Skurikhin named MWJHL’s top defenseman

In spite of a season-ending forfeit of its playoff position, the Alpena Street Cats can celebrate the fact that Savelii Skurikhin was voted the 2013-14 Defenseman of the Year by the head coaches of the MIdwest Junior Hockey League.

“Sava was one of our best defensemen,” Alpena coach Igor Myaskovskiy said in a press release. “His role on the team was big and his example was big for everyone. I’m appreciative for all he did for our team. Other teams in the league asked about him all season long, but he chose to stay in Alpena. I’m proud of him for being named Defenseman of the Year.”

Skurikhin put up big numbers for the Street Cats all year and led all defensemen with 22 goals and 48 assists in 38 games.

Skurikhin was Alpena’s second best scorer, second only to Vladislav Khasanov. Skurikhin was fourth overall scorer for the entire league with 70 points while Khasanov was second with 91.

Highlights of Skurikhin’s season included three hat tricks and 16 multi-point games.

Skurikhin also had four five-point games, seven power-play goals, 10 power-play assists, one short-handed goal, six short-handed assists and two game-winning goals.

His skills were awarded on Oct. 8 when he was named MWJHL Defenseman of the Week.

“I’m very happy that I played this season in Alpena,” Skurikhin said in a press release. “It was a very important time for me. I felt I learned what it means to play American hockey. I played with very good teammates and we became a family for this time. I thank them for everything this season. I also want to thank all the coaches and management of the team who worked with me – with their help, I am who I am right now. I also want to thank the fans of Alpena – you are the best.”