BROOKS, AB (May 5, 2023) – Brooks Bandits forward Aiden Fink has been named a finalist for the Canadian Junior Hockey League (CJHL) Most Valuable Player Award.
Fink was voted the 2022-23 AJHL Most Valuable Player and recipient of the Top Forward Award. He’s also a finalist for the CJHL Top Forward Award.
The NHL Top Prospect (Ranked 63rd in NHL Central Scouting Final Rankings) led the AJHL in points (97) and goals (41) after 54 regular season games, averaging 1.8 points per game.
The 2004-born Calgary, AB product was also selected to represent the AJHL as a member of Team Canada West at the 2022 World Junior A Challenge in December.
His season was been filled with accolades including two Alberta Ford Dealers Player of the Month awards, two Pizza 73 AJHL Player of the Week selections, the Brook Bandits Top Forward award, and he was named the Viterra AJHL Star of the Game seven times.
“We are fortunate to have been a part of Aiden’s development over the past two seasons, his growth on and off the ice has been significant,” said Bandits GM / Head Coach Ryan Papaioannou.
“He was in a great position last year to learn from some highly skilled veteran players and was able to play a key role for us in the late stages of the season. This year Aiden picked up where others left off and has been dominant from the first exhibition game, right through the regular season. He’s handled the internal pressures of leading our team from a scoring perspective along with all of the outside pressures of the NHL Draft with maturity and focus. We are proud of his accomplishments and are all looking forward to his playoff season.”
He’s committed to Penn State (NCAA Division I), and looking to become the fourth Bandit to win the CJHL MVP Award, joining Cam Maclise (2012-13), Cale Makar (2016-17) and Ryan McAllister (2021-22).
Fink and the Bandits are 2023 AJHL Champions, and will compete in the 2023 Centennial Cup in Portage la Prairie, Manitoba beginning on May 11th.d