On December 4th, the Canadian Premier League announced the nominees for the prestigious 2021 Individual Awards in Hamilton, Ontario. The awards will be presented on December 14th, 2021 at the 2021 Canadian Premier League Awards Ceremony.
The awards are true works of Canadian art. The sculptures were all created by a talented artist from Kinngait (Dorset Cape) in Nunavut, a small village off the coast of Baffin Island in northern Canada, known as the epicenter of Inuit art.
David Clanachan, President of the Canadian Premiere League, commented: « We are pleased to announce the finalists for the 2021 CPL Individual Awards. Presenting a full season was a priority for the League this year and we are extremely pleased to have been able to do so. These beautiful trophies reflect the hard work, tenacity and incredible talent demonstrated on the field by all of our players and coaches this season. We congratulate and thank them all for an outstanding season ».
Winners will be determined by a panel of judges from media outlets across Canada. Awards will be based on the nominees’ performance over the entire 2021 season, from June 26 to December 5, 2021.
NOMINEES – 2021 CANADIAN PREMIER LEAGUE AWARDS
GOLFEN GLOVE 2021
Triston Henry, Forge FC – The reigning Goalkeeper of the Year led Forge to its third consecutive title in impressive fashion, 8 clean sheets in 24 league appearances.
Marco Carducci, Cavalry FC – Marco Carducci was once again a steady force for the Cavs with seven clean sheets. His seven-save night at FC Edmonton is remembered as easily one of the best performances by a goalkeeper in CPL history.
Jonathan Sirois, Valour FC – Jonathan Sirois, 20, has led Valour from the back this season, starting with an impressive run during the « kick-off » period. The Montreal CF loanee returns to his home club with 24 professional starts and nine clean sheets to his credit.
COACH OF THE YEAR
Bobby Smyrniotis, Forge FC – Two-time defending champion Bobby Smyrniotis has yet to win Coach of the Year, but his 2021 bid could be crowned after a strong run in the Concacaf League, results in the Canadian Championship and first place in the league.
Pa-Modou Kah, Pacific FC – The Tridents were an explosive force in Pa-Modou Kah’s second season, setting a blistering offensive pace with 47 goals in 28 league games. Pa-Modou Kah inspired Pacific FC to be one of the most productive teams in the league… Until the CPL 2021 final.
Tommy Wheeldon Jr, Cavalry FC – Wheeldon Jr’s leadership led Cavalry to an impressive season to the semifinal stage and finished tied for first place with Forge FC during the regular season – just like 2019.
PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Terran Campbell, Pacific FC – With 11 goals and four assists, including a massive opener in the semifinal against Cavalry FC, Terran Campbell led Pacific FC’s high-powered attack to its first CPL final.
Kyle Bekker, Forge FC – The ever-present captain of Forge FC led his team to a third straight final and helped them go far in the Canadian Championship and Concacaf League.
Joao Morelli, HFX Wanderers FC – Joao Morelli has been a force to be reckoned with in 2021, scoring 14 goals. A Canadian Premier League record in one season – and already awarded the 2021 Golden Boot.
U21 BEST CANADIAN PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Max Ferrari, York United FC – York United’s versatile winger was an unexpected catalyst for the playoff-bound team, logging 2,160 minutes – the most among players under 21 – in the regular season.
Alessandro Hojabrpour, Pacific FC – The best defensive midfielder of the CPL finalists was a vital cog in Pa-Modou Kah’s team, becoming one of the most reliable defensive players in the CPL. His goal in the final propelled his club to the top.
Victor Loturi, Cavalry FC – Victor Loturi played all but one game for Cavalry FC in 2021, returning via the U-SPORTS Draft to emerge as Tommy Wheeldon Jr.’s quick, organizing playmaker.
Since Sunday, December 5, 2021, day of the final, we know the champion 2021 and the winner of the Golden Boot.
Photo Credit : Canadian Premier League