By Nick Hartman:
KANSAS CITY, MO: The Missouri Mavericks, in conjunction with the Central Hockey League, announced that, captain, Sebastien Thinel was named CHL most valuable player and was awarded the “Joe Burton Scoring Championship” on Monday.
Each year, the CHL awards an MVP according to the standards of the head coach, communication staff and selected media members. Earlier this season, Sebastien was presented with the “Most Valuable to His Team” award ultimately gaining the MVP award. The “Joe Burton Scoring Championship” is given to the league’s leading scorer and is presented in honor of Joe Burton. Burton accumulated 985 points over 11 seasons in the Central Hockey League.
“It’s an honor to win this award,” said Thinel when asked his thoughts on the awards.”I want to thank my teammates who made this possible and I am glad I was consistent enough throughout the season to win this award. I am happy for our fans, but it will be even better if we can bring home the cup.”
Thinel has won the MVP award twice, the first came in 2009 when he played with the Odessa Jackapoles, and has won the “Joe Burton Scoring Championship” three times, the first in 2009 and second in 2011, both with Odessa.
“Sebastien has an incredible ability to make players around him become more dangerous players,” added Mavericks’ Head Coach Scott Hillman. “I can’t think of anyone more deserving of this great honor. He is a true professional and wants nothing more than to help his teammates and his organization succeed.”
The major reason why Sebastien Thinel won these awards is because of his 96 points this season. He was a great captain this year and will continue to lead the Mavericks on the ice throughout the playoffs. Earlier in the year, Mavericks coach, Scott Hillman said,
“He is the coach on the ice. He is a leader for our team…”
Along with the MVP and scoring championship, Thinel reached a total of 825 points in his career. He was elected to the All-CHL team, voted Best Overall Player, Best Playmaker, Most Valuable to His team, and he also placed third for Best on the Power Play. The MVP award and scoring championship cap off an already incredible season by Thinel and Mavericks fans are excited to see what he will do in the playoffs.