National Ringette League announces annual award finalists

April 7, 2009 – The National Ringette League (NRL) today announced the finalists for its annual awards program. The awards program recognizes the performance of NRL athletes during regular season play with trophies for Most Valuable Player, Best Forward/Centre, Best Defenseman, Best Goaltender and Rookie of the Year. These awards, along with awards for Coach of the Year, Executive/Volunteer of the Year, Scoring Champion and Powertek Goal Scoring Title, will be announced during the NRL Championship tournament awards ceremony being held on April 11, 2009 in Charlottetown, PEI. The NRL Championship tournament is part of the 2009 Canadian Ringette Championships. The finalists represent one athlete/coach/volunteer from each conference and the national winners will be declared from among these conference finalists.

“The National Ringette League has had a exceptional season and the finalists for our annual awards represent our league’s finest,” said George McKenzie, chairman, National Ringette League. “I would like to take the opportunity to congratulate each of our finalists and commend them on their dedication and commitment to our league over the past season.”
Finalists for the NRL awards include the following:
Most Valuable Player
Sharolyn Wouters – Cambridge Turbos
Salla Kyhala – Saskatoon Wild
Best Centre/Forward
Julie Blanchette – Montreal Mission
Chelsea Stone – Edmonton WAM!
Best Defenseman
Carrie Lugg – Ottawa Ice
Allison Cronin – Calgary RATH
Best Goaltender
Meghan Pittaway – Cambridge Turbos
Keely Brown – Edmonton WAM!
Rookie of the Year
Jessica Pepper – BLL
Shaylan Glow – Saskatoon Wild
Coach of the Year
Donald Poirier – Montreal Mission
Sheryl Bird – Saskatoon Wild
Executive/Volunteer of the Year
Yvon Brault – Gatineau Fusion
Steve Hutchison – National Ringette League Western Conference Commissioner