A couple of players of the Dryden GM Ice Dogs are taking home some hardware for the 2021-22 Superior International Junior Hockey League (SIJHL) season.
Forward Maxime Collette has earned himself this year's SIJHL Most Valuable Player.
He finished the season atop the league leaders in points with 81 and goals with 45. His 36 assists were tied for second in league scoring. Collette also had four hat-tricks which led the league.
The SIJHL says the smooth-skating forward established himself early as a top offensive threat.
“The analytics also showed him as generating the most expected goals in the league, proving his exceptional results were not as a result of luck,” said the SIJHL in a social media post.
In this year's playoff run for the Ice Dogs, Collette has tallied one goal and four assists for five points.
Dryden’s Tyler Earl also was honoured by the SIJHL being named the Most Improved Player for the 2021-22 season.
The league says that after only recording two points in his first 11 games, he quickly found his stride and finished the season with 12 goals and 17 assists in 45 games.
He is one of nine Ice Dogs players to record over 20 points in the season, and the only rookie first-year player to accomplish this.
A versatile player, Earl has seen time on the power play and penalty kill this season but has generated most of his offence at even strength.
A native of Brandon, MB, Tyler just celebrated his 20th birthday (March 25, 2022) and hopes to help the Ice Dogs make a deep playoff run. So far these playoffs Earl has recorded a goal and an assist.
The Ice Dogs will continue its playoff run on Thursday (April 7, 2022), as they travel to Red Lake to take on the Miners in their seven-game second-round series.