Mustangs who have played in the NHL
Winners included back (L to R) Luc Lemire, Justin Boyer, Nick Hermary, Regan Wilton, Dakota Boutin, Riley Boomgaarden and Howard Yawit; front (L to R) Eric Young, Teal Sobkowicz, Tristan Frei, Sheldon Argent, Travis Mayan and Jay Aasen.
Report is Courtesy Michael Oleksyn and the Melfort Journal
The Melfort Mustangs concluded their historic regular season in which they captured the SJHL and Sherwood Division pennants with their annual Awards Banquet on Sunday, March 1 at the CJVR Performing Arts Theatre in the Kerry Vickar Centre.
Travis Mayan, the leading scorer in the league this season with 84 points in 56 games was a multiple award winner. Mayan took home the Most Valuable Player Award, Plus/Minus Award, Top Scorer Award and the CJVR 3 Star Selection. Mayan recognizes that his success could not have happened without the team.
“It’s good obviously individual success but the team is the main focus. It’s nice to get recognition and know that you have done something. But I mean we’re not done, our team’s not done,” Mayan said.
Sheldon Argent was also a multiple award winner taking home the Joel Dennis Memorial Award, Community Involvement Award and Hardest Working Player Award. Winning the Joel Dennis Award was special to Argent.
“I don’t remember him, that was probably before I knew who players were but it is special winning that award,” Argent said.
Teal Sobkowicz took home the Most Popular Player (Fan’s Choice) and Most Improved Player. Sobkowicz was bewildered by being selected Most Popular Player and honoured to be selected as most improved.
“I was pretty surprised actually that most popular one was kind of funny, there was lots of people back home that were voting for me. Maybe they should do it a little differently next year,” Sobkowicz said.
The most improved player was special but he gave credit to the coaching staff. According to Sobkowicz the decision to play in Melfort came from the quality of the team.
“They push everybody just to get better and do that with the team. It definitely helps out the entire team gets better and that makes it easier for you to get better,” he said.
Jay Aasen was named the Kyle Johnson Memorial Award winner which recognizes dedication on and off the ice. Aasen missed a good chunk of the season with an injury.
“The injury sucked but the guys helped me get back, Dawven Berggren my defense partner was pretty easy to play with , so I have to give a lot of credit to them,” Aasen said.
Dakota Boutin was named Rookie of The Year. With a strong rookie class, he was pleased to get recognized.
“It’s a tremendous honour to get named rookie of the year. We had a lot of good rookies this year. My first season here was definitely one to remember that’s for sure. Hopefully we can make a good run in the playoffs,” Boutin said,
Justin Boyer claimed the Scholastic Achievement Award for his success in the university classes he is taking.
Eric Young was named Top Defensive Defenseman and Regan Wilton was named Top Defensive Forward, Wilton was proud to get recognition for his work on that end of the ice.
“It’s a huge honour. I take pride in my defense and to get this award is really special. I take pride in playing defense and that is how it has always been so to get recognized is an incredible feeling,” Wilton said.
Luc Lemire claimed the Most Valuable Defenseman Award. The heavy hitter awards were claimed by Howard Yawit, who won the Buff Reid Crunch Award for most hits, meanwhile the Old Dutch Crunch Award for hardest hitter went to Riley Boomgaarden.
Speakers included Mustangs’ president Sean Isberg, general manager and assistant coach Dwight Kulchysky, head coach Trevor Blevins and Captain David Heath, who brought up his assistant captains Wilton, Boomgaarden and Argent. All the speakers hit on the theme of the success of this season and how everyone from the booster club, fans, billets, board of directors and all factes of the team who made the season the success which it has been so for.
The Mustangs will be losing 10 players to graduation this year including Argent, Aasen, Wilton, Heath, Lemire, Boomgaarden, Cole Hyrsky, Landon Robin, Bryden Serafini and Adam Fauchoux.
Roast Chicken Anyone ?
In front of a packed house of 1,674 fans, Travis Mayan scored twice in his final game of the regular season, to hit the 40-goal plateau, and put an exclamation mark on his SJHL scoring title, as Melfort wrapped the regular season, beating Nipawin 6-3.
