The SJHL has named Melfort Mustangs forward Justin Ball as SGEU Most Valuable Player of the Year.
The 1998 born forward from Saskatoon led the SJHL in scoring almost wire to wire with his highlight being a 33 game point scoring streak from September 20th until December 22nd. Ball has only being blanked on the scoresheet four times in 54 games played.
Ball had a hat trick in the first game of the year against Notre Dame and also had a four goal game against Humboldt in mid-December. He scored goals in 13 straight games from November 13th until December 15th and he is the first SJHL player to score 50 goals in a season since Travis Eggum scored 58 in 2010-11. He’s the first Mustang player to get 50 since Garett Cameron in 2002-03.
As further evidence of his consistency, Ball was named SJHL player of the Month in November and December. He was the runner-up for the award in September/October and it would appear as though he has an opportunity to secure the award for February as well.
Mustangs Head Coach Trevor Blevins says Ball’s offensive skillset is self-explanatory but adds his defensive game is also at an elite level. “He’s a true 200 foot player. We use him in all situations, including our penalty kill as well as our powerplay. I think his commitment to the smaller details is what sets him apart from other highly skilled players.”
Congratulations to the SGEU Most Valuable Player for 2018-19, Justin Ball of the Melfort Mustangs.
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