Throughout the season, the Vermont Lumberjacks U19 Elite Team has proved to be the team to beat this year. As they have just clinched first place overall, with a record of 32-4-2, they have triumphed against all of their opponents. The success of a team is determined by the efforts of the individual players that work together to produce positive results. The Lumberjacks have several players that are worthy of receiving recognition for their accomplishments.
Most Valuable Player - Mason Emoff – It has been no secret that Captain Emoff is an integral part of the team. He runs the power play, kills penalties, scores goals and sets up his teammates. Mason has led the whole league with 87 points in just 35 games. Mason has earned the Most Valuable Player this year not because he is an extremely dominant player but also because he makes everyone around him better.
Outstanding Offensive Player - Andrew Bechard – Andrew has shared the Captains patch with line mate Mason Emoff all season. The duo has had unbelievable leadership this year steering the team into first place. Andrew has been recognized for his offensive play acquiring 68 points in 35 games, placing him 2nd in the League (behind Mason) in point production. Bechard has scored 26 goals this season, 7 of them being registered as the game winners. He plays big when the team needs it the most.
Outstanding Defensive Player – Michael Karas – Michael has brought a very high skillset to our blue line this year. He plays in every situation and is counted on to shut down everything in front of our goaltender as well as contribute offensively. It cannot go without mentioning, Michael’s defensive partner Cory Doney who plays a part in Michael’s success. The two of them together are unquestionably the best tandem defensive pair in the league.
Most Improved Player – Alex Gowan – Alex has been a huge factor in the growth and depth of this team. He has fought hard and earned his way up through the lineup over the course of the season and is now a go-to guy for Coach Mosso. He is depended upon to kill penalties, lead the second line and he makes the right decisions all over the ice. He brings an element of consistency to all 3 zones and buries a lot of pucks. Alex has tallied 11 goals and 24 points so far this season, most of which have come in the second half.
Lumberjack Award – David Rosales – This is the most prestigious award a player can get as a Lumberjack. David has been a great role model for all his teammates to look up to. He works hard at all times, treats his teammates well and sacrifices for the sake of the team. David is also active in the community. He has obtained his level 1 coaching certification and already giving back by teaching younger kids. He is the true definition of what it means to be a Vermont Lumberjack.