The playoffs are here and the results are in: after polling thousands upon thousands of hockey experts and everyone from Pol Plastino to Regis Philbin, the Victoria Royals regular season awards have indeed been awarded.
Matthew Phillips set a Royals record with 50 goals this season while totalling 90 points, which earned him a spot on the Western Conference First All-Star Team. The young forward finished 2nd in the league in goals with 50, and was a single goal shy of tying for the league lead with 51.
Phillips also shared the Most Valuable Player award with goaltender Griffen Outhouse, combining to star on numerous highlight reels throughout the season. Outhouse posted a 34-24-1 record while aiding the team in transition to a younger defence unit. He led the entire Canadian Hockey League in games played (63), and recorded the 2nd most wins as well.
The Top Defenceman award went to 4th year veteran Chaz Reddekop, who threw down 10 goals and 33 assists in 51 games. The 20 year old defender was drafted in the 7th round by the Los Angeles Kings, and will be looking to earn a contract over the summer.
The Unsung Hero award goes to Captain Ryan Gagnon, after a strong season as the team’s defensive and dressing room leader.
The Community Service award went to forward Jared Dmitriw, who was oft spotted after games signing items for youngsters at the arena.
Lastly, and certainly not least, 17-year old Kaid Oliver took the Rookie of the Year award after amassing 7 points in his first full season. With a year under his belt, it will be interesting to see how he progresses next season.
Victoria! Playoff tickets have begun circling through the masses. Tuesday, March 28th, and Wednesday, March 29th Victoria will host the Everett Silvertips in games 3 and 4 of the series.
Get your tickets and help cheer the boys on!