Last night's awards dinner brought a large crowd of parents, volunteers and fans as the Rebels celebrated their most successful season since the mid '90s.
Here's a look at who won what, as Castlegar's 2010-11 award winners were named:
Top Scorer: Ryan Aynsley.
Top Forward: Ryan Aynsley.
Top Defenseman: Mike Wiest, Darren Tarasoff (co-winners)
Sportsmanship & Education: Arthur Andrews
Sportsmanship & Ability: Stuart Walton
Most Valued Team Player: Taylor Anderson, Erik Wentzel (co-winners)
Rookie of the Year: Diego Bartlett, Arthur Andrews (co-winners)
Most Improved Player: Stuart Walton
Gerry Lacasse Memorial Trophy (work ethic and dedication to the community): Taylor Anderson
Most Popular Player: Ryan Aynsley
Most Inspirational Player: Tyler Robinson
Regular Season MVP: Darren Tarasoff
Playoff MVP: Taylor Anderson
From here, it's on to the off-season for the Rebels. I'd imagine the out-of-town players will be on their way home over the next few days. For those players not returning next season, it's been fun watching you play over the course of this season, and I wish all of you the best of luck in whatever life brings you, both on the ice and off it. For the group who will make up the core of the 2011-12 Rebels, all the best during the off-season, and hope to see you all again come training camp in late August.
Tip of the Hat: I thought it a nice touch that Rebels brass gave each player their white home jersey from this season prior to the awards being handed out. Reading between the lines, the team will be donning new silks next season, stay tuned over the summer for more info.
Cyclone Taylor Cup: All the fun from Fernie gets underway today, with Osoyoos, Fernie, Richmond and Peninsula getting set to duke it out. I can't promise anything more than the odd Twitter update for this event, as I'm planning to take a few weeks away from the blog unless something major happens, but our friends in Fernie will have all the info you need at RiderNews.