Storm forward Andrew Gaiga received the team's Highest Scorer award which was sponsored by the Mirror.

Storm players honoured after tough season

After bowing out of the playoffs two weekends ago, the Campbell River Storm officially closed the book on its season after recognizing the efforts of its players.

The Storm handed out its annual player awards recently and Brandon Tidy and Andrew Gaiga were the big winners.

Gaiga, who finished the season with 29 points in 43 games and finished 30th in league scoring, took home the hardware for Highest Scorer and Most Valuable Player.

Tidy picked up the Best All Round Player award, Mike Rushton 3 Star Award for accumulating the most points in three-star selections, and the Top Academic Award which he shared with Jesse Spooner.

Tidy was also a co-winner of the Toughest Piece of Meat Award, along with Jordan Eliason, for showing toughness and edge each night.

Spooner, a 17-year old Campbell River native, was selected the team’s Rookie of the Year and Dylan Budgell was recognized for his solid play on the blueline with the Best Defenceman award.

Defenceman Kiefer Rivington from Pitt Meadows was chosen the team’s Most Improved Player while Wade Bartlett was selected by the Storm captains as the player who put forward the greatest effort to promote team concept (Captain’s Award).

Other awards went to: Dan Hall (Bob Hendrickson Memorial) for his commitment to community and the game of hockey; Robert Eliason and Corey Maclachlan (Bill Walker Memorial or unsung hero) for their selflessness, determination and grit, and Kieran Anderson (Jason Gow Memorial) was selected as the fan favourite.

The Campbell River Storm recently wrapped up their season after being swept by the Peninsula Panthers in three games in their first-round playoff series.

The Storm finished the regular season with a record of 9-34-0-1, and last place in the league after the Westshore Stingers ceased operations halfway through the season.