In front of a room of almost 350 people at the Delta Hotel on Saturday night, the Ted Wildman Memorial Trophy was awarded to 4th year defensive back Patrick McGrath. The Sault Ste Marie native was a Special Teams captain and a 4-time Academic All Canadian who will graduate this Spring with a degree in Engineering.
The Wildman Trophy, awarded since 1932, goes to the senior or graduating player who has “exemplified to the highest degree the traits of sportsmanship, leadership, gentlemanly conduct and who has maintained good scholarship”. Former Wildman winners present for the evening were Bill Sproule (1958), Robby Keith (1959), David Hume (1960), Steve Stewart (1969), Bill Morrison (1970), Dan Cornwell (1974), Andrew Oosterhuis (2004), Adam Carapella (2005), Zack Androschuk (2012) and Rob Farquharson (2014).
Click here for a complete list of the winners since 1932.
Other major award winners were 5th year linebacker John Rush, winner of the Donald Forster Trophy as the team’s Most Valuable Player; Curtis Newton, winner of the Tom Dimitroff Defensive Player of the Year Award; Matt Toppan, winner of the Tom Mooney Trophy for Lineman of the Year and Jacob Scarfone, winner of the Stu Lang Offensive Player of the Year. This was a new trophy named to honour retiring head coach Stuart Lang.
The Richard P. Kohler Perserverance Award went to Daniel Palmer-Salmon, the Kyle Walters Trophy was won by Nick Parisotto and the team’s captains elected to give the Captains Trophy to Andrew Graham.
Special Teams Player of the Year: Gabe Ferraro & Ryan Nieuwesteeg (co-winners)
Scout Team Players of the Year: David Luke (Offense) & Riley Baines (Defense)
Rookie of the Year: Job Reinhart
Unsung Hero: Alex Ross
Granite Gryphon Award: James Roberts
Pflug Family Community Service Award: Matt Nesbitt
Support Staff Member of the Year: Gabby Boulding
Academic Support Award: Nick Pankerichan
Riddell High School Coach of the Year: Neil Majoros & Jon Beresford (St. Roch Catholic Secondary School)
Ted Wildman Memorial Trophy: Pat McGrath
Donald Forster Trophy (MVP): John Rush
Defensive Player of the Year: Curtis Newton
Offensive Player of the Year: Jacob Scarfone
Lineman of the Year: Matt Toppan
Captains’ Award: Andrew Graham
Kyle Walters Trophy: Nick Parisotto
Richard P. Kohler Award: Daniel Palmer-Salmon