Jr C Otters celebrate season at year-end banquet

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Main photo: The 2018-19 Huntsville Junior C Otters (back from left) Brayden Morgan, Kyler Campbell, Cam Walters, Connor Small, Ty Miller; (front from left) Coach Marc Gagnon, AP Player Adam Dupuis, AP Player Colin Jones, Campbell Coutts, Everette Nudd, Nathan Delarosbil, Cole Gilligan, Tye Lindeman, Tyler Gervais-Rolfe, Glen Gagnon, Ty Sparling, Cole Earl, and Coach Brent Tomlinson. Missing from photo: Parker Soleman, Tyler Love, Nolan Rochette, Daniel Vandal-Courte, Cody Parent, Cody Jones, and Carson English.

The Junior C Otters held their 2018-19 end of season banquet at the Active Living Centre on Sunday, March 31. It was a time to celebrate the season as a team as well as say sad goodbyes. Coach Brent Tomlinson, who announced last month that he will be stepping down, held back tears as he was honouring players along with his  co-coach for the season, Marc Gagnon.

The team was joined by the sponsors and volunteers that supported the team, and the Otters association provided all with a delicious dinner, made by Family Place Restaurant.

Monty Clouthier, the President of the Jr C Otters, commended the players for the heart and dedication they showed throughout the season.

He also recognized the aged-out players who had their final year of junior hockey with the Otters: Nathan Delarosbil #19, Cole Gilligan #8 and Tyler Gervais-Rolfe #17. The three players gave it their all for their team and their stats below prove that their time on the Otters was beneficial.

Nathan Delarosbil
Goals: 55
Assists: 69
Total Points: 124

Cole Gilligan
Goals: 40
Assists: 39
Total Points: 79

Tyler Gervais-Rolfe
Goals: 21
Assists: 33
Total Points: 54

Retiring Otters players with their coaches (from left) Tyler Gervais-Rolfe, co-coach Marc Gagnon, Nathan Delarosbil, co-coach Brent Tomlinson, Cole Gilligan, and Jr C Otters president Monty Clouthier

Retiring Otters players with their coaches (from left) Tyler Gervais-Rolfe, co-coach Marc Gagnon, Nathan Delarosbil, co-coach Brent Tomlinson, Cole Gilligan, and the Otters new GM, Britten Coffin

The night proceeded with the following awards, presented by 2018-19 co-coaches Marc Gagnon and Brent Tomlinson (left and right respectively in all photos, except where noted):

Best Defensive Forward, Tyler Gervais-Rolfe

Best Defensive Forward, Tyler Gervais-Rolfe

Academics and Athletics for Excellence in Education and Sport, Tye Lindeman

Academics and Athletics for Excellence in Education and Sport, Tye Lindeman

Most Sportsmanlike, Connor Small

Most Sportsmanlike, Connor Small

Dedication to Community Service – Cody Jones (unable to attend)

Playoff Leading Scorer, Campbell Coutts (centre) and Cody Jones (unable to attend)

Playoff Leading Scorer, Campbell Coutts (centre) and Cody Jones (unable to attend)

Manager's Award - Unsung Hero, Brayden Morgan

Manager’s Award – Unsung Hero, Brayden Morgan

Playoff Most Valuable Player, Ty Sparling

Playoff Most Valuable Player, Ty Sparling (centre) with Otters co-coaches Brent Tomlinson (left) and Marc Gagnon

Most Valuable Player, Tyler Gervais-Rolfe

Most Valuable Player, Tyler Gervais-Rolfe

Regular Season Leading Scorer, Cole Gilligan

Regular Season Leading Scorer, Cole Gilligan

Most Improved Player, Brayden Morgan

Most Improved Player, Brayden Morgan

Barkey/MacPherson Award for retiring/overage players (from second left) Nathan Delarosbil, Cole Gilligan and Tyler Gervais-Rolfe

Barkey/MacPherson Award for retiring/overage players (from second left) Nathan Delarosbil, Cole Gilligan and Tyler Gervais-Rolfe

Commitment and Work Ethic in Practice, Cole Earl

Commitment and Work Ethic in Practice, Cole Earl

Rookie of the Year, Ty Miller

Rookie of the Year, Ty Miller

A big thank you was given to Coach Brent Tomlinson as he moves on to new adventures, as well as to some of the players that will not be returning next season as they will be on their own journey to school. Good luck to them all.

The Otters may participate in one final tournament on April 12-14—watch for details.

Planning for the 2019-2020 season has already begun with the Otters holding a prospects camp on Monday, April 15 at the Don Lough Arena. Registration is $40 and begins at 5 p.m. with ice time between 6-10 p.m.

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