The Canadian Junior Hockey League announced Wednesday that Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League forward Adam Dawe of the Notre Dame Hounds has been named its Top Rookie Award recipient for the 2016-17 season.
“Obviously it is a great honor,” said Dawe. “I come from a small Province that does not have Junior A hockey. Being in Notre Dame for the last 3 years, watching the Hounds play in the Saskatchewan Jr A League, made me want to play for Notre Dame in the SJHL.”
Dawe, a 17-year-old native of Gander, Nfld., garnered the accolades for the honour, which goes annually to its top first-year Jr. ‘A’ player within the 132-team CJHL, through voting compiled by each of its 10-member Jr. ‘A’ leagues across the country.
Despite still being a midget-aged player, the Notre Dame standout was earlier named SJHL Rookie of the Year, in a campaign where the league boasted a very strong class of first-year players.
Dawe led the SJHL rookie point race wire-to-wire as the Hounds’ forward registered a league-best 64 points among first-year skaters as he scored 19 times and doled out 45 assists.
His offensive numbers also helped him finish tied for ninth overall in SJHL scoring.
“The Notre Dame program allows you to grow as a person, living in the dorms, creates a close team unity/bonding, living steps away from the rink allows you to develop on the ice, the training facilities off the ice are as good as I’ve been around.”
Earlier this season, Dawe was also named to the Team West roster and participated in the CJHL Prospects Game held this past January in Cornwall, Ont.
His Coach & GM in Notre Dame, Clint Mylymok, says Dawe’s latest honour is well-deserved.
“It has been a pleasure seeing Adam develop and mature as a person and player over the past three years while at Notre Dame. He is truly a strong ambassador for our school and program. Adam was tested every night by some very strong SJHL opponents this season, and always found a way to produce. He works hard every single practice and there is no doubt he will be successful at the next level because of his passion for the game and the willingness to compete.
Reflecting on his standout rookie campaign, Dawe said several influential people helped him get to this point.
"It is a little cliché, but I have to thank my parents first and foremost, they’ve provided me with many opportunities in hockey, the opportunity to play in Notre Dame the last 3 years has provided me with the biggest opportunity so far. Also all of my coaches and teammates in minor hockey and in Notre Dame."
Dawe has committed to the University of Maine Black Bears, in NCAA Division I, and it could start as soon as the upcoming season, if not the fall of 2018.