Three Delisle Chiefs players have been recognized for their fantastic play on the ice this season by the Prairie Junior Hockey League.
The league has announced their award winners for the 2018-2019 season with playoffs on the horizon. Delisle has had a tremendous season in the PJHL this winter, clinching the league with a few games to go before the postseason.
Defenceman Josh Atkinson, who calls Dinsmore home, was named the PJHL's Top Defenceman. Atkinson has been an anchor for the Chiefs this season on the blueline, recording 4 goals and 20 assists in 31 games, all while captaining one of the best teams in the league.
Josh, along with teammates Chad Westman and Austin Linnen, were named to the Bob Dybvig Division All-Star Team. Linnen has been one of the top offensive threats in the league this year, registering 34 goals and 39 assists in 35 games played, enough to have him as the fourth-highest scorer in the league. Westman, who is on the same line as Linnen, is third on the team in scoring with 18 goals and 30 assists in 32 games, making him a valuable piece to a dynamite offence.
The Top Scorer and Top Goalie awards will be given out at the end of the season, but there's a chance the winner(s) could be from the Chiefs. Linnen is only 9 points off of current scoring leader Jordan Hudson of the Saskatoon Quakers. With a few games left for Linnen to track down Hudson and the others above him, there's a possibility it could happen.
Delisle's goaltending this season has been something to admire. Justin Gauthier has a record of 21 wins and only 1 loss with a goals against average of 1.95 and save percentage of 0.930%. Gauthier leads in both GAA and save percentage categories league-wide, but not far behind him is teammate Jordan Berschiminsky.
The rookie is second in the PJHL for GAA (2.06) and save percentage (0.926%) while holding an 11-2-0-0 record. So there's a chance Gauthier takes this year's award or we see the pair share the award as a joint committee.
Also receiving recognition from the league was Chiefs social media co-ordinator and DJ Amanda Radford who was awarded the Volunteer of the Year.
View the full list of award winners and the entire all-star team rosters below.