St. Stephen Aces Jr. A Hockey Club

Aces’ Hepditch named MHL Coach of the Year

2017-03-17



Today, the MHL proudly announced several of their award winners for the 2016-2017 season. Numerous players and personnel were recognized in several categories.

“The MHL wishes to congratulate our worthy award winners and All Stars for the 2016-17 season,” said league President Brian Whitehead. “The competition between teams was very healthy throughout the season and this was clearly indicated by the number of close votes in a number of categories, which is a true indication of the many talented players that choose to play in our league.”

PLAYER OF THE YEAR

KYLE TIBBO – TRURO BEARCATS

This year’s recipient of the MHL Player of the Year Award is Truro Bearcats forward Kyle Tibbo. The 20 year old from Conception Bay South, Newfoundland appeared in all 50 games during the regular season. He finished third overall in scoring with 88 points while his 47 goals led the league. Tibbo, who returned to the MHL after a three year stint in the QMJHL, posted three or more points on 15 occasions during the regular season while scoring four hat tricks, including one four goal performance. His 16 powerplay goals were tops in the MHL. One of the statistical highlights of the season for Tibbo came in the month of January, when he registered ten goals and 16 points while also claiming second star honors in the CJHL for the month.

DEFENSEMAN OF THE YEAR

MICHAEL CONSTANTINE – MIRAMICHI TIMBERWOLVES

The Miramichi Timberwolves vaulted to the top of the Eastlink North Division standings in 2016-17, largely thanks to the play of this year’s Defenseman of the Year, Michael Constantine. In 50 games, the 20 year old from Conception Bay South, Newfoundland scored 19 goals and added 41 assists. His 60 points led all MHL blueliners. The third year Timberwolves veteran was a consistent contributor from the back end in all zones, as evidenced in part by his hitting the scoresheet 37 times over the course of the season, including an 11 game point streak from February 3rd – March 3rd. An assistant captain with the Timberwolves, Constantine helped lead the club both on the ice and off to an 18-2 record since January 7th.

GOALTENDER OF THE YEAR

CHRISTOFER LANGLAIS – SUMMERSIDE WESTERN CAPITALS

This MHL Goaltender of the Year for 2016-17 is Christofer Langlais of the Summerside Western Capitals. The 20 year old from Terrebonne, Quebec appeared in 31 games between the Western Capitals and the Campbellton Tigers, going 15-11-2 with a 2.63 GAA, three shutouts and a .919 save percentage. After being acquired by Summerside on January 2nd, the third year MHL veteran posted a 7-4-1 record to go with a 2.71 GAA, .908 save percentage and one shutout, helping lead a young Caps squad to third place in the Eastlink North Division. In addition to helping solidify the Western Capitals between the pipes, Langlais was named third star of the month in the MHL for the month of November, 2016.

ROOKIE OF THE YEAR

DYLAN RILEY – PICTOU COUNTY WEEKS CRUSHERS

The MHL Rookie of the Year is Pictou County Weeks Crushers forward Dylan Riley. In 49 games, the 18 year old from Falmouth, Nova Scotia scored 25 goals and registered 69 points leading the league in both categories for rookies. A back to back winner of the Rookie of the Month Award (January & February, 2017), Riley recorded points in nine of his first 11 MHL games and built on his season from there. His 21 multi point games, including a six point effort on February 26th, helped drive the Crushers to the top of the MHL regular season standings. Riley is a former member of the Valley Wildcats major midget program, where last season he took home NSMMHL MVP honors after leading the circuit in goals (30) and points (53).

MHL CHARACTER AWARD

KYLE TIBBO – TRURO BEARCATS

In addition to being recognized on ice as the league’s Player of the Year, Truro Bearcats forward Kyle Tibbo has also been named the recipient of the 2016-17 MHL Character Award. The Bearcats’ captain led by example on ice and off all season, scoring key goals and points while embracing his role within the team’s leadership core. “I’m very pleased and proud of Kyle to be the winner of the MHL Character Award,” remarked Bearcats Head Coach Shawn Evans. “He plays the game the right way. Shift after shift his game never changes and it is always based around team play and integrity of how the game should be played and how a player should represent himself, his team and his league.”

