Vancouver Giants Ty Ronning (No. 7) skated away with the Player’s Choice and MVP awards (along with captain Tyler Benson) as the WHL team held its Team Awards ceremony prior to Friday’s game against the Kelowna Rockets at the Langley Events Centre. It was the Giants final regular season home game of the 2017-18 campaign. Troy Landreville Langley Times

Vancouver Giants honour their own

Team Awards handed out prior to Friday’s game versus Kelowna

There were a few bright spots to take away from the Vancouver Giants’ 5-2 loss to the Kelowna Rockets Friday at the Langley Events Centre.

They just didn’t have anything to do with the play on the ice.

Between the second and third periods, a hot tub and a vehicle were given away to fans.

And before the opening puck drop and the national anthem, the G-Men honoured their own during their Team Awards ceremony.

Right winger Ty Ronning, who has a team record 61 goals with one game to go in the regular season, was the big winner.

In his final WHL season, the New York Rangers draft pick skated off with a handful of awards, including Players’ Choice, Plus-Minus, and Most Valuable Player, an honour he shared with team captain Tyler Benson.

Winners were:

Season Ticket Holder of the Year: John Turner

Jock McGrandle Volunteer of the Year: Matt Schaeffer

Players’ Choice Award: Ty Ronning

Sultan Thiara Plus-Minus Award: Ty Ronning

Save-On-Foods Scholastic Player of the Year (High School): Alex Kannok Leipert

Trinity Western University Collegiate Academic Players of the Year: Dawson Holt and Dylan Plouffe

Three Star Awards Winners: David Tendeck, Tyler Benson and Ty Ronning

White Spot Humanitarian of the Year: Ty Ronning

Bruce Allen Inspirational Leadership Award: Tyler Benson

Graduation Awards: Ty Ronning, Darian Skeoch, Brennan Riddle

Most Improved Player: David Tendeck

Most Sportsmanlike Player: Davis Koch

Milian Ilich Rookie of the Year: Bowen Byram

Pat Quinn Top Defenceman: Dylan Plouffe

The Buble Ironman Award: James Malm

Unsung Hero: Darian Skeoch

Gordie Howe Top Scorer Award: Ty Ronning

P.C. Toigo Most Valuable Players Award: Ty Ronning and Tyler Benson

The Giants finish their regular season tonight (March 17) when they travel to Kelowna to take on the Rockets in the second half of the teams’ home-and-home weekend series.

Playoffs kick off this coming Friday, March 23, when the G-Men play the Victoria Royals in Victoria, in game one of their best-of-seven, opening round series.

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