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The PEI Rocket held the 2011-2012 edition of the Fans Choice Awards dinner on March 19th at Murphy's Community Centre. After finishing the season at home on Sunday, March 18th , the Rocket celebrated the accomplishments of the 2011-2012 season.
The night, hosted by Kirk MacKinnon and Kerri-Wynne MacLeod, was a chance for fans, sponsors and supporters to get up close and personal with the players as the organization paid tribute to the 2011-2012 award winners. Fans were able to visit the PEI Rocket website in early March to vote for the most deserving Rocket players in each of the categories.
“As an organization, we feel it is extremely important to celebrate our team members for their dedication during the past season”, said President Serge Savard, Jr. “We have a great group of kids and they deserve this opportunity to be recognized. We are also very excited to have our fans as the decision makers in many of the awards that were handed out”.
The 2011-2012 Winners were:
ALC Volunteer of the Year - Bev Gorvett
Vogue Optical's Most Dedicated Employee - Sharon Shea
Coca Cola Rookie of the Year - Matej Beran
Rodd Hotels & Resorts Offensive Player of the Year - Ben Duffy
Arsenault Best Cameron Ellis Defensive Player of the Year - Jimmy Oligny
Confederation Bridge Fan Favorite - Josh Currie
Murphy's Pharmacies Most Dedicated Player - Josh Currie
BellAliant Student of the Year - Antoine Bibeau
Mayor's Community Involvement - Alex Gallant
Mark's Work Wearhouse Hardest Working Player - Josh Currie
MooseLight Player of the Year - Ben Duffy
Budget Car & Truck Rental Leading Edge Award - Josh Currie
During the event, a silent auction and live auction took place featuring memorabilia from the Rocket, NHL players and teams, along with packages from a variety of local establishments. Proceeds from the evening will support the PEI Rocket Player’s Education Fund which provides scholarships and bursaries to players to continue their education.