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Western Kings clean up in major midget hockey league awards

['Kyle Robinson of the Dennis GM Western Kings keeps a close eye on the action from the bench during Sunday’s provincial major midget hockey league showdown against the visiting TriPen Osprey on opening weekend of the 2017-2018 season.']
Kyle Robinson of the Dennis GM Western Kings keeps an eye on the action from the bench during a Newfoundland and Labrador Major Midget Hockey League game earlier this year. Robinson was rewarded for his stellar season with the Kings by being named the league’s top defenceman. - Western Star file photo

Given they have only two losses in 32 contests it should be no surprise the Dennis GM Western Kings walked away with plenty of hardware in the Newfoundland and Labrador Major Midget Hockey League.

Several players with the Kings had impressive individual performances during a regular season that saw them finish with the majority of league awards.

They were recognized during an awards ceremony ahead of Game 1 of their semifinal series with the Tri Pen Osprey at the Corner Brook Civic Centre on Saturday.

Andrew Antle won the scoring title in his final year of eligibility with the Kings and also got the nod as the league’s most valuable player. Antle finished the year with 57 points (27 goals, 30 assists) in 32 games.

Kings third-year defenceman Kyle Robinson, a stalwart on the blueline all season, was selected the top defenceman for the 2017-218 season.

Skyler Coates nabbed rookie of the year honours for his two-way play after being one of the top forwards in the provincial AAA bantam league one year ago.

Lucas Park had a great season in goal for the Kings, posting the league’s best goals against average (1.97) while recording three shutouts. He finished the regular season with a 17-0 record.

Coach of the year honours went to the Kings’ Mark Robinson.

Regan Seymour of the St. John’s Maple Leafs won the league award for most gentlemanly and effective player and the award for top goaltender will be announced this weekend.

The Kings lead the Osprey 2-0 in a best-of-seven series after winning two games at the Corner Brook Civic Centre over the weekend.

The series resumes this weekend with the Osprey playing host to Games 3, 4 and 5, if necessary.

Game 3 is slated for Friday night 9:10 p.m. at the Danny Cleary Harbour Grace Community Centre. Game 4 will be played Saturday 9:10 p.m. at the Bay Arena in Bay Roberts. Game 5, if necessary, will be played Sunday 12:40 p.m. at the Bay Arena.

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