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Moose Announce 2017-18 Team Award Winners

By: Manitoba Moose Staff | Published: April 8th 2018

Winnipeg, MB – The Manitoba Moose Hockey Club presented its 2017-18 team awards at today’s game against the Bakersfield Condors.  The Moose recognized the individual accomplishments of its players with five awards.

FLOFORM Countertops Most Valuable Player Award – Patrice Cormier
As the team’s captain, Patrice Cormier has led the Moose on and off the ice.  The Moncton, NB native is enjoying a career season, posting 41 points (21G, 20A) in 67 games.  His 21 goals and +25 plus/minus rating both rank second on the Moose heading into the final games of the season.  Cormier leads the Moose with three shorthanded goals on the campaign and has tallied three game-winning goals.  During the season, Cormier took over the Moose franchise lead for points by a centre, and reached two additional milestones by playing his 400th career game and recording his 100th career assist.
2016-17 Winner: Kyle Connor

Manitoba Moose Defenceman Award – Sami Niku
Sami Niku took the AHL by storm in his first season in North America.  The Haapavesi, Finland native started his rookie season with six points in his first six games.  Niku has recorded at least one point in 40 of 73 games this season and hasn’t played more than four consecutive games without posting a point.  With 53 points (16G, 37A) on the season, Niku sits second among AHL defencemen.  He also features the best plus/minus rating (+19) among any of the league’s top six scoring defenders.  This past week, Niku became just the fifth defenceman since 1975 to be named to the AHL First All-Star Team in his rookie season.
2016-17 Winner: Kevin Czuczman

Manitoba Moose Rookie of the Year Award – Mason Appleton/Sami Niku
The duo of Mason Appleton and Sami Niku has been impressive to say the least.  The pair re-wrote the franchise record book with Appleton in possession of the rookie record for assists and points, while Niku owns the franchise mark for points by a rookie defender.  Appleton leads AHL rookies with 63 points (21G, 42A) on the season and Niku holds a 19-point lead among rookie defenders.  The pair became the first rookie teammates since 1988-89 to be named to the AHL First All-Star Team and earned AHL All-Rookie Team honours.
2016-17 Winner: Kyle Connor

EPRA Julian Klymkiw Community Service Award – Darren Kramer
Forward Darren Kramer has led by example this season with his work in the Winnipeg community.  He was also named the team’s winner of the IOA/American Specialty AHL Man of the Year award for his outstanding contributions to the community. Kramer donated his time to many of the team’s initiatives including the St.Amant Foundation and True North Youth Foundation.  For more details on Kramer’s involvement with the community this season, visit moosehockey.com.
2016-17 Winner: Eric Comrie

Manitoba Moose Three Stars Award – Mason Appleton
Leading the way with 90 ‘star points’ on the season, Mason Appleton has clinched his spot atop this season’s three stars standings.  Appleton was named a game star in eight of the 37 home games he has appeared in this season.  He earned first star honours three times, second star twice and third star once.  Brendan Lemieux and Michael Hutchinson are tied for second behind Appleton with 50 ‘star points’ each.
2016-17 Winner: Kyle Connor