CALGARY, Alta. – The Canadian Junior Hockey League released Wednesday the names of the five individuals who have been selected finalists for the CJHL’s Most Valuable Player Award for the 2019-20 campaign.
Each of those selected were determined through a national voting process completed by each of the CJHL’s 10-member leagues, for their respective efforts during the course of the regular season.
The following are the five finalists for CJHL MVP of 2019-20, which are listed alphabetically, by league.
Arjun Atwal, (F) Sherwood Park Crusaders (AJHL)
Sherwood Park Crusaders team captain, Arjun Atwal, was the 2019-20 AJHL MVP and recipient of the Alberta Old Time Hockey Players trophy. … He led the AJHL in scoring with 107 points to win the 2019-20 AJHL Scoring Race. … Atwal, 20, played 162 regular season AJHL games for the Crusaders over five seasons. … He is just the fourth player in Crusaders history to hit the 100-point milestone. “Arjun was the leader of our team and a cornerstone in the rebuild of the Crusaders,” stated Sherwood Park Crusaders general manager Kyle Chase. “The importance of a player like Arjun can’t only be measured by goals and assists, and we aren’t where we are today without his leadership. A first-class person from a first-class family and he deserves every accolade he receives.” … Named AJHL’s North Division All-League Team.
With files from: Charla Flett, Vice-President, Communications (AJHL)
Kent Johnson, Trail Smoke Eaters (BCHL)
There is no doubt that Kent Johnson was the BCHL’s Most Valuable Player in 2019-20. … He led the league in points by an impressive 30-point separation to the league’s second-highest scorer. … At 17 years old, Johnson dominated the BCHL on a nightly basis with highlight reel goals. Due to his representing the BCHL as a member of Team Canada West at the World Junior A Challenge, Johnson missed six games this season, with Trail going 2-4-0 in his absence, but 34-13-2-3 with him in the Smoke Eaters’ lineup. … Among the league honours Johnson earned this season was BCHL MVP, the leading scorer and Most Sportsmanlike Player awards. … Final stats: GP: 52; G: 41; A: 60; PTS: 101; PTS/G: 1.94; GWG: 8
With files from: Jesse Adamson, Coordinator, Content Services (BCHL)
Devon Levi, (G) Carleton Place Canadians (CCHL)
The 2001-born Dollard-des-Ormeaux, Que., native finished the year leading the CCHL in wins (34), goals-against average (1.47), save percentage (.941), and shutouts (8). … On top of back-stopping Carleton Place to their seventh straight regular season title, Levi also represented Canada East at the 2019 World Junior A Challenge. … His tremendous performance between the pipes there helped his side claim the silver medal while also being named WJAC Most Valuable Player. … He had an overall record of 34-2-1 in 37 appearances. … Levi and has committed to attend Northeastern University (Hockey East) on a NCAA Division I scholarship to attend school and tend goal for the Huskies men’s hockey program. … 2019-20 Statistics: GP: 37; W: 34; GAA: 1.47; SV% .941; SO: 8.
With files from: Sean Marcellus, Director of Hockey Operations (CCHL)
Brodie MacArthur, Summerside Western Capitals (MHL)
Summerside Western Capitals forward Brodie MacArthur was selected as the Maritime Junior Hockey League’s (MHL) Player of the Year for a second consecutive season. … The 20-year-old captain from Summerside, P.E.I., had a season to remember, becoming the league’s all-time leading scorer back on February 27. … His 108 total points in 2019-20 give him 357 for the MHL career. … He was named 1st Star of the Month in the MHL for October and January, in addition to a 2nd Star selection in November. The CJHL named him the Gong Show Gear 1st Star of the Month for January. … MacArthur led the MHL with a 2.12 point-per-game average, 45 goals, seventeen powerplay tallies, and game-winning goals with 11. … His 63 assists were second-most, and his 30 powerplay points were third-highest. … He was held pointless in just three games. … MacArthur went on an incredible run from October 10 to December 8, scoring 48 points in 20 games, including fourteen straight match-ups with at least one goal. … His single-game high in 2019-20 came on January 16th where he posted a hat trick, including two on the powerplay, while supplying the game-winner and chipping with four assists.
With files from: James Faulkner, Director of Communications (MHL)
Caleb Serre Blind River Beavers (NOJHL)
Serre had a tremendous year for Blind River, leading all NOJHL skaters in goals (47); assists (66); points (113); power play tallies (17); man advantage helpers (26) and game-winning goals (10). … Was named the NOJHL’s Most Valuable Player and selected a first team league all-star at forward. … Produced 16 games where he registered three or more points, including six with at least five. … Had a run of nine consecutive outings with at least one goal. … Was named NOJHL Player of the Month on four separate occasions. …. Earned one of the league’s 3 Stars of the Week six different times during the campaign. … Was also named one of the CJHL’s 3 Stars of the Month for November. … Wrapping up his final year of Jr. A hockey, Serre played in 210 regular season contests in the NOJHL while collecting 269 points on 117 goals while helping set-up 152 others along the way.
With files from: David Harrison, Historian (NOJHL)
Earning honourable mention for the CJHL MVP in 2019-20, following CJHL league-wide voting were: Charles Tremblay, (F) Le Collège Français de Longueuil (LHJAAAQ); Grady Hobbs, (F) Dauphin Kings (MJHL); Harrison Israels, (F) Oakville Blades (OJHL); Chantz Petruic, (F) Yorkton Terriers (SJHL) & Cody Bruchkowski, Thunder Bay North Stars (SIJHL).
BRUCHKOWSKI SEASON NOTES: His 58 goals on the campaign were the third-most, in a single season, in SIJHL history. … Of note, adding the five markers he collected with the Brockville Braves (CCHL) in seven match-ups prior to joining Thunder Bay in early October, Bruchkowksi led all skaters in the entire 131-team CJHL in total goals scored with 63. … The 20-year-old from Cochenour, Ont., was earlier named SIJHL MVP and a first team all-star at forward. … Bruchkowski also finished first in the SIJHL in points (94); power play tallies (17) and game-winning goals (10). He was twice named league Performer of the Month (October & February). … Also earned a trio of SIJHL Player of the Week honours. … In 50 outings with Thunder Bay, he was only held off the game sheet on four occasions. … Was named the CJHL’s 2nd Star of the Month for February collecting a SIJHL-high 16 goals, along with eight assists in just 11 outings.
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