SWMHSHL          


On the last night of each hockey season, just after the 6:30 pm game, the League holds a Closing Ceremony. All the teams are asked out onto the ice wearing their team jerseys. The following League Awards are presented in recognition of the endless efforts, dedication, and commitment to excellence by Athletes, Coaches, Parents, and Volunteers.

SWMHSHL 2016 - 2017 SEASON AWARDS
Al Genovy League Season Champions:
Kalamazoo United
Art Missias Tournament Champions:
Kalamazoo United
Grant Smith Memorial Trophy:
Sportsmanship

Ben Berkowitz (: Mattawan)
Mattawan

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Doc Ed Edwards Referee-in-Chief Scholarship Award:
$500.00

Calvin Voss (: Portage Northern)
Portage Northern
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Matthew S. VanderSalm Memorial Scholarship Award:
$2,000.00

Jacob Remelius (: )
Kalamazoo United
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Jim Groetsema
Adult Contribution Award:
Jessica Wressell
Kalamazoo Eagles
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Rookie of the Year Award:
Zac Hattan (: )

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Goalie of the Year Award:
Mitchell Kihm (: )

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Ray Tripp Most Valuable Player (MVP) Award:
Noel Cavey (: )

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Player's Choice Award:
Noel Cavey (: )

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Jimmy Arnold Courage Award:
Caleb Martin (: )

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Wings Stadium
Unsung Hero Award:
$500.00

Blake Jarrett (: )
Kalamazoo Eagles

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Steve Banonis
Coach of the Year Award:

Tyler Eddy
Kalamazoo Blades
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All Star Teams

The recipients of this award are selected by all of the Head Coaches and League Commissioner.

All players that are academically eligible at the end of the season and who participated in a minimum of 7 league games regardless of the number of years of varsity participation are eligible to be nominated for the All Star Teams. Players are evaluated on individual statistics such as goals scored and assists. Goaltenders are evaluated on playing minutes, shots on goals, Goals Against, Goals Against Average and save percentage. Penalty minutes as well as personal player qualities such as leadership, sportsmanship, game knowledge and team play are considered for all positions.


 



Grant Smith Memorial Trophy (Sportsmanship)

The Grant Smith Memorial Trophy was first given at the conclusion of the 1979-80 season. It is named after a former Portage Northern hockey star who died tragically in an automobile accident in 1979. The Kalamazoo Hockey Referees Association awards this trophy to the player who best exhibits the combination of hockey talents and sportsmanship, both on and off the ice.

Previous winners of this award have been
NAME
SEASON
SCHOOL
Ben Berkowitz
2016-2017
Mattawan
Blake Jarrett
2015-2016
Kalamazoo Eagles
Hunter Born
2014-2015
Kalamazoo Eagles
Jacob Durian
2013-2014
Kalamazoo Eagles
Travis Culhane
2012-2013
Mattawan
Chet Joslyn
2011-2012
Kalamazoo Blades
Chris Powell
2010-2011
Kalamazoo United
Joe Ballmer
2009-2010
Kalamazoo United
Cody Vanderveen
2008-2009
Portage Central
Dylan Dault
2008-2009
Mattawan
Chris Sandmeyer
2007-2008
Portage Central
Ryan Jones
2006-2007
Mattawan

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Ed Edwards, Referee in Chief Award

The award currently carries a $500 scholarship, which is presented upon acceptance to college or trade school. The money for the scholarship has been donated by corporations and individuals.

  • Playing Ability and Sportsmanship
  • Grade Point Average

The Ed Edwards Referee-in-Chief Award was first given at the conclusion of the 1988-89 season. It is named in honor of Ed (Doc) Edwards for the more than 25 years of support and time he has given to amateur hockey in Kalamazoo. Ed was the founder of the Kalamazoo Hockey Referees Association (KHRA), and served as its president from its beginning through the 1986-87 season. The recipient of this award is chosen by the Referee-in-Chief of the KHRA, a member of the SWMHSHL board and Ed Edwards or his designate. The criteria for selection is based on overall:

