Ottawa, Ontario – The Central Canada Hockey League Tier 2 is very proud to announce that Casselman Vikings’97 born forward Sebastien Plante is the 2017-18 Most Valuable Player Award winner.
Plante, an Orleans native, joined the Vikings organization as a 16 year old in the 2013-14 season – playing a decent amount a minutes on a powerful squad which was part of the EOJHL. After only 17 points in 36 games in his rookie season, Plante broke out as a 17 year – scoring a total of 22 goals and 59 points in 38 games while also winning his second straight championship, which was the EOJHL’s last season before the CCHL2 rebranding.
The 2015-16 was an historic one for the 18 year old forward who had just been cut by the CCHL Tier 1 Gloucester Rangers. He netted a total of 111 points, including 55 goals in 43 games before winning his third consecutive championship, but this time as the Vikings captain and leader.
During his first season as the Vikings captain, Sebastien Plante was also awarded the MVP but said he feels his second MVP means the most to him.
“My second MVP means the most to me because it’s my last season and my last run at winning a championship,” explained a very happy Plante after being notified that he was the 2017-18 CCHL2 MVP.
The four time champion lead the league in points (101), goals (47) and was tied for the league lead in assists (54). Although the individual numbers might speak to why he won the award but he gives most of the credit to his teammates.
“I wouldn’t be the MVP without the support of my parents, my friends, coaches, the organization and most importantly all the teammates whom I’ve had the great opportunity to play with since the beginning of my career with Casselman; therefore if anything, I owe them my success,” noted an emotional Plante.
Sebastien also wrote that he wanted the team slogan of “# D45” to represent the award and his the success of the Vikings, saying that it means a lot to them.
Casselman will either take on Ottawa West or Embrun as they start their best of three wild card series on Monday night.