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Ice Dogs Awards Banquet 2011

Aged out players who will not be returning to the Dryden Ice Dogs were given a final farewell. From left to right: Captain Jon Mitchell, Dwight Lee, Goalie Ian Perrier, Coach Clint Mylymok, Andrew Hansen, Henry Vadnais, and Ben McClellan. Photos by Ally Dunham

Finishing third in the regular season standings with 70 points, the Dryden Ice Dogs have put the “Decade of the Dog” behind them in the Superior International Junior Hockey League.
Home game standings finished at 18-10-0 for regular season, and an away game completion of 16-10-2.
Going into the quarter-finals, the Ice Dogs succeeded in a clean sweep over the Duluth Clydesdales, with a 4-0 finish.
Struggling just a little in the semi-final matchup with the Fort Frances Lakers, the Ice Dogs managed a 4-2 record moving them into the finals against the Wisconsin Wilderness.
The Ice Dogs didn’t see the cup following a 0-4 loss in the best of seven, but the team put in the heart and effort to make it a great series.
Some highlights of the year included team captain, Jon Mitchell being awarded the Most Valuable Player and Defenceman of the Year awards. Ian Perrier saw runner-up for Goalie of the Year, Jesse Linner saw runner-up for Defensive Player of the Year and Ben McClellan saw runner-up for Most Improved Player, all from the SIJHL.
Coach Clint Mylymok will see the end of his contract this year, but is currently in talks with the executive of the Dryden Ice Dogs, with hopes of signing for another term.
Other than the players who have aged out, the majority of the former Ice Dogs have the opportunity to come back to Dryden, and claim their place on the team. They do have to earn the right to play for another year, and not all will choose to come back. Mylymok says they lose some former players to school, as well as other teams, but the ones who are still within the age range are welcome to come back and give it another shot at the team.
Next year’s theme has been coined as “Unfinished Business” where the Dogs plan to come back with a vengeance and take home the Bill Salonen Cup.


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