Due to the cancellation of the OHL Cup, the OHL recently announced the Ontario Minor Midget Player of the Year awards to leagues across the province.
With that being said, here’s who came home with the awards from their respective leagues:
ALLIANCE – Bryce McConnell-Barker, London Jr. Knights
Bryce McConnell-Barker was dominant for the London Jr. Knights, as they finished seventh in the always competitive ALLIANCE Minor Midget loop. The London native finished sixth in league scoring, with 29 goals and 19 assists, in just 33 games. While not playing with an elite team in ALLIANCE, McConnell-Barker proved to be a game-breaker, leading a London team that struggled without his presence, and competing with some of the best that the league has to offer.
GTHL – Pano Fimis, Toronto Jr. Canadiens
Following the departure of Adam Fantilli, it instantly became Pano Fimis’ Toronto Jr. Canadiens who would lead the way for JRC, on route to finishing first in the GTHL, and later, winning the GTHL Championship against the Vaughan Kings. Fimis was dominant at both ends of the ice, winning key face-offs and putting up points. Fimis was tied for first in league-scoring, and was also selected to Canada’s Youth Olympic team this past January, in Lausanne Switzerland.
Last year’s winner Shane Wright of the Don Mills Flyers (Selected first overall at the 2019 OHL Priority Draft by Kingston Frontenacs) is favored to win Rookie of the Year honors for the recently ended 2019-20 OHL season)
HEO – Cedrick Guindon, Rockland Nationals
Also named to Canada’s Youth Olympic team earlier this year was HEO Player of the Year Cedrick Guindon. Guindon worked his way through the lineup and became one of the go-to-guys for Team Canada’s bronze medal finish in Lausanne. Back at home with the Rockland Nationals, despite playing against older competition, Guindon was electric for the Nationals, with 59 points in 41 games, leading Rockland to a 31-10-4 record for second in the Yzerman division.
HNO – Brodie McLeod, Thunder Bay Kings
Brodie McLeod is one of three defencemen to have taken home a POY award, and rightfully so. McLeod was excellent for the Kings, playing in the HNO and the NAPHL leagues, McLeod notched 28 points in 39 games, playing against teams all across the country.
NOHA – Connor Toms, Soo Jr. Greyhounds
In the NOHA, it was Soo Jr. Greyhounds defenceman Connor Toms who took home the award, the first time that a Greyhound won the award since 2017 when Saginaw Spirit forward Camaryn Baber. Toms was a stud on the back-end for the Greyhounds, tallying 26 points in 39 games, as the Greyhounds finished atop the GNML standings with a 28-7-3 record.
OMHA ETA – Donovan McCoy, Quinte Red Devils
For one of the top teams in the entire province, from start to finish, Donovan McCoy was one of the main reasons as to why the Quinte Red Devils were so successful this season. The Belleville native was a point-per-game for the Red Devils, with six goals and 29 assists in 35 games, but significantly impacted every game defensively as well, proving key for the Red Devils, finishing with a 52-12-3 record.
OMHA SCTA – Sam Alfano, Southern Tier Admirals
The Southern Tier Admirals were without a doubt, the #1 team in the OHMA SCTA loop the entire season, thanks in large part to the work of forward Sam Alfano. Alfano and alongside his linemates, Andrew Leblanc and Trent Swick, Alfano notched 63 points (36 goals, 27 assists), and continued their strong play in the OMHA playoffs, with 26 points in 13 games.
The future of the OHL looks to be in great hands with the minor midget prospects that were recognized with in the Player of the Year Awards for 2020.