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Minerva picked as top blueliner

It was one of the easier choices of the Junior ‘A’ hockey awards season.

Fort Frances Lakers’ blueliner Nick Minerva not surprisingly was selected as the SIJHL-Gongshow Gear best defenceman award winner earlier today.

The 20-year-old from New Brunswick, N.J. wound up with 73 points in 52 games to lead all defencemen not only in the SIJHL but in the entire CJHL.

Trio of Lakers honoured

The Fort Frances Lakers are 3-for-4 in the awards department, with more likely on the way.

Fort captain Dylan Robertson was named the SIJHL’s top defensive forward for this season this past Tuesday, while fellow forward Andrew Willner was saluted as the league’s most sportsmanlike player.

Rangers grab opener in OT

A former Fort Frances Laker helped move his new team one step closer to facing his old gang.

John Cuni fed Tyler Lindstrom for the game-winner at 4:26 of overtime as the Minnesota Iron Rangers nipped the English River Miners 3-2 in Game 1 of their SIJHL first-round series last night in Ear Falls.

Misfits dethrone Chiefs to win tourney

The Chiefs exploded out of the gate, as expected.

Then they imploded, which nobody expected.

The Emo Misfits scored five unanswered goals, including a hat trick from Claire Sandelovich, to pave their way to a 5-1 victory in the championship game of the second-annual Chiefs Women’s Hockey Invitational Tournament this past Sunday at the Couchiching First Nation Arena.

Body found, identified as missing teen

Police have confirmed that a body discovered in Kenora earlier today is that of 16-year-old Delaine Copenace.

The remains were found shortly after ‎8 a.m.

Officers from the Kenora Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) responded to a report of suspected human remains being located at the end of Water Street in Lake of the Woods in the City of Kenora.

Snazzy socks

Staff of Community Living Fort Frances and District were rockin’ funky socks in support of World Down Syndrome Day yesterday. The community was encouraged to wear colourful socks, knee-highs, long socks, or printed socks as a way to bring awareness about Down syndrome and to promote inclusion and understanding.

Minerva honoured

There was nothing weak about Nick Minerva’s week.

The Fort Frances Lakers’ defenceman yesterday was chosen as the SIJHL’s final regular-season winner of the Amyotte’s Awards & Promotions player-of-the-week honour.

Minerva, a 20-year-old from New Brunswick, N.J., is a repeat winner of the award after also being recognized back in Week 12.

Breakfast deadline nears

If you haven’t gotten a ticket yet for the local Kiwanis Club’s annual Good Friday breakfast at La Place Rendez-Vous, you’d better hurry.

Tickets, which cost $15 each, will be available until noon tomorrow at Green’s Brandsource and Lidkea Optometry.

They won’t be sold at the door.

The breakfast will take place this Friday at 8 a.m.

Bevy of Lakers up for awards

It’s all about team accomplishments, not individual awards.

So goes the mantra of the Fort Frances Lakers. But the SIJHL clearly wasn’t listening.

The league announced the finalists for each of its year-end awards, with a Laker being nominated in all seven categories.

Forward Dylan Robertson, the SIJHL scoring champ this season with 88 points, is up for two awards.