Kenai River's Butcher NAHL MVP; Fairbanks cleans up awards

Doyle Woody,Adn Staff

Alaska's two franchises in the NAHL continued to reap rewards today -- Alec Butcher of the Kenai River Brown Bears was voted the circuit's MVP and Forward of the Year, and the Fairbanks Ice Dogs bagged a hat trick of awards.

Fairbanks' Trevor Stewart was voted Coach of the Year by league coaches, who voted on all awards, after leading the Ice Dogs to the best record in the league, and Fairbanks' Rob Proffitt was named General Manager of the Year for the fourth consecutive season.

Fairbanks on Friday entertains the Austin Bruins in Game 1 of the best-of-3 Robertson Cup Finals. The Ice Dogs captured the crown in 2011.

Butcher, of Anchorage, led league scorers, and also topped the circuit in assists, with 24-42--66 totals and a +20 rating in 60 games. He's headed to Sacred Heart in the fall. Butcher racked 20 multiple-point games.

Butcher started the season with a 10-game point streak, and also delivered a seven-game streak, a five-game streak and three four-game streaks.

For a rundown of league awards announced today, click here.