The defenceman selected as the best blueliner over the course of March was Mitch Dyck – a 20-year-old Winkler native playing for his hometown Flyers. Over the month of March, Dyck collected four goals and 15 points in 11 games for Winkler.
Runners up as the second and third-best defencemen from March included Steinbach’s Mark Taraschuk, and Winnipeg’s Brendan Bartlett.
The netminder chosen as the greatest performing goalie from March was Matthew Thiessen – a 17-year-old tending the net for the Steinbach Pistons. He put up a 6-2 record, with a .947 save percentage and a 1.38 goals against average through March.
Runners up included Virden’s Riley McVeigh and Winnipeg’s Jeremy Link.
The MJHL Rookie of the Month was Virden’s Justin Lee. The 17-year-old helped the Oil Capitals to the first championship final in franchise history. Lee has also recently committed to the University of Denver.
Nic Cicek and Austin Heidemann were the runners up.
20-year-old Drew Worrad of the Steinbach Pistons was also recognized as the Peak Performer of the Month of March, for his work in and around the community of Steinbach. On top of pumping gas at a local gas station, Worrad also took time to be with children at a local school, and put together a Winter Olympics Day at Steinbach Christian School.
Dexter Kuczek walked away with the month’s greatest prize, being named Player of the Month for March.
The fifth-year 20-year-old put together 18 points in 13 games for the Winnipeg Blues during the month of March. Kuczek is also leading the MJHL in playoff scoring with 16 points in 12 games.
Runners up were Virden’s Ben Dalke and Steinbach’s Bradley Schoonbaert.
By Carter Brooks
Photo by Laurie Anderson