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Players of the Month: January

The Greater Metro Junior 'A' Hockey League has announced the 'Players of the Month' for January of t

 February 4th, 2020 at 11:28AM  February 4th, 2020 5:31PM

The Greater Metro Junior 'A' Hockey League has announced the 'Players of the Month' for January of the 2019-2020 hockey season.

The 'Players of the Month' honors is a distinction awarded to the player who is adjudged the best at his position & rookie through each month of the season.

(All stats listed as of February 2nd, 2020)

Forward – Drew Anderson, New Tecumseth Civics

Former MJHL Player of the Month Drew Anderson has now added the same accolade to his name in the GMHL becoming the first Forward of the month of the GMHL decade. This month Anderson stood out offensively as one of the best in the league compiling 12 Goals and 7 Assists for 19 Points in 8 games and helping to lead the Civics to a 5-2-1 record in the 8 games since January started. This month has bumped Anderson’s total production to 48 Points (22G, 26A) in 23 games and he is one of 19 players in the league who have played 20 games and maintained at least a 2 point per game average. Despite playing in only about half of his team’s games so far he leads the team in power play goals with 7 which is tied for the 6th highest total in the league. To top it off Anderson scored during the GMHL All-Star game this month where he was playing for the North Division Pro team.

Honorable mention to teammate Riley Nadeau who is on pace to become the first player in the first player in Civics history with a 100 point season. He currently has 95 Points (35G, 60A) good enough for 7th in the league.

Monthly recipients

October: Riley Nadeau, (F) New Tecumseth Civics

November: Marc-Antoine Turcotte, (F) Temiscaming Titans

December: Christian Polillo, (F) St. George Ravens

January: Drew Anderson, (F) New Tecumseth Civics

Defenseman – Christian Bascio, North York Renegades

Renegades Captain Christian Bascio has made his presence known this season patrolling the blue line for North York. He is currently 3rd in the division and 4th in the league In scoring amongst defensemen with 39 points in 34 games for the Renegades who went 4-1 in January including a huge win over the rival 2nd place Whalers. Compared to other defenseman his age Bascio is the second highest scoring 2000 born defenseman in the league. Bascio is playing in his 3rd season in the GMHL all with the renegades where he signed prior to the 2017-2018 season and is now having his 3rd straight career year. With two more years of eligibility Bascio seems poised to provide the Renegades back end with an elite presence for years to come.

Monthly recipients

October: Matt Marinier, (D) St. George Ravens

November: Kirill Sazonkin, (D) London Lakers

December: Aleck Forcier, (D) Temiscaming Titans

January: Christian Bascio, (D) North York Renegades


Goaltender –Marek Pavlas, Kingsville Kings
In his second season with the Kings Marek Pavlas has taken his game to another level this season as he statistically ranks among the highest in every major goaltending category among those who qualify. His Save Percentage of .920 ranks 3rd in both the Division and the League, His GAA of 3.12 is 6th in the League and 5th in the division, his 11 wins have him tied for the 5th highest total in the league and  3rd in the league and he is a top 20 goaltender in terms of saves. Pavlas signed with the Kings out of the HC Dukla Jihlava Czech U16 program. Pavlas is also among the youngest goaltenders in the league only 17 years old and should be expected to keep moving forward for a strong Kings team that is in 3rd place in the division.

Monthly recipients

October: Carson Murison, (G) Bradford Bulls

November: Lane Timmons, (G) Niagara Whalers

December: Yegor Popov, (G) Bancroft Rockhounds

January: Marek Pavlas, (G) Kingsville Kings


Rookie – Nikita Sakhno, Bradford Rattlers
Since the start of 2020 17 year old rookie forward Nikita Sakhno has been nearly a point per game player for the Bradford Rattlers collecting 8 Points (1G,7A) in the 9 games of 2020 so far. He has scored a total of 28 Points in the 35 games he has played for the Rattlers and been one of their most consistent scorers (6th on the team) despite also being one of their youngest. He leads all U18 players in the league in Assists with 18 and is third amongst them in total points. To top it off the first year star who played U16, U17 and U18 for Dynamo Moskva is top 20 in the league in scoring by Russian born players and 8th when compared to U19 Russian forwards.

Monthly recipients

October: Scott Turgeon, (F) Windsor Aces

November: Dario Zitko, (F) South Muskoka Shield

December: Shayne Pearsall, (F) Durham Roadrunners

January: Nikita Sakhno, (F) Bradford Rattlers


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