Hawkesbury, Ontario – The Central Canada Hockey League is pleased to announce that Hawkesbury Hawks 97 born captain David Jankowski has been named the 2017/18 Most Valuable Player.
Jankowski grew up in in the Waterloo area and played parts of three seasons at Stanstead Prep School before making his Jr. A debut with the Chilliwack Chiefs of the BCHL in 2016/17.
The St. Lawrence University commit joined the Hawks late last season after things did not work on in the BCHL, scoring 20 goals and 41 points in 40 games.
“Having watched him since he was 15 years old I knew what I was getting,” explained Hawks Head Coach Rick Dorval. “I think since that time, I’d watched him at least 40 times. I knew where to put him to have success and how to play him.”
This season, Jankowski really found his game. After a hard worked off-season, the twenty year old forward lead the league with 90 points and 38 goals. Making him a great fit for the MVP.
“This award is something that you work towards, especially going into your 20 year old season,” said Jankowski. “You never want to think about winning awards but just to win games. Winning something like this is very humbling and I’m very honoured to get it.”
Rick Dorval said that he had a feeling that he would win all of the awards this season and made a bold move by emailing NCAA scouts that he would have an amazing season.
“I wasn’t surprised that he swept the awards one bit. I wrote an email to a bunch of NCAA teams this past summer and I told them that he was going to win all the awards. Some teams thought I was foolish to say that but I believed in that kid since the day I tried to recruit him and this year he proved everyone.”
Jankowski took home the Sportsmanship and Ability award, the Top Graduating Player and the MVP. He and the Hawks begin their playoff schedule against the Cornwall Colts starting with their first game in Hawkesbury on Friday at 7:30.
By: Dante De Caria, CCHL Communications Manager.