The SIJHL announced Thursday its first and second all-star teams for the 2018-19 season.
These annual awards recognize the individual accomplishments of six forwards, four defencemen, and two goalies during the course of regular season play in the SIJHL.
The first and second all-stars were selected in voting done by each of the SIJHL's six clubs.
Listed below are the first and second all-star team recipients:
First All-Star team
- Bryce Young (Red Lake Miners): The 19-year-old The Pas, Man. product had a tremendous campaign in the SIJHL, while also leading Red Lake in offensive production. His 60 goals during the regular season were the second-most markers in a single campaign by any skater in league history. He also went on to add 41 assists for 101 total points.
Young topped all SIJHL skaters in both power play and shorthanded tallies with 15 and seven, respectively, while chipping in with five game-winning markers. Among his other notable accomplishments in 2018-19 were registering a point on over 36 percent of his team's tallies during the year, topping the league in short-handed points with nine, and being named to compete in the SIJHL All-Star Game, where he dished out a pair of assists.
He was earlier named the SIJHL Rookie of the Year as well for his contributions on the ice with Red Lake.
- Keighan Gerrie (Thunder Bay North Stars): The 17-year-old Thunder Bay product was rated 140th (sixth-highest Canadian Junior Hockey League forward) by NHL Central Scouting in their mid-term draft rankings for the 2019 NHL Draft in Vancouver.
Gerrie captured the SIJHL scoring title with a league-best 102 points in just 54 games by notching 41 goals and adding 61 assists. He also supplied seven game-winning goals, which were just two off the league-lead. Gerrie is committed to attend Bowling Green State University (WCHA) on a NCAA Division I scholarship in 2020 and was named SIJHL Rookie of the Year last season. He has 153 points in 107 career contests, including 65 tallies.
Gerrie skated for Team West at the 2019 CJHL Prospects Game in Okotoks, Alta. and was named to participate in the SIJHL All-Star Game.
- Ryan Mignault (North Stars): The Thunder Bay captain finished second in the league in goals scored with 49 and was fourth in overall SIJHL offensive production with 90 points.
Mignault also finished in the Top 10 in assists with 41 and led all skaters in game-winning goals with nine. His 10 power-play tallies tied him for second-best in league play. He also tied for for second in shorthanded markers with three.
In 99 career SIJHL games, Mignault has scored 73 times, including 14 game-winners, and assisted on 71 others for 144 points.
- Connor Bowey (Thief River Falls Norskies): In just 48 contests, Bowey finished second in scoring among SIJHL defencemen with 62 points as he notched 16 goals and dished out 46 assists.
The 20-year-old from Winnipeg, Man. was third in power play assists among D-men with 11 and was second in game-winning goals with three. In his productive three-year career in the SIJHL, Bowey played at close to a point-per-game pace for the Norskies with 118 in 129 outings as he scored 30 times and dished out 88 helpers.
- Kyle Auger (North Stars): Auger was a unanimous selection in voting for SIJHL Top Defenceman honours.
The 20-year-old Thunder Bay product had a tremendous campaign leading all SIJHL defencemen in goals (33), assists (69), points (102), game-winning goals (8), power-play tallies (8), and man advantage assists (19). His overall point total established a league record for the most in a single season by a blueliner and his overall offensive totals saw him finish in tie for top spot, but was credited as the runner-up due to less goals scored—eight less than teammate Keighan Gerrie.
Auger also was selected to take part in the SIJHL All-Star Game and was named a league 1st Team All-Star on defence last season.
- Brock Aiken (North Stars): The 20-year-old Thunder Bay native led all SIJHL netminders in goals-against average (2.12), save percentage (.931), and shutouts (eight) during the course of the campaign, while posting an impressive 23-2-1-0 overall record.
With the honour, Aiken is the SIJHL's nominee for the CJHL's Top Goaltender honour. Of note, Aiken's league-best eight shutouts were just two off the SIJHL single-season record of 10 set by another Top Goaltender Award honouree in current Buffalo Sabres netminder Carter Hutton.
Back in the 2005-06 season, Hutton helped lead the North Stars to a Bill Salonen Cup crown, a Dudley-Hewitt Cup title, and a semi-final berth at the Canadian National Jr. 'A' Championship.
