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Bombers pick annual award winners at season-ending banquet

The Bombers handed out some season-ending hardware at the team's annual awards night April 27.

The Bombers handed out some season-ending hardware at the team's annual awards night April 27.

The team hosted players, friends, billets, families and fans alike at the Bakers' Narrows Lodge to recognize the efforts of last season's crop of players, including the eight graduating players.

Cole Duperreault, the Bombers' leading scorer, left the event with five honours, being named the team's MVP and most popular player as well as picking up three different awards for regular season play. Duperreault, who ended the season with 37 goals and 64 points in 44 games, received the George Leel Memorial Award for most points, the Pat Spiller Memorial Award for most goals and received the first of the Three Stars awards.

Brent Gulenchyn won a pair of awards, first being named the team's most improved player and winning the Paddy Ginnell Memorial Award, then winning the Howard Fox Mr. Hustle award with teammate Alex Von Sprecken. Von Sprecken also won the Bombers' coach's award, as selected by the team's coaching staff.

Reece Richmond was named the Bombers' top defenceman, receiving the Darcy Bancroft Memorial Award, while captain Lucas Fry received the team's defensive player of the year award for the second straight season.

Harmon Laser-Hume, the Bombers' starting netminder, was named the Bombers' playoff MVP and was the third of the Bombers' Three Stars award recipients - the second winner was forward Jeremi Tremblay. Backup goalie Kenneth Marquart also earned recognition, winning the Bombers' academic achievement award.

Alexi Sylvestre, the Bombers' leading rookie scorer and top scorer period in playoffs, received the rookie of the year award. Ethan Mercer won the award for being the team's most dedicated player, while Kylynn Olafson received the unsung hero award.

The Bombers ended the season with a 37-15-2-2 record, finishing third in the 12-team SJHL before advancing to the team's fourth league final in the past seven seasons, beating Estevan in seven games and Humboldt in five before being swept by a juggernaut Battlefords North Stars club.

Eight Bomber players - forwards Zach Cain, Duperreault, Jaeden Mercier and Mercer and defenders Fry, Cory King, Richmond and Von Sprecken - are aging out of junior A hockey.

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