The Ontario Hockey League has announced the recipients of the league’s three Academic Player of the Year awards for the 2013-14 season.
Connor McDavid of the Erie Otters is the recipient of the Bobby Smith Trophy as Scholastic Player of the Year, with Adam Craievich of the Guelph Storm named the Ivan Tennant Memorial Award recipient as Top High School Student, and Patrick Watling of the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds is the Roger Neilson Memorial Award recipient as Top Post-Secondary School Student Athlete.
All 20 of the OHL’s member clubs provide nominees for each award with the Bobby Smith Trophy nominees representing the 2013-14 OHL Scholastic Team:
Barrie Colts – Andrew Mangiapane
Belleville Bulls – Adam Laishram
Erie Otters – Connor McDavid
Guelph Storm – Adam Craievich
Kingston Frontenacs – Roland McKeown
Kitchener Rangers – Nick Magyar
London Knights – Owen MacDonald
Mississauga Steelheads – Jesse Barwell
Niagara IceDogs – Brendan Perlini
North Bay Battalion – Riley Bruce
Oshawa Generals – Michael Dal Colle
Ottawa 67’s – Travis Konecny
Owen Sound Attack – Brett Hargrave
Peterborough Petes – Mitchell Webb
Plymouth Whalers – Cullen Mercer
Saginaw Spirit – Eric Locke
Sarnia Sting – Noah Bushnell
Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds – Blake Speers
Sudbury Wolves – Nick Baptiste
Windsor Spitfires – Patrick Sanvido
With the Mississauga Steelheads’ season ending in dramatic fashion the sting of sudden death still lingers. It wasn’t as easy as it appeared it would be after the opening game blow-out, but the Oshawa Generals still managed a four-game sweep in the first round of the OHL playoffs.
Despite falling in four straight, the team couldn’t have given anything more, taking the Eastern Conference Champs to four overtime periods in three games to close out the series.
It was a quick turn-around for the players, following Thursday evening’s loss the team was back at the Hershey Centre Friday collecting equipment, conducting exit meetings and saying goodbyes as the boys prepared to head back to their hometowns and a summer of training.
From the selection of Sean Day, Jesse Barwell and Austin Gerhart in the first two rounds of the 2013 OHL Draft, Jacob Graves’ dramatic OT winner in the season’s first game, the dramatic playoff-making home-and-home with the Niagara Icedogs, and finally the playoffs, it was an exciting season for the young Steelheads leaving the team and its fans with much to look forward to next season.