The Nanaimo Clippers came close to capturing the cup that they wanted, and no matter what, hockey season still ends with trophy presentations.
The city’s B.C. Hockey League club handed out its team awards at a year-end banquet earlier this week.
Goaltender Guillaume Decelles was chosen as the Clippers’ Most Valuable Player for 2014-15 after being chosen earlier this spring as a BCHL all-star and a finalist for league MVP. Decelles also won the Most Popular Player plaque.
Nick Gushue was selected as the Top Defenceman, blueliner Yanni Kaldis won Rookie of the Year and Nicolas Carrier won the other major honour, the Lisa McPherson Award for heart, courage and dedication, as well as the Most Improved Player award.
Brendan Taylor won the Leading Scorer trophy for a second-straight season after amassing 59 points in 58 games.
Brett Roulston took home the Coaches’ Award and Jake Jackson won the Jason Gow Memorial Award as most exciting player. Kale Bennett was chosen as Most Inspirational Player, Spencer Hewson is Unsung Hero, Cole Maier earned the Best Two-Way Player award and Austin Dick received the Scholastic Award.
Scorekeeper Don Millar and public address man Brandon Cowie shared the Volunteer of the Year award this year.