The Canadian Junior Hockey League announced the names of the five players who have been selected finalists for the CJHL’s Top Forward Award in 2018-19.
The five finalists are:
Dylan Holloway, Okotoks (AJHL)
Alex Newhook, Victoria (BCHL)
Brodie MacArthur, Summerside (MHL)
Josh Tripp, Swan Valley (MJHL)
Keighan Gerrie, Thunder Bay (SIJHL)
Each of the finalists were determined following a voting process completed by each of the CJHL’s 10-member leagues for their respective efforts during the course of the regular season.
Josh Tripp (F), Swan Valley Stampeders(MJHL)
Tripp typifies the story of a hometown boy does good. … The native son of Swan River grew up watching the Stampeders. … Tripp, 20, truly had a storybook season in his final season of junior eligibility, not only helping the Stamps to the playoffs, but playing a key role in one of the best seasons in history for the Stampeder franchise: 2nd place finish with 42 wins ─ a 14-win improvement from the 2017-18 season. … Tripp personifies the smaller player (5-foot-9, 165 pounds) who can not only compete, but excel. … His excellent hockey instincts and high skill levels were evident as he won the MJHL scoring race with 84 points (36-48) in 50 games. … His offensive talents were on display all season with a total of 24 multiple-point games ─ highlighted by a season-high, 5 points in one contest. … The veteran of 4 junior hockey seasons also came through in pressure situations, scoring a total of six game-winning-goals and nine goals via the powerplay. … Named the MJHL’s Most Outstanding Player, in addition to a first-team all-star selection, he represented the MJHL in the 2nd Annual SJHL/MJHL Showcase tournament.