Rebels honour top players

The Castlegar Rebels have honoured their very best after a tremendous season that saw the club reach the KIJHL final for the first time in 15 years.

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From left to right

The Castlegar Rebels have honoured their very best after a tremendous season that saw the club reach the KIJHL final for the first time in 15 years.

Two forwards, captain Taylor Anderson and over-age sniper Ryan Aynsley, led the way with three awards each.

Anderson, a local product, was named the club’s Playoff MVP as well as the recipient of the Gerry Lacasse Memorial Trophy, which is given to the player who, among other things, best displays a passionate work ethic and dedication to the community.

The 19-year-old also shared the Most Valued Team Player award with Erik Wentzel.

Aynsley, who is off to Northern Michigan University next season, was dubbed the team’s Most Popular Player, and also picked up the Top Scorer and Top Forward awards.

Fellow over-agers Darren Tarasoff and Mike Wiest were named co-winners of the Top Defenceman award, while Tarasoff also snagged the Regular Season MVP trophy.

Rookie Arthur Andrews and breakout forward Stuart Walton were honoured twice: the 17-year-old local was a co-Rookie of the Year with Diego Bartlett while also claiming the Sportsmanship and Education award.

Walton, who improved his point total from 10 to 55 in 2010-11, was named the Most Improved Player, and won the Sportsmanship and Ability award as well.

Hard-hitting Kelowna product Tyler Robinson became the club’s Most Inspirational Player.

Each player was given their white game-worn jersey as a memento of the season, as the Rebels prepare to head their separate ways in advance of a lengthy off-season.