The Sioux Falls Stampede hosted their annual end-of-the-season awards ceremony last Sunday, April 9, at the Denny Sanford PREMIER Center in front of 2016-17 season ticket holders, family and teammates.
The ceremony honors and commemorates designated players' on- and off-ice conduct throughout the season. The awards are voted on by the players and approved by the coaching staff.
In addition players who will be moving beyond junior-level hockey to collegiate or professional hockey are presented with their jerseys as a token of their time in Sioux Falls.
Most Valuable Player . . . Josh Passolt
Top Defenseman . . . Kasper Kotkansalo
Rookie of the Year . . . Paul DeNaples
Hardest Worker . . . Jack Becker
Most Improved Player . . . Jaxon Nelson
Unsung Hero . . . Max Johnson
Community Service . . . Colin Swoyer
Lee Otis Memorial Housing Award . . . Jack Becker / Josh Passolt
Jack Becker . . . Michigan Technological University
Max Johnson . . . Bowling Green State University
Kasper Kotkansalo . . . Boston University
Vitalily Novytskyy . . . American International College
Josh Passolt . . . Western Michigan University
Mitch Perrault . . . Harvard University
Marcus Russell . . . Michigan Technological University
Jeremy Swayman . . . University of Maine
Justin Wells . . . Bowling Green State University