The accolades continue for Swan Valley Stampeders’ Josh Tripp. The MJHL MVP is one of five nominees for the CJHL MVP award, the CJHL announced this week.
Tripp typifies the story of a hometown boy does good. The native son of Swan River grew up watching the Stampeders and lived his childhood dream. In in final year of junior eligibility, he played a key role in one of the best seasons in history for the Stampeder franchise: 2nd place finish with 42 wins: a 14-win improvement from the 2017-18 season.
Tripp personifies the smaller player (5-foot-9, 165 pounds) who can not only compete, but excel. His excellent hockey instincts and high skill levels were evident as he won the MJHL scoring race with 84 points (36-48) in 50 games. His offensive talents were on display all season with a total of 24 multiple-point games, highlighted by a season-high, 5 points in one contest.
The veteran of 4 junior hockey seasons also came through in pressure situations, scoring a total of six game-winning-goals and nine goals via the powerplay. In addition being voted the MJHL’s Most Outstanding Player, he was also a first-team all-star selection and represented the MJHL in the 2nd Annual SJHL/MJHL Showcase tournament.
Each of the CJHL candidates were determined, following a nomination and selection voting process supplied and completed by each of the CJHL’s 10-member leagues, in recognition of their respective efforts during the course of the regular season. Hockey Canada will be naming the Canadian Jr. A Player of the Year during the National Junior A Championship in Brooks, Alta.