The 21-year-old from Pilot Mound, who plans to attend university this fall, was presented a $2,000 cheque at this year’s IBAM President’s dinner held at the RBC Convention Centre earlier this week.
McConnell has been the model of consistency for the Steinbach Pistons since first suiting up for the club in the 2015-16 season. McConnell ended his Manitoba Junior Hockey League career after playing 232 consecutive games for the Pistons, which is a franchise record.
It’s one thing to put a jersey on for 232 straight games, it’s another to bring your “A” game to the rink every night, and McConnell was a player that did that throughout his career. The four-year veteran wasn’t afraid to sacrifice his body, leading the team in blocked shots this past season, and playing a big part on the Pistons league-leading penalty killing unit, which killed off 87 per cent of their opportunities.
A full 200-foot player, McConnell not only took care of his own end, but also finished the season second in Pistons scoring this past season, hitting the 20-goal plateau for the first time in his MJHL career and finishing with a career-high 47 points. McConnell added eight points (5G, 3A) in the playoffs before their second-round defeat to the Swan Valley Stampeders.
“Tyson was very committed to the community and volunteered in a number of charitable events and activities,” MJHL Commissioner Kim Davis said in a statement. “Players in our league are strongly encouraged to give back to their respective communities. Tyson exemplifies what it means to be a Junior A hockey player.”