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Bombers select, honour team award winners

With the Centennial Cup on the horizon, the Bombers named their annual team award winners at an official ceremony and send-off May 13.

With the Centennial Cup on the horizon, the Bombers named their annual team award winners at an official ceremony and send-off May 13.

The team's season MVP was starting goalie Cal Schell, who also received the playoff MVP award. Schell was named the Sherwood division's top goalie and division MVP earlier this year.

Xavier Lapointe, who was named the SJHL's top defenceman this year, was named as the team's best defenceman, winning the Darcy Bancroft Memorial Award, along with the George Lee Memorial Award as the Bombers' top scorer this year. Captain Zak Smith, the team's leading goalscorer, was also honoured with the Pat Spiller Memorial Trophy for that title. Schell, Lapointe and Smith also received the Royal Bank Three Stars awards - first, second and third respectively - for showing up the most times in post-game three-stars selections.

Gabriel Shipper walked away with three separate awards, including the Coaches' Award, the Howard Fox Courier Mr. Hustle Award and the Bombers' most popular player award. Jeremi Tremblay, the Sherwood division's rookie of the year and a nominee to the SJHL's all-rookie team, won the team's rookie of the year trophy - the Nick Oklobdzija Trophy - and the Lavalley Artworks Academic Award, while Cole Duperreault won the Diane Krokosz Memorial Award as the Bombers' most dedicated player.

Defender Lucas Fry received the Creighton Furniture Defensive Player of the Year award and Drew Kuzma was this year's winner of the Chicken Chef Unsung Hero trophy. The Patty Ginnell Memorial Award for most improved player was bestowed on Cole Tanchuk.