The Mario Lemieux Award
The Mario Lemieux Award is presented to the player who registers the most assists during the regular season.
Mario Lemieux was one of the greatest players ever to play the game of hockey, but played in a generation where Wayne Gretzky captured all of the awards and attention. In a career cut short by injury and illness, Lemieux never broke the 200-point barrier due to games played, but even after returning to the league at age 35 after three and a half years of forced retirement, he averaged over a point a game over his final five seasons.
With 63 assists in 82 games, Schooners' marquee forward John Tavares captured his first Mario Lemieux Award. The 2009 1st overall selection enjoyed his second most productive season in the SICHL.