While not the same as the Most Valuable Player award, the Bob Reid Memorial Award does seek to recognize the player who gives outstanding performances game in and game out, and there was arguably no one that fit that description more this season than Langley’s Ryan Martel.

The Thunder made a tremendous push to try and clinch a Minto berth in their own backyard, bringing in several big names along the way, including Clarke Walter from Port Coquitlam. While injuries and trades shifted the landscape around Martel, he stayed as consistent and dangerous as you can get when it came to production. Martel has been something of a machine when it comes to potting goals and assists. He finished third behind New Westminster’s Will Malcom and Victoria’s Zach Manns, but Martel only played 17 games, and averaged a full point per game higher than those two, good for tops in the league. He also had 3 game-winning goals while scoring on nearly a quarter of his shots, both excellent markers in how important a player is to his team.

Martel has consistently proven he can improve each season and has eclipsed the 40 goal mark in all three full seasons he played for the Thunder. Congratulations to Ryan.