It could wind up being a very good week for the Olds Grizzlys. On the heels of Alberta Junior Hockey League award nominations for forwards Wyatt Noskey and Chase Olsen, the Black & Gold will have a chance to lock up a 2015-2016 South Division playoff spot.
The MVP race for the Alberta Old Time Hockey Players Trophy pits him up against Nelson Gadoury from the Camrose Kodiaks, Bobby McMann from the Bonnyville Pontiacs and Alex Leclerc from the Lloydminster Bobcats. Noskey's fellow Most Dedicated Player nominees for the Don McNabb Memorial Trophy are Ben Assad from the Calgary Canucks, Tyler Busch from the Spruce Grove Saints, and Steen Pasichnuk from the Bonnyville Pontiacs
Meantime, Olsen hopes to join names like Jared Mudryk, Zorn Kosic, Wade Bergman and Chris Gerrie as the fifth member of the Black & Gold to win AJHL Rookie of the Year honours. He is contending for the Dick White Trophy along with Cale Makar from the Brooks Bandits, Noah Bauld from the Lloydminster Bobcats and Ian Mitchell from the Spruce Grove Saints. The 18 year old freshman winger missed a couple of contests in December to try out for Team Canada West ahead of the World Junior A Challenge but still remains in the thick of the scoring race with 27 goals and 43 assists through 51 games.
As of Thursday, February 18th Noskey and Olsen were tied for second in the scoring race two points behind Ryan Kruper of the Sherwood Park Crusaders (55 games, 27 goals, 45 assists, 72 points).
96.5 CKFM will have live coverage on Friday, February 19th at 7:30 from Drumheller as the seventh place OGs (16-35-2) visit the fifth place Dragons (20-29-5). Olsen netted the overtime winner on November 21st when they last skated at the Memorial Arena. The Black & Gold are 3-1-1 versus Drum so far.
In addition to being the sixth and final regular season meeting between the two sides there is plenty at stake for Olds.
The Grizzlys will be trying to snap an eleven game losing streak and if they are able to grab that elusive victory, it would clinch their eleventh consecutive playoff birth.
Listen to 96.5 CKFM's conversation with hometown AJHL Rookie of the Year nominee Chase Olsen.
CKFM also spoke with league MVP and Most Dedicated Player finalist Wyatt Noskey.