Quartet of Warriors earn all-star honours

The Stoney Creek Warriors will be well represented at the Golden Horseshoe League All-Star game on Jan. 14. Four players were selected to play in the annual contest, which will be held at Port Colborne’s West Side Arena.

Mike Kavanagh, Greg Bryl, Jordan Gignac and Cayle Creen will play for Team Dark, alongside traditional rivals from Niagara Falls, Fort Erie and Wheatfield. Team White will be represented by players from St. Catharines, Welland, Thorold and Port Colborne.

In his second year with Stoney Creek, Gignac has been lighting it up all season, and sits 14th overall in league scoring with 18 goals and 22 assists for 40 points.

Despite missing almost the entire month of October with injuries, Kavanagh and Bryl have formed one of the league’s top lines. Both players are Stoney Creek natives.

Kavanagh is 20th in league scoring with 16 goals and 19 assists, while Bryl has recorded 8 goals and 19 assists for 27 points.

Rookie defenceman Cayle Creen has been a reliable player for the Warriors this season. In 26 games, he has three goals and 12 assists.

Bryl, who played the past few seasons with Grimsby in the Niagara Jr. C loop, said it was a privilege to be selected.

“This is my last year (of eligibility) and it’s great to be selected alongside one of my longtime friends, Mike Kavanagh,” he said.

Bryl, who was hampered with a hand injury that kept him out of the lineup for 10 games, said his season so far is not what he expected.

“I wouldn’t say it’s been disappointing, but the injury really set me back. I’m just starting to get my groove back.”

Bryl is confident the Warriors will make a serious drive for top spot in the GHL with 15 games left in the regular season.

“The team has made some great moves lately,” he said. “We brought in a great goaltender (Patrick Sullivan) and he’s a great guy in the room and gives us a lot of confidence.”

Gignac, who earned the GHL’s Most Gentlemanly Player award in his first season with the Warriors, was also honoured to be selected for the all-star team.

“I’m looking forward to the game,” said the 18-year-old Hamilton native. “I hope they keep us together as one line.”

Tickets for the GHL All-Star game are available at all Warriors’ home games, or can be purchased at the Port Colborne West Side Arena on game night.