In a move that few would have predicted before the series began, the SHL selected Anchorage Igloos C Harvey Bellmore as its 2018 Finals MVP. Bellmore was acquired by the Igloos at the trading deadline, but he spent most of his time on the third line, where he contributed quietly. But in a series that was defined by defense and balanced offensive contributions, Bellmore and the third line – nicknamed “The Circus Squad” for their off-kilter personality – came through when Anchorage needed them most.
“If you’d tried to tell me before this series started that Harvey Bellmore was going to be MVP,” said Igloos coach Sam Castor, “I probably would have had you locked up in an asylum, just to be safe. But here we are!”
Bellmore finished the series with 5 points (3 goals and 2 assists), which tied him for the second-highest total on the team, behind only D Ted Keefe. But it was in Game 7 where Bellmore really made his contribution to the series. Twice in the second period, Bellmore scored goals that erased Quebec leads. Then in the third period, he assisted Broni Zhlotkin on what proved to be the game-winning goal.
“We’ve always been a team that thrives on depth,” said C Jake Frost. “We trust everybody, down to the last man. Even when that’s Harvey.”
Along with the MVP award, Bellmore received a year’s supply of canned salmon and a Kia Stinger sports sedan. “I love to drive fast, so I’m really excited about this car,” said the Igloos center. “And salmon salad is supposed to be good for you, so yay!”