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Before we get to the four teams on Saturday, the RBC Cup paused Friday to recognized outstanding individual performances at the RBC Cup with their Awards Banquet. Three Vees took home some accolades, as Dante Fabbro, Patrick Newell and Patrick Sexton were all recognized.
Dante Fabbro was named the tournament’s Top Defenseman, Patrick Newell was the recipient of the Tubby Schmaltz Award as the Most Sportsmanlike Player, and Patrick Sexton was one of five recepients of the RBC Cup Legacy Scholarship Award.
Dante Fabbro on Top Defenseman Award
Penticton Vees Press Release:
Three Penticton Vees were recognized at the 2015 RBC Cup Awards Banquet Friday night in Portage la Prairie, Manitoba.
Dante Fabbro was named the tournament’s Top Defenseman, Patrick Newell was the recipient of the Tubby Schmaltz Trophy, the tournament’s Most Sportsmanlike Player and Patrick Sexton was one of five players to receive the RBC Cup Legacy Scholarship Award.
Fabbro was voted as the tournament’s top rear-guard despite just being 16-years-old. The Coquitlam, BC product picked up three assists in the Vees four round-robin games and saw heavy minutes on the blue-line. Even though Fabbro was one of the youngest players at the RBC Cup, he continually matched up against the opposition’s top players. Fabbro joins some familiar company, as Vees alum, Troy Stecher, was named the Top Defenseman at the 2012 RBC Cup.
Newell led the Vees in scoring in the round-robin, notching four goals and two assists in four wins. Newell was twice named the Vees’ Player of the Game in the round-robin and only picked up four penalty-minutes. The St. Cloud State commit had two, two-goal games in the preliminary round.
Sexton was the Vees recipient of the RBC Cup Legacy Scholarship Award, as he was given a $500 bursary to help him in his post-secondary education.
The Vees three award winners and the rest of their teammates face the Carleton Place Canadians in one of two RBC Cup Semi-Finals on Saturday at 2 pm CT / 12 pm PST. Fans can listen to the game on EZ Rock AM 800, or they can watch on www.hockeycanada.ca