SUDBURY – The Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League announced Tuesday that Kirkland Lake Gold Miners forward Steven Babin has been named the Gongshow Gear Inc. player of the month for September.
In eight games during the month that was the 19-year-old native of Val d’Or, Que., got on the score sheet in all of them as he rides an eight-game point streak into October.
Babin, who represented the NOJHL at this summer’s Ontario Summer Select Showcase event in Cornwall, currently leads all scorers in the league in both assists and points with 14 and 16 respectively. One of his two tallies, one was a game-winner.
He presently tops all NOJHL skaters in point-per-game average at 2.00 while his assist numbers tie him for the fourth-best total overall in that offensive category in the entire Canadian Junior Hockey League despite having played at least two fewer games than those ahead of him.
His efforts have also helped the Gold Miners post the best record in the NOJHL after one month of play as they sit in first place on 14 points with a 7-1 won-loss mark. Kirkland Lake was also rated 11th in the most recent CJHL Top 20 rankings.
Babin will be recognized at a future game for his on-ice efforts and will be presented his monthly award courtesy of Gongshow Gear Inc.
Honourable mention for September’s NOJHL’s Gongshow Gear player of the month laurels went to forwards Gavin Burbach of the Soo Thunderbirds and Brennen Dubchak of the Espanola Rivermen.
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