William Hanley Trophy & Faceoff Award Announced

By Brad Coccimiglio

Toronto–On Friday the Ontario Hockey League announced the winners of the William Hanley Trophy for the OHL’s Most Sportsmanlike player and the Faceoff award.

Brad Boyes of the Erie Otters was named the OHL’s Most Sportsmanlike player for the second straight season while Zenon Konopka of the Ottawa 67’s was named the OHL’s best faceoff man.

Boyes finished the season with 77 points in 47 games while accumulating just 41 penakty minutes.

Boyes, a 19-year-old native of Mississauga was picked by Toronto in the 1st round of the 2000 NHL Entry Draft. Boyes also represented Canada at the past 2 World Junior Tournaments.

Matt Ellis of Toronto and Kyle Wellwood finished 2nd and 32rd respectively in the voting.

Konopka, the 67’s captain, won 1,564 of the 2,040 face-offs he took (a winning percentage of 76%).

This is the fourth year in the past five that a member of the 67’s has won the award. Dan Tessier won the award from 1997-98 to 1999-2000, which were the 1st three years it was presented.

Konopka, a 21-year-old native of St. Catharines, scored 18 goals and 68 assists for a career-high 86 points in 61 games.

The aforementioned Boyes finished second in the voting and Matt Ellis of Toronto was third.