Previous winners of this award have been
NAME
SEASON
SCHOOL
Calvin Voss
2016-2017
Portage Northern
Austin Killman
2015-2016
Portage Northern
Chris Romano
2014-2015
Kalamazoo United
Collin Arnold
2013-2014
Portage Northern
Matt Schuen
2012-2013
Portage Central
Tyler Ross
2011-2012
Portage Northern
Aaron Moshoginis
2010-2011
Kalamazoo United
AJ Vigen
2009-2010
Kalamazoo Eagles
John Lloyd
2008-2009
Kalamazoo Blades
Doug Wheelright
2007-2008
Portage Northern
Janos Grantner
2006-2007
Portage Northern
Jordan Schupan
2005-2006
Portage Northern
Joe Warner
2004-2005
Portage Central
Zach White
2003-2004
Kalamazoo Eagles
Nathan Beverwyck
2002-2003
Portage Central
Danny Kauer
2002-2003
Portage Central
Andrew Chrisman
2001-2002
Kalamazoo Eagles
Keith Czerney
2000-2001
Kalamazoo Eagles
Neil VerPlanck
1999-2000
Kalamazoo Central
Jeremy VonEitzen
1998-1999
Kalamazoo Blades
Brian Bellware
1997-1998
Kalamazoo Eagles
Josh Thomas
1996-1997
Kalamazoo Blades
Mark Lavender
1995-1996
Portage Northern
Tony Schirripa
1994-1995
Kalamazoo Eagles
Steve Seiler
1993-1994
Kalamazoo Central
Marc Humphrey
1992-1993
Kalamazoo Central
Brian Kudary
1991-1992
Kalamazoo Eagles
Dana LaLiberte
1990-1991
Kalamazoo Central
Mike Nelson
1989-1990
Portage Central
Craig Humphrey
1989-1990
Kalamazoo Central
Matt Copp
1988-1989
Portage Central

 

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Matthew S. VanderSalm Memorial Scholarship Award

The Matthew S. VanderSalm Memorial Scholarship Fund was first given at the conclusion of the 1989-90 season. The award is named after a 1988 graduate of Gull Lake High School and an excellent 3-year defenseman for the Kalamazoo Eagles who was tragically killed in 1989, a victim of a drunk driver. His parents directed that a scholarship fund be established in his memory to be awarded to a senior defenseman who has been accepted to a two or four year college. Donations are gratefully accepted through the Kalamazoo Community Foundation for the fund. The award goes to the defensive player who displays the highest degree of sportsmanship, skill and team play during their high school hockey career. The selection is made by a panel consisting of the League president, League head referee, commissioner, members and friends of the VanderSalm family, and other board members of the SWMHSHL. Applicants must fill out an online scholarship application no later than January 20.

Previous winners of this award have been
NAME
SEASON
SCHOOL
Jacob Remelius
2016-2017
Kalamazoo United
Kody Keller
2015-2016
Kalamazoo Eagles
Quinton Wolf
2014-2015
Portage Northern
Matthew Romund
2013-2014
Mattawan
Chet Joslyn
2012-2013
Kalamazoo Blades
Brody Stevens
2011-2012
Mattawan
Ray Greiner
2010-2011
Portage Northern
Dylan Dault
2009-2010
Mattawan
Chris Sandmeyer
2008-2009
Portage Central
Todd Miller
2007-2008
Portage Central
Brad Grossa
2006-2007
Kalamazoo United
Alan Finder
2005-2006
Portage Northern
Jordan Keller
2004-2005
Kalamazoo Blades
Jeff Miller
2003-2004
Portage Central
Nino Garofola
2002-2003
Kalamazoo Eagles
Brett Gerstner
2001-2002
Portage Central
Ben Poucher
2000-2001
Portage Northern
Josh Cole
1999-2000
Kalamazoo Blades
Chad Tarpley
1998-1999
Portage Central
Shaun Williams
1997-1998
Kalamazoo Eagles
Andy Winkel
1996-1997
Portage Northern
Paul Dunphy
1995-1996
Portage Northern
Jamie Benedict
1994-1995
Kalamazoo Eagles
Ian Kendall
1993-1994
Portage Central
Scott Stevenson
1992-1993
Portage Northern
Mike Swanson
1991-1992
Portage Northern
Trevor Nanninga
1990-1991
Portage Central
Ned VanderSalm
1989-1990
Kalamazoo Eagles

 

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Jim Groetsema Adult Contribution Award

The Jim Groetsema Adult Contribution Award is given annually to recognize the tremendous amount of volunteer work done by an adult supporter. The award was first given to Jim by the League for his tireless contributions. Jim, members of the SWMHSHL Board and the Commissioner make the selection.

