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"Johnny Price" Most Valuable Player Award Recipients Announced

04/24/2019, 7:00am CDT
By Adam Barta, Minnesota Blizzard

Blizzard End of Year Awards Banquet and Senior Recognition

At year’s end, the Blizzard program has an awards ceremony to recognize the top players from each team.  Plaques are awarded with each player voting for their teammates in five categories: "Johnny Price" Most Valuable Player Award, "Joe Loftus" Top Hitter Award, "Logan Shore" Top Pitcher Award, "Blue gLove" Top Defensive Player Award, and the “Jake Kuschke” Leadership Award.  The staff also awards one coach with the "Montana" Coach of the Year Award.
This week, we are releasing the "Johnny Price" Most Valuable Player of the Year for ages 11u-18u for the Blizzard Elite Season.
You can also find a link to all past award winners here
"Johnny Price" Most Valuable Player Award

John Price IV has been recognized by his peers as one of the best players and teammates who has ever stepped on the field in a Blizzard uniform.

A division I recruit, the right-handed hitting Price was a versatile player manning the outfield and corner infield positions as well as logging innings as a hard-throwing right hander.  At the plate, Price was a middle of the order hitter leading his Blizzard teams to the playoffs in eight separate tournaments including three championships from 2013-2015.

Price had one of – if not the top – offensive weekends in Blizzard history in the 2015 ScoutStop August Select.  Price hit three home runs including two at Miesville and one in the championship game at CHS Field.  Over the course of the tournament, Price, who finished his career hitting 4-hole for the top Blizzard varsity team, went 10-for-16 (.625 BA) with 3 home runs, 10 RBI and 6 runs.

While John’s contributions were certainly valued on the field, what truly made him an MVP was his impact off the field.  Price, a friend to everyone, was the center of every Blizzard activity including team building exercises, hotel fun and van rides to and from the field.  He taught and led younger players how to play and practice; with effort and a great attitude.

He is the person who every Blizzard player should strive to be – a vibrant young man who positively impacts other people’s lives and makes every one of his teammates better.


2018-2019 "Johnny Price" Most Valuable Player Award recipients

11u Van Tellier
13u Blue Sam Erickson
13u Black Luke Skinner
14u Mark Olberding
15u Blue Liam Martin
15u Black Trenton Burkhalter
16u Blue Ethan Hansen
16u Black Noah Furcht
18u Blue Drew Gilbert
18u Black Nicolas Linarte
18u Red Logan Bjorkman

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