Ottawa Ontario – The Central Canada Hockey League Tier 2 is pleased to announce that ’97 born Casselman Vikings forward Ethan Wensink has been named the 2017-18 CCHL2 Sportsmanship & Leadership Awardwinner.
Wensink, 21, began his minor hockey career with the Eastern Ontario Wild organization where he played Bantam and Midget hockey, tallying 55 points in 86 games from age 13 to 15.
During that time, the Embrun Ontario native was drafted by the Ottawa Jr. Senators in 2012, in the first round and sixth overall. Later at the age of 16, in the 2014-15 season, Wensink played for the Casselman Vikings and has been with the organization ever since. Winning a total of four consecutive championships with recent stops in Navan (Jr. A, 2015 – 2016) before staying with the Vikings full time last season.
Although Ethan is not the captian of the Vikings, he and the team’s leader, Sebastien Plante share the leadership role together and are great friends. Something that Head Coach Mike Ruest believes comes with always making everyone around him a better player, teammate and person.
“He is a deserving recipient of this award. Ethan has the ability of raising the level of his line-mates play by his work ethic which runs throughout the dressing room”.
The drive to play and his work ethic is what also drives Wensink’s teamates as Ruest pointed out. But his ability to fight every puck battle and finish the game strong is what makes him such a hard worker and great teammate.
“He is a throwback player from the old days,” chuckled Ruest. “Only a doctor’s note would keep him out of the lineup.”
He currently has 30 goals and 68 points which is 6th in the league in scoring. The seasoned veteran forward is in his fifth and final year of Junior Hockey and has won four consecutive championships and is looking to win his fifth.
By: Dante De Caria, CCHL2 Communications Manager