Defenceman of the Year
Second year IceDogs defenceman Dougie Hamilton was named Defenceman of the Year for the IceDogs after another stellar season which has seen his NHL draft stock continue to rise. The second year blueliner accumulated a team record for point by a defenceman, breaking Alex Pietrangelo's IceDogs record with 58 points (12 goals, 46 assists) in 67 games, to go along with a team leading +35 rating. He then took his game to an even higher level in the playoffs, leading the IceDogs with 16 points (4 goals, 12 assists) in 14 games. Amazingly, on top of being a likely top 10 pick in the upcoming NHL draft, the 17-year-old Hamilton also continues to excel in the classroom, winning the Bobby Smith Award for OHL Scholastic Player of the Year. Finally, in addition to all the other accolades Hamilton was also a finalist for OHL Defenceman of the Year.
Most Valuable Player
The final award of the day went to Ryan Strome who was named the IceDogs Most Valuable Player. The sophomore forward set an IceDogs record with 73 assists in the regular season and when combined with his 33 goals, it helped him to a third place finish in the OHL scoring race with 106 points, only two points back of the top spot. If it were not for a late season injury which cost Strome three games, it is quite possible that Strome could have led the league in scoring as a 17 year old. As it is, Strome was the top point getter amongst CHL draft eligible players and he climbed his way up the draft rankings over the course of the season from possible first round pick to possible top 10 pick.
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