Coach & Goaltender of the Year Announced

By Brad Coccimiglio

Toronto–The Ontario Hockey League announced on Tuesday that Ray Emery of the Soo Greyhounds is the OHL’s Goaltender of the Year and Greyhound Head Coach Craig Hartsburg is the Coach of the Year in the OHL.

The announcement was made without much surprise from fans and media alike as both were instrumental in the Greyhounds tremendous turnaround in the 2001-02 season.

Hartsburg, 42, returned to the OHL after spending 6 years as a head coach in the NHL. He spent 3 seasons with the Chicago Blackhawks between 1995 and 1998 and 3 seasons as the Anaheim Mighty Ducks bench
boss between 1998 and 2001. Prior to coaching in the NHL Hartsbug led the Guelph Storm to a 1995 OHL Championship appearance.

A Stratford, Ontario native, Hartsburg led the Greyhounds to a 38-20-10-0 record in 2001-02 which was a 36 point improvement over 2000-01.

St. Michael’s Majors head coach Dave Cameron finished 2nd in the voting, while Dave MacQueen of the Erie Otters placed 3rd.

Emery, 19, led all OHL goaltenders in wins with 33. Emery’s .914 save percentage and 2.73 goals against average were both in the top 5 amongst OHL goalies. Emery was a workhorse for the Greyhounds appearing in 59 games posting a 33-17-9 record.

The Cayuga, Ontario native was named the OHL’s goaltender of the month in October after posting a 6-1-4 record in 11 games. Emery posted a 2.03 GAA and a .936 save percentage in October.

Peter Budaj of Toronto and David Chant of Barrie finished 2nd and 3rd in the voting respectively.