Michasiw takes MVP award

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The names on the Telus Cup MVP award are impressive.

The Telus Cup held their awards banquet on Friday evening at the Molson Hockey House in the Moose Jaw Ford Curling Centre. Award winners were (L-R) Liam Findlay (Okanagan), Dawson Davidson (Moose Jaw), Tanner Wishnowski (Okanagan), Oliver Jacobs (Toronto), Conner Ingram (Prince Albert) and Lane Michasiw (Prince Albert). Times-Herald photo by Katie Brickman

Cliff Ronning, Dany Heatley and Sidney Crosby are some of the top end talent that have won the honour.

Now Lane Michasiw of the Prince Albert Mintos can add his name to the list.

“This is kind of a dream come true. It is surreal right now. There are no words how to put it,” said Michasiw. “Just to be mentioned with those guys is unreal.”

The annual players’ awards were handed out on Friday evening at the Molson Hockey House in the Moose Jaw Ford Curling Centre.

It has been an up and down season for Michasiw, who came into the tournament having won last in February. He lost two playoff games by big margins, but has been impressive this week at Mosaic Place.

He is currently riding a two-game shutout bid.

“I am just getting back to playing my game and just getting back to basics,” he said. “Coming in here, we were the underdog team and we are trying going out and playing.”

Although the MVP award is a decent trophy, it is not the one that Michasiw wants.

“No. I am looking for that Telus Cup and so is my team,” he stated.

Michasiw also won the top goaltender award, which is got to share with teammate Connor Ingram.

“It is awesome. Connor and I have a great relationship,” said Michasiw. “To share this with him is awesome because we are just such good friends.”

To make the night even better, Michasiw also won a $1,000 scholarship as the MVP.

“That is fantastic too,” he said. “All of this is surreal right now. I can’t believe it.”

Dawson Davidson’s season might be finished, but the Moose Jaw General won the top defenceman award.

“It feels pretty good, but it would have felt a lot better if we could have pulled out the W and playing tomorrow,” said Davidson. “It is a nice little perk, I guess.”

Davidson didn’t expect the award, but he was the leading defenceman with three goals in the round robin.

“I had no expectations coming in,” he said. “I was pretty shocked. I thought I had a good tournament, but it was a real honour to accept this award.”

Okanagan’s Liam Findlay won the most sportsmanlike award and teammate Tanner Wishnowski took home top forward and top scorer. The $1,000 Esso scholarship award went to Oliver Jacobs, goaltender for the Toronto Young Nationals. 

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Organizations: Molson Hockey House, Telus, Esso Toronto Young Nationals

Geographic location: Okanagan

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