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NA3HL announces 2014-15 season awards

March 20, 2015

Helena Bighorns forward Brandt Miller, who is off to play NCAA hockey in the fall, was named the Most Valuable Player in the NA3HL for the 2014-15 season.

The North American 3 Hockey League (NA3HL) has announced its award winners for the 2014-15 season, which include: Most Valuable Player, Forward of the Year, Defenseman of the Year, Goaltender of the Year, Rookie of the Year, Coach of the Year, General Manager of the Year and Organization of the Year, along with its All-NA3HL 1st, 2nd, 3rd and All-Rookie Teams, Community Service and Academic Award winners as voted by the league’s coaches and general managers, based upon performance during the 2014-15 regular season.
 
In addition this season, the league has expanded their awards to include recognition amongst each division with All-Divisional Teams, as well as, divisional awards for MVP, Forward of the Year, Defenseman of the Year, Goaltender of the Year, Rookie of the Year, Community Service and Academic Award winners.
 
2014-15 Most Valuable Player: Brandt Miller, Helena Bighorns
The 20-year-old native of Havre, Montana made his final junior season a memorable one as he handily won the most votes for the player that was most valuable to his team this season. Miller led the Bighorn offense with 68 points this season, which included 25 goals and 43 assists. He had 20 more points than his next closest teammate. His 68 points were 2nd in the NA3HL this season, as were his 43 assists. Miller played in the 2015 NA3HL Top Prospects Tournament for the Frontier Division squad. Earlier this month, Miller announced his plans to play NCAA hockey at Northland College beginning next season.
 
2014-15 Forward of the Year: Peter Henderson, Wisconsin Whalers
Henderson, 20, was dominant in the league this season, as he led the NA3HL in points (85), assists (52) and was tied for 2nd in goals with 31. His 85 points were 15 more points than the next closest competitor. The Libertyville, Illinois native was named NA3HL Forward of the Month in November and he also led the Whalers in playoff scoring this season with seven points in five games. Henderson also recorded two points in two games while playing for the Central Division team at the 2015 NA3HL Top Prospects Tournament.
 
2014-15 Defenseman of the Year: Joe Kleven, North Iowa Bulls
19-year-old defenseman Joe Kleven had a tremendous season for the West Division Champion Bulls. The native of Prior Lake, Minnesota led all Bulls defensemen in scoring with 38 points in 44 games played. His 33 assists ranked tied for 2nd among all NA3HL defensemen and his 38 points ranked 4th. The 6’3/225 lbs. Kleven also recorded three points in two games playing for the West Division team at the 2015 NA3HL Top Prospects Tournament. Through five playoff games prior to the Silver Cup this season, Kleven had two goals. 
 
2014-15 Vaughn Goaltender of the Year: Hunter Vorva, West Michigan Wolves
Vorva, a 19-year-old rookie from Kalamazoo, Michigan, had a tremendous first season of junior hockey. Vorva backstopped West Michigan’s turnaround as a team, posting a 17-6-0 record this year with three shutouts. He led all NA3HL goaltenders with a 94.1% save percentage this season and was 6th in goals against average with a 2.04 mark. In his 25 appearances during the regular season, Vorva allowed four goals or less in all but one. He also played in three games in the NAHL this season for the Michigan Warriors and also played for the Central Division team at the 2015 NA3HL Top Prospects Tournament.
 
2014-15 Rookie of the Year: Peter Henderson, Wisconsin Whalers
Last season was spent almost entirely playing Midget 18U hockey for the Tier II Northwest Chargers in suburban Chicago. This season, Henderson led the NA3HL in scoring with 85 points in his first full season of junior hockey. He also led the league in assists with 52 and was tied for 2nd in goals with 31.
 
2014-15 Coach of the Year: Marc Fakler, West Michigan Wolves
The rebranding and renaming of the Battle Creek Revolution to the West Michigan Wolves over the last spring was just the first step in the organization’s new direction. The other key component was the hiring of head coach Marc Fakler, who ended up putting together one of the greatest turnarounds in league history.  Fakler directed the Wolves to 31 wins and the Central Division regular season title.  All this came after the team had won a total of eight games the past four seasons. The former NAHL bench boss also produced two of the top 10 scorers on the league, as well as, the NA3HL Goalie of the Year this season. West Michigan also had players get called up to the NAHL this season.
 
2014-15 General Manager of the Year: JP Dumont, Nashville Jr. Predators
As a new expansion team in the NA3HL this season, Dumont built the first-year Jr. Predators from the ground up. The team went on to post the best record in the NA3HL during the regular season at 42-4-1 and win the NA3HL regular season title. The Jr. Predators also went the entire season without losing a game in regulation on the road, going 23-0-1. The Jr. Predators also had three members of the NA3HL All-South Division Team. Dumont also was able to build up a group of over a dozen sponsors of the team in their first season. 
 
