Senior forward Troy Schwab, who became the first Lake Superior State player in 11 years to reach the century mark in career scoring, was named the team's most valuable player and most valuable forward during the 27th annual Soo BlueLiners Banquet held Saturday at the Cisler Center.
Schwab (pictured) led the Lakers this season with 11 goals and 21 assists for 32 points and totaled 31 goals and 79 assists for 110 career points. He ranked 14th in the CCHA in points in 2008-09.
Schwab, who was one four seniors honored at the banquet, joins Archie Orazietti and Jamie McDonald as the only Lakers to wear the captain's "C" for more than one year. The 5-foot-8, 183-pound playmaker, who totaled 15 career playoff points, is a former freshman of the year honoree.
The BlueLiners also recognized seniors Josh Sim, Carter Lee and Steven Oleksy, who concluded their Laker hockey careers.
Sim won the Gay Blade Award for the third straight year, while Oleksy received the Jim Howie Unsung Hero Award. Sim, known for his sense of humor on and off the ice, totaled 11 goals and 17 assists this season, which ranked second on the team. Oleksy, who led LSSU defensemen in plus-minus at +11, was limited to three seasons of hockey eligibility due to playing one season of collegiate baseball. He had an outstanding senior campaign while managing a challenging 38-credit course load to ensure he would earn his business management degree this spring.
Other major award winners were Fred Cassiani (freshman of the year), Kyle Haines (most improved), Simon Gysbers (most valuable defenseman), Rick Schofield (scholar-athlete) and Zac MacVoy (Soo BlueLiners Award).
Sim and Schwab also presented authentic Laker jerseys to Dr. John and Margie Erkkila in honor of John's retirement at the end of the school year.
Cassiani finished second on the team in goals scored with 11 and totaled 21 points. He ranked eighth among CCHA rookies in scoring and received CCHA All-Rookie Team honorable mention. Haines, a freshman defenseman, appeared in 25 games and totaled two goals and two assists. He made a strong showing in the playoffs, finishing +3 during the Lakers' 6-3 series-opening win at Western Michigan.
Gysbers, another repeat winner, was also named LSSU's outstanding defenseman in 2007-08 and shared freshman of the year honors in 2006-07. He had four multiple-point series this season and set a career high in single-season points with 3-18-21, which ranked 11th among CCHA defensemen in scoring. He has 13-39-52 through three seasons.
Schofield is a sophomore forward who led the Lakers in plus-minus at +13 and totaled nine goals and 12 assists for 21 points. The marketing major with a 3.71 grade-point average was LSSU's nominee for the CCHA Scholar-Athlete Award. He was one of the league's hottest forwards in January, at which time he received RBC Financial Player of the Month special mention.
MacVoy, a junior forward, ranked 13th in the CCHA in goals with 14 and totaled 12 assists to finish with 26 points. He opened the 2008-09 season with a 10-game point streak (6-6-12) and received RBC Financial Player of the Month special mention in October. The 6-foot-2, 205-pound transfer from Michigan has 22 goals and 31 assists through two seasons with the Lakers.
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