Connor McDavid of the Erie Otters is the Emms Family Award winner as the Ontario Hockey League Rookie of the Year.
McDavid, who was granted " exceptional status " by Hockey Canada and allowed to enter the OHL a year early, scored 25 times and 66 points for Erie this year.
In balloting for the award, McDavid received 85 of a potential 95 points.
The runner up for the award was Nikolay Goldobin of the Sarnia Sting
Connor McDavid named OHL Rookie of the Year
The Ontario Hockey League today announced that forward
Connor McDavid of the Erie Otters is the 2012-13 recipient of the Emms
Family Award presented to the OHL’s 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
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.”
McDavid becomes the first member of the Otters to be named OHL
Rookie of the Year since it was first presented in 1973. He is also the
third player to earn the honour after receiving Exceptional Player
Status following last year’s Rookie of the Year Aaron Ekblad of the
Barrie Colts, and John Tavares who won the award in 2006 with the Oshawa
The Emms Family Award was donated by Leighton “Hap” Emms, former
owner of the Barrie, Niagara Falls, and St. Catharines OHL franchises.
The award has been presented to players such as Wayne Gretzky (Sault
Ste. Marie, 1977-78), Joe Thornton (Sault Ste. Marie, 1995-96), Rick
Nash (London, 2000-01), Patrick Kane (London 2006-07), Taylor Hall
(Windsor 2007-08), and Nail Yakupov (Sarnia 2010-11).
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
McDavid was also named to the First All-Rookie team at centre, and
was joined at forward by left winger Michael Dal Colle of the Oshawa
Generals who was also one of six Rookie of the Year Finalists, and right
winger Spencer Watson of the Kingston Frontenacs. The Fronts’ Roland
McKeown was also listed on defence alongside Nikita Zadorov of the
London Knights, with Alex Nedeljkovic of the Plymouth Whalers in goal.
Goldobin and Clarke were listed as Second All-Rookie Team wingers
between the Fronts’ Sam Bennett and Sault Ste. Marie Greyhound Jared
McCann who tied in votes for the centre position. Brandon Prophet of
the Saginaw Spirit and Jacob Middleton of the Ottawa 67’s were listed as
Second All-Rookie defencemen, with Michael Giugovaz of the Peterborough
Petes between the pipes.
The OHL All-Rookie Teams were also selected by the OHL’s General
Managers. Players were voted on initially by position within their
conference receiving five points for a first place vote, three for a
second place vote, and one for a third. Top vote getters in each
position made up the final ballot that was then circulated to all 20
2012-13 OHL All-Rookie Teams (voting points in brackets):
Centre – Connor McDavid, Erie Otters (95) ( Emms Family Winner )
Left Wing – Michael Dal Colle, Oshawa Generals (71)
Right Wing – Spencer Watson, Kingston Frontenacs (69)
Defence – Nikita Zadorov, London Knights (91)
Defence – Roland McKeown, Kingston Frontenacs (89)
Goaltender – Alex Nedeljkovic, Plymouth Whalers (91)
Centre – Sam Bennett, Kingston Frontenacs tied Jared McCann, Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds (34)
Left Wing – Blake Clarke, Brampton Battalion (59)
Right Wing – Nikolay Goldobin, Sarnia Sting (65)
Defence – Brandon Prophet, Saginaw Spirit (42)
Defence – Jacob Middleton, Ottawa 67’s (31)
Goaltender – Michael Giugovaz, Peterborough Petes (41)