Maclise named award finalist

Lacombe native and Brooks Bandits forward and captain Cam Maclise is a finalist for Canadian Junior Hockey League player of the year honours.

Lacombe native and Brooks Bandits forward and captain Cam Maclise is a finalist for Canadian Junior Hockey League player of the year honours.

The former member of the Red Deer midget AAA Optimist Rebels was the recipient of the AJHL most valuable player award this season and finished second in league scoring.

Maclise led the Bandits to a second consecutive AJHL championship and second place in the Western Canada Cup at Nanaimo, B.C., with the team earning a berth in the Royal Bank Cup — now underway in Summerside, P.E.I. — as a result.

Also nominated for the CJHL player of the year award are Minnesota Wilderness captain Mike Dietrich, fellow forwards Benjamin Laliberte of the Pantheres de Saint-Jerome, Mitchell Maynard of the Summerside Western Capitals, Guillame Naud of the Dauphin Kings, Michael Pontarelli of the Cornwall Colts and Tate Seguin of the North Bay Trappers, and netminders Alex Wakaluk of the Melville Millionaires, Charlie Finn of the Kingston Voyageurs and Mitch Gillam of the Chilliwack Chiefs.