Two of the Norman Northstars’ top scorers were named to the Manitoba AAA U18 Hockey League’s first and second all-star teams, the league announced Feb. 18.
Defenceman Cheechoo Lathlin was one of two blueliners named to the first all-star team in recognition of a season in which he finished among the top four on his team in points. The 17-year-old from Opaskwayak Cree Nation had 15 goals and 30 assists for 45 points in 36 games, tying him with two other players on the squad. Lathlin was also second among all defencemen in the league in points and was named league player of the month in November and twice earned player of the week honours.
The other all-star Northstar is forward Brady Krentz of Thompson, who was named to the second all-star team after leading the Northstars in scoring with 25 goals and 35 assists for 60 points in 40 games. Krentz, 17, finished in the top 10 in league scoring and was named the league’s player of the week twice.
League all-stars are determined by a vote of the coaches.
The Northstars finished the season in 10th place out of 11 teams after the Kenora Thistles were forced to withdraw from the league as a result of COVID-19 restrictions. The Northstars’ record was 9-27-4 for 22 points and they ended up 14 points behind the Winnipeg Bruins, who captured the eighth and final playoff spot.