Truro Bearcats close 2018-19 season with reception, awards ceremony

Graduating players (from left to right) Dylan Burton, Ryan Porter, Shaun Bily, Myles Hektor, and Will Mizuik were among those honoured at the year-end reception for the Truro Bearcats.

The Truro Bearcats officially closed their 22nd season in the Maritime Hockey League on Tuesday with a reception and awards ceremony at the Rath Eastlink Community Centre.

Owner Stu Rath, team staff, volunteers, the players, and their families were among those in attendance as the curtain closed on the 2018-19 season.

Truro finished fourth in the Eastlink South Division at 24-21-2-3, but were knocked out of the playoffs in four straight games by the Yarmouth Mariners in the first round of the playoffs.

A number of team awards were handed out by Coach/GM Shawn Evans, which were voted on by the coaches and support staff.

Five Bearcats graduated this season, those born in 1998, with each receiving their jersey and giving a speech to the assembled crowd.

MacQuarries Pharmasave Three Stars
1st half winner – Myles Hektor
2nd half winner – Dylan Burton, Myles Hektor
Overall winner – Myles Hektor

Will Sutherland Memorial Award
The award, now in its 6th year, goes to a Bearcat who demonstrates excellence in hockey skill, is a last year junior and is pursuing his education at an AUS or CIS University.
Ryan Porter

Iron Man Award (playing all 50 regular season games)
Gavin Hart
G Blackmore
Damian Hartt

Player’s Player
Dylan Burton

Hardest Worker (on and of the ice) 
Dylan Burton

Unsung Hero 
Luke MacMillan (3rd year in a row)

Best Attitude
Mark Aucoin, Cole Julian

Most Dedicated
Ryan Porter

Graduating Players
Shaun Bily
Myles Hektor
Will Mizuik
Dylan Burton
Ryan Porter

DQ Belt (for a shootout held every Thursday)
Cam Langlois