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Bruins rack up more awards

Austin’s Dante Sheriff tries to work around the Minnesota Magicians’ Blake Kryska during the second period Saturday night at Riverside Arena. Eric Johnson/photodesk@austindailyherald.com

The North American Hockey League announced Tuesday that three Austin Bruins have earned NAHL Central Division honors including Dante Sheriff as Central Division MVP and All-Central Division Team, Josef Mysak as the Central Division Defenseman of the Year and All-Central Division Team, and Tiernan Shoudy as the Central Division Academic Achievement Award winner.

Following a 2019-20 season which saw him finish tied for fourth place in the NAHL in points scored, Dante Sheriff was selected as the Central Division MVP and also named to the NAHL All-Central Division Team. Sheriff, 20, finished with 62 total points this season, on pace to break his single-season career high of 67 before the season was cut short due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

During his third junior season, Sheriff took hold of the Austin Bruins all-time scoring leader record when he scored his 147th career point in January, surpassing Travis Kothenbeutel. The Woodbridge, Ontario, native finished his junior career with 158 points in 141 games. Sheriff, who has committed to Mercyhurst University, played his entire NAHL career with the Bruins ranks tenth all-time in games played, second in goals scored, and first in assists.

Mysak, 20, finished his final year in juniors by scoring 36 total points, good enough for fifth in the league among defenseman. Another long-time Bruin, Mysak played in 152 total games for Austin, putting him in eighth place all-time. Committed to Niagara University, Mysak’s career 59 points puts him forth all-time with the Bruins.

Shoudy was honored for the second straight dayas he also made the All-Rookie team. The Academic Achievement Award is open to all players in the Central Division and awarded to only one player. In addition to being the Bruins rookie-leader in points and fourth highest scorer overall, Shoudy finished the school-year with a 4.1 GPA.