River Rats player named top rookie in Jr. C league

Ashley Thompson athompson@hantsjournal.ca
Published on March 24, 2014
Tyler Young, of the Avon River Rats, was named the Rookie of the Year in the Nova Scotia Junior C Hockey League. 

A star player for the Avon River Rats has been named the Rookie of the Year for the recent Nova Scotia Junior C Hockey League season.

Tyler Young, an Acadia University student originally from Ontario, was the only River Rat to win one of 12 league awards announced March 15.

Grant Veinot, head coach of the Avon River Rats, says Young is a dedicated player whose undeniable talent is evident whenever he takes the ice.

“He’s unselfish and he has that hockey sense, which is something probably you can’t teach.”

Young proved to be a top goal scorer for the River Rats, leading the way in regular season and playoff points. Veinot says he hopes to welcome him back to the team next season.

“After our last game he said, ‘I’ll definitely be back.’”

Players from Spryfield claimed six of the league awards, with the team finishing first this season. Spryfield’s Justin Mabe was named the leading scorer and most valuable playoff player while his teammate, Alex Mader, earned two top goaltender nods and the Most Valuable Player distinction.