Cody Spagrud named SJHL's Top Defenceman for 2018-19

Battlefords North Stars captain Cody Spagrud has been named the SJHL’s Top Defenceman for 2018-19.

His award was among the several league awards announced by the SJHL on Wednesday afternoon. This season Spagrud had 10 goals and 41 points through the end of February. 

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In a news release, head coach Brayden Klimosko praised the 20-year-old player.

“He plays big minutes for us against the other team’s best guys, and plays in all situations. Off the ice he’s respected in the locker room and in the community. He’s our most consistent player, never takes a night off.”  

Voting had taken place the week before among SJHL media members.

Other awards are as follows:

Justin Ball of the Melfort Mustangs has been named this season’s Most Valuable Player. It has been an incredible season for the 1998-born forward, whose season included a 33-game point streak from Sept. 20 to Dec. 22, and who is the first SJHL player to score 50 goals in a season since Travis Eggum in 2010-11.

Carson Albrecht has been named RBC Player of the Year for his season with the Melfort Mustangs. The Mustangs captain has had a stellar season and was second in the scoring race going into the final weekend with 33 goals and 54 assists.

Justen Close of the Kindersley Klippers has been named Goaltender of the Year. His season has included three shutouts as well as nine games where he only allowed one goal. He had shared the honors last year with Declan Hobbs of the Nipawin Hawks.

Luke Spadafora of the Melville Millionaires has been named SJHL Rookie of the Year. The former Humboldt Bronco was a key acquisition for Melville as he has 13 goals and 28 points in 35 games.

Finally, Kindersley Klippers coach Clayton Jardine has been named as Coach of the Year for leading the Klippers to the division lead throughout the Global Ag Risk Solutions Division most of the season.

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