By: Bryan Thiel
The CHL handed out their awards for the 2015/16 season the night before the Mastercard Memorial Cup final, and the Ontario Hockey League was well-represented. Of the ten handed out, three went to OHL’ers.
Sportsnet Player of the Year Award
Mitch Marner, London Knights
Only four players scored more points during their respective regular seasons than Marner’s 116, and one was teammate Christian Dvorak. Add in to that a playoff-leading 44 points, and Marner’s 160 points were the highest combined total in the CHL this season. The fact he went scoreless just once in 18 playoff games (and finished the playoffs on a 16-game point-streak) and mixed in 21 and 13-game point streaks during the regular season just adds to his amazing year.
All Weather Windows Humanitarian of the Year Award
Will Petschenig, Saginaw Spirit
Following last year’s Memorial Cup championship, the Oshawa Generals traded Petschenig to Saginaw. For someone who had spent his entire career with the Generals, it’d be easy to just ride out an over-age season in a new, unfamilair place. Instead, Petschenig started ‘A Heart Like Mine’, and became a hero to a number families in the Saginaw area. Here’s a more detailed look at Petshenig’s year and his impact on the community.
CCM Rookie of the Year Award
Alex Nylander, Mississauga Steelheads
Nylander had an outstanding season both internationally and in Ontario. The skilled Swede finished the regular season with 28 goals and 47 assists (75 points) in 57 games, and added 12 points in six playoff games. Nylander led all rookies in assists and points and finished second in goals, earning him plenty of love across mock drafts. It’s assumed that Nylander will hear his name called early-on in the 2016 NHL Draft, as he landed third among North American skaters in NHL Central Scouting’s final rankings.
BRP Top Prospect Award: Pierre-Luc Dubois, Cape Breton Screaming Eagles
OHL Nominee: Matthew Tkachuk, London Knights
Cavendish Top Scorer Award: Conor Garland, Moncton Wildcats
OHL Nominee: Kevin Labanc, Barrie Colts
Janes Sportsman of the Year Award: Samuel Girard, Shawinigan Cataractes
OHL Nominee: Mike Amadio, North Bay Battalion
TVA Sports Scholastic Player of the Year Award: Alexis D’Aoust, Shawinigan Cataractes
OHL Nominee: Nicolas Hague, Mississauga Steelheads
Bumper to Bumper Brian Kilrea Coach of the Year Award: Gilles Bouchard (Rouyn-Noranda Huskies)
OHL Nominee: Kris Knoblauch, Erie Otters
Vaughn Goaltender of the Year Award: Carter Hart, Everett Silvertips
OHL Nominee: Mackenzie Blackwood, Barrie Colts
Arctic Spas Defenceman of the Year Award: Ivan Provorov, Brandon Wheat Kings
OHL Nominee: Mikhail Sergachev, Windsor Spitfires
Bryan Thiel is a freelance broadcaster who has covered the OHL from rink-side and the broadcast booth. He has also helped produce OHL features for the past four seasons. You can follow him on Twitter @BryanThiel_88.