COACH OF THE YEAR

JOSH HEPDITCH – ST. STEPHEN ACES

The Coach of the Year in the MHL for 2016-17 is Josh Hepditch of the St. Stephen Aces. The 32 year old from Fredericton, New Brunswick had an eventful year in the league. First, he was named to the coaching staff for Team MHL North at the 2016 Eastern Canada Cup All Start Challenge. In recent weeks, he was selected as Head Coach for both the 2017 New Brunswick High Performance Under-16 Male squad at this October’s Atlantic Challenge Cup in Moncton, New Brunswick as well as the 2019 Canada Games Team in Red Deer, Alberta. Finally, Hepditch was behind the bench for two of the most important games in Aces’ franchise history to date last week. In winning the final two games of their regular season schedule, the team qualified for the MHL playoffs for the first time. Hepditch is wrapping up his third season as a head coach in the league, including his second with the Aces.

MHL SCORING LEADER

MICHAEL DILL – PICTOU COUNTY WEEKS CRUSHERS

Michael Dill began his MHL career with a bang last season by taking home Rookie of the Year honours in 2015-16. This year, he followed it up by capturing the league’s scoring title. Riding a particularly hot final four weeks of the regular season, during which time he registered 25 points, Dill finished the season with 90 points, edging out his Crushers teammate Alexis Roy by one. The 19 year old from Windsor, Nova Scotia appeared in all 50 games during the course of the regular season as well as making an appearance for Team MHL South at the 2016 Eastern Canada Cup All-Star Challenge in Cornwall, Ontario last November. Dill helped propel the Crushers to not only the top of the MHL overall standings but its claim to being the top offensive team in the league as well.

MHL TOP GOALTENDING DUO

      

DANIEL VAUTOUR & LUKE MELANSON – PICTOU COUNTY WEEKS CRUSHERS

         

LEIF HERTZ & JUSTIN RITCEY – YARMOUTH MARINERS

This season saw a tie for the league’s top goaltending duo award, presented to the netminding tandem that allows the fewest goals against over the course of the regular season. Both the Pictou County Weeks Crushers and Yarmouth Mariners led the league with 145 goals against on the year.

In New Glasgow, the duo of Daniel Vautour and Luke Melanson anchored a Crushers club that led the league in goal differential (+120). Vautour, a 20 year old native of St-Louis de Kent, New Brunswick, sported a 26-7-1 record during the regular season with a 2.90 GAA and .904 save percentage. This follows up a season in which Vautour, who has played parts of three seasons in the MHL, helped guide the Crushers to an MHL playoff championship in 2016. Melanson put up a record of 12-4 to go with a GAA of 2.85 and a save percentage of .891. The second year MHLer also posted one shutout. For Melanson, this is his second time receiving this award. The 19 year old from Truro, Nova Scotia also won the award last year while tending goal alongside Jacob Fancy for his hometown Bearcats.

The Mariners made the MHL postseason after a one year hiatus in 2017, in large part due to the pay of goaltender Leif Hertz. Helping guide the club to a 12-0 start to the regular season, Hertz finished the season with a record of 16-11-6 with a 2.83 GAA and a save percentage of .904. The 20 year old from Kingston, Ontario also posted his first career MHL shutout. Acquired from the Valley Wildcats in early January, Ritcey posted a record of 4-2-1 record during his time with the Mariners to go along with a 2.79 GAA, one shutout and a save percentage of .894. The 20 year old from Halifax was named third star for the month of January in the MHL.

The MHL congratulates all of its award winners on their successful seasons. Please note that the winners of the MHL Community Spirit Award, Roger Meek Executive of the Year Award and Moe Bent Builder Award will be announced at the 2017 MHL Draft in Miramichi, New Brunswick in June. The winners of the MHL Scholastic Player of the Year Award and Bob Boucher Scholarship will also be named at later dates.

Will MacLaren – themhl.ca