Whalers Conclude Season with Annual Banquet
Photo - (from left) Tom Wilson, associate coach Joe Stefan and Matt Mahalak pause after Wilson and Mahalak received awards for being Plymouth's Academic Players-of the Year.
PLYMOUTH – The Plymouth Whalers concluded the 2011-12 season with an annual awards banquet held Thursday at CJ’s Brewing Company at Compuware Arena. The following players received awards:
LEADING SCORER and MOST VALUABLE PLAYER, REGULAR SEASON: For the second consecutive year, left wing Stefan Noesen, who scored a career-best 38 goals with 44 assists for 82 points in 63 games.
REGULAR SEASON LEADING SCORER: Noesen, who scored a career-best 38 goals with 44 assists for 82 points in 63 games.
MOST VALUABLE PLAYER in the PLAYOFFS: Second-year forward Tom Wilson, who scored seven goals with six assists for 13 points and was +10 in 13 playoff games. Wilson is rated 15th overall for the 2012 National Hockey League Entry Draft.
BEST DEFENSEMAN: For the second consecutive season, Whalers captain Beau Schmitz, who scored a career-high 14 goals with 40 assists for 54 points and was +37 over 62 games.
MOST IMPROVED PLAYER: Veteran forward Alex Aleardi, who scored a career-high 36 goals with 29 assists for 65 points and was +28 in 65 games.
UNSUNG PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Defenseman Dario Trutmann, who scored six goals with 18 assists for 24 points and was +10 in 62 games.
BLUE COLLAR, HARDEST WORKING PLAYER: Schmitz, who received votes as in the Most Underrated Player, Best Offensive Defenseman and Best Defensive Defenseman in the annual OHL Western Conference Coaches Poll.
ROOKIE of the YEAR: Rookies Danny Vanderwiel and Matt Mistele share the award. Vanderwiel scored six gosl with three assists for nine points in 42 games; Mistele scored three goals with two assists for five points in 33 games.
HUMANITARIAN of the YEAR: Defenseman Colin MacDonald, who led the Whalers Community Relations efforts with over 30 appearances.
ACADEMIC PLAYERS OF THE YEAR: For the second consecutive year, Goaltender Matt Mahalak and right wing Tom Wilson.
ALICE IAFRATE AWARD (Off-Ice Officials Overage of the Year): Defenseman Beau Schmitz, who completes his Plymouth career as the third leading scoring defenseman in franchise history. Schmitz also signed a freeagent contract with the National Hockey league's Carolina Hurricanes.
WHALERS BOOSTER CLUB AWARDS:
BARBARA MOHRLOCK MEMORIAL AWARD as FAN FAVORITE: Left wing Stefan Noesen.
SCHOLASTIC PLAYER of the YEAR: Goaltender Matt Mahalak and right wing Tom Wilson share the award.
GRINDER of the YEAR: Veteran center Michael Whaley
PLAYER OF THE MONTH: Goaltender Scott Wedgewood.
NEXT UP FOR THE WHALERS: Two Whalers – Tom Wilson and Cody Payne – are up for the National Hockey League Entry Draft, held June 22-23 in Pittsburgh, PA.
Before that, the Whalers will be holding their annual Rookie Orientation on May 19-20 at Compuware Arena.