Most Valuable Players

Since 1966-67, a player from each squad has been named MVP by his teammates.  Each player has his photo hanging on the wall along Laker Avenue in the upper concourse of the Taffy Abel Arena.  The following lists each MVP, his hometown, along with available stats for the seasons in which he was named MVP.  A short write-up on each player will (eventually) be added to the page.

Many player stats came from The Internet Hockey Database.  That said, not all stats can be verified for accuracy.  All stats are, to the best of our knowledge, accurate.

This page is a work in progress.

1966-67: Randy McArthur, Providence Bay, Ont.  Forward.  (Photo not available). 
22 goals.

Randy McArthur’s name is all over the Laker Hockey Record Book.  Among his records are 113 career goals, 8 points in a single game (which he accomplished twice), and 13 hat tricks.  He is one of only five Lakers to break the 200 point plateau in a career with 113 goals and 87 assists for 208 points.  Even more impressive is that he did it in just 87 games.

1967-68: Duffy Lewis, Toronto.  Goaltender
23 GP, 20 wins, 677 saves, 3.09 goals against average

Duffy Lewis was one of the early stalwarts in net for LSSC.  Like with many of the early squads, information on his achievements are difficult to track down. 

1968-69 and 1969-70: Archie Orazietti, Sault Ste. Marie, Ont.  Defense.

1970-71: Rick Comley, Stratford, Ont.  Forward.

1971-72: Jim Wiley, Sault Ste. Marie, Ont.  Forward.

1972-73: Don Muio, Sault Ste. Marie, Ont.  Goaltender

1973-74: Tom Davies, Downsview, Ont.  Defense.
34 games played, 24 goals, 36 assists, 60 points

1974-75 and 1976-77: Pat Tims, Toronto.  Goaltender. 
1974-75: 28 games played, 921 saves, 4.30 goals against average.
1976-77: 24 games played, 791 saves, 5.62 goals against average.

1975-76: Rod Hooktwith, Chatham, Ont.  Forward.
35 games played, 13 goals, 41 assists, 54 points, 14 penalty minutes 

1977-78: Claude Boileau, Pointe-Claire, Quebec.  Forward.
32 games played, 16 goals, 23 assists, 39 points, 10 penalty minutes.

1978-79: Ron Sandzik, St. Clair Shores, Mich.  Forward.
36 games played, 18 goals, 30 assists, 48 points, 36 penalty minutes.

1979-80. 1981-82 and 1982-83: Dr. Steve Muholland, West Vancouver, BC.  Forward.
1979-80: 33 games played, 26 goals, 24 assists, 50 points, 45 penalty minutes.
1981-82: 39 games played, 20 goals, 36 assists, 56 points, 12 penalty minutes.
1972-83: 36 games played, 26 goals, 21 assists, 45 points, 20 penalty minutes.

Muholland was the first (and so far only) Laker to ever lead the team in each of his four years.  His freshman campaign saw him named the Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) Rookie of the Year.  Following his time at Lake State, he earned a Medical Degree, leading him to become a surgeon.

1980-81: Bob Ciotti, Sault Ste. Marie, Ont.  Forward.
32 games played, 15 goals, 30 assists, 45 points, 46 penalty minutes.

1983-84 and 1984-85: Allan Butler.  Forward.
1983-84: 39 games played, 28 goals, 26 assists, 54 points, 10 penalty minutes.
1984-85: 44 games played, 31 goals, 32 assists, 63 points, 8 penalty minutes.

1985-86: Matt Cote, Vancouver.  Defense.
40 games played, 4 goals, 18 assists, 22 points, 42 penalty minutes.

1986-87: Dean Dixon, Euclid, Ohio.  Forward.
40 games played, 19 goals, 24 assists, 43 points, 56 penalty minutes.

1987-88: Mark Vermette, Cochenour, Ont.  Forward.
46 games played, 45 goals, 29 assists, 74 points, 154 penalty minutes.

1988-89: Bruce Hoffort, Estevan, Sask.  Goaltender
44 games played, 27-10-5 record, .894 save percentage, 2.71 goals against average.

1989-90 and 1990-91: Jim Dowd, Brick, N.J.  Forward.
1989-90: 46 games played, 25 goals, 67 assists, 92 points, 30 penalty minutes.
1990-91: 44 games played, 24 goals, 54 assists, 78 points, 53 penalty minutes.

1991-92: Darrin Madeley, Holland Landing, Ont.  Goaltender.
34 games played, 21-6-4 record, .917 save percentage, 2.01 goals against average.

