Battochio named 67's MVP

CHRIS STEVENSON -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 8:28 AM ET

There was plenty of emotion and little suspense as the 67's wrapped up their outstanding season last night with their annual awards banquet.

Goaltender Danny Battochio, to no one's surprise, was named the club's MVP, receiving the Tommy McInenly Memorial Trophy.

"It was just a blast. To go this far and be with you guys means so much to me," Battochio told his teammates.

He also received the Molson Cup for three-star selections.

"I don't think there is anybody on the team who didn't appreciate the work and effort Danny put into this year," said 67's coach and GM Brian Kilrea. "He's the reason we're here in June."

Forward Chris Hulit, who was honoured as the team's leading scorer, has earned a tryout with the Florida Panthers.

The Brian Kilrea Award for community involvement was given to winger Mark Mancari.

"Wow, I don't know what to say," said Mancari. "I've been here for four years and I don't think (Kilrea) took it easy on me one day."

Other winners were: Centre Julian Talbot received The Faceoff Award and most sportsmanlike player; the plus-minus award went to defenceman Derek Joslin with a +26. He also was named the club's scholastic player of the year; captain Will Colbert was named the club's top defenceman; forward Jakub Petruzalek was the club's rookie of the year; the Ivan Tennant Award, for scholastic achievement went to Jamie McGinn; and the overager of the year was awarded to Brad Bonello.


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