Gens 2017-18 Season Award Winners Announced
The 2017-2018 season has come to an end and each year upon the completion of the regular season, the Generals present their annual awards to the team. The awards exemplify the culture of the Oshawa Generals and the winners this season have demonstrated outstanding individual performances, leadership, academic achievements and community involvement. Over the course of the week, we have unveiled the individual award winners and below further outlines why the player was deserving of each award.
Bruce Melanson Scholastic Player of the Year
William Ennis is the Scholastic Player of the Year for the 2017-2018 season. Enrolled in classes at Maxwell Heights Secondary School, he achieved a 91% average in Grade 12 University Physics, World Issues, English and High-Performance classes. "William is a very dedicated and personable individual, who leads by example demonstrating a strong work ethic" said academic advisor Tom Buchanan. Ennis was the OHL East Division Academic Player of the Month for February.
Three Stars Award
Jack Studnicka is the winner of this season's Three Stars Award. The three stars are awarded at every game to the players who had the biggest impact in the game. The captain was named a star in 12 games this season, leading the way for the Generals.
Red Tilson Community Service Award
Jack Studnicka and Mitchell Brewer share the 2017-2018 Community Service Award for both of their time dedicated to the community over the course of the season. Both players attended multiple events in the Durham Region where they were able to interact with fans, attend charity dinners and take part in numerous school and hospital visits. Studnicka, spearheaded the Skate in Strides program, which saw merchandise packages signed by the captain sold in our Gens Store. In partnership with CarStar, 50% of all proceeds raised went to Cystic Fibrosis Canada. At the last regular season home game, Studnicka was able to present $7500 to Cystic Fibrosis Canada.
Brewer raised over $10,000 for Camp F.A.C.E.S., an organization that provides support for Emergency Services families in Canada. From tickets sold to a game in Hamilton to families and friends, to local sponsors hearing about his initiative wanting to donate, Brewer hopes to grow this program and raise additional funds over the course of his OHL career.
William Ennis is the recipient of the 2017-2018 Fitness Award. Hard work on the ice and dedicated effort in the gym, Ennis showed growth and commitment to his physical fitness. The winner of this award receives a prize package from our partners at Elite Training Systems.
John Tavares Rookie of the Year
Rookie of the Year honours are shared this season by Mitchell Brewer and Nick Wong. Both in their first OHL season, each players presence was felt on the team over the course of the year.
Nick Wong, the Generals second round selection, appeared in 63 games this season, accumulating 26 points (17 goals, 9 assists) and lead the team in rookie scoring. In his first OHL game he notched his first OHL hattrick and earned first star honours. Wong won a silver medal with Team Canada Red at the World U17 Hockey Challenge.
Mitchell Brewer has made his presence known this season on the Generals blue line. In 60 games played, the rookie defenceman ended the season with two goals, six assists for eight points. He had a plus/minus rating of 14, amongst the highest on the team. The first-round draft pick also played in the World U17 Hockey Challenge with Team Canada White in early November.
Marc Savard Top Scorer
Jack Studnicka finished a top the leader board in points for the Generals for the 2017-2018 season. He takes home the Top Scorer Award for the first time in his Generals career finishing the season with 72 points, a personal best. This season he was over a point per game player and saw increases in his point totals across the board.
Bobby Orr Top Defenceman
Matt Brassard is the Top Defenceman for the 2017-2018 season. The Vancouver Canucks prospect was named an assistant captain to start the season and he went on to have career year with the Gens, breaking the 50-point total for the first time. He nearly doubled his production from the previous season and saw an increase in his plus/minus. Brassard was a staple for the Generals during special teams play with five of his sixteen goals coming on the power play.
Eric Lindros Top Forward
Following up his Top Scorer win, Jack Studnicka also claims Top Forward honours. Appearing in 66 games this season, Studnicka finished with 22 goals and 50 assists for 72 points. He broke the 20-goal mark for the first time in his OHL career and lead the team in plus/minus at 18. The Boston Bruins prospect lead the team in his first year of captaincy with his performances on and off the ice.
Heart Of A General
The Heart of General Award goes to the player who embodies what it means to be an Oshawa General. This season's winner is third year forward, Kyle MacLean. MacLean was named an Assistant Captain at the beginning of the year and demonstrated leadership on and off the ice over the course of the season. On top of showing great sportsmanship, MacLean went on to have a career season, generating more than double his points in fewer games than his previous season (10 G, 18A, 28 PTS in 44 games played).
Most Valuable Player
The 2017-18 season MVP is none other than Kyle Keyser. The Boston Bruins prospect has been a staple in goal for the Generals all season long, backstopping the team in his first season as the number one goaltender. Keyser is a player the team relies on in goal and is always there to come up with a big save when needed. Having his best season on record, Keyser appeared in 47 games, finishing the year with a 3.16 GAA and a .906 SAV%. He earned his first OHL shut out on January 1st vs. North Bay and went on to have three more shutouts to finish out the year, good for second overall in shutouts for the league.
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Quarter Final Home Games
Tuesday, March 27th vs. Niagara @ 7:05pm
Thursday, March 29th vs. Niagara @ 7:05pm
Sunday, April 1st vs. Niagara @ 6:05pm*
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