2014-15 Organization of the Year: Nashville Jr. Predators
The Jr. Predators, who were in their first year as an expansion team, won the NA3HL regular season title with a 42-4-1 record. They also won the South Division regular season and playoff titles. They had two players on the NA3HL All-Rookie Teams and two players of the All-NA3HL 3rd Team. They were also the only team in the league to not allow a shorthanded goal this season. They had the league’s best defense and the 2nd ranked offense.
 
2014-15 Apex Learning Virtual School Academic Achievement Award: Mitch Tulk, Glacier Nationals
Tulik, a 17-year-old defenseman from Phoenix, Arizona, currently takes all AP and Honors classes in Calculus, Literature, Government, Economics and Sports/Entertainment Marketing. He maintains a weighted GPA of 4.89. He has also received the AP Scholar award 2013-14 and the Chandler High School High Honors Award for 2011-12, 2012-13, 2013-14 and 2014-15. Tulik also works full time at the local McDonalds and is a very valued employee. 
 
2014-15 Community Service Award: Aaron Ryback, Alexandria Blizzard
A 20-year-old forward from Winnipeg, Aaron Ryback was heavily involved in the community this season.  He worked with the United Way with the Food Drive held in town once a month.  He was responsible for unloading semi trucks and loading vehicles of families in need of food.  He also worked with the Special Olympics during local bowling and swim meets.  Aaron was also a volunteer coach for the Special Olympic hockey team in Alexandria, the Alexandria Muskies.  Aaron was responsible for practices and also traveled to road games with the team.  Aaron was also the leader of a group of individuals that was responsible for shoveling and removing snow from local businesses, as well as, elderly couples homes and people that were not able to remove snow from their own sidewalks and driveways.  Aaron also was involved in the local elementary schools reading to children, having lunch with children and playing on the playground with the children.  Aaron was also involved in the local hockey association helping out on the ice with the mites for practice and also officiating their games.
 
2014-15 All-NA3HL 1st Team
Forward: Peter Henderson, Wisconsin Whalers
Forward: Brandt Miller, Helena Bighorns
Forward: Ryan Martin, Wisconsin Whalers
Defense: Joe Kleven, North Iowa Bulls
Defense: Nick Trefry, Helena Bighorns
Goalie: Hunter Vorva, West Michigan Wolves
 
2014-15 All-NA3HL 2nd Team
Forward: Johnny Panvica, North Iowa Bulls
Forward: Cody Black, Pittsburgh Vengeance
Forward: Brandon Desrosiers, Southern Tier Xpress
Defense: Nick Nitta, Texas Jr. Brahmas
Defense: Michael Straub, Pittsburgh Vengeance
Goalie: Alec Rounds, Cleveland Jr. Lumberjacks
 
2014-15 All-NA3HL 3rd Team
Forward: Lucas Lomax, Great Falls Americans
Forward: Trent Kulczyk, Nashville Jr. Predators 
Forward: David Kenney, Granite City Lumberjacks
Defense: Corey Siwula, West Michigan Wolves
Defense: David Chavis, Metro Jets
Goalie: Justin Ball, Nashville Jr. Predators
 
2014-15 All-NA3HL Rookie 1st Team
Forward: Peter Henderson, Wisconsin Whalers
Forward: Johnny Panvica, North Iowa Bulls
Forward: Trent Kulczyk, Nashville Jr. Predators
Defense: Corey Siwula, West Michigan Wolves
Defense: Noah Gilreath, Point Mallard Ducks
Goalie: Hunter Vorva, West Michigan Wolves
 
2014-15 All-NA3HL Rookie 2nd Team
Forward: Joe Burgmeier, North Iowa Bulls
Forward: Dakota Ulmer, West Michigan Wolves
Forward: Brett Gravelle, North Iowa Bulls
Defense: Justin Provencher, Point Mallard Ducks
Defense: Frank Muscarella, Sugar Land Imperials 
Goalie: Justin Ball, Nashville Jr. Predators
 
All-Central Division Awards
2014-15 Central Division Most Valuable Player: Ryan Martin, Wisconsin Whalers
2014-15 Central Division Forward of the Year: Peter Henderson, Wisconsin Whalers
2014-15 Central Division Defenseman of the Year: Corey Siwula, West Michigan Wolves
2014-15 Central Division Goaltender of the Year: Hunter Vorva, West Michigan Wolves
2014-15 Central Division Rookie of the Year: Peter Henderson, Wisconsin Whalers
2014-15 Central Division Academic Achievement Award: Joe Power Wayvon, Peoria Mustangs
2014-15 Central Division Community Service Award: Blake Olinyk, La Crosse Freeze
 
