Toronto, ON – The Ontario Hockey League today announced the six
recipients of Minor Hockey Player of the Year Awards for players
representing the four Ontario Hockey Federation Member Partners
including the ALLIANCE, Greater Toronto Hockey League, Northern Ontario
Hockey Association, and Ontario Minor Hockey Association, along with
Hockey Northwestern Ontario and the Ottawa District Minor Hockey
Five of the six winners are currently competing at the 2013 OHL Cup
and include Travis Konecny of the Elgin-Middlesex Chiefs named ALLIANCE
Player of the Year, Dylan Strome of the Toronto Marlboros named GTHL
Player of the Year, Zach Grzelewski of the Thunder Bay Kings named HNO
Player of the Year, Blake Speers of the Sault Thunder named NOHA Player
of the Year, Andrew Peski of the Ottawa Jr. 67’s named OEMHL Player of
the Year, and Matt Spencer of the Oakville Rangers was named OMHA Player
of the Year.
“Congratulations to all six award winners and to their proud
families, coaches, and teammates for a tremendous hockey season,” said
OHL Commissioner David Branch. “Players are the most important part of
our game and it is important to recognize the achievements of these
Konecny, a 5’10’’, 165lb forward, scored 53 goals and 61 assists for
114 points in 54 games played this season for the ALLIANCE Champion
Strome, at 6’2’’, and 165lb, is a forward who scored 65 goals and 78
assists for 143 points in 60 games played with the GTHL Champion Toronto
Grzelewski, a 5’11’’, 190lb forward with the Thunder Bay Kings
collected 80 points in 50 games played scoring 38 goals and 42 assists.
Speers, a 5’10’’, 160lb forward with the Sault Thunder of the NOHA
scored 43 goals and 70 assists for 113 points in 61 games played.
Peski, a 6’0’’, 180lb defenceman with the Ottawa Jr. 67’s had three goals and 12 assists for 15 points in 30 games played.
Spencer, at 6’2’’ and 190lb, plays defence for the OMHA Champion
Oakville Rangers where he scored 17 goals and 39 assists for 56 points
in 71 games.
The awards were presented at the OHL Cup Showcase Tournament Banquet
for the third straight year recognizing the achievements of the top
minor midget aged players from across Ontario. The awards are presented
annually to honour the minor midget players who best exemplify
outstanding ability and the qualities of sportsmanship and leadership as
voted by the minor hockey coaches, managers and organizations of each
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