The Alberta Junior Hockey League today announced the 2015-2016 AJHL All-League and All-Rookie teams. The selections for each team were determined through voting by the AJHL General Managers and Coaches.
Pontiacs teammates Bobby McMann and Brinson Pasichnuk were unanimous selections to the North Division All-League Team. Five of the six players selected to the North Division All-League team were finalists for the 2015-2016 League Awards (Leclerc, Lloyd, Pasichnuk, McMann, Busch). Five of six have also committed to a NCAA College / University (Lloyd, Pasichnuk, McMann, Busch, Kruper).
Three members of the North Division team captured a Gold medal at the 2015 World Junior A Challenge with Team Canada West (Pasichnuk, McMann and Busch). The Pontiacs and Bobcats both have dual representation on the North Divison’s All-League roster with the remaining two spots filled by the Crusaders and Saints.
The 2015-2016 South Division All-League team includes four AJHL Award Finalists (Drackett, Makar, Beers, Noskey) and the AJHL Top Scorer (Noskey). Three players on the South squad have committed to a NCAA College / University (Makar, Lodermeier, Malott). Goaltender Logan Drackett (Calgary Canucks) and defenceman Cale Makar (Brooks Bandits) have also been selected to the 2015-2016 AJHL South Division All-Rookie team.
Players from the Brooks Bandits make up half of the South Division roster with three selections, the Calgary Canucks, Okotoks Oilers and Olds Grizzlys are each representated by one player.
Viterra South Division All-League Team
G Logan Drackett Calgary Canucks
D Cale Makar Brooks Bandits
D Carson Beers Okotoks Oilers
F Wyatt Noskey Olds Grizzlys
F Derek Lodermeier Brooks Bandits
F Jeff Malott Brooks Bandits
Viterra North Division All-League Team
G Alex Leclerc Lloydminster Bobcats
D Christian Lloyd Lloydminster Bobcats
D Brinson Pasichnuk* Bonnyville Pontiacs
F Bobby McMann* Bonnyville Pontiacs
F Tyler Busch Spruce Grove Saints
F Ryan Kruper Sherwood Park Crusaders
Defencemen Cale Makar and Ian Mitchell were unanimous selections to their respective All-Rookie teams. Makar was the recipient of the 2015-2016 AJHL Rookie of the Year award. All four finalists for the annual award were selected to the All-Rookie teams (Mitchell, Bauld, Olsen, Makar).
Goaltender Logan Drackett (Calgary Canucks) and defenceman Cale Makar (Brooks Bandits) have also been selected to the 2015-2016 AJHL South Division All-League team.
Six selections from the All-Rookie teams have already committed to a NCAA career (Quillan, Bauld, Makar, McKechney, Wunder, Mitchell). Two rookies were members of Team Canada West as the eventual Gold medalists at the 2015 World Junior A Challenge (Makar, Bauld).
In total, three members of the Lloydminster Bobcats were selected to the North Division roster, which was completed with two players from the Spruce Grove Saints and one selection off the Sherwood Park Crusaders roster. The South Division is compiled of two selections from the Brooks Bandits and rounded out by a single selection from the Calgary Canucks, Okotoks Oilers, Olds Grizzlys and Drumheller Dragons.
Viterra North Division All-Rookie Team
G Pierce Diamond Lloydminster Bobcats
D Ian Mitchell* Spruce Grove Saints
D Nick Quillan Lloydminster Bobcats
F Noah Bauld Lloydminster Bobcats
F Trey Fix-Wolansky Spruce Grove Saints
F Ty Readman Sherwood Park Crusaders
Viterra South Division All-Rookie Team
G Logan Drackett Calgary Canucks
D Cale Makar* Brooks Bandits
D Reece Soukoroff Okotoks Oilers
F Josh McKechney Brooks Bandits
F Chase Olsen Olds Grizzlys
F Levi Wunder Drumheller Dragons
* Unanimous Selection