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My awards ballot revealed

I have turned in my ballot of the CHL's Awards -- albeit a little late, so they may not count -- but I wanted to share with you my votes:

MVP: As I've written, I cannot believe Fort Waynbe goaltender Nick Boucher wasn't a finalist. I don't know that I would have voted for him for the whole shabang, anyway. I went with Brandon Marino. I'm not wild about choosing a guy who probably won't be in the playoffs, but the Quad City Mallards wouldn't even be in the hunt without him.

Most Outstanding Goaltender: Easily Boucher, who has led in most statistical categories most of the season. To me, Wichita's Adam Russo is in the conversation, however.

Most Outstanding Defenseman: The funny thing about this award is Frankie DeAngelis of Fort Wayne might win it and he's not even the best defenseman on his own team. That guy is Brent Henley, who got snubbed despite his league-leading plus-27 rating, having to be an occasional enforcer and picking up the slack for some others deficiencies. I love what DeAngelis brings to the table, though, and he's my runner-up among the finalists. I voted for Rapid City's Riley Weselowski.

Rookie of the Year: This one was tough. It was between Wichita's Andrew Courtney, who has 25 goals, 49 points and a plus-14 rating, and Texas goalie Mark Guggenberger, who is 21-6-3 with a 1.96 GAA and a .923 save percentage. I went with Guggenberger.

Justin A. Cohn, pro sports coordinator for The Journal Gazette, has been covering the Fort Wayne Komets since 1997. His reporting includes game stories from home and away, features about the players and personalities associated with the Komets, plus coverage of issues affecting hockey at all levels. A native of Bloomfield Hills, Mich., Cohn graduated from Emory University in Atlanta. He can be reached at 260-461-8429 or by email at jcohn@jg.net.

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