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OHA Announces 2016-17 Top Prospects

CAMBRIDGE, ON – This week the Ontario Hockey Association (OHA) will be announcing the 2016-17 OHA Awards recipients and today we are pleased to announce the OHA 2016-17 Top Prospects as selected by the OHA Awards Committee. The following players have been selected as the OHA’s 2016-17 Top Prospects: Defencemen – Joey Berkopec (Burlington Cougars/OJHL), and Matthew Kellenberger (Oakville Blades/OJHL); Forwards – Finn Evans(St. Michael’s Buzzers/OJHL), Philip Lagunov (Burlington Cougars/OJHL), and Bryce Misley (Oakville Blades/OJHL); and Goaltender – Hunter Jones (Stouffville Spirit/OJHL).

OHA TOP PROSPECT DEFENCEMAN: Joey Berkopec – Burlington Cougars (OJHL)

Joey Berkopec (Oakville, Ontario) opened a lot of eyes last year as a rookie defenceman with the Burlington Cougars. Berkopec turned 18 in February and the 6’1” blueliner had 4 assists in 48 games with the Cougars who finished with the second best record in the OJHL’s South West Conference. Berkopec was a member of Team OJHL Oates at the 2016 Eastern Canada Cup All-Star Challenge and Team East at the 2017 Top Prospects Game which saw him ranked 217th among North American Skaters for the 2017 NHL Entry Draft in Central Scouting’s Mid-Term Rankings.

OHA TOP PROSPECT DEFENCEMAN: Matthew Kellenberger – Oakville Blades (OJHL)

Matthew Kellenberger (Toronto, Ontario) had a very successful first full season in the OJHL with the Oakville Blades, scoring 10 goals and adding 18 assists for 28 points in 51 games. Kellenberger was ranked 165th among North American Skaters for the 2017 NHL Entry Draft in Central Scouting’s Mid-Term rankings and moved all the way up to 74th in the Final Rankings. Named an OJHL 1st Team All Prospect, Kellenberger was a member of Team OJHL Coffey at the 2016 Eastern Canada Cup All-Star Challenge and played for Team East at the 2017 CJHL Top Prospects Game. Kellenberger has committed to Princeton University (NCAA – ECAC) for the 2018-19 season.

OHA TOP PROSPECT FORWARD: Finn Evans – St. Michael’s Buzzers (OJHL)

Finn Evans (Toronto, Ontario) stands 6’2” and completed his second season in the OJHL with the St. Michael’s Buzzers. Evans’ 54 points placed him 5th in team scoring and his 22 goals were 3rd best. Evans, who turns 18 in August, was named an OJHL 1st Team All Prospect and was ranked 129th among North American Skaters for the 2017 NHL Entry Draft on Central Scouting’s Final Rankings, 26 spots higher than his Mid-Term Ranking. He was a member of Team Canada East at the 2016 World Junior A Challenge, Team OJHL Oates at the 2016 Eastern Canada Cup All-Star Challenge and Team East at the 2017 CJHL Top Prospects Game. Finn Evans is committed to Princeton University (NCAA – ECAC) for the 2018-19 season.

OHA TOP PROSPECT FORWARD: Philip Lagunov – Burlington Cougars (OJHL)

Philip Lagunov (Yekaterinburg, Russia) of the Burlington Cougars completed his second season in the OJHL, nearly doubling his production from his rookie season, split between the Milton IceHawks and Burlington. Lagunov’s 55 points in 51 games placed him 3rd in team scoring and his 27 goals was second best on the Cougars. The slick forward finished ranked 116th among North American Skaters for the 2017 NHL Entry Draft on Central Scouting’s Final Rankings, 55 spots higher than his Mid-Term ranking at 171. He was a member of Team OJHL Oates at the 2016 Eastern Canada Cup All-Star Challenge and Team East at the 2017 CJHL Top Prospects Game. Lagunov is committed to UMass Amherst Minutemen (NCAA – Hockey East) for the 2017-2018 season.

OHA TOP PROSPECT FORWARD: Bryce Misley – Oakville Blades (OJHL)

Bryce Misley (Calgary, Alberta) scored 39 points in 53 games as a 16 year old in the OJHL with the Oakville Blades in the 2015-16 season and increased his offensive numbers across the board in 2016-17 with the Blades as a 17 year old. Misley finished the season 3rd in team scoring with 62 points in 46 games and his play did not go unnoticed as he was ranked 85th among North American Skaters for the 2017 NHL Entry Draft in Central Scouting’s Final Rankings. Misley was also a member of the Team Canada East at the 2016 World Junior A Challenge, Team OJHL Hawerchuk at the 2016 Eastern Canada Cup All-Star Challenge, and was a member of Team East at the 2017 CJHL Top Prospects Game. Bryce Misley was named an OJHL 1st Team All Prospect and is committed to the University of Vermont (NCAA-ECAC) for the 2018-19 season.

OHA TOP PROSPECT GOALTENDER:  Hunter Jones – Stouffville Spirit (OJHL)

Hunter Jones (Brantford, Ontario) completed his rookie season as a 16 year old with the Stouffville Spirit and finished with a record of 7-7-0, 1 shutout, a goals against average of 2.74 and a .917 save percentage. Impressive numbers, considering the 6’3” goaltender doesn’t turn 17 until September 21. Jones participated in the 2016 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge for Team Canada Black, and in the World Junior A Challenge for Team Canada East, capturing a silver medal at both events. Jones also participated in 2016 Eastern Canada Cup All-Star Challenge for Team OJHL Hawerchuk and was named an OJHL 2nd Team All Prospect. Jones has officially committed to the OHL’s Peterborough Petes and is not eligible for the NHL Entry Draft until 2019.

The remaining 2016-17 OHA Awards will be announced this week (Monday: Top Prospects, Tuesday: Officials Awards, Wednesday: Development Awards, Thursday: Players of the Year Awards, Friday: Special Awards.) and recipients will formally receive their Awards at the Hockey Hall of Fame on Friday, May 26, 2017.

About the OHA

Founded in 1890 to govern amateur hockey in Ontario, the Ontario Hockey Association is the governing body for the majority of Junior and Senior teams in the Province of Ontario. For more information about the OHA, please visit:  www.ohahockey.ca.