The CJHL announced the finalists for the National MVP award over the weekend. Amongst the six names on the list is North Stars goalie Michael Gudmandson. Goody has already claimed several MVP honours so far after his extraordinary 2013-14 season.
The North Stars started the season 4-12-0-1 before getting rolling with a couple wins down south early in November. Gudmandson then showed up and posted a 20-3-0-1 record the rest of the way to help the Stars grab the Kramer Division title. In terms of the value part of the MVP award it is tough to argue with the Stars tender. He has already claimed team, Kramer Division and SJHL most valuable player honours.
So now Gudmandson will take his sparkling stats and numerous awards to the national level. There are six finalists for the award including Landon Smith of the BCHL’s Salmon Arm Silverbacks, his team didn’t make the playoffs in BC, and Try Phillips of the Canmore Eagles. Gudmadson is the only goalie on the list of finalists and Phillips is the only D man. The rest are forwards. Andy Sturtz of the Carleton Place Canadians is the only finalist that is still playing. His team has qualified for the RBC Cup.
And so Sturtz will be there when the award is handed out this week just prior to the RBC Cup in Vernon which gets underway on Saturday.
Congratulations to all the finalists and best of luck to Gudmandson as he looks to wrap up his junior career with one more MVP award!