Previous winners of this award have been
NAME
SEASON
AFFILIATION
Jessica Wressell
2016-2017
Kalamazoo Eagles
Juli Seiferlein
2015-2016
Portage Northern
Rob Atkins
2014-2015
SWMHSHL Volunteer
Roy Dangel
2013-2014
SWMHSHL Volunteer
Kip Waltke
2012-2013
SWMHSHL Volunteer
Terry Merkle
2011-2012
SWMHSHL Volunteer
Lisa Miller
2010-2011
Kalamazoo Eagles
Lori Vigen
2009-2010
Kalamazoo Eagles
Bob Wheelright
2008-2009
Portage Northern
Dan Klok
2007-2008
SWMHSHL Volunteer
Brian Sweeney
2006-2007
SWMHSHL Volunteer

 

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Rookie of the Year Award

The Rookie of the Year Award is presented to the Freshman or Sophomore player playing their first year in the League who most contributed to the overall success of his or her team. The recipient of this award is selected by all of the Head Coaches and League Commissioner.

Previous winners of this award have been
NAME
SEASON
TEAM
Zac Hattan
2016-2017
Kalamazoo Blades
Will Todd
2015-2016
Portage Northern
Max Mones
2014-2015
Portage Central
Jarrett Esman
2013-2014
Kalamazoo Eagles
Mitchell Dundore
2013-2014
Mattawan
Davin Renda
2012-2013
Portage Central
Jake Atkins
2012-2013
Kalamazoo United
Tyler Dundore
2011-2012
Mattawan
Matt Presta
2010-2011
Portage Northern
Cameron Michalka
2009-2010
Portage Northern
Tom Stankewicz
2008-2009
Kalamazoo United
Joey Ballmer
2007-2008
Kalamazoo Eagles
Derek Straub
2006-2007
Mattawan

 

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Goalie of the Year Award

The Goalie of the Year Award is presented to the goaltender(s) who contributed most to the overall success of their team. The recipient of this award is selected by all of the Head Coaches and League Commissioner.


Previous winners of this award have been
NAME
SEASON
TEAM
Mitchell Kihm
2016-2017
Kalamazoo United
Alex Hufford
2015-2016
Portage Central
Max Quertermus
2014-2015
Portage Central
Ben Williams
2013-2014
Kalamazoo Eagles
Jacob Winkler
2012-2013
Mattawan
Tyler Gordon
2011-2012
Portage Central
Tom Idzkowski
2010-2011
Kalamazoo Eagles
Brogan VandeVelde
2009-2010
Portage Central
Joey Ballmer
2008-2009
Kalamazoo Eagles
Joey Ballmer
2007-2008
Kalamazoo Eagles
Tom Vigen
2006-2007
Kalamazoo Eagles

 

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Ray Tripp Most Valuable Player (MVP) Award

The MVP award is presented to the player(s) who contributes most to the overall success of their team. The recipient of this award is selected by all of the Head Coaches and League Commissioner.

Previous winners of this award have been
NAME
SEASON
TEAM
Noel Cavey
2016-2017
Kalamazoo United
Jacob Remelius
2016-2017
Kalamazoo United
Mitchell Dundore
2015-2016
Mattawan
Zach Kinney
2014-2015
Portage Central
Josh Budlong
2013-2014
Kalamazoo Eagles
Cody Lisowski
2012-2013
Kalamazoo Eagles
Tyler Nabozny
2012-2013
Mattawan
Brandon Vitale
2011-2012
Portage Central
Brody Stevens
2011-2012
Mattawan
Tom Stankewicz
2010-2011
Kalamazoo United
Brogan VandeVelde
2009-2010
Portage Central
Chris Sandmeyer
2008-2009
Portage Central
Kevin Campbell
2007-2008
Portage Northern
Tom Vigen
2006-2007
Kalamazoo Eagles

 

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Players Choice Award

This award began in the 1997-98 season and is presented to the player who, in the eyes of the other players, most contributed to his or her team and whom they most admire. At the conclusion of the regular season all players are asked not to vote for a player on their own team and are encouraged to consider all positions and base their vote on both player statistics and personal qualities.


