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Fort Macleod Atom Mavericks player Carson Smith wins Clint Jordan Memorial Award

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Clint Jordan Memorial Award nominees Kalem Krebs, Ethan Grier, Carson Smith and William Wright with rpesenter Al Douglas.

Carson Smith of the Atom Mavericks is the 2015 recipient of the Clint Jordan Memorial Award.
Named for a Fort Macleod Minor Hockey player who died suddenly, the Clint Jordan Memorial Award recognizes a player who plays the game the right way, with zest and vigour, getting as much out of the game as they put into it, and being a good example for other players.
Other nominees were Ethan Grier of the Pee Wee team, Bantam player Kalem Krebs and William Wright of the midget Mavericks.
The award was presented Wednesday during the Fort Macleod Minor Hockey awards night at the Empress Theatre.
“Our Atom Mavericks coaching staff have chosen a nominee that we feel displays the attitude and characteristics of the Clint Jordan Memorial Award,” the coaches wrote in their nomination.
“Our nominee comes to both practices and games with a positive attitude and leaves with the same attitude no matter what the outcome,” they added. “This player shows both concern and enthusiasm towards fellow teammates. It didn’t matter if a pass or shot on goal was right on the mark or 10 feet wide, it was always the same — Did you see that pass? Did you see that shot? Did you see that save?,” the coaches added. “In this person’s perspective everything was so close and achievable. It always brought a smile to our faces or a chuckle between coaches.”
Carson had a goal and five assists for six points during the regular season, and just four penalty minutes as the Mavericks went 11-4 to place second in Central Alberta Tier 4 Atom Hockey league standings.
“This player was a pleasure to coach this year,” the Mavericks coaches added.
Pee Wee Mavericks
The Fort Macleod Mavericks coaches selected center Ethan Grier as their nominee for the Jordan award.
“Ethan’s enthusiasm, positive attitude and pure desire for the game made it easy to coach him,” the coaches wrote in their nomination.
The coaches noted that although Ethan is a natural center and had never played defence, he manned the blue line this season when the team needed him to do it.
“He had the entire bench on their feet with his drives to the net, then aggressively rushing back for the back check,” the coaches wrote. “He was game for anything and never got upset or rattled. The team could count on him any time.”
Ethan led the Mavericks to a 17-1 record and first place in the Central Alberta Tier 4 Pee Wee Hockey League during the regular season.
He scored 54 goals and set up 16 others for 70 points in 18 regular season games.
Ethan continued his strong effort in the playoffs, adding another 29 goals and seven assists for 36 points in seven games as the Mavericks won the playoff banner.
“Although quiet by nature his presence on and off the ice was noticed by all his teammates and coaches,” the Mavericks coaches wrote. “His leadership is respected by his peers and he is very deserving of this honourable award.”
Bantam Mavericks
Right winger Kalem Krebs was the Bantam Mavericks nominee.
“Kalem suits all of the attributes listed for this award,” the coaches wrote in thier nomination. “Kalem’s team spirit, his dedication to the team and his coachability has been second to none.”
“He has done everything that we have asked of him as coaches, such as playing every position that was needed when asked, including serving a penalty or sitting out a shift.”
Kalem had 13 goals and nine assists for 22 points in 21 league games, and did not take a single penalty during the regular season as the Mavericks went 12-8-1 to place third.
In the playoffs Kalem had three goals and two assists — again avoiding the penalty box — as the Mavericks won the Central Alberta Tier 4 Bantam Hockey League playoff banner.
“Kalem shows the desire to succeed at everything he does, always putting his team first with a positive attitude and a smile on his face,” the Mavericks coaches wrote. “Kalem wears his heart on his sleeve for the game of hockey.”
“The attitude Kalem brings with him into the dressing room and onto the ice is something that all of his teammates look up to, and our belief is that what you are looking for in a nominee for the Clint Jordan Award is everything that encompasses Kalem Krebs.”
Midget Mavericks
The coaches of the Midget Mavericks selected goalie William Wright as their team’s nominee.
“William was our back-up goalie,” the coaches wrote in their nomination. “He knew that when he started and embraced it.”
“Will only played five or six games all season but travelled to 90 per cent of the games knowing he was not going to play much.”
In addition to practising with the Mavericks William attended two weekly practice sessions in Lethbridge to improve his skills.
The extra work paid off as William’s play got stronger as the season progressed.
“William knew what it was going to take to win games and sometimes that meant taking a bench seat,” the coaches wrote. “Because of that he is a player’s player, sacrificing his playing time for his team.”

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