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Sebastien Thinel Named 2012-13 CHL MVP

Monday, Mar. 25th, 2013

GLENDALE, AZ – The Central Hockey League (CHL) announced today that Sebastien Thinel of the Missouri Mavericks has been named the recipient of the 2012-13 Central Hockey League Most Valuable Player award along with winning the Joe Burton Scoring Championship. The MVP award goes to Thinel following balloting among CHL head coaches, communications departments and selected media members in CHL markets.

The MVP honor is ‘presented annually to the Central Hockey League player adjudged to be the most valuable to his team’ and is determined through balloting of CHL coaches, communications staff members and selected media members in each market. The Joe Burton award is given annually to the league’s leading scorer and is presented in honor of Joe Burton, the CHL’s career leader with 985 points accumulated over 11 seasons with the Oklahoma City Blazers and the first person inducted into the CHL Hall of Fame.

Thinel becomes the fourth player to win the league MVP award twice (2009 with Odessa) joining Joe Burton, Don Parsons and Jeff Bes and is the only player to win the scoring championship three times (also won in 2009 and 2011 while with Odessa)

The St. Jerome, Quebec native won the MVP award after earning exactly half of the votes on the returned ballots (22 of 44). Quad City’s Mickey Lang finishes second in the voting earning 16 votes. The other finalists for the MVP award were Bloomington’s Jon Booras, Allen’s Aaron Dell and Denver’s A.J. Gale.

Thinel finished the season with 96 points on 29 goals and 67 assists. The forward finished tied for second with a +28 plus/minus rating. Last week, Thinel was named a member of the All-CHL team. His 96 points were 10 more than the player who finished second place, Booras with 86 points.


CHL Most Valuable Player Award (winners since 2001)
2012-13 – Sebastien Thinel (Missouri)
2011-12 – Brandon Marino (Quad City)
2010-11 – Riley Nelson (Colorado)
2009-10 – Kevin Ulanski (Colorado)
2008-09 – Sebastien Thinel (Odessa)
2007-08 – Jeff Bes (Laredo)
2006-07 – Jeff Christian (Youngstown)
2005-06 – Derek Hahn (Amarillo)
2004-05 – Greg Pankewicz (Colorado)
2003-04 – Jeff Bes (Laredo)
2002-03 – Don Parsons (Memphis)
2001-02 – Don Parsons (Memphis)

CHL Joe Burton Award (winners since 2001, named after Joe Burton starting in 2003-04)
2012-13 – Sebastien Thinel (Missouri)
2011-12 – Todd Robinson (Evansville)
2010-11 – Sebastien Thinel (Odessa)
2009-10 – Kevin Ulanski (Colorado)
2008-09 – Sebastien Thinel (Odessa)
2007-08 – Alex Leavitt (Arizona)
2006-07 – Jeff Christian (Youngstown)
2005-06 – Derek Hahn (Amarillo)
2004-05 – Jason Duda (Wichita)
2003-04 – Jeff Bes (Laredo)
2002-03 – Don Parsons (Memphis)
2001-02 – Dan Price (Austin)



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