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Nanaimo Clippers choose co-MVPs as BCHL’s regular season ends

Marcus Mitchell and Ethan Scardina share Most Valuable Player hardward for 2018-19
Nanaimo Clippers players Marcus Mitchell, left, and Ethan Scardina are presented with the team MVP award by coach and general manager Darren Naylor on Sunday at the BCHL club’s year-end awards banquet. PHOTO SUBMITTED

The Nanaimo Clippers couldn’t choose one MVP this year, so they went with two.

Marcus Mitchell and Ethan Scardina share this year’s team award for Most Valuable Player.

The city’s B.C. Hockey League club handed out its year-end awards on Sunday at the Coast Bastion Hotel, a day after the end of the regular season.

Scardina led the Clippers in both goals (26) and points (56) in 2018-19, while Mitchell, the team captain, led the Clippers in points per game (1.09).

Aiden Hansen-Bukata won the Most Valuable Defenceman award, Tyler Williams won Most Valuable Forward, goalie Jordan Naylor won Rookie of the Year, Scardina earned the Leading Scorer award and the other major award, the Lisa McPherson Trophy for heart and courage, went to defenceman Devon Mussio.

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Mitchell was chosen Best Two-Way Player, Thomas Samuelsen took the Unsung Hero Award, Zack Dallazanna was Most Improved Player and Williams won the Jason Gow Memorial Award as most exciting player.

Isiah Hendricks is Most Inspirational Player, Williams and Josh Bourne share the Most Popular Player award and Gunnar Wegleitner won the Coaches’ Award.

Kyler Kovich was recognized as Scholastic Player of the Year, Landon Pavlisin and Wegleitner share the Seventh Player Hero Award and Dean Thompson is Volunteer of the Year.

GAME ON … The Clippers play the Powell River Kings in the first round of the BCHL playoffs. Game 1 is Friday, March 1, at 7 p.m. at Powell River’s Hap Parker Arena and Game 2 is the next night, also in Powell River, at 5 p.m. Game 3 is Monday, March 4, at 7 p.m. at Frank Crane Arena and Game 4 is March 5 at 7 p.m. at Frank Crane.

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