Shakespeare’s Justin Hergott was named Provincial Junior Hockey League Doherty Division MVP and top goalie in 2019-20, the first time since 2012 a player has won both awards.
“It means a lot knowing you go out there and give it your all and it’s rewarded,” the Paris Mounties netminder told 519 Sports Online. “Obviously it’s a team effort, but it just feels good individually as well.”
Hergott, 21, posted a 2.62 goals-against average in 26 games, which was fourth in the division, and his .927 save percentage ranked third.
“The season has been pretty good … (and) hope to carry it on through playoffs.”
Hergott played minor hockey in Stratford and with the Huron-Perth Lakers before finishing with Kitchener and Waterloo. His junior career started in Listowel, where he played 28 games with the Cyclones before joining the Mounties during the 2017-18 season.
Paris finished fifth in the regular season in 2019-20 and faces Woodstock in the opening round.
Tavistock nearly swept the Doherty Division’s major awards after finishing first in the regular season.
Goaltender Carter Roth, who grew up in Tavistock and now lives in Stratford, was named top rookie after leading the division with a .938 save percentage among goalies with at least 20 games. His 2.11 GAA was second. Roth and Jensen Van Boekel (2.41 GAA and .919 SV%) shared the Doherty award for fewest goals against.
Stratford’s Tanner Johnson won for best sportsmanship. The fourth-year forward set a career high with 26 goals and 47 points — only eight of which came on the power play — and took just three minor penalties.
Thomas Haffner was named best defenceman after scoring 13 goals and leading the PJHL with 63 points, while coach Dan Kalbfleisch was named Coach of the Year for the second time in three seasons.
Haffner and forward Drew Gerth (33G, 34A) were named Doherty Division all-stars.
Canada’s national para hockey team, including Monkton’s Corbyn Smith, will face the United States in Elmira next weekend for a two-game series at the Woolwich Memorial Centre, Feb. 13-15. The series will mark the first time the teams have met since the gold-medal game at the 2019 Canadian Tire Para Hockey Cup in early December.
Team Canada will gather for a training camp ahead of the series, where athletes will be participating in a series of on- and off-ice sessions, development meetings and team-building initiatives. The series is an important part of the quadrennial training program, which is set out in preparation for the 2022 Paralympic Winter Games in Beijing.
The schedule includes six on-ice practices, which will be open to the public, along with the two games — Feb. 13 at 11:30 a.m. and Feb. 15 at 6:30 p.m.
“In a year where we don’t have a world championship to focus on, it’s important for us to face high-calibre competition as much as we can,” head coach Ken Babey said in a release. “This series is an important part of developing our athletes and providing them competitive challenges as we continue to build our capacity. Our group has shown amazing growth through this season, and I’m excited to get back on the ice to see what we can do against the U.S.”