Young, Kleiboer nominated for SJHL year-end awards

By battlefordsNOW Staff
February 21, 2018 - 2:00pm

Two Battlefords North Stars players are up for year-end awards.

The Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League (SJHL) released the full list of nominees on Wednesday, and not surprisingly, North Stars captain Layne Young has been nominated for both player of the year and most valuable player (MVP), which are two separate awards.

Defenceman Levi Kleiboer has been nominated for defenceman of the year.

Young will go up against Nipawin Hawks defenceman Josh McDougall and Estevan Bruins forward Zach Goberis for MVP. Young is also vying for player of the year against McDougall and Melfort's Loch Morrison.

In Monday's win over Weyburn, Young became the first SJHL player since 2010-11 to record 100 points in a season, after he scored his 35th goal and added an assist, his 65th of the year. He is currently riding an 11-game point streak, with 10 goals and 14 assists during that span.

Kleiboer will go up against McDougall and Melville's Clayton Eisler for defenceman of the year.

The Martensville native missed 10 games before the Christmas break while he was competing for Canada West at the World Junior A Challenge, where he won gold, yet he is still fourth in league scoring among defencemen with 39 points in 41 games. The 39 points are a career-high and he currently has six points in his last five.

There are two other awards that will be handed out at season's end: goaltender of the year and rookie of the year.

Kinderlsey's Justen Close, Nipawin's Declan Hobbs, Melville's Colby Entz and Weyburn's Arik Weersink will battle for goalie of the year, while Flin Flon defenceman Calvin Boots, Weyburn forward Cade Kowalski and Humboldt goaltender Jacob Wassermann will battle for rookie of the year.

The North Stars next game is Friday in Melfort, when they'll take on the Melfort Mustangs, who lost 6-0 to Humboldt on Monday.


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