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Drake Burgin receives Brian Kozak Award

The Brian Kozak Memorial Award is presented annually to the Manitoba Junior Hockey League's defenseman who demonstrates throughout the season the greatest all-round ability in the position. It was first awarded in 1977.

Brian Kozak was a talented rearguard for the Selkirk Steelers in the late sixties. In 1976, at the young age of only 27,
Brian succumb to cancer.

1981-82 winner Grant Ledyard went on to play over a thousand games in the National Hockey League.

Past Winners photo gallery

Brian Kozak Memorial Award
Season Winner Team
2019-20 Drake Burgin Winkler Flyers
2018-19 Quintin Sudom Swan Valley Stampeders
2017-18 Darby Gula Steinbach Pistons
2016-17 Brady Keeper OCN Blizzard
2015-16 Brett Orr Portage Terriers
2014-15 Tanner Jago Portage Terriers
2013-14 Joel Messner Selkirk Steelers
2012-13 Tanner Butler Dauphin Kings
2011-12 Brenden Kotyk Dauphin Kings
2010-11 Clark Byczynski Swan Valley Stampeders
2009-10 Steven Shamanski Dauphin Kings
2008-09 Scott Macaulay Winnipeg Saints
2007-08 Jason Gray Winnipeg South Blues
2006-07 Wade Poplawski Winnipeg South Blues
2005-06 Ryan Constant OCN Blizzard
2004-05 Devrin Stonehouse Neepawa Natives
2003-04 Riley Weselowski Neepawa Natives
2002-03 Colin Tetrault Southeast Blades
2001-02 Steve Mullin Winkler Flyers
2000-01 Derek Miller Neepawa Natives
1999-00 Oliver McGee Winkler Flyers
1998-99 Jamie Vossen OCN Blizzard
1997-98 Scott Ribble St. James Canadians
1996-97 Arik Engbrecht Portage Terriers
1995-96 Troy Christensen St. Boniface Saints
1994-95 Troy Christensen St. Boniface Saints
1993-94 Laird Lidster Portage Terriers
1992-93 Pat Mullin Dauphin Kings
1991-92 Pat Mullin Dauphin Kings
1990-91 Lars Oxholm Dauphin Kings
1989-90 Dave Jaska Portage Terriers
1988-89 Paul Thompson Winnipeg South Blues
1987-88 Wade Bartley Dauphin Kings
1986-87 Rob Stewart Selkirk Steelers
1985-86 Russ Parent Winnipeg South Blues
1984-85 Ian Spencer St. James Canadians
1983-84 Chris St. Cyr Dauphin Kings
1982-83 Barry Trotz Dauphin Kings
1981-82 Grant Ledyard Fort Garry Blues
1980-81 George Chase St. James Canadians
1979-80 Randy Neufeld Selkirk Steelers
1978-79 Rich Little Dauphin Kings
1977-78 Dan Bryck Kenora Thistles
1976-77 Mark Johnston Portage Terriers
Manitoba Junior Hockey League's Top Defenseman Award