Once again the Terriers are being recognized on a national level with goaltender Nathan Park receiving a nomination for CJHL Goaltender of the year.
While this is Park’s first season with the Terriers, winning is not new to him. Park was acquired from the Fort Frances Lakers who won the Bill Salonen Cup in the SIJHL last season and were one win away from making an RBC Cup appearance in Portage losing out to the Soo Thunderbirds in the final of the Dudley Hewitt Cup.
When asked what being recognized meant to him, Park said it’s about the team. “It’s nice and all, but I think it would be better to be a champ on a national stage with my team.” I asked Park what is different this year than past years. “I think we have a real shot to do it. We have the personnel both offensively and defensively, as well as the experience in the players and coaching staff. I’m excited for what’s to come.”
Park went 38-7-3 for Portage during the 2015-16 MJHL regular season while posting a 1.92 GAA and .922 save percentage. Park also recorded the most shutouts among the finalists with seven.
The recipient of the 2015 CJHL Goaltender of the Year and all CJHL League Awards will be announced during the week of May 9th-13th.