2014-15 All-Central Division Team
Forward: Peter Henderson, Wisconsin Whalers
Forward: Michael Tratar, West Michigan Wolves
Forward: Ryan Martin, Wisconsin Whalers
Defenseman: Corey Siwula, West Michigan Wolves
Defenseman: Jared Bromberg, La Crosse Freeze
Goaltender: Hunter Vorva, West Michigan Wolves
 
All-East Division Awards
2014-15 East Division Most Valuable Player: Cody Black, Pittsburgh Vengeance
2014-15 East Division Forward of the Year: Cody Black, Pittsburgh Vengeance
2014-15 East Division Defenseman of the Year: Michael Straub, Pittsburgh Vengeance
2014-15 East Division Goaltender of the Year: Alec Rounds, Cleveland Jr. Lumberjacks
2014-15 East Division Rookie of the Year: Cody Estrel, Toledo Cherokee
2014-15 East Division Academic Achievement Award: Tristin Snyder, Toledo Cherokee
2014-15 East Division Community Service Award: Luke Grossman, Southern Tier Xpress
 
2014-15 All-East Division Team
Forward: Cody Black, Pittsburgh Vengeance
Forward: Brandon Desrosiers, Southern Tier Xpress
Forward: Pearce Vance, Metro Jets
Defenseman: Michael Straub, Pittsburgh Vengeance
Defenseman: David Chavis, Metro Jets
Goaltender: Alec Rounds, Cleveland Jr. Lumberjacks
 
All-Frontier Division Awards
2014-15 Frontier Division Most Valuable Player: Brandt Miller, Helena Bighorns
2014-15 Frontier Division Forward of the Year: Brandt Miller, Helena Bighorns
2014-15 Frontier Division Defenseman of the Year: Nick Trefry, Helena Bighorns
2014-15 Frontier Division Goaltender of the Year: Grant Martens, Helena Bighorns
2014-15 Frontier Division Rookie of the Year: Grant Martens, Helena Bighorns
2014-15 Frontier Division Academic Achievement Award: Mitch Tulk, Glacier Nationals
2014-15 Frontier Division Community Service Award: Steven Nisbet, Bozeman Icedogs
 
2014-15 All-Frontier Division Team
Forward: Lucas Lomax, Great Falls Americans
Forward: Brandt Miller, Helena Bighorns
Forward: Mitchell McEwan, Gillette Wild
Defenseman: Nick Trefry, Helena Bighorns
Defenseman: Lucas Stover, Great Falls Americans
Goaltender: Grant Martens, Helena Bighorns
 
All-South Division Awards
2014-15 South Division Most Valuable Player: Trent Kulczyk, Nashville Jr. Predators
2014-15 South Division Forward of the Year: Trent Kulczyk, Nashville Jr. Predators
2014-15 South Division Defenseman of the Year: Nick Nitta, Texas Jr. Brahmas
2014-15 South Division Goaltender of the Year: Justin Ball, Nashville Jr. Predators
2014-15 South Division Rookie of the Year: Trent Kulczyk, Nashville Jr. Predators
2014-15 South Division Academic Achievement Award: Jacob Elrod, Nashville Jr. Predators
2014-15 South Division Community Service Award: Noah Gilreath, Point Mallard Ducks
 
2014-15 All-South Division Team
Forward: Trent Kulczyk, Nashville Jr. Predators
Forward: Mykyta Sheptytsky, Texas Jr. Brahmas
Forward: Jacob Lainesse, Nashville Jr. Predators
Defenseman: Nick Nitta, Texas Jr. Brahmas
Defenseman: Noah Gilreath, Point Mallard Ducks
Goaltender: Justin Ball, Nashville Jr. Predators
 
All-West Division Awards
2014-15 West Division Most Valuable Player: Joe Kleven, North Iowa Bulls
2014-15 West Division Forward of the Year: Johnny Panvica, North Iowa Bulls
2014-15 West Division Defenseman of the Year: Joe Kleven, North Iowa Bulls
2014-15 West Division Goaltender of the Year: Jesse Garcia, Granite City Lumberjacks
2014-15 West Division Rookie of the Year: Johnny Panvica, North Iowa Bulls
2014-15 West Division Academic Achievement Award: Travis Kothenbeutel, Granite City Lumberjacks
2014-15 West Division Community Service Award: Aaron Ryback, Alexandria Blizzard
 
2014-15 All-West Division Team
Forward: Johnny Panvica, North Iowa Bulls
Forward: David Kenney, Granite City Lumberjacks
Forward: Bo Gronseth, Alexandria Blizzard
Defenseman: Joe Kleven, North Iowa Bulls
Defenseman: Mathias Ahman, Twin City Steel
Goaltender: Jesse Garcia, Granite City Lumberjacks
 
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