Truro Bearcats forward named MHL Player of the Year

A Truro Bearcats forward has been named the Maritime Hockey League's Player of the Year for 2016-17.

Kyle Tibbo was one of several players and personnel recognized by the league on Friday.

The 20-year-old from Newfoundland and Labrador finished third overall in scoring with 88 points, while his 47 points led the league.

Tibbo, who returned to the MHL after a three-year stint in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, registered ten goals and 16 points in the month of January, while also claiming second star honours in the Canadian Junior Hockey League.

The Bearcats' captain was also honoured with the MHL Character Award for his work on and off the ice.

Dylan Riley, a forward with the Pictou County Weeks Crushers, was named the MHL's Rookie of the Year.

The 18-year-old Falmouth native scored 25 goals and registered 69 points, leading the league in both categories for rookies.

He received the Rookie of the Month award in both January and February.

Pictou County's Michael Dill, who won Rookie of the Year last season, was named the MHL's Scoring Leader this season.

The 19-year-old Windsor native registered 25 points during the final four weeks of the regular season to finish the season with 90 points, edging out teammate Alexis Roy by one point.

This season saw a tie for the MHL's Top Goaltending Duo award, including Daniel Vautour and Luke Melanson of the Crushers.

Both the Crushers and the Yarmouth Mariners led the league with 145 goals against on the year.

Also on Friday, the MHL unveiled its all-star and rookie all-star teams for 2017.

The all-star team includes Kyle Tibbo of the Bearcats and three Crushers players – Mack Derraugh, Alexis Roy and Michael Dill.

Dylan Riley of the Crushers made the rookie all-star team.