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SIJHL announces 2012-13 award finalists

The Superior International Junior Hockey League announced the finalists for the respective individual awards that are, at present, available for the 2012-13 season.

The Superior International Junior Hockey League announced the finalists for the respective individual awards that are, at present, available for the 2012-13 season.

The determination process saw each SIJHL member organization submit names of those eligible, from their own team, as nominees for the various awards. From those submissions, the clubs then cast votes in each category to decide the finalists.

Out of these finalists, the winner of each individual honor will be announced over the course of the coming weeks leading up to the conclusion of the 2013 SIJHL playoffs.

Listed below are the nominees for the 2012-13 SIJHL awards. The candidates are listed alphabetically in order of their team: Dryden Ice Dogs, Fort Frances Lakers, Minnesota Iron Rangers, Minnesota Wilderness and Thunder Bay North Stars. 

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Chris Belhumeur, Dryden Ice Dogs                

Jordan Christianson, Fort Frances Lakers

Mike Dietrich, Minnesota Wilderness

Best Defenseman                    

Len Pelletier, Dryden Ice Dogs                 

Nick Le Sage, Minnesota Iron Rangers            

Nick McCormack, Minnesota Wilderness

Top Goaltender                        

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Eric Szymczyk, Dryden Ice Dogs                

Chase Hollander, Minnesota Iron Rangers       

Gordy Defiel, Minnesota Wilderness

Rookie of the Year

Nick Le Sage, Minnesota Iron Rangers

Jake Larson, Minnesota Wilderness

Mathias Gardiman, Thunder Bay North Stars

Best Defensive Forward

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Paul Thompson, Dryden Ice Dogs

Merritt Rysavy, Fort Frances Lakers

Jeremy Johnson, Minnesota Wilderness

Most Improved Player                    

Chris Sitko, Dryden Ice Dogs                

Colton Spicer, Fort Frances Lakers                

Conrad Sampair, Minnesota Wilderness

Most Sportsmanlike Player

Tyson Holder, Dryden Ice Dogs

Jacob Nolan, Fort Frances Lakers

Brian Drapluk, Minnesota Wilderness

Coach of the Year

Wayne Strachan, Fort Frances Lakers

Chris Walby, Minnesota Iron Rangers

Rod Aldoff, Minnesota Wilderness

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