The Ontario Junior Hockey League (OJHL) launched today the second annual Fan Favourite Award balloting.
The Fan Favourite Award was presented for the first time following the 2011-12 season and has OJHL fans voting online to choose their favourite OJHL star. All fans will be allowed to submit players names in an online form found on the homepage of the OJHL website, www.ojhl.ca. The winner will be the player that receives the most submissions (votes) through the course of the online voting.
Voting begins today (January 28, 2013) and will run throughout the playoffs, ending at 5pm EST on Sunday, March 31, 2013. The winner of the second annual Fan Favourite Award will be unveiled prior to game one of the OJHL Championship Series during the 3rd Annual OJHL Awards Ceremony.
Once again this year, the award will be presented to the winning player by a selected fan from the winning player’s city, on-ice, during the award ceremony prior to game one of the OJHL Championship Series.
Last season during the award’s inaugural year of competition, online voting ran from January 25 to March 25 and saw almost 27,000 votes cast for 198 different OJHL players, representing all 27 member clubs, with Andrew Doyle of the OJHL champion Stouffville Spirit being named the inaugural recipient.
As the end of the 2012-13 OJHL regular season approaches, other annual awards remain in competition, including one new award that will be presented for the first time to the OJHL Goaltender-of-the-Year, as voted upon by the OJHL Awards Committee, that is comprised of a select group of eight General Managers (two/division) and eight Media Members (two/division).
2012-13 OJHL Awards in competition are as follows:
• Most Valuable Player
• Baycon Construction Top Defenceman
• Top Prospect (as selected by NHL Central Scouting)
• Most Gentlemanly Player
• Coach Canada Most Improved Player
• Scholastic Player-of-the-Year
• Top Scorer (Most Points)
• Top Goaltender (Lowest Goals Against Average)
• Playoff Most Valuable Player
• 1st & 2nd OJHL All-Star Teams
• 1st & 2nd OJHL All-Prospect Teams
The OJHL Awards will be unveiled throughout the course of the playoffs with the first awards, Top Scorer and Top Goaltender announced immediately following the completion of the regular season based on final regular season statistics.
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