Islanders honour top players and grads at awards night
The major award winners at the Cape Breton West Islanders banquet on Monday include, from left: (front) top defenceman Sean Stewart, unsung hero Liam MacKinnon, top defensive player Ewan MacDonald; (back) most valuable player Stephen Fox, coach’s award winner Fearghus MacDonald, rookie of the year Chase Ellis, playoff MVP Malcolm MacEachern (his dad Ian filling in while he plays in the MJAHL playoffs with Edmundston), most improved player Jack Morris, and top forward Calum MacPherson.
-by Bill Dunphy
The Cape Breton West Islanders brought the 2017-18 season to a close on Monday.
While not quite the season they enjoyed last year, which required the team to hold its awards banquet in July, the team still had its share of success in the Nova Scotia Major Midget Hockey League.
The Islanders finished third overall in the eight-team league, won the Halifax Ice Jam tournament for the second year in a row, and advanced to the semifinal round of the NSMMHL playoffs before bowing out to Dartmouth.
The players who made all of that happen were front and centre at Monday’s banquet at St. Peter’s Parish Hall in Port Hood.
“It was an outstanding year, though not the result we wanted,” said head coach Kyle MacDonald. “Our focus is always on getting better, and sometimes that gets in the way of feeling proud of what you accomplished.”
Players, parents, and guests were treated to a roast beef dinner prepared by the members of St. Peter’s CWL.
Islanders captain Liam MacKinnon, in leading the gathering in saying grace, noted the tragic circumstances in Humboldt, Saskatchewan. “In looking around this room, I can’t imagine what the Humboldt organization is going through right now.”