On Friday night, the Rockford Icemen organization celebrated their 2012-2013 hockey season and recognized individual achievements for the Varsity and Central States Midget Major (CS) teams. Team accomplishments included winning the State Championship (Combined Varsity) for the 16th time, earning second in the State in the Midget Major category, and earning a berth to Nationals where they placed third.
Individual awards, based on statistics or team voting, included the following:
Andy Cropp (sophomore, Boylan) carried home an armful of trophies including the MVP for the Varsity team and Most Goals, Most Points, Top Forward, and Best Underclassmen for both Varsity and CS teams.
Montana Bahls (senior, Dakota) earned the MVP award for the CS team. He also garnered the Hardest Working Practice Player and Most Dedicated on the CS team.
Reno Murphy (junior, Hononegah) and Brett Stewart (junior, Rockford Lutheran) shared the Top Defensemen Award for both the Varsity and CS teams.
Tommy Breitfuss (senior, Harlem) and Ted Schwebke (junior, Boylan) shared Hardest Hitter Award for Varsity. Breitfus and Bahls shared Hardest Hitter Award for CS. Schwebke also earned the Most Dedicated to Varsity award.
Cole Runkel earned Top Forward and Best Defensive Forward for CS.
Most Improved Player Awards went to Ethan Turnipseed (junior, Rockford Lutheran) for Varsity while Quin de Leon (sophomore, Rockford Lutheran) and Andre Liou (Junior, Boylan) shared it for CS.
Best Defensive Forward Awards went to Runkel (CS) and Turnipseed (Varsity).
Hardest Working Practice Player Awards also went to Jon Pirrie (junior, Hononegah) for Varsity and Rich Ronan (senior, Boylan) for CS.
Most Assists in Varsity was won by Ryan Teagardin (senior, Boylan) and in CS it was Erik Swanberg (sophomore, Hononegah).
TROSSY Awards, named after former Icemen standouts Scott ROSS and TROY Matilla, is an award for players who raise the level of their play during playoff tournament games. This year those awards were earned by Blake MIller (junior, Rockford Lutheran), Cropp, Runkel, Bahls, Brandon Roderick (sophomore Hononegah goalie) and Emerson Colarossi (senior, Hononegah goalie).
Colarossi also earned the most shut outs for Varsity while Patrick Koski (Finnish exchange student at Boylan, goalie) earned the most for CS.