McDavid Wins Top Rookie Award
Thursday, April 4, 2013 2:03 PM by
Erie star named OHL Rookie of the Year, wins Emms Family Award
Connor McDavid of the Erie Otters is the Emms Family Award winner as the Ontario Hockey League Rookie of the Year.
Connor McDavid named OHL Rookie of the Year
McDavid, a 16-year-old from Newmarket, ON, scored 25 goals and 41 assists for 66 points in 63 games to finish second in rookie scoring as the OHL’s youngest player.
“It’s a tremendous honour,” McDavid said in a media conference call. “I was fortunate to have a good enough year to win. It was a fun year with the Otters. The coaches, players, and staff were all so welcoming.”
Granted Exceptional Player Status last year to enter the OHL Priority Selection as a 15-year-old, McDavid was chosen first overall by the Otters. He recorded a 15-game point streak that began in just his second career game and claimed OHL Rookie of the Month honours for both October and November. He also represented Team OHL competing in the SUBWAY Super Series becoming the youngest player to ever participate in the event, then suited up for Team Ontario in the 2013 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge where he was named a Tournament All-Star.
“You build championships around players with this special ability,”
said Otters General Manager Sherwood Bassin. “He’s a very special
person, phenomenal work ethic, to know him is to love him.”
The Emms Family Award is selected by all 20 member club General Managers. Teams were asked to submit only one nominee from their own club for consideration on the ballot and were not permitted to vote for the player from their own hockey club. Players received five points for a first vote, three points for a second place vote, and one point for a third place vote.
McDavid finished first in the voting process with 85 points out of a
maximum 95. Top scoring rookie Nikolay Goldobin of the Sarnia Sting
was runner-up for the award with 29 voting points, followed by Blake
Clarke of the Brampton Battalion who received 22 points in the voting
2012-13 OHL All-Rookie Teams (voting points in brackets):
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