By Carter Brooks
Photo by the MJHL
The Manitoba Junior Hockey League has announced that Josh Tripp has earned the 2018-19 Player of the Year award.
Winning awards is nothing new for Tripp, 20, who also earlier collected the MJHL Most Outstanding Player award, the Mike Ridley Trophy (highest point total through season's end) and was named a First Team All-Star following the conclusion of the the 2018-19 season.
The Swan River native has helped his hometown Swan Valley Stampeders to the the MJHL final for the first time in team history. The Stamps are currently tied two games apiece with the first seeded Portage Terriers in the best-of-seven MJHL league final.
Throughout the season, Tripp put up 36 goals, 84 points and 40 penalty minutes, chipping in with 11 strikes while playing on special teams. On December 5th, he put up five points against OCN. Tripp also had one 10-game point scoring streak, as well as two nine-game heaters on the season as well.
The 5-foot-9, 165-pound forward has also added 11 goals and 17 points in 14 postseason games for Swan Valley. Following a gutsy 7-2 victory in game four at home on Saturday evening, Tripp's Stampeders next do battle with the league-best Terriers on Tuesday night in Portage, while looking to jump ahead for the first time in the series.