The Moose Jaw Warriors held their annual YARA Awards Night Saturday before their regular season finale. For the 7th time in franchise history two players shared the Player of Year Award, leading scorer Jayden Halbgewachs and 19-year-old goalie Zach Sawchenko were named co-Players of the Year.
Halbgewachs had a career year finishing with 50 goals, 51 assists, and 101 points, while Sawchenko appeared in 51 games and posted a record of 30-14-6-1 with a 2.79gaa and a .917sv%.
Halbgewachs picked up multiple awards, he was also named the C & E Mechanical Most Sportsmanlike Player, the RBC Top Scorer, and the YARA Belle Plain Fan’s Choice Award. He finished 5th in WHL scoring with 101 points and was tied for 3rd in goals. Of the top 5 league scorers, Halbgewachs had the least power play points with 30. There was five players in the league who finished with 50+ points, among them he had the fewest power play goals (10).
Sawchenko was also the recipient of several awards, he captured the Emerald Custom Creations 3-Stars Award and the Vanier Scholastic Achievement Award. Sawchenko finished 8th in the WHL in goals against, he had the top save percentage in the Eastern Conference and was 4th in the WHL, and he ranked 10th in wins.
19-year-old forward Tanner Jeannot received three awards, he was named the Cody Smuk Un-Sung Hero and was presented with the Mark MacKay Hustle Award. Jeannot and Captain Brett Howden shared the Moose Jaw COOP Humanitarian Award for their contributions to the community throughout the season.
17-year-old Josh Brook was selected as the Canada Safeway Top Defenceman. In his second season with the Warriors Brook posted career highs in goals (8), assists (32), and points (40). 18-year-old Colin Paradis was named the Andy’s Transmission Most Improved Player, and 16-year-old defenceman Jett Woo captured the McDonalds Rookie of the Year.
The Warriors also honoured Josh Thrower and Brayden Burke with WOW! Factor Media Milestone Awards. In his final season in the WHL, Thrower was honoured for surpassing the 300 games played milestone, while Burke received his award for eclipsing the 200 points milestone.
The Moose Jaw Warriors are now off until next weekend when they take on the Swift Current Broncos in the first round of the 2017 WHL Playoffs. Game’s 1 and 2 will be March 24 and 25 in Moose Jaw, tickets go on sale to the general public Monday, March 20 at 10am.