Blake Tatchell nominated for RBC CJHL Player of the Year Award

First of all here is the link to the story.

And an excerpt from the release:

This season, more than 3,000 players suited up for Junior A games across Canada, from Nanaimo, BC, to Woodstock, NB But only ten have been named as finalists for the RBC Canadian Junior Hockey League Player of the Year award.

The finalists were selected by their respective CJHL leagues, with the winner announced during the 2012 RBC Cup in Humboldt, SK, and presented with his award at the tournament awards banquet on May 11.

And the specific part about Tatchell:


Blake Tatchell was the Battlefords North Stars’ offence in 2011-12, finishing second in the SJHL scoring race with 86 points (42 goals, 46 assists), 31 more than any other North Star. His 42 goals not only made him the lone Battlefords player to crack the 40-goal barrier, he was the lone one to break 20. It was little surprise then that Tatchell earned the league’s MVP award – undoubtedly, no player was more responsible for his team’s success than the North Battleford, Sask., native, who helped the North Stars to the SJHL’s second-best record.

A hometown North Star, Tatchell is the ideal ambassador for the Battlefords program, taking to ice with a number of teams in the local minor hockey association and teaching young players not only how to be a better players, but how to be a better person as well.

Next season, for the first time, Tatchell’s hockey journey will take him away from home – 3,500 kilometres away, to be exact. The 20-year-old forward will head north to the University of Alaska-Anchorage, continuing his hockey career with the Nanooks.


It was a pleasure getting to watch Blake Tatchell play this season and I consider myself very lucky that I was able to watch every game he played this past year. I am looking forward to seeing what he does on the next level in the NCAA. This is a very well deserved honour for Blake and I know he’ll be very humble about being nominated. He always gives a lot of credit to his coaches, team mates and family.

I am openly rooting for Blake to win this award and I can’t wait to see if he brings it home.

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