1992-93: Brian Rolston, Flint, Mich.  Forward.
39 games played, 33 goals, 31 assists, 64 points, 22 penalty minutes.

1993-94: Clayton Beddoes, Bentley, Alberta.  Forward.
44 games played, 23 goals, 31 assists, 54 points, 56 penalty minutes.

1994-95: Wayne Strachan, Fort Frances, Ont.  Forward.
41 games played, 22 goals, 20 assists, 42 points, 68 penalty minutes.

1995-96: Keith Aldridge, Detroit.  Defense.
38 games played, 14 goals, 36 assists, 50 points, 88 penalty minutes.

1996-97: Mike Peron, Newmarket, Ont.  Forward
29 games played, 9 goals, 12 assists, 21 points, 50 penalty minutes.

Mike Peron played only one year at LSSU – his senior year.  His first three seasons were at Illinois-Chicago, before the program shut down in 1996.  Over his collegiate career, Peron had 59 goals and 48 assists for 107 points.

1997-98: No MVP named

Sources have been hard to find concerning this particular year.  To date, it is the only season in which no MVP was selected.  Curiously, some other awards were not given out this year either (such as the Soo Blueliners’ award).

1998-99: Tobin Praznik, St. Andrews, Manitoba.  Forward.
38 games played, 13 goals, 11 assists, 24 points, 50 penalty minutes.

1999-2000: Jayme Platt, Redmond, Wash.  Goaltender.
35 games played, 18-13-2 record, 2.40 goals against average, 2 shutouts.

2000-01: Ryan Knox, Orillia, Ont.  Defense.
25 games played, 6 goals, 8 assists, 14 points, 26 penalty minutes.

2001-02 and 2002-03: Matt Violin, Kleinburg, Ont.  Goaltender.
2001-02: 21 games played, 4-11-2 record, .913 save percentage, 3.06 goals against average.
2002-03: 31 games played, 4-23-3 record, .904 save percentage, 3.66 goals against average.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2003-04, 2004-05, 2005-06 and 2006-07: Jeff Jakaitis, Rochester, Minn.  Goaltender.
2003-04: 23 games played, 5 wins, 599 saves, 2.13 goals against average.
2004-05: 30 games played, 5-18-4 record, .914 save percentage, 2.85 goals against average.
2005-06: 35 games played, 14-14-7 record, .920 save percentage, 2.22 goals against average, 4 shutouts.
2006-07: 35 games played, 16-16-3 record, .931 save percentage, 2.31 goals against average, 3 shutouts.

2004-05: Nathan Ward, Edmonton.  Forward.
38 games played, 9 goals, 8 assists, 17 points, 34 penalty minutes.

2007-08: Nathan Perkovich, Canton, Mich.  Forward.
36 games played, 17 goals, 8 assists, 25 points, 52 penalty minutes.

2008-09: Troy Schwab, Kindersley, Sask.  Center.
39 games played, 11 goals, 21 assists, 32 points, 30 penalty minutes.

2009-10 and 2010-11: Rick Schofield, Scarborough, Ont.  Forward.
2009-10: 36 games played, 15 goals, 13 assists, 28 points, 41 penalty minutes.
2010-11: 39 games played, 17 goals, 18 assits, 35 points, 22 penalty minutes.

2011-12: Kevin Kapalka, Mississauga, Ont.  Goaltender.
37 games played, 17-14-5 record, .916 save percentage, 2.67 goals against average, 2 shutouts.

2012-13: Domenic Monardo, Oakville, Ont.  Forward.
39 games played, 20 goals, 11 assists, 31 points, 40 penalty minutes.

2013-14: Kevin Czuczman, London, Ont.  Defense.
36 games played, 10 goals, 11 assists, 21 points, 73 penalty minutes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2014-15: Gordie Defiel, Stillwater, Minn.  Goaltender & Stephen Perfetto, Woodbridge, Ont.  Forward
Defiel: 36 games played, 8-26-2 record, .915 save percentage, 3.08 goals against average, 4 shutouts.
Perfetto: 38 games played, 11 goals, 8 assists, 19 points, 24 penalty minutes

2015-16: Gordie Defiel, Sillwater, Minn.  Goaltender.
29 games played, 11-14-4 record, .926 save percentage, 2.47 goals against average, 3 shutouts.

2016-17: Mitch Hults, Stoughton, Wisc.  Forward (photo not available)
36 games played, 11 goals, 23 assists, 34 points, 42 penalty minutes.