Brown Bears hand out awards at end of season

The Kenai River Brown Bears announced season awards Friday night at a banquet.

Defenseman Jacob Davidson earned the Sammy the Salmon award, or the award for being the most dedicated. Davidson had 27 points while playing in 59 of the 60 games in the regular season.

The Brown Bear award, or the award that best captures the team’s personality, went to captain Zac Lazzaro, who finished third on the team in points at 35, with 18 goals. Lazzaro also played in 59 games.

The Most Improved award went to Carson Vance, who joined the team this year as a 16-year-old. Vance played in 55 games, got 10 points and had a plus-minus of 0.

The Forward of the Year is Matt Seidel, who led the team in points and goals. Seidel finished the regular season with 23 goals and 19 assists.

The Defenseman of the Year is Vince Stefan, who battled through two concussions to put up five goals and 21 assists in 43 games. In March, Stefan also finished runner-up in the contest for North American Hockey League Defenseman of the Month.

The Rookie of the Year and Most Valuable Player is Alex Jackstadt. Jackstadt came on strong in the second half of the season and finished with 20 goals and 19 assists.

Brad Duwe, a Soldotna High School product, was honored for being the Brown Bears all-time leader in goals. Duwe had eight goals and nine assists this season in 26 games. Duwe’s mother, Joyce Duwe, received the Volunteer award.

Finally, Chris Nuth was honored for being the team’s all-time leader in penalty minutes.

The Bears start the playoffs Friday when they travel to take on the Fairbanks Ice Dogs at 7:30 p.m.

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