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OHA JUNIOR A PLAYER OF THE YEAR

The Ontario Hockey Association is pleased to announce that Harrison Israels (Mississauga, Ont.) has been named the OHA 2019-20 Junior A Player of the Year, as selected in partnership by the Ontario Hockey Association and Ontario Junior Hockey League (OJHL). 

JUNIOR C PLAYER OF THE YEAR – Harrison Israels, Oakville Blades

Israels, a 20-year-old centre, was among the OJHL’s top players in 2019-20, in what was his second season in the League.

The 6’1” 190 pound forward skated his second season with the West Division’s Oakville Blades in 2019-20 and was tied in league scoring with 86 points (29G/57A) in 51 games this season. He was also the league-leader in assists with 57. Israels also led the Blades in scoring by a 16 point margin and was tied with teammate Jack Ricketts in goals with 29.

In four 2020 postseason games Israels netted four goals and added an assist for five points in what was a shortened playoffs.

Israels was named the OJHL’s Player of the Month in September 2019 and was named to the league’s First-Team All-Star team at the commencement of the regular season.

The 2018-19 season was Israels’ first in the OJHL and he was part of the OHA Buckland Cup and Dudley-Hewitt Cup champion Oakville Blades. He led the Blades in regular season goals with 27 last season and won the Blades’ “Unsung Hero-forward” award.

His efforts earned him a scholarship with the University of Alaska-Fairbanks as he boasted an 87 per cent academic average at the University of Toronto-Mississauga. Israels has committed to play for University of Alaska-Fairbanks men’s ice hockey team in the 2020-21 season and he will also take the Business Administration program.

Prior to skating in two OJHL seasons with Oakville, Israels played minor hockey in the Greater Toronto Hockey League (GTHL) with the Mississauga Senators. In his Midget AAA season, Israels posted 28 points in 31 games. From the GTHL Israels then played in the North Ontario Junior Hockey League (NOJHL) and had a 69 point season (38G/31A) in 38 games with the Powassan VooDoos before joining the OJHL Blades.

Israels volunteered with P3 hockey School where he would work with community youth hockey teams every weekend and the odd weekday to them basic hockey instruction. Israels would also work with coaches to help them develop practices for their respective teams, as well as helping out at winter and summer camps.

The centreman believes he was a good candidate for the award because all year long he was tasked with consistently managing his time while playing to the best of his ability. This season he balanced a busy junior hockey schedule while taking part-time University courses, working a retail job at West Star Athletics, and volunteering with youth hockey teams. Israels says at points he was pushed to exhaustion, however he continued to produce on the ice and was a good leader within my team and community.

“Overall this season has further prepared me for college next year and has made me a good candidate for this award,” said Israels.

Israels is described by his peers as dedicated, hardworking and personable. In April, Israels was also named a finalist for the CJHL’s Top Forward Award. At the end of the OJHL season, Israels was named OJHL MVP for the 2019-20 season.

Congratulations to Harrison Israels on being named the 2019-20 OHA Junior A Player of the Year.

Recent Winners – OHA Junior A Player of the Year

2014-15 Steve Hladin, Georgetown Raiders

2015-16 Luc Brown, Wellington Dukes

2016-17 Jack Jacome, Georgetown Raiders

2017-18 Andrew Petrucci, Toronto Jr. Patriots

2018-19 Jett Alexander, North York Rangers

Photo credit: Spencer Smye/OJHL Images

OHA AWARDS SCHEDULE

June 1 – Trainer of the Year & Coach of the Year

June 2 – OHA Top Prospects

June 3 – Donald Sanderson Memorial Award

June 4 – BJ Monro Memorial Award

June 5 – Officiating Awards

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.

Town shares proposed design for Oakville Arena and Trafalgar Park

Oakville residents are invited to attend a public meeting on Wednesday, April 13, 2016 to provide feedback on the proposed design for the redevelopment of Oakville Arena and Trafalgar Park.

“During previous consultations, the community made it very clear that Oakville Arena should be revitalized in a way that maintains its historical features and we’re very excited to share a design proposal that respects the site’s rich heritage while addressing the future needs of the community it serves,” said Nina de Vaal, director of the town’s Recreation and Culture department.

The Oakville Arena located at 133 Rebecca Street was originally built in 1950 and has served as a community hub for more than six decades. It’s also one of only four remaining arenas in Ontario with a distinctive wooden truss roof system designed by Norman Otto Hipel, an Ontario politician and builder who patented the roof system in 1928.

Along with an expanded arena facility with an NHL-size ice surface, the proposed design includes a running track, a new seniors’ centre, administrative offices, a gymnasium and a new Kinsmen Pine Room for public meetings and events. The redevelopment project also includes relocating the fire hall and all associated parking and outdoor amenities.

Residents are encouraged to attend one of two public information sessions on Wednesday, April 13, 2016:

3 to 5 p.m. or 7 to 9 p.m.
Oakville Arena (Kinsmen Pine Room)
133 Rebecca Street, Oakville
Note: Presentations will begin at 3:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

Presentation materials will be available on the Oakville Arena redevelopment page from April 14 to 24, 2016. Residents who cannot attend a meeting in person are invited to share their comments by emailing oakvillearena@oakville.ca.