Gillard Wins MVP

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Updated: February 18, 2016

The Western Kings Jalen Gillard has succeeded in his goal for his final year of major midget of hockey – winning the Most Valuable Player Award. Coaches have described Gillard as a power foward and in his third year of major midget competition, he was awarded the 2015-16 MVP award at a ceremony in St. John’s at the end of the Newfoundland and Labrador Major Midge Hockey League.

Gillard finished the season with 48 points (27G, 21A) in 29 games. This placed him third overall in league scoring.

When asked about the award, Gillard indicated “I’m happy to win it and I appreciate it”, indicating that he had battled a number of nagging injuries throughout the season. Regardless, coaches and players alike acknowledged Gillard’s contribution to his team and recognized that he was a force that helped the Kings secure several key victories throughout the season. Angus Head, coach of the Western Kings said that “If Jalen Gillard comes to play and gives 100 percent, any team would have a struggle with us”, when asked about Gillards value to the Kings.

With the playoffs starting against the St. John’s Privateers, Gillard has his goal set on moving the Kings through the first round. Play starts at 7:30 pm on Saturday night, with game 2 of the 7-game series taking place at Sunday at 10:00 am.

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