The OJHL announced today that Buffalo Jr. Sabres forward Tyler Gjurich has
been named the Gongshow Gear South-West Conference Player-of-the-Month
for November after leading all OJHL players throughout the month with 22
points in only nine games played.
The 20-year olds performance, including a league-leading 15 goals,
helped lead the Jr. Sabres to the top of the West Division standings
with a 7-1-1 record on the month, as well as earn a spot on the CJHL Top
20 rankings for the first time in franchise history, currently sitting
#10 in the country. Gjurich would record points in eight of his nine
games played, notching five points on two occasions; a one goal, four
assist performance versus Mississauga and a four goal, one assist outing
versus West Division rival Georgetown. He scored goals in six of his
nine games during the month, including four power play goals, two
shorthanded goals and two game-winners, to jump to the top of the OJHL
goal and scoring charts.
Gjurich was honoured when informed of the award, "First off, I need to
thank my teammates. Without them, especially my linemates, I could not
have had the success I had. Our team had a great month, so to have
contributed to that means more than any individual honour. Lastly, it is
personally satisfying to have been awarded this great honour being an
American playing in a great Canadian junior league."
Jr. Sabres General Manager and Head Coach Michael Peca was pleased to
see his star forward receive the well-deserved recognition, "Tyler has
been a leader for us all year long. It’s been a pleasure to get the
opportunity to coach such a gifted goal scorer like him. I'm not sure
I've seen more than a handful of players at the pro level (all levels)
shoot the puck like he does. It's incredible. He has become more than
just a scorer for us as he has developed into one of our best penalty
killers on a team ranked #1 in the OJHL right now. Special kid."
John Carpino of the North York Rangers was runner-up
to Gjurich as the OJHL South-West Conference Player-of-the-Month.
Carpino posted six goals and thirteen points, including two game-winning
goals, in 10 games played for the Rangers during November.
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