Commissioner’s Corner: First Half Awards
As spring fast approaches, the Franklin Hockey League is geared up for what promises to be an exhilarating 2nd half of the season. With the trade deadline just weeks away, and the playoffs coming in April, this final push towards the postseason should be an intense one. Before we move forward though, let’s take a look back at some of the FHL stars who made a name for themselves in this snow filled, sub-zero winter that was the first half of the season.
MVP: Zak Campbell - Jets
While leading his team to a 1st place tie with the Thunder, long time Jet Zak Campbell leads the league in points and is in 2nd in both goals and assists. He would be the first player to lead the league in both categories. (Also considered: Mark Weber, Dave Kwolek, Roy McDonald)
Goalie of the Year: Dave Kwolek - Thunder
The league leader in wins and goals against average, Kwolek has been a fixture in the Thunder organization for several years--and this may be his best season yet. (Also considered: Craig Hixon)
Rookie of the Year: Eric Fetsko -Thunder
The latest Fetsko to burst on to the scene in the FHL has the speed, skill and smarts to live up to the name (any relation?). Being on a stacked Thunder team has not fully allowed him to shine but expect big things in the 2nd half of the season from this youngster. (Also considered: Jacob Pons, Mark Olsavicky)
Defensemen of the Year: Joe Rogers - Crosby's
Although he is the prototypical “stay at home” defensemen, Joey is among the league leaders in points for defensemen and arguably leads the Crosby’s in shots. This would be the first year the late bloomer would be nominated for the award. (Also considered: BJ Yott, Jason Tatrai, Jesse Lyons)
Breakthrough Player: Mark Weber - Jets
The hometown hero of East Miller Street, Webs has taken the league by storm this year and sits atop the leaders in goals with 14. Also a dominating physical presence, Weber is surely building off his strong rookie campaign with the Crosby’s last season where he helped them win a Cup. (Also considered: Jim Birosak, BJ Yott)
GM of the Year: Andrew McDonald - Thunder
Very few teams get it fully right in the draft—this may be one of those rare cases. Amac, with the help of Chad Kanz, put together an extremely talented squad on draft day alone. This drafting led to an unprecedented 6-0 (18-0) start.
Extra Effort Award: Zach Bish - Jukes
Always willing and ready to lend a hand, Bish exemplifies hustle, dedication, and commitment to the game and the league. On and off the ice Bish is committed to working his tail off.
Best Jersey: Jukes
While not a whole lot has gone right for the expansion team, their jerseys sure are sharp. Great design.
Best Flow: Craig Hixon - Jets
With locks reminiscent of sunshine from Remember the Titans, this guy’s hair is the envy of the entire league. Granted he does have the benefit of a goalie helmet to keep those golden locks firmly in place—but that should not disqualify him. (Also considered: Andrew McDonald, Jim Besterci, Tony Bonacorso).
** Other Notes **
Team FHL is heading to the championship of the Murrysville Hockey League. This would be the 2nd championship for Team FHL out on Route 22. The team consists of Roy McDonald, John George, Andrew McDonald, Craig Hixon, Zak Campbell, Joe Rogers, Bud Doyle, Nick Siniawski, Shane Lucas, Drew Hruska and Ryan Fish.