Sharon Williamson Memorial MVP Award
Presented by Ryan & Bob Williamson to Jason Teschke
By Dan McCaffery
Jason Teschke won two major trophies Saturday at the Sarnia Legionnaires annual awards banquet.
The 20-year-old Corunna native won the Most Valuable Player Award as well as the Top Scorer trophy. Teschke, who had 87 points, including 37 goals, said being named the Jr. 'B' hockey club's MVP was “an honour because we had a lot of good hockey players on our team.”
Teschke said his junior career, which wrapped up at the end of the 2013 campaign, “just flew by.” As for the future, he said he's not sure what he'll do, although he might get into coaching at some point.
Front - l-r Jason Teschke, Steve Farlow,Jeff King, Derek D'Andrea, Matt Cimetta
back l-4 Bob Farlow, Hunter Tyczynski, Thomas Moxley, Sean Parker
missing Davis Boyer
Other award winners included:
Goalie Sean Parker, who won the Peoples' Choice Award. Forward Davis Boyer and forward/defenceman Thomas Moxley, who were joint winners of the Spirit Award. Defenceman Matt Cimetta, who was selected the Most Dedicated Player. Forward Hunter Tyczynski, who took home the Most Improved Player trophy. Forward Derek D'Andrea, who was named the Most Outstanding Playoff Performer. Defenceman Jeff King, who was recognized as Rookie of the Year. Steve Farlow, who won the Best Defenceman Award. Assistant coach Bob Farlow, who was named Volunteer of the Year.
Overagers sweater presentation
Lloyd Dicker, Tom Knight, Derek D'Ancrea, Steve Farlow, Jeff Paulley, Brent Sauve, Jason Teschke, Fred Cooper
Earlier in the day, about 90 athletes attended the annual Legionnaire spring mini-camp at Germain Park Arena.
Head coach Dan Rose was impressed with the talent on hand.
"There are a lot of good prospects,” he said. “We've identified 10 to 15 kids who can get to the main camp (in August).”
Some players may not make the Legionnaires next fall, but they could still end up in a Sarnia uniform in the future, he said. “Some of the young guys might be a year or two down the road but we wanted to see them on the ice.”
Most of the players on hand were from Sarnia-Lambton or Michigan, although a few were from the London area.
Rose said the club will have to fill about 10 spots on the roster. But it should have a good core of about a dozen players back, he said.
General manager Bob Williamson announced the team will put together an alumni association for players who performed for the club over the past six decades.
Sarnia may be the only Jr. 'B' squad in the province that has two inductees in the Hockey Hall of Fame he said. They are Phil Esposito, who played with the Legionnaires in 1960, and Dino Ciccarelli, who performed for the club in the 1970s, when it was known as the Bees.
As for next season, Williamson said the Legionnaires “want to build a championship team. We want the Sutherland Cup (as all-Ontario champions).”