Saturday night in Frankford was not just a playoff game, it was a night of accolades for members of the Frankford Huskies Junior C Hockey Club.
PJHL Eastern Conference Manager Chris Clarke was on hand in a front of a packed Frankford Arena to present the Tod Division Most Valuable Player and Coaching Staff of the Year for the 2022-23 regular season.
This years MVP for the Tod was forward Jacob Tinney. Tinney was acquired from the North Kawartha Knights in an off-season trade. The Port Hope native tore up the division, scoring more goals than anyone else in the PJHL (38).
Director of Operations Frank Robinson says, “Tinney was a most welcome addition in the off season. We knew he could put the puck in the net, but I do not think we knew he could produce at the rate he did. We were looking for experience and he provided that. “Showtime” as his teammates call him, got on a roll and he never stopped.”
The Coaching Staff of the Year went to the Frankford Huskies. The crew is made up of Justin Talsma, Scoley Dow, Doug Matthews, and Head Coach Pat Shearer. Shearer, who has coached AAA and in the OJHL as well brought his team from 1-27-2 in the 2021-22 season, to 15-24-3 this year. During that time they scored 107 more goals year over year.
Robinson says, “You look at the playing structure our team had this year, that is all the coaching guidance. We were successful because of that. As a coach in junior hockey, you have to be liked by the players. The players enjoy the environment Pat and his coaches provide, they love the atmosphere. Our team work hard for themselves and they work hard for the coaches. Teams in this league have a wealth of experience, however our willingness to do what it takes to win a hockey game is something that starts with the coaches.