The Western Hockey League Victoria Royals have named former Vernon Vipers "AP" affiliated forward Dante Hannoun the Pepsi Unsung Hero at the Royals year end awards banquet.
Hannoun and the Royals were swept in the second round of the Western Hockey League Playoffs by the Tri-City Americans.
Hannoun is the younger brother of former Vernon Vipers forward Demico Hannoun (2013-14) is in his fourth season with the Royals, played one game as an "AP" (affiliated player) with the Vipers during the 2013-14 season. In 66 games this year with the Royals Hannoun collected (25-goals-54-assists-79-points).
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This was posted on the Royals website:
ROYALS CLOSE OUT REGULAR SEASON WITH AWARDS CEREMONY
For Immediate Release
Sunday, March 18, 2018
Victoria, BC – The Victoria Royals’ 2017-18 regular season was acknowledged at the club’s seventh annual Awards Ceremony on Sunday afternoon at the Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre.
Cliff LeQuesne, from 100.3 The Q!, hosted the event that saw the organization hand out 10 awards in total and celebrate the personal achievements of the Royals’ players, both on and off the ice.
Captain Matthew Phillips was selected as the team’s most valuable player, and took home the Enex Fuels MVP award along with the Mayfair Optometric Top Scorer Award after he set the franchise record for most points in a season at 112 (48g-64a). The Calgary, AB native was also voted the Keg Fan’s Choice award winner, which was chosen by a vote on www.victoriaroyals.com.
Royals’ goaltender Griffen Outhouse was named the recipient of the 2 Burley Men Hardest Worker award. Outhouse finished the regular season with the second-best save percentage in the WHL at 0.914% and the third-most victories with 35.
Forward Dante Hannoun was named the winner of the Pepsi Unsung Hero award, while defenceman Mitchell Prowse received the Live Virtual Help Desk Scholastic Player of the Year award for the second consecutive season.
Blueliner Ralph Jarratt was named the winner of the Wilson’s Transportation Top Defenceman award and concluded the season with a +15 rating, the top among Royals’ blueliners.
Chaz Reddekopp was the recipient of the Great Clips Community Service award. Tanner Kaspick received the Wallace Driving School Most Dedicated Player award.
Igor Martynov, the 1999-born Belarusian import forward, took home the Elite Promotional Rookie of the Year award as he registered 43 points (18g-25a) in 63 contests this season.
The Royals will begin Round 1 of the 2018 WHL Playoffs on Friday, March 23rd and Saturday, March 24th when they host the Vancouver Giants. Puck drop for both contests is set for 7:05 p.m. Single game tickets are available now and can be purchased in person at the Select Your Tickets box office, over the phone at 250-220-7777 or by visiting www.selectyourtickets.com.