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OHA Announces 201718 Players Of The Year

Cadieux, Petrucci, Scanlan & MacDonald Named OHA Players of the Year

Cambridge, ON – This week the Ontario Hockey Association (OHA) is announcing the recipients of the 2017-18 OHA Awards and today we are proud to announce the OHA Players of the Year for 2017-18. The OHA Senior AAA Player of the Year is Mathieu Cadieux, Whitby Dunlops (ACH); the OHA Junior A Player of the Year is Andrew Petrucci, Toronto Patriots (OJHL); the OHA Junior B Player of the Year is Jack Scanlan, Stratford Warriors (GOJHL); and the OHA Junior C Player of the Year is Brock MacDonald, Lambeth Lancers (PJHL Yeck Division).

OHA SENIOR AAA PLAYER OF THE YEAR – Mathieu Cadieux, Whitby Dunlops (ACH)

Mathieu Cadieux (Oshawa, Ontario) has been a full time member of the Allan Cup Hockey (ACH) Whitby Dunlops for two years. In 2017-18 the 27 year old goaltender had an outstanding season for the Dunlops as they pushed the Stoney Creek Generals all season long for first place, and the play of Cadieux was key to the Dunnies' success. Cadieux finished the year with a record of 9-6 and a 4.32 goals against average and .892 save percentage. In the high scoring ACH, Cadieux's goals against was best in the league by almost half a goal per game, while his save percentage was second best. With his strong play all season long it was no surprise that his peers selected him as the league's Most Valuable Player.

In 2016-17 Cadieux was the backup goaltender to veteran Jason Guy and played in 7 regular season games and had decent numbers, going 3-3 with a 4.42 goals against average and .877 save percentage. It was in the playoffs however when the Dunlops found out what they had with Cadieux between the pipes. With Guy injured, Cadieux stepped in and gave the Dunlops a chance to win every night, going 3-4 with a 3.67 goals against average and sparkling .904 save percentage. This season the Dunlops reversed the roles as Cadieux took over the starter's job and the results speak for themselves.

Bob Habkirk, ACH League Convenor has been very impressed with Cadieux saying, "Mr. Cadieux is a fine representative of the quality we have in our OHA Senior program. Not only in hockey skills but in life skills, his personal commitment to his family, his community involvement and playing Senior "AAA" Hockey while holding a full time job is to be commended."

Cadieux played Junior in the OHA with the Peterborough Stars (OPJHL/OJHL) and the Cobourg Cougars (OJHL) from 2007 to 2009. Cadieux played one year at Quinnipiac University in 2009-10 in the NCAA before returning for one final year with the Cougars in 2010-11. After completing his Junior career he spent three seasons with SUNY-Plattsburgh in NCAA Division III and put up dominant numbers with the Cardinals. With the Cardinals he was a two-time All-American and team MVP in 2013-14. Cadieux graduated from State University of New York College at Plattsburgh with a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration and Management in 2014 and works as a Design and Drafting Technologist.

Recent Winners - OHA Senior AAA Player of the Year
2012-13 Travis Fuller, Orillia Tundras
2013-14 Joel Prpic, Brantford Blast
2014-15 Darren Doherty, Norwood Vipers
2015-16 JJ Martin, Thorold Athletics
2016-17 Chris Risi, Thorold Athletics

OHA JUNIOR A PLAYER OF THE YEAR – Andrew Petrucci, Toronto Patriots (OJHL)

Andrew Petrucci (Toronto, Ontario) saved his best for last as he wrapped up his Junior hockey career in style in 2017-18 with the Toronto Patriots of the Ontario Junior Hockey League (OJHL). The 20 year old helped the Patriots claim the Brant Snow Memorial Trophy as OJHL Regular Season Champions and was the only player in the league to eclipse the 100-point mark. In spectacular fashion, Petrucci won the OJHL scoring crown on the final night of the year, scoring twice to edge Aurora Tigers captain Jake Bricknell by one point.

The 6'1" 200 pound forward played in all 54 games in the regular season, finishing with 52 goals and 48 assists for 100 points. Amazingly, Petrucci doubled his goal total from the previous season each of the past two years. In 2015-16 he scored 13 goals in 39 games split between the Markham Royals and Milton IceHawks and in 2016-17 he doubled that total, scoring 26 goals for the Patriots. This year he doubled his goal total of 2016-17 by scoring 52 goals.

Last month Petrucci was voted MVP of the OJHL by a panel of general managers and media representatives and is one of five finalists in the running for the Canadian Junior Hockey League MVP Award which will be announced Friday, May 18.

Petrucci entered the 2017-18 season without an NCAA scholarship and he challenged himself to be better; and so did the new coaching staff led by John Dean who was an Assistant with the OHL's North Battalion the past three seasons. Last summer Petrucci hit the gym at his old Toronto high school, St. Michael's, when he wasn't working on his edges and balance with skating instructor Lisa Clarke. Patriots' general manager Mark Joslin certainly noticed the difference in his captain, saying "He worked his butt off, on and off the ice. We saw Andrew mature as a team leader like no other player I've seen in 20 years of doing this."

Joslin had met with Petrucci following their team's first-round playoff exit last year and told his team's captain that his leadership would be needed even more this year, saying "I knew he wanted to go school and we know there are fewer scholarships for 20-year-olds. ‘But it happens' I told Andrew.' – And look what happened."

What happened was an MVP season for Petrucci and a commitment to Rochester Institute of Technology (NCAA Division 1 - Atlantic Hockey) for next season.

Recent Winners - OHA Junior A Player of the Year
2012-13 Tyler Gjurich, Buffalo Jr. Sabres
2013-14 Taylor Best, Whitby Fury
2014-15 Steve Hladin, Georgetown Raiders
2015-16 Luc Brown, Wellington Dukes
2016-17 Jack Jacome, Georgetown Raiders

OHA JUNIOR B PLAYER OF THE YEAR – Jack Scanlan, Stratford Warriors (GOJHL)

Jack Scanlan (Penetanguishene, Ontario) has played five seasons in the OHA, the past three with the Stratford in the GOJHL. Scanlan was the captain of the Stratford Warriors for the past two seasons, leading them in scoring both years. In 2017-18 the 5'10" 200 pound forward had his best offensive season, leading the GOJHL Midwestern Conference with 90 points after scoring 30 goals and adding 60 assists. Scanlan finished second in the GOJHL scoring race, just 3 points behind Caledonia's Jesse Barwell.

Scanlan added to his hockey hardware collection this past season after being named the GOJHL's Midwestern Conference Most Valuable Player and being named a 2018 GOJHL Midwestern Conference 1st Team All-Star. He was also a Finalist for the Leroy Jamieson Award for Most Outstanding Contributions to one team.

Scanlan played his minor hockey with the North Central Predators AAA organization before starting his Junior career with the Penetang Kings in Jr. C in 2013-14, scoring 95 points in 54 regular season and playoff games. After one season in the OJHL with the Whitby Fury and Lindsay Muskies, Scanlan joined the Stratford Cullitons (now Warriors) in 2015-16 and found his new home away from home. In his three seasons in Stratford, Scanlan accumulated 245 points in 183 regular season and playoff games.

As good as he has been on the ice; Scanlan has been equally impressive away from the rink. A full-time student at the University of Waterloo studying Health Sciences, he has been able to maintain a 76% average while balancing school, hockey and community. Even with an already busy schedule with Junior hockey and University, Scanlan made it a priority to immerse himself in the community and gain valuable experience volunteering with the Stratford Boys & Girls Club, House of Blessing Hockey for Hunger Program, Salvation Army Kettle Program, Stratford Community Living program and serving as the team spokesperson for a Program to eliminate Violence against Women (VAW).

With his Junior hockey career now complete Jack Scanlan has left his mark on the Warriors and the community of Stratford and he hopes to continue his education towards a PhD in Physiotherapy. He will undoubtedly be remembered in Stratford as a quality person that gave as much to the community as he did on the ice as a player.

Recent Winners - OHA Junior B Player of the Year
2012-13 Caleb Cameron, Listowel Cyclones
2013-14 Connor Murphy, Caledonia Corvairs
2014-15 Chris Scott, Leamington Flyers
2015-16 Carson Brookshaw, St. Thomas Stars
2016-17 Jonathan Reinhart, Elmira Sugar Kings

OHA JUNIOR C PLAYER OF THE YEAR – Brock MacDonald, Lambeth Lancers (PJHL)

Brock MacDonald (London, Ontario) had a monster rookie season in 2017-18 for the Lambeth Lancers. MacDonald made the jump to Junior hockey from the London Jr. Knights AAA organization and the 5'9" 170 pound goaltender was simply unbeatable in the regular season, finishing with a perfect 20-0 regular season record, a 1.49 goals against average, astounding .956 save percentage and 7 shutouts.

MacDonald led the entire PJHL in goals against average, save percentage and was tied for first in shutouts with Grimsby's Riley Maskell who played 9 more games. MacDonald kept his perfect record intact until dropping one game in the Yeck Division Championship to the Dorchester Dolphins after winning his first 26 straight games in Junior. MacDonald and goaltending partner Zack Weir helped guide the Lancers to their first-ever Yeck Division Championship by beating the Dolphins and then defeated the Lakeshore Canadiens to claim the PJHL West Conference Championship, reaching the OHA Schmalz Cup Semifinals.

In 10 playoff games through the end of the West Conference Championship, MacDonald was 9-1 with a 2.05 goals against average and .942 save percentage. The Lancers met up with the powerhouse Glanbrook Rangers in the OHA Schmalz Cup Semis and pushed the Rangers but came up short, losing the series 4-2 to the eventual Schmalz Cup Finalists. MacDonald was winless in two starts against the Rangers, despite a .944 save percentage and 2.98 goals against average against one of the top scoring teams in the PJHL.

After achieving the High School Award of Excellence - given to students who achieve a 90%+ average, MacDonald took last year off from school and is deciding between studying Engineering at Queen's University or Western University in the Fall. During his time off he volunteered with the London Food Bank and Start2Finish Reading to help out in the community and gain some important experience.

Brock MacDonald was a "diamond in the rough" find for the Lambeth Lancers in 2017-18 and never missed a practice or game; was always ready to go and wanting to improve his play. Lancers' Coach Mike McFarlane said, "He is one of the hardest working goalies during practice that we have ever had." McFarlane added, "He comes ready to play and win each and every time. His commitment to the team is undeniable. His quiet yet confident demeanor has led his team to many wins throughout the 2017-18 season. "

MacDonald was the Yeck Division Player of the Month for January and was named the PJHL Yeck Division All Star Goaltender. Brock MacDonald had a superb season in goal for the Lambeth Lancers and they felt very lucky that such a talented young man and goalie chose the Lancers to play his Junior C hockey.

Recent Winners - OHA Junior C Player of the Year
2012-13 Aaron Armstrong, Wingham Ironmen
2013-14 Matt Fischer, Penetang Kings
2014-15 Terry Snodden, Little Britain Merchants
2015-16 Chris Haigh, Glanbrook Rangers
2016-17 Dillon Liberty, Dresden Kings

The remaining 2017-18 OHA Awards winners will be announced this week and recipients will formally receive their Awards at the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto on Friday, June 1, 2018.

Monday: Officials Awards
Tuesday: Top Prospects
Wednesday: Trainer & Coach of the Year Awards
Thursday: Players of the Year Awards (Sr. AAA, Jr. A, Jr. B, Jr. C)
Friday: BJ Monro and Donald Sanderson Awards

About the OHA

The Ontario Hockey Association (OHA) was founded on November 27, 1890 and is the governing body for the majority of Junior and Senior Hockey in the Province of Ontario. The OHA is a Member Partner of the Ontario Hockey Federation (OHF), one of thirteen Provincial and Regional Branches of Hockey Canada. The OHA consists of three Junior Hockey leagues, Junior A - Ontario Junior Hockey League (OJHL); Junior B - Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League (GOJHL); Junior C - Provincial Junior Hockey League (PJHL); and one Senior Hockey league, Senior AAA - Allan Cup Hockey (ACH). For more information about the OHA, please visit: www.ohahockey.ca.

Last Updated: Thursday, 10 May 2018 12:02:00 PM EST

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