The NW Jr. Bellies had 5 players selected to this year’s 2018 BCJALL All Star Teams. Making the 1st team were forwards Tre Leclaire, and Will Malcom. Erik Kratz was named 2nd team all-star goaltender while forwards Carter Dixon and Ryan Jones landed forward spots on the 2nd team as well.
Of the 5, only goaltender Kratz and forward Dixon will graduate from the junior ranks. This gives the 2019 Jr. Bellies a solid foundation in which to challenge for the west come next season.
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The post season awards keep coming for your NW Jr. Bellies as the league has named the coaching staff as the reciepients of the Doug Hazelwood Memorial Trophy, symbolic of the Coach of the Year. This year’s staff was comprised of Head Coach Rich Catton, Assistant Coach Daren Fridge and Defensive Coach Sheldon Palidwor. Utilizing a great transition game and a disciplined league low in penalties, the Bellies ran to a 15 -6 record on the year, good for 2nd place in the league. With all three coaches returning next season and some excellent prospects about to make the jump to Jr. A, the immediate future is indeed bright for the NW gang. Look for some big announcements and acquisitions also in the off season.
Big congratulations to Rich, Daren and Sheldon on their justly deserved recognition.
Rich Catton (top left), Daren Fridge (top r) Sheldon Palidwor (bottom)
Two of our NW Jr. Bellies have captured major league awards at the end of the 2018 season. Forward Will Malcom is awarded the prestigious Marcolis Gibson Rookie of the Year Award, while defensive teammate Patrick Shoemay was named winner of the Reginald ‘Pops’ Phillips Award as the league’s best defender.
Malcom, a product of the NW minor system, finished 5th overall in league scoring with 83 points and was one of the Bellies’ best offensive players in this past playoff season as well, racking up 20 points in only 9 playoff games. Malcom finished 2nd in overall assists this season and was a critical anchor on the power play, manning both the left side shooter and point positions. With 3 more years of eligibility left in junior, the future indeed looks bright for Malcom and the Jr. Bellies.
Shoemay came to the Bellies in an early season trade with Burnaby Lakers. Often matched up to the opposing team’s best forwards, he was the Bellies’ main shut down defender out of the back gate. Patrick was one of those rare defensive players who took very few penalties, which helped his team immensely this year in getting the forwards out of the front gate quickly and into the play. An NCAA Division 1 player, Patrick is sure to be a high choice in the WLA’s winter draft as well.
Congratulations to both Will Malcom and Patrick Shoemay!
The NW Jr. Bellies put up a valiant battle in the BCJALL Finals, but finally fell 4 -2 to the Coquitlam Jr. Adanacs in game 6 at Queens Park Arena. The Bellies were right there in most of the games but ran into the stone wall of perennial Adanac all-star goaltender Christian Del Bianco. After what were considered two ‘ordinary’ games for him, Del Bianco cranked it up allowing only 14 total goals in the next 3 games combined. For his efforts Del Bianco was named the playoff MVP. Coquitlam now moves on to an unprecedented 10th straight Minto Cup appearance, this year hosted in Calgary Alberta.
For the Bellies, it will be a year of rebuilding as they will graduate 9 players, including: Starting goaltender Erik Kratz, Ryan Wilkinson, Carter Dickson, Carter Jensen, Tanner Poole, Sam Stevens, Charlie Kurtenbach, Dalton Lupul and Keegan Bell. There are some big shoes to fill here, but The Bellies’ Executive and Management have always reached out, rolled up their sleeves and continually fielded top flight, competitive teams – and next year will be no different.
The Bellies Defense Attempts to Wrest the Ball from a Coquitlam Forward.