Some OHL Awards were officially handed out by the league on Friday as we have entered the “post-regular season” era. Today we take a look at stat-driven OHL Award winners.
Eddie Powers Memorial Trophy
Ottawa 67’s forward Marco Rossi had an incredible season helping guide the 67’s to a division and conference title. With 120 points, the native of Austria finished atop the leader board and was awarded the Eddie Powers Memorial Trophy. It follows up on 2019 winner Jason Robertson of the Niagara IceDogs/Kingston Frontenacs. Tyler Toffoli was the last 67’s player to win the award in 2011. Significant also, in that Rossi becomes the first player of European descent to win the trophy.
Missing five games early in the season, the 2020 NHL Draft eligible player registered his leading point total in just 53 games. His average points-per-game number (2.14) also topped the league. That marked the highest per-game-average in over 10 years of OHL play (2.50 for Patrick Kane-London Knights ’06-’07).
The 18th-overall selection at the 2018 CHL Import Draft accumulated 23 games of three points or more and had a six point game versus Kingston Frontenacs on Nov 27. Not just a scoresheet hound, the 5-foot-9, 187Ib. workhorse is a responsible player also leading the league with a +69 rating.
Jim Mahon Trophy
Hamilton Bulldogs sniper Arthur Kaliyev was given the Jim Mahon Trophy as the leading scorer amongst right-wingers in the OHL. Registering 44 goals and 54 assists for 98 points in 57 games, the Los Angeles Kings prospect was a danger every time he hit the ice. He follows up last years winner Justin Brazeau of the North Bay Battalion.
The first BullDogs player to win the award, Kaliyev also became Hamilton’s career leading point and goal scorer during the season. He also set a new mark for assists with a franchise record 54 helping the Bulldogs to a playoff position. The OHL’s Player of the Month for October also finished second in the OHL with 288 shots-on-goal.
Dave Pinkney Trophy
Ottawa 67’s make another appearance on the list as Cedrick Andree and Will Cranley were awarded the Dave Pinkney trophy allowing the least amount of goals. While this can be considered somewhat of a team award, it is no surprise the goalies are named as the last line of defence. The pair helped backstop the 67’s to an impressive 50-11-0-1 record while allowing only 164 goals against in 62 games.
It marked the second consecutive season that Ottawa’s goaltending duo won. In fact, Andree became the first recipient to win the award two years in a row since JP Anderson of Mississauga won in 2010 and 2011. The 12th-round pick at the 2016 OHL Priority Selection finished with the OHL’s second best personal GAA (2.42).
Cranley, chosen 38th overall in 2018, won 18 games. This was the most for any Ottawa rookie goaltender since Lukas Mensator in 2002-03 who came away with 26 victories. Currently ranked on NHL Central Scouting lists, the Peterborough, ON native also registered four shutouts. This was the most by a 67’s rookie since 1998-99. We could see Cranley’s name at the upcoming 2020 NHL Draft.
F.W. “Dinty” Moore Trophy
Brett Brochu of the London Knights was a pillar in goal for the division champion London Knights. The rookie had a breakout season gaining 32 wins finishing one back of the OHL lead setting a new record for first-year goalies in victories. The previous record of 31, was held by Soo Greyhounds John Vanbiesbrouck (’80-’81) and Mississauga’s Andrew Loverock (’06-’07).
Chosen in the 6th round at the OHL Priority Selection in 2016, the native of Tilbury, ON wasn’t the starter at the beginning of the season, but by the end found himself as the number-one in London. So much so, Knights GM Dale Hunter traded veteran starter Jordan Kooy to the Oshawa Generals in late October opening the door for the youngster to run with the reigns.
Brochu went through the season collecting accolades along the way. Winner of both the OHL Rookie and Goaltender of the Month in Jan, he was again the OHL’s top goaltender in February. Without question Brochu will get consideration for some more awards including goalie-of-year and rookie-of-the-year.
Look for the OHLNetwork’s breakdown of the remaining winners of OHL Awards in the days to come.