Mayan finished the year with 84 points (40g-44a), 20 more than anyone else in the league. Like Mayan, Adam Fauchoux also had two goals and an assist and finished the season 10th in scoring with 24 goals and 27 assists for 51 points.
Richard Palmer made 22/25 saves, and also capped a season with some ridiculous numbers. He went 29-6-5, with a 1.78 GAA, .932% and 5 shutouts.
The Mustangs will have home ice through the playoffs as the number one seed, while the Hawks are tied with Flin Flon for fifth, and they'll decide that position Tuesday in Flin Flon.
The Mustangs finish first overall in the SJHL for the first time in franchise history with a record of 39-8-3-6 for 87 points and will enjoy home ice advantage throughout the playoffs.
The first playoff game for the Mustangs will be 7:30 PM Friday March 13th. Opponent yet to be determined but will be one of Humboldt, Weyburn, or Estevan.
Playoff ticket go on sale March 10th.
February 1, 2015
On behalf of the Melfort Mustangs Junior “A” Hockey Club, I would like to invite you to our Spring Camp beginning on Friday, April 10th and running to Sunday, April 12th.
Our camp will consist of both Bantam and Midget groups. Registration for the camp will be between 4:00 & 5:00 p.m on Friday at the Northern Lights Palace.
The Melfort Mustangs Hockey organization continues to be one of the most successful Junior A hockey programs in Saskatchewan.
We strive to promote both academic and athletic excellence. Throughout the past 25 years, over 100 Mustangs have received NCAA and Canadian scholarships as well as 7 players making it to the NHL.
We ask that you fill out the form (link below) and enclose a $75 camp fee to the Melfort Mustangs.
Please fax the form to: 306-752-3899 or mail to:
Registration fee can be paid by credit card over the phone by calling the office. 306-752-2799.
We look forward to seeing you at our spring camp.
Yours in hockey,
GM & Assistant Coach
With harvest nearing completion the Melfort Mustangs “Feed The Horses” project is also nearly complete. The project is entering its second year as a major fundraiser for the Mustangs.
“This year it has gone off without a hitch. We obviously couldn’t do it without our sponsors, we have been able to harvest a bigger crop than we did last year,” Mustangs’ marketing director Branden Crowe said.
The crop is looking promising so the Mustangs hope to raise a tidy sum of money.
“With the weather I’m not sure how optimistic we were but the boys over at Dwayne Enterprises really pulled through. It was a good crop and it will go a long way to continue the improvements of the arena,” he explained.
“Right now it’s hard to say we are still trying to sell the grain, but I’m thinking we are going to be in the range similar to what we were last year $20,000 or $25,000 roughly,” Crowe said.
The project could not have been completed without the support of Dwayne Enterprises, who donated the land.
“We can’t thank them enough for what they do,” Crowe said.
The project was used last year to refurbish the Mustangs’ dressing room and this year the money will go to other projects.
“To do it again and be able to continue improvements not only to our dressing room but our weight room and our bar and all of the other areas of the rink that need upgrading,”
This project will go towards a number of things to help make the Northern Lights Palace a great home for players.
“You try and give the players more stuff, you try and give them some more amenities that they can use and that money goes a long way towards improving it,”
Other sponsors included CPS, Viterra, Paragon Ag Services, Bayer Crop Sciences, Dow Agro Sciences, Millsap Fuels and the organization thanks everyone else that helped with the project.
The Melfort Mustangs along with Cam Lee, Jason de Haan, Laura and Carrie were out in the Community on January 31st to assist The North East Outreach and Support Services to salvage the furniture from the Melfort Inn. Thanks to the Fergusons for the donation to North East Outreach and Support Services. Many families in need will benefit !
Congratulations to Justin Boyer on being named the Realty Executives / Gateway Realty Player of the Month for December.
In 10 games, the St Louis, SK product had 5 goals and 6 assists for 11 points.
The first playoff home game is Friday March 13th at 7:30 PM at the Northern Lights Palace. Tickets will go on sale Tuesday March 10th at noon at the Mustangs office. Season ticket holders discount will apply until 6:00 PM Thursday March 12th.
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday
1:00 to 6:00
GAME NIGHTS: BOX OFFICE OPENS TWO HOURS PRIOR TO GAME TIME.
**If you need assistance please phone 306-920-8077