It’s been nothing short of a perfect season for Dauphin Kings goaltender, Carson Cherepak who was named the Centennial Cup’s Most Valuable Player (MVP) & Top Goaltender on Thursday in Estevan.
Through four games at the Centennial Cup, no goaltender has faced more shots (126) and made more saves (122) than Cherepak. His 0.98GAA and .968SV% led all goaltenders through group play and has helped the Kings earn a bye into the National Semifinals.
According to Cherepak, it’s a big honour and something he’s worked at every day.
“It’s a great compliment, I’m playing with and against many great players so I’m very proud to have been chosen,” Cherepak shared of receiving the accolades.
“It’s really just about consistency. I’ve got some awesome coaches both back home and in Dauphin that help me get a little better every day. Whether that’s off season, mid-season or in playoffs, they’re always there and ready to help me work.”
Cherepak was named the recipient of the 2021-22 Ed Belfour Top Goaltender Award before he helped guide the Kings to their first Turnbull Memorial Trophy since 2010 where he was also named MVP of the 2022 MJHL Playoffs.
As for what’s to come for Cherepak, the 19-year-old goaltender from Winnipeg has a pair of goals in mind that he has his sights on.
“Obviously we came here to win a national championship, so that’s goal number one right now. As far as moving forwards goes, my goal is to continue playIng hockey at the division one level,” he concluded.
Cherepak and his Kings now prepare for the Centennial Cup semifinals which are set for Saturday night in Estevan.