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Jets announce year-end award winners for 16-17 season

by Winnipeg Jets Press Release @WpgJetsPR /

The Winnipeg Jets were pleased to announce the winners of their regular season year-end awards prior to their game versus the Nashville Predators on Apr. 8 at MTS Centre.

Video: Year-End Awards

The first award of the night was the Winnipeg Jets Three Stars Award which was presented to Patrik Laine. The 18-year-old has been recognized game-after-game for his solid play and emergence as a top goal scorer. Laine leads the Jets with 36 goals this season, which is second among NHL rookies and sixth in the NHL. He enters the last game of the season with 64 points (36G, 28A) in 72 games. He received the most 'stars' of any Winnipeg Jets player this season.

The second award of the evening was the Wawanesa Insurance Community Service Award which was presented to defenceman Josh Morrissey for his commitment to the community. During his first full season with the Jets, Morrissey has continued his commitment to the community taking time out of his busy schedule to spend time with those in need, under served and going through difficult situations. Over the past year, Josh has met and spent time with kids participating in the True North Youth Foundation's Hockey Academy after multiple home games. He's personally donated to The True North Youth Foundation and has visited the Children's Hospital of Manitoba on various occasions, both with his team and by himself, spending times with kids and families going through difficult times. This past January, Morrissey became the ambassador for The Dream Factory, formally known as the Rainbow Society.

Lastly, the Dan Snyder Memorial Award is awarded each year to the Winnipeg Jets player who embodies perseverance, dedication and hard work without reward or recognition, so that his team and teammates might succeed. Forward Bryan Little was presented with the Dan Snyder Memorial Award for the 2016-17 season. After missing the last 25 games last season with a neck injury, Little injured his knee in the first game this season and missed the subsequent 23 games. He returned in late November and tallied 47 points (21G, 26A) in 58 games. He leads the Jets in faceoff circle by winning 55.7% of his draws this season, which is a career high.

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