd Team Allstar for the tournament, the last goalie from MB to be honoured was a first round pick in the WHL.
This goalie with the guidance of our goalie coach kept up his work ethic throughout the year, improving his skills every game and every practice.
This goalie won our award for most improved player and it was well deserved.
This goalie was outstanding on the ice and was just as impressive off the ice. This goalie is a great teammate, he is an honest and sincere young man and is great to be around off the ice
Congratulations again to all of our 2019/20 awards winners and very best wishes to all in the coming months and as we continue to push through as a community to overcome the Covid-19 health crisis.
Awards winners will receive their trophies / plaques through courier delivery in the coming days and you can find photos of the award recipients posted on the Winnipeg East Railcats website in the coming weeks.
Winnipeg East Railcats
The AA Winnipeg East Railcats is a joint venture between
St. Boniface Minor Hockey Association (SBMHA) and the Transcona Minor Hockey Association (TMHA).
AA Hockey within the Hockey Winnipeg system consists of three levels of hockey:
PeeWee - 11 and 12 year olds
Bantam - 13 and 14 year olds
U18 - 15, 16 & 17 year olds
Coaches are usually selected in the late spring/early summer and the organization will seek the best qualified coaches for each age category. Coaches will select the players for their team during the tryout process in the fall with players not making AA usually returning to the A level of hockey in either the SBMHA or the TMHA hockey areas.
(3/3) Stay tuned to our social media pages this afternoon as we post the names of the award recipients!