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Storm's Luchanko Receives William Hanley Trophy as OHL's Most Sportsmanlike Player

May 1, 2024 - Ontario Hockey League (OHL) News Release

Toronto, Ont. - The Ontario Hockey League today announced that draft eligible Guelph Storm forward Jett Luchanko is the 2023-24 recipient of the William Hanley Trophy awarded to the League's Most Sportsmanlike Player as voted by OHL General Managers.

Luchanko led the Storm with 74 points including 20 goals and 54 assists over 68 games. He was also a front-runner in this year's OHL Coaches Poll, emerging as the lone player to finish in the top-three of four different categories. He accomplished this while taking just 36 minutes in penalties during the regular season.

"I'm grateful to be recognized for demonstrating good sportsmanship as it is a reflection of my commitment to competing at the highest levels of the game," said Luchanko. "I'm honoured to follow in the footsteps of Guelph Storm graduate Nick Suzuki who won this award three times. He's someone I've looked up to growing up in London and a player who has done great things both in the OHL and today in Montreal."

The 17-year-old from London, Ont. piled up 30 assists on the power play, a figure that finished tied for second in the OHL this season. Luchanko enters the 2024 NHL Draft as the 20th ranked skater in North America on NHL Central Scouting's Final Rankings released last week.

"Jett has had a terrific season and has led our team in all situations," said Storm General Manager George Burnett. "It is a credit to him that his compete level has been elevated significantly throughout the season while being able to maintain excellent discipline. We are so proud of Jett's many accomplishments this season."

Entering the league as Guelph's first round (12th overall) pick in the 2022 OHL Priority Selection, Luchanko has accrued 88 points (25-63- 88) over 114 career regular season contests. He earned a silver medal with Canada Red at the 2022 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge and is currently representing Canada at the 2024 IIHF World Under-18 Hockey Championship in Finland.

The William Hanley Trophy is awarded each year based on a selection by the 20 General Managers of the Ontario Hockey League. All 20 teams submit a nominee but are not permitted to vote for their own candidate. The trophy is presented by the OHL to commemorate William Hanley, former Secretary-Manager of the Ontario Hockey Association for over 25 years.

Luchanko finished first in this year's voting for the award, followed by runner-up Dalibor Dvorský of the Sudbury Wolves.

Luchanko follows fellow Londoner and three-time winner Nick Suzuki (2018-19) along with Jeff Williams (1995-96) to become the third Guelph Storm player to win the award. Other recent recipients have included Evan Vierling of the Barrie Colts (2022-23), Wyatt Johnston of the Windsor Spitfires (2021-22) and Nick Robertson of the Peterborough Petes (2019-20).

Luchanko will be the OHL's nominee for the Canadian Hockey League Sportsman of the Year Award, presented at the CHL Awards Ceremony that will be held that the 2024 Memorial Cup presented by Dow from May 24th to June 2nd in Saginaw, Michigan. He'll be formally presented with the William Hanley Trophy at the OHL's Awards Ceremony on Wednesday, June 12th at the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto.

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