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Sunday, April 26th
TEAM AWARDS

The Adirondack Flames presented five season awards at their season finale on April 19. The awards presented were the Juicin' Jar Fan Favorite, the Juicin' Jar Top Rookie, the Parker MX Top Defenseman, the Kenneth Cole Community Man of the Year and the Kenneth Cole Team MVP.

Juicin Jar Fan Favorite: TURNER ELSON

The Juicin' Jar Fan Favorite Award, voted on by the fans through an online poll, was awarded to forward Turner Elson. Elson, who won the award in commanding fashion with nearly 75% of the total vote, won fans over with his fearless playing style, scoring touch, presence in the community and personal touch with fans after practices and games. Elson was frequently spotted throughout the season at community events and quickly became a favorite of Glens Falls during the season.

Juicin' Jar Top Rookie: GARNET HATHAWAY

The Juicin' Jar Top Rookie Award, selected by Adirondack Flames coaches and upper management, was awarded to winger Garnet Hathaway. Hathaway, a Brown University graduate, plays the game with a fearless style that made him one of the team's top threats both at even strength and on special teams. Hathaway led the Flames with 72 games played and power-play goals (6) and finished tied for second on the team in goals (19) and shorthanded goals (2). Hathaway's abilities and effort on the ice earned him an entry level contract with Calgary, beginning in the 2015-16 season.

Parker MX Top Defenseman: JOHN RAMAGE

The Parker MX Top Defenseman Award, selected by Adirondack Flames coaches and upper management, was awarded to blueliner John Ramage. Ramage became one of the team's most consistant defensemen in the 2015 chunk of the season. Of the Flames' 41 2015 games, Ramage appeared in 37, missing two due to suspension and two due to his first career NHL call-up in late April. Ramage made his NHL debut on April 11 in Winnipeg. Ramage was lauded by Adirondack Head Coach Ryan Huska for his consistancy and ability to be used for heavy minutes in all situations.

Kenneth Cole Community Man of the Year: MATHIEU TOUSIGNANT

The Kenneth Cole Community Man of the Year, selected by the Adirondack Flames communications staff, was awarded to center Mathieu Tousignant. Over his tenure in Glens Falls, Tousignant has visited with local children at youth centers, camps and youth hockey practices and has made his mark in Glens Falls and surrounding areas in just a short time. Tousignant visited both the Glens Falls Youth Center and Double H Ranchand was a frequent visitor to Adirondack Youth Hockey practices throughout the winter, where he has worked with youth hockey players from learn-to-skate through pee wee levels.

Kenneth Cole Team MVP: JONI ORTIO

The Kenneth Cole Team MVP, selected by Adirondack Flames coaches and upper management, was awarded to goaltender Joni Ortio. Ortio, a 2015 AHL All-Star, led all Adirondack netminders in games played (37), wins (21), goals against average (2.69), save percentage (.912) and shutouts (4). The Flames sat in a playoff position for much of the time Ortio was healthy, including as high as fourth in the Western Conference standings. Ortio missed 23 games with a high ankle sprain from late February through early April, in which time the team won just nine games, demonstrating his value to the team. With Ortio's recall to Calgary, Goaldenting Coach Scott Gouthro accepted the award on Ortio's behalf.

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