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NA3HL announces 2016-17 season awards

April 7, 2017

Metro Jets forward Louis Boudon was named the 2016-17 NA3HL Most Valuable Player.

The North American 3 Hockey League (NA3HL) has announced its winners for the 2016-17 season, which include: Forward of the Year, Defenseman of the Year, Goaltender of the Year, Most Valuable Player, 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, Leadership and Academic Award. The nominations and the winners are voted on by the league’s head coaches and general managers, based upon performance during the 2016-17 regular season.
2016-17 Forward of the Year: Martins Vitolins, Long Beach Sharks
21-year-old, Martins Vitolins, originally from Riga, Latvia led the NA3HL in points with 163, along with the lead in assists at 110. In his regular season, this forward finished with 53 goals scored, including 10 GWG. Vitolins also led the NA3HL playoffs with the most points for his position (12) and the most assists (10). Martins and the Sharks contended for the 2017 Silver Cup Round Robin, where Vitolins contributed to two points in their three games. Vitolins was chosen as a 2017 NA3HL Top Prospect and played for the Gold, where he had two goals and an assist in his three games played.
Defenseman of the Year: Danny O’Donnell, Great Falls Americans
Danny O’Donnell, 20-year-old defenseman from Ventura, CA, assisted in 3 points at the Top Prospects Tournament for the White in their three games played. During his regular season for Great Falls, O’Donnell led the NA3HL defensemen with the most overall points at 66, as well as goals scored at 20. O’Donnell also assisted with 46 points, and had an overall +73 performance in a total of 47 games.
Goaltender of the Year: Andrew Kormos, Metro Jets
A participant at the 2017 NA3HL Top Prospects Tournament for the Green team, Kormos had a 1.89 GAA and a 0.917 SV% in his 3 games played during the tournament. This 20-year-old rookie from Milford, MI finished his regular season at the top of the NA3HL stat sheet having a league best of 0.93 GAA, 11 shutout wins, and a 0.959 SV%. Kormos and the Jets also contended for the 2017 Silver Cup Final where he had a SV% of 0.950. Andrew has signed a NAHL tender for the upcoming season.
Most Valuable Player: Louis Boudon, Metro Jets
Grenoble, France native, Louis Boudon, ended his regular season with the Jets totaling 81 points, 38 goals, 43 assists, +81 performance in his 46 games played. This 18-year-old rookie was a contestant for 2017 NA3HL Top Prospect Black team. In the Jets trek to the championship game, Boudon assisted with four points, scored one goal and gave a performance of +5 in the five game series for the playoffs. Louis has signed a NAHL tender for the upcoming season.
Rookie of the Year: Ryan Reifler, Binghamton Jr. Senators
With 36 goals, Ryan Reifler led the rookie stats with the most points (100), most assists (64), and the best overall performance (+92) in his 47 regular season games played. 17-year-old Binghampton native, Reifler, had six points (three goals, three assists) in his four playoff games with the Junior Senators. 
Coach and General Manager of the Year: Justin Quenneville, Metro Jets
Quenneville managed the Jets to another successful season, finishing as the Regular Season Champions. For the third year in a row, Quenneville has led his team to the Silver Cup Championship Tournament. Two of his players have made college commitments during the 2016-17 season, as well as two more who have signed NAHL tenders.
Organization of the Year: Metro Jets
The Metro Jets completed their regular season undefeated, with a total of 94 points scored in their 47 games. With their perfect record, they were named the East Division Regular Season Champions. The Jets organization competed in the Silver Cup Championship for their fifth year straight. In addition, they had two players make college commitments and another two signed NAHL tenders.
Academic Achievement Award: Samuel Dorff, Cincinnati Thunder
As a senior this year, Samuel has held a 4.2 GPA and finished high honor roll all while playing for the Thunder. Dorff, 18, takes a heavy honor/AP course schedule focusing on engineering courses. This defenseman has played in 28 games this season recording seven points.
Community Service Award: Tyler Groth, Wooster Oilers
Wooster’s Tyler Groth represents the community name on and off the ice. The veteran defenseman held a charitable role in the United Way Heart and Sole Race, American Red Cross Festival of Trees, Salvation Army food drive, and Alice Noble learn to skate program. He has made it a priority to donate his time to helping others. He is known in the Wooster community because of all the work he has done with the community the past two seasons while playing for the Wooster Oilers. Groth did all this community service, managed the daily hockey schedule on and off the ice, and worked part time all at the same time. Groth is known as a “leader who has his priorities in line”. He has committed to Trine University NCAA DIII for next season. 
Leadership Award: Bryce Harrison, Euless Jr. Stars
Bryce Harrison is known as a great leader on and off the ice. Team personnel says that his leadership starts with his infectious smile. His leadership is shown on the ice in the way he plays the game with integrity and respect. He is known as the go to guy to pump the team up, pick up a down attitude, or turn around a negative situation. He always knows what to say to his to keep his team in the game and to include everyone in the locker room. Harrison keeps the team together, promoting a family-like atmosphere together, outside the rink. Harrison is known by his teammates as “an outstanding person inside and out”. 
All-NA3HL 1st Team
Forward: Martins Vitolins, Long Beach Sharks
Forward: Louis Boudon, Metro Jets
Forward: Reed Kelly, Yellowstone Quake
Defense: Danny O’Donnell, Great Falls Americans
Defense: Gavin Cummings, Pittsburgh Vengeance
Goaltender: Andrew Kormos, Metro Jets
All-NA3HL 2nd Team
Forward: Sascha Figi, Atlanta Capitals
Forward: Conor Landrigan, Binghamton Jr. Senators
Forward: Sean Mallonee, North Iowa Bulls
Defense: Jacob Peterson, Texas Jr. Brahmas
Defense: Connor Busch, Maine Wild
Goaltender: Joel De Simone, Pittsburgh Vengeance
All-NA3HL 3rd Team
Forward: Dominic Bogdzuil, Binghamton Jr. Senators
Forward: Jake Cox, Point Mallard Ducks
Forward: Sam Maddox, St. Louis Jr. Blues
Defense: Hunter Ruschmeyer, Yellowstone Quake
Defense: Robby Flannery, Metro Jets
Goaltender: Mac Berglove, Granite City Lumberjacks
All-NA3HL Rookie 1st Team
Forward: Ryan Reifler, Binghamton Jr. Senators
Forward: Jesse Lawman, Yellowstone Quake
Forward: Nick Balestra, St. Louis Jr. Blues
Defense: Jacob Peterson, Texas Jr. Brahmas
Defense: Tom Harrison, West Michigan Wolves
Goaltender: Andrew Kormos, Metro Jets
All-NA3HL Rookie 2nd Team
Forward: Alex Nagel, New Ulm Steel
Forward: Peter Izzo, Roc City Royals
Forward: Connor Clemons, North Iowa Bulls
Defense: Derek Scoggins, Gillette Wild
Defense: Nick Grupp, Lockport Express
Goaltender: Peter Ciccarelli, Northeast Generals
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