Second All-Star team
- Eric Stout (Dryden GM Ice Dogs): Stout earns second-team accolades for a second straight season. The veteran forward led Dryden in offensive production and finished seventh in SIJHL scoring with 77 points. His 40 goals were the fourth-most scored in the league this season.
The 21-year-old from Brainerd, Mn. was tied for second overall in power play assists with 14. Stout wraps up his SIJHL career with 199 points to his credit as he notched 99 markers in total and hit the century-mark in assists with 100.
- Boe Bjorge (Norskies): In 56 outings during the course of the 2018-19 regular season, the 20-year-old Grand Forks, N.D. product racked up 81 points on 29 goals and 52 assists to lead the Norskies in scoring and also finish sixth overall among all league skaters. This marked an impressive 66-point improvement for Bjorge from the 2017-18 campaign with Thief River Falls.
Among his efforts was a 19-game point streak that ran from Oct. 31-Jan. 9 while also producing a SIJHL season-best 16-game point run in road match-ups for his club. Bjorge's efforts also earned him league Most Improved Player laurels for 2018-19. In 90 career SIJHL contests, Bjorge produced at over a point-per-game clip with 96 (38 tallies and 58 helpers).
- Joel Willan (North Stars): Willan had a solid regular season for the North Stars, amassing 87 points in just 55 outings while scoring 22 times and doling out 65 assists. His assist total also was the second-highest amount in the league.
The 19-year-old forward hails from Nipigon and he sported a point streak of seven games or more on three different occasions in 2018-19.
- Keilan Toews (Red Lake Miners): A solid presence on both ends of the ice for the Miners, Toews was a rock for Red Lake this season. Not only was he a distinct contributor for his squad in the defensive zone, he also finished up third in scoring among all SIJHL blueliners.
In all, the 19-year-old Langley, B.C. product notched three goals and helped set-up 37 others for 40 points. Toews was also pivotal on special teams for the Miners during the campaign as he dished out 14 power-play assists and had six more while his club was short-handed.
- Ryan Brandt (Ice Dogs): After being recruited by Dryden in late November, Brandt helped the Ice Dogs turn their fortunes around in the second half of the season. In the 23 games in which he registered at least one point, Dryden sported a solid 15-5-3 record.
In all, the 18-year-old from Maple Grove, Mn. produced 33 points in 37 contests and was a strong contributor in bolstering the Ice Dogs' back-end.
- Zach Willms (Miners): Willms was second in the SIJHL in wins with 25, helping Red Lake finish second in the league standings. Despite missing a number of games due to injury, the 19-year-old from Camrose, Alta. topped all SIJHL netminders in minutes played at 2,086.
Willms was also third overall in saves (1,160) as well as in save percentage at (.921), while being knotted for fourth in shutouts with two.
- Michael Di Lullo (Miners)
- Blake Nelson (Norskies)
- Jacob Brown (North Stars)
- Dante Tisi (Miners)
- Alec Severson (Norskies)
- Dougie Newhouse (North Stars)
“For the recipients of the respective all-star team awards, we congratulate each of them for their significant contributions and achievements during the 2018-19 regular season,” stated SIJHL Commissioner Bryan Graham in a press release.
“They are to be commended for their on-ice efforts and accomplishments,” he added.
Last Tuesday, the SIJHL announced that Stratton Pickett of the Red Lake Miners has been named its Scholastic Player of the Year for the 2018-19 season.
With the honour, Pickett also becomes the SIJHL's nominee for the Hockey Canada/Canadian Junior Hockey League Scholastic Player of the Year Award, which will be announced at the Canadian National Jr. 'A' Championship this May in Brooks, Alta.
An Honour Roll student in high school, Pickett has been accepted to attend the University of Victoria where he will be enrolled in the Engineering Program.
The 20-year-old Gem, Alta., product also had a solid campaign on the ice for Red Lake in registering a career single-season-high 49 points on 24 goals and 25 assists.
Pickett also recently was selected as the SIJHL's Top Defensive Award recipient for the 2018-19 regular season.