Swan Valley Stampeders’ Josh Tripp is one of five forwards nominated for the CJHL Top Forward award.
Tripp typifies the story of a hometown boy does good. The native son of Swan River grew up watching the Stampeders.
Tripp, 20, truly had a storybook season in his final season of junior eligibility, not only helping the Stamps to the playoffs, but playing 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 game. 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.
Recently, he was also named the MJHL’s Most Outstanding Player, in addition to a first-team all-star selection, He also represented the MJHL in the 2nd Annual SJHL/MJHL Showcase tournament.