As Don Cherry would likely say, it doesn't take a “rocket surgeon” to figure out who the most outstanding player on the Grande Prairie Storm was for the 2012-13 season. Considering he had already received the nod a few weeks ago as the top goaltender in the Alberta Junior Hockey League, Nick Kulmanovsky was a slam-dunk choice as winner of the team MVP at the awards banquet on Wednesday night.
The native of Fairbanks, Alaska was an unknown commodity when he arrived at training camp this year. Kulmanovsky soon showed his talents in the preseason and went into the regular season as the number one goaltender. In 36 appearances during the regular season, he posted a 24-12 record with a 2.49 goals against average and a sparkling save percentage of .918.
Other award winners included the following:
Top Defenceman – Sasha Laroque
Top Forward – Gus Correale
Hustler of the Year – Jordan McTaggart
Two-Way Player – Mike Forsyth
Most Dedicated – Scott Milnthorp
Top Playoff Performer – Ryan Matthews
Rookie of the Year – Jade McMullen and Tyler Haiste (tie)
Unsung Hero – Drew Nikirk
Most Improved – Drew Nikirk
– Story by Don Whiteford of www.PeaceCountrySports.com