by Kyle Anderson


(ISN) – With the biggest game of the year still looming on Saturday, the West Kelowna Warriors took Wednesday to present the teams Year-End Awards at Two Eagles Golf Club.

After a great dinner, Director of Operations Alex Draper presented Matthew Abrey with the Shutout Sports Most Dedicated award, and the Shutout Sports Seventh Man to Larry McLean.

This years Corporate Sponsor of the Year went to Ultimate Hockey and Skate, while the Volunteer of the Year went to goal judges Laurie and Kathy Oldham.

Warriors Chaplain Don Richmond took control of the microphone shortly thereafter, as he presented the Humanitarian Award to defenseman Rylan Yaremko, and followed that up with the Chaplaincy Award that went to goaltender Scott Patton.

Patton would receive another award right after that, as he was named the most Community Minded Player.

The Fan Favorite award winner would receive one of the largest cheers of the night, as Kyle Marino would pick up the honour.

Liam Blackburn was the center point of the coaches awards and walked away with four of them, as he was named the Best Forward, Top Scorer, and Most Valuable Player. He would also receive the Three Star Award for having the most 3 Star honors throughout the season.

Tyler Kunz was named the Warriors Best Defenseman for the 2014/2015 season, and Andrew Johnson picked up the Best All Around Player award.

The Rookie of the Year award went to Kristian Blumenschein, while Most Improved Player went to his D-Partner Yaremko.

The final award went to Marino as he picked up the Heart & Soul honor.

Following the awards presentations, the West Kelowna Warriors coaching staff presented each of the graduating 20-year-olds with a game worn jersey and a plaque. The 20-year-olds who have used up their junior eligibility were Kunz, Johnson, Braeden Jones, Bennett Huber, Jordan Masters, and Andy Desautels.

The Warriors sit in a 3-way tie for the final 2 playoff spots in the BCHL’s Interior Division, and will play the Surrey Eagles on Saturday at Royal Lepage Place at 7 pm. The two teams they are tied with face off on Friday night when the Merritt Centennials visit the Salmon Arm Silverbacks. The winner of that game will clinch 1 of the playoff spots. The Warriors must win on Saturday night and hope that the team that loses Friday, also loses Saturday in order to make the post-season.