OHL’s Most Outstanding Player Announced

By Brad Coccimiglio

Erie, PA–In a press conference this afternoon in Erie, Pennsylvania the Ontario Hockey League announced that Erie otter Brad Boyes is the 2001-02 Red Tilson Trophy winner as the Most Outstanding Player in the OHL, as voted by writers and broadcasters around the OHL.

Boyes scored 36 goals and 77 points in just 47 games with the Otters. Earlier this month Boyes was selected as the OHL First Team All-Star centre.

Boyes, a 19-year-old 1st round pick of the Toronto Maple Leafs, began the season re hot picking up 24 points in his first 11 games and recorded at least 1 point in 39 of his 47 games. The Mississauga, Ontario
native also won a silver medal with Team Canada at the 2002 World Junior Hockey Championships in the Czech Republic.

Boyes is the 3rd player in Ontario Hockey League history to win the award in consecutive seasons with the most recent being Alyn McCauley of the Toronto Maple Leafs, who won the award in 1995-96 and 1996-97 while with the Ottawa 67’s.

Soo Greyhound goaltender Ray Emery finished second in the voting while goaltender David Chant of the Barrie Colts placed third.

In other OHL news the Ontario Hockey League announced yesterday that Barrie Colt defenceman Erik Reitz won the Max Kaminsky Trophy as the OHL’s top defenceman.

Reitz, a 19-year-old Detroit, Michigan native, scored 13 goals and 40 points in 61 games with the Colts. Reitz was named to the OHL’s first All-Star team, participated in the CHL Hershey Cup series and was named the Best Body Checker, Best Penalty Killer and Best Defensive Defenceman in the Eastern Conference on the annual OHL Coaches Poll.

Mark Popