Capitals defenceman Dimitri Mikrogiannakis is a BCHL First-Team All-Star and a finalist for two major awards, including league MVP. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)

Cowichan’s Mikrogiannakis a finalist for BCHL MVP and top defenceman

Cowichan Valley Capitals defenceman Dimitri Mikrogiannakis is a B.C. Hockey League all-star, and a finalist for two of the league’s top awards.

It was announced last Friday that the second-year Cap and alternate captain is up for the Vern Dye Memorial Trophy as BCHL MVP, and for the Defensive Award as top defenceman, and on Tuesday he was named a First-Team All-Star.

The honours are well deserved, said head coach Mike Vandekamp.

“Dimitri has been the leader in all areas for our defence corps,” he stated. “He’s had a very good offensive year but is also a strong defensive defenceman and brings a physical presence every night. He is very deserving of this recognition.”

Mikrogiannakis finished third among BCHL defencemen with 46 points (seven goals and 39 assists) in 58 games. He was second among all Caps, behind Luciano Wilson’s 53 points. The 20-year-old from Aurora, Ont. is committed to the Rochester Institute of Technology for next season.

Other finalists for the MVP award include league scoring leader Kent Johnson of the Trail Smoke Eaters, already a top prospect for the 2021 NHL draft, and Coquitlam Express goaltender Clay Stevenson. Also up for the defensive award are Akito Hirose of the Salmon Arm Silverbacks and Jake Livingstone of the Langley Rivermen.

The award winners will be announced this week prior to the start of the BCHL playoffs on Friday.

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