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2 Vees up for league awards

The Penticton Vees has announced defenceman James Miller and goaltender Jack LaFontaine have been nominated for the annual league awards.

BCHL coaches submit a list ranking their top choices for MVP, rookie of the year, top defenceman, top goaltender and most sportsmanlike player.

Miller has been nominated as the Interior Division’s representative for top defenceman and MVP. In his third season with the Vees, and fifth season of junior ‘A’ hockey, Miller currently leads the Vees in scoring with 18 goals and 43 assists in 55 games.

If he finishes the season as the team’s leading scorer, he would be the first defenceman to do so since Joey LeLeggia in 2010-11.

The other finalists for MVP are Alex Newhook of the Victoria Grizzlies and Kevin Wall from the Mainland Division. The finalists for top defenceman are Carter Berger from the Victoria Grizzlies for the Island Division and Layton Ahac from the Prince George Spruce Kings from the Mainland Division.

LaFontaine has been voted as the Interior Division’s top goaltender.

In his first and final season with the Vees, LaFontaine has posted a 28-9-2-1 record with a 2.25 goals against average and .920 save percentage. His GAA, save percentage and wins second in the BCHL, while he has played the third most minutes of all goaltenders heading into the final week of the regular season.

The other nominees for top goaltender are Kurtis Chapman from the Victoria Grizzlies for the Island Division and Logan Neaton from the Prince George Spruce Kings from the Mainland Division.

The winners will be announced before the start of the Fred Page Cup playoffs next week.



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