With the season now over, the Saint John Sea Dogs handed out their final team awards of the season.
Forward Zack Phillips won the Bell Aliant Most Valuable Player trophy. The Fredericton native recorded 30 goals and 50 assists in 60 regular season games, guiding the Sea Dogs through some of the low points of their season when several key players were out injured. In the post-season, Phillips had nine goals and 23 assists in 17 contests. He played well at the Memorial Cup, registering three goals and an assist.
The Minnesota Wild prospect wore the captain’s ‘C’ for a span during the season when the club was without Jonathan Huberdeau. Phillips was also named the Memorial Cup’s Most Sportsmanlike Player.
The other award handed out was the Sun Life Global Investments Top Defenceman award and that went to Kevin Gagne. The fourth-year defender was solid all season long while also contributing offensively. He registered a career high nine goals and tied his career high in assists with 26 in 68 games. In the post-season, he added two goals and 13 assists. He was named one of the Sam Cosentino’s legendary “Steady Eddies” prior to the Memorial Cup, a tournament Gagne recorded two assists in.
Here’s SeaDogsTV’s recapping locker cleaning day and speaking with Phillips and Gagne about their awards.