Previous winners of this award have been
NAME
SEASON
TEAM
Noel Cavey
2016-2017
Kalamazoo United
Gary Stevens
2015-2016
Kalamazoo United
Mitchell Kalleward
2014-2015
Portage Northern
Jacob Atkins
2013-2014
Kalamazoo United
Cody Lisowski
2012-2013
Kalamazoo Eagles
Matt Schuen
2011-2012
Portage Central
Tom Stankewicz
2010-2011
Kalamazoo United
Joe Ballmer
2009-2010
Kalamazoo Eagles
Chris Sandmeyer
2008-2009
Portage Central
Doug Wheelright
2007-2008
Portage Northern
Brad Grossa
2006-2007
Kalamazoo United

 

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Jimmy Arnold Courage Award

This is a new award this year. The award is named after Jimmy Arnold a 2004 graduate of Mattawan High School and an excellent 4-year defenseman who was tragically killed in Iran in 2007. This award is presented to the player who has persevered through any adverse situation on ice or off, injury, or showed tremendous amounts of courage and is available to a player at any grade level. The recipient of this award is selected by all of the Head Coaches and League Commissioner.

Previous winners of this award have been
NAME
SEASON
TEAM
Caleb Martin
2016-2017
Portage Northern
Jordan Vandenburg
2015-2016
Kalamazoo Blades
Joey Schermerhorn
2014-2015
Portage Northern
Evan Kish
2014-2015
Portage Central
Josh Berry
2013-2014
Portage Northern
Chet Joslyn
2012-2013
Kalamazoo Blades
Joe Sonnevil
2011-2012
Mattawan
Andy Sonnevil
2011-2012
Mattawan
Kyler Stanley
2010-2011
Kalamazoo United
Desmond Kearsley
2009-2010
Portage Northern
Delilah Clement
2008-2009
Portage Northern
Taylor Laning
2007-2008
Kalamazoo United

 

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Wings Stadium Unsung Hero Award

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Previous winners of this award have been
NAME
SEASON
TEAM
Blake Jarrett
2016-2017
Kalamazoo Eagles
Chaney Moore
2016-2016
Mattawan
Aaron Sayles
2014-2015
Mattawan
Jim Andrie
2013-2014
Kalamazoo United
Jhavante Ringler
2012-2013
Portage Northern
Brandon Camp
2011-2012
Kalamazoo United
Steven Wood
2010-2011
Kalamazoo United
Scott Manski
2010-2011
Kalamazoo Blades

 

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Steve Banonis Coach of the Year Award

The Coach of the Year Award was first inaugurated in the 1989-90 season. The name of the award was changed in the 1997-98 season in memory of Steve Banonis who was tragically killed in an automobile accident in December of 1993. Steve was an outstanding former Kalamazoo Wings player. He coached in the SWMHSHL and was currently coaching the Junior K-Wings at the time of his death. The award recognizes the outstanding contributions of all of our coaches but particularly the one who experienced all around success. The criteria for this selection are overall success on the ice relative to talent available. Such things as development, improvement and team sportsmanship are important considerations. The recipient of this award is selected by all of the Head Coaches and League Commissioner.



Previous winners of this award have been
NAME
SEASON
TEAM
Tyler Eddy
2016-2017
Kalamazoo Blades
Tyler Kindle
2015-2016
Kalamazoo United
Brian Bellware
2014-2015
Portage Central
JD Kalleward
2013-2014
Portage Northern
Mike May
2012-2013
Mattawan
Mike May
2011-2012
Mattawan
JD Kalleward
2010-2011
Portage Northern
Matt Kakabeeke
2009-2010
Kalamazoo United
Jim Murray
2008-2009
Portage Central
Darrick Brown
2008-2009
Kalamazoo Eagles
JD Kalleward
2007-2008
Portage Northern
Brad Johnson
2006-2007
Kalamazoo United

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