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Jr. Coyotes alum Melo named AJHL Rookie of the Year for 2023-24 season


After a fantastic rookie season with the AJHL’s Whitecourt Wolverines, forward Joey Melo is the recipient of the Dick White Trophy giving to the AJHL’s Rookie of the Year.

Melo finished the season first in goals (22) among rookies and second overall in points (43). Melo also set the Wolverines’ rookie record for goals, surpassing Aidan Long’s mark set in 2022-23 (19).

“It’s an honor to win this award,” said Melo, a native of Georgetown, Ont. “I couldn’t have done it without my teammates and the coaching staff for giving me the opportunity.”

Wolverines head coach Shawn Martin was equally thrilled to see Melo honored by the league.

“Joey has been a key part of our lineup almost since the day he arrived,” Martin said. “He has the ability to make players around him better. Melo has been as impactful as any other first-year player that has come though our program in recent history. We are very proud to see him receive this recognition.”

During his youth hockey career, Melo spent time with the Jr. Coyotes.

Photo/Dave Watling

(March 15, 2024)

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