Big Moments from a Big Year

Posted: July 4, 2019 by dannylaf in Main

The Warriors posted their first ever perfect season on the back of a 23-man roster that deserves congratulations and praise. There are a few players that merit a special shoutout:

First, our graduating players, who saw the floor for their final regular season game this past Wednesday against the Shamrox. Billy McDermott, acquired from Barrie this year, has been a leader on and off the floor. “BB” has proven to be a phenomenal addition. Matt Shand was be the offensive force that the Warriors hoped for. Shand was the focal point of the best offence in the league, and ensured that the team didn’t skip a beat from game to game. Goaltender Zack Hubbard joined the team in 2017 and has been stellar for the Warriors. Hubbard posted a 6.63 GAA as a Warrior.

A special shout out needs to go to our 5-year graduating players. Goaltender Adam Allman, Warriors Point Leader Matt Andersson, and Captain Chris McDonald were crucial to the success of the franchise. From their first season, where the team went 6-10 and were bounced in the first round of the playoffs, to a perfect season this year, they have battled to help the team be successful. They have all played a big part in giving back the minor programs and helping to grow the game. Through ownership and coaching changes (and our captain moving from offence to defense), these 3 players have been monumental in enhancing the program, and getting Whitby to the top of Junior C.

Second, Shand was able to set the mark for a couple of records: most assists in a season: 78 (higher than any other player had in total points); and, most points in a season: 109. The biggest note on his records being that he only played 14 games of the 16 game season, and averaged 7.79 points per game. Also, Mike Andersson, with 77 points, set the all-time points record for a rookie, and finished second in points in the league. He accomplished this feat despite playing a number of games on the defensive side of the floor.

Lastly, since last season, the Warriors have posted a 31-1 record in the regular season, second to only the Shamrox record of 31-0-1 from 2015-16. Also, this year’s squad set a team record for most Goals Scored in a season, grabbing 237 goals (third-most all time in the league), and averaging just under 15 per game.

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