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Mark Ellis, OHA Executive Director
OHA Announces 201617 Donald Sanderson Memorial Award Winner

Cambridge, ON - This week the Ontario Hockey Association (OHA) has been announcing our 2016-17 Awards recipients and today we are pleased to announce that the recipient of the 2016-17 OHA Donald Sanderson Memorial Award is Eric Oosting of the Lakefield Chiefs from the Provincial Junior Hockey League (PJHL).


Eric Oosting (Buckhorn, Ontario) wrapped up his 6-year junior hockey career with the PJHL’s Lakefield Chiefs in fine fashion. Oosting was the Chiefs’ Team Captain in this past season and helped lead his team to a first place regular season finish in the PJHL’s Orr Division (formerly the Central Ontario Junior C Hockey League), and an Orr Division Championship in the playoffs, before dropping the PJHL East Conference Championship to the Port Hope Panthers.

Oosting finished the regular season with 24 goals and 32 assists for 56 points in 40 games for the Chiefs, the 4th highest points total in the Orr Division. For his efforts, he was named the Orr Division’s Player of the Month for December and was named the Division’s Most Valuable Player at the end of the season. Oosting had a remarkable career with the Lakefield Chiefs; he was the first player in Chief’s history to record 100 regular season goals and 300 career points and tallied the most points in the last 10 years in the Orr Division. He finished his 6-year junior career with 145 goals and 194 assists for 339 points in 323 regular season and playoff games.

Oosting is majoring in Chemistry at Trent University where he maintains a 90% average. During his years with the Chiefs he was active in the community; he helped run minor hockey practices, organized sponsorship visits, took part in the Santa Claus parade and helped run the score clock for Lakefield Minor Hockey.


The Donald Sanderson Memorial Award is dedicated to the memory of the late Donald Sanderson, who incurred a serious head injury in an OHA game on December 12, 2008 as a member of the Whitby Dunlops; and after a courageous battle, died on January 2, 2009. During his 21 years, 5 months and 19 days, Donald lived a passionate life. He was a player, a teammate, a coach, a teacher, a student, a loyal and caring friend and a young leader with a zest for life. And it was through his passion for life that he taught those that knew him to Live Well, Love Well and Laugh Often.

The award is presented annually to a player in the Ontario Hockey Association that meets the criteria as set out by the Sanderson Family: Dedication, Discipline, Desire, and Deportment; traits that Donald was well known for. It is very fitting that the winners of the Donald Sanderson Memorial Award should demonstrate the same qualities and characteristics. Candidates for the award must exercise a high degree of educational standard and must be enrolled in College or University. The award also provides a $1,000 bursary from the OHA.

Recipients of the OHA Donald Sanderson Memorial Award:

  • 2016-17 Eric Oosting, Lakefield Chiefs (PJHL)
  • 2015-16 Jerry Ennett, New Hamburg Firebirds (MWJCHL)
  • 2014-15 Lucas Triemstra, Ancaster Avalanche (GOJHL)
  • 2013-14 Marc Williams, Kitchener Dutchmen (GOJHL)
  • 2012-13 Jacob Baribeau, Dorchester Dolphins (SOJHL)
  • 2011-12 Tyler Crawford, Owen Sound Greys (GOJHL)
  • 2010-11 Brian Valentine, Aylmer Spitfires (SOJHL)
  • 2009-10 Cody Loeffen, Port Colborne Pirates (GOJHL)

The 2016-17 OHA Awards recipients will all formally receive their Awards at the Hockey Hall of Fame on Friday, May 26, 2017.

Monday: Top Prospects
Tuesday: Officials Awards
Wednesday: Development Awards (Coach | Trainer)
Thursday: Players of the Year Awards (Sr AAA | Jr A | Jr B | Jr C )
Friday: Special Awards

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

Last Updated: Friday, 28 April 2017 13:35:15 PM EST

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