The Brookings Blizzard held their 2012-2013 end of the year banquet on Sunday afternoon following a weekend sweep of the Coulee Region Chill at the Larson Ice Center. The organization recognized players, coaches, volunteers, employees, billet families, and parents during the reception and awarded players for their outstanding play during the season. The following awards were announced:
Defensive Player of the Year: #7 Drew Brevig (Lakeville, MN) Has recorded 32 points with 9 goals and 23 assists in 49 games with the Blizzard this season. Brevig competed in the 2013 Top Prospects Tournament in February and recently committed to play next season at Ohio State University.
Offensive Player of the Year: #17 Thomas Williams (Alexandria, MN) Has played in all 56 games for the Blizzard this season and is tied for the lead in points with 49. With 27 goals he leads the team and is tied for fifth on the team in assists with 22. He was team captain for the second year in a row and competed in the 2013 Top Prospects Tournament.
Rookie of the Year: #23 Conor Andrle (St. Louis Park, MN) In 30 games this season with the Blizzard Andrle has recorded 17 points with 6 goals and 11 assists.
Most Improved Player: #4 Justin Moody (Grand Forks, ND) In 51 games for the Blizzard this season Moody is tied for first on the team in points with 49, leads the team in assists with 33, and is third on the team in goals with 16. He also participated in the 2013 Top Prospects Tournament for team Dakota.
Unsung Hero: #10 Derek Sand (West Fargo, ND) Sand has played in all 56 games for the Blizzard this season. He has 9 points on the year and scored an important goal in a 5-4 victory over Austin on December 14th.
Blizzard Award: #17 Thomas Williams (Alexandria, MN) For the third year in a row Williams was recognized for his outstanding play, and his leadership on and off the ice. His teammates honored him for his dedication, work ethic, and commitment to community service.
All awards were voted on by the players.
The Blizzard are back in action this Friday night at home against the Minot Minotauros. Only two home games remain before playoffs start the second weekend of April. The Blizzard are currently in third place in the Central Division, 6 points behind second place Bismarck, with 4 games to play.