Aspen Leafs forward Charlie Van Allen claimed the RMJHL Student Athlete of the Year award, and defenseman Viacheslav Goev won MVP Defenseman of the Year award...
Leading Scorer- Kole Mudra, Pikes Peak Miners: In his final season with the Pikes Peak Miners, Kole Mudra ended his junior hockey career with a league leading 44 goals and 36 assists. His efforts helped lift his team to the 2016-17 RMJHL championship title. In the playoffs, he tallied 3 goals and 6 assists, including the game winner in game three of the championship series. Before playing with the Miners, Mudra played High School hockey in St. Louis and for the St. Louis Blues AAA program.
MVP Forward- Kameron Fink, Steamboat Wranglers: Playing in all 46 games, Kameron Fink led the Steamboat Wranglers in scoring with 58 points (35 goals and 23 assists). He was instrumental in the success of the first year Wranglers franchise. In game two of the RMJHL finals, he tallied 3 goals and 2 assists in a 5-1 win over Pikes Peak. Originally from Aurora, CO, Fink scored multiple goals in 9 regular season games.
MVP Defense- Viacheslav Goev, Aspen Leafs: Viacheslav Goev was the anchor to the Aspen Leafs defensive unit, and was instrumental helping his team to secure a second place finish in the regular season. In his second season with the Leafs, Goev recorded 12 points and 25 assists in 36 games. In late October, he returned to Aspen from his home in Krasnodar, Russia after missing the first month of the season. Upon his return, he helped the Leafs snap a four game losing streak (their longest of the season), and ended up leading his team with the best plus-minus record.
MVP Goaltender- Erik Anderson, Pikes Peak Miners: From Chanhassen, MN, Erik Anderson completed his final junior hockey season with an impressive 2.26 goals against average and a .940 save percentage in 1,408 minutes played. He led the RMJHL with 19 wins and 4 shutouts. Anderson played two seasons for the 20U Miners after playing for its 18UAAA feeder team in 2014-15. Anderson started the season winning his first 15 games, and only allowed 22 goals against with 4 shut outs during that stretch.
Student Athlete of the Year- Charlie Van Allen, Aspen Leafs: In his second season with the Aspen Leafs, Charlie Van Allen finished fourth on the team in scoring with 49 points in 43 games (16 goals, 33 assists). A native of Aspen, Van Allen completed his senior year at Aspen High School while playing in the RMJHL. An International Baccalaureate student, he posted a staggering 4.379 GPA while helping lead the Leafs to 42 wins during the season. His classroom success has led to collegiate acceptance letters from Middlebury College, Wesleyan University, Bowdoin College, and Princeton University. He is undecided on which college he will attend, but has aspirations to represent his future school on the ice.
Coach of the Year- Troy Mick, Steamboat Wranglers: With nearly two decades of coaching and managing in the WHL, BCHL KIJHL, and now the RMJHL, Troy Mick has yet to endure a losing season. This year, he served as the General Manager of the Salmon Arm Silverbacks (BCHL) and President of the Steamboat Wranglers. In late November, Mick replaced his head coach in Salmon Arm with Misko Antisin, who started the season as the Wranglers bench boss. Instead of replacing Antisin with a new coach, Mick took the reigns of his affiliate team in Steamboat. In 31 games, he guided the Wranglers to 23 wins, which included a streak of 7 straight and 8 straight wins in January, February and March. Finishing tied for second in points with the Aspen Leafs, Mick then led his team in the playoffs past the defending champion Leafs in three games, before taking the eventual champs (Pikes Peak) to a thrilling final game in the RMJHL championship series.
Organization of the Year- Steamboat Wranglers: In its first year of operation, the Steamboat Wranglers not only succeeded on the ice in the RMJHL, they quickly won over the Steamboat Springs community. Leading the league in attendance throughout the season, the new team was firmly embraced both on and off the ice. As a first year team in the RMJHL, the Wranglers rewarded their new fans by advancing to the championship series. As an organization committed to their players and fans, Steamboat has raised the bar for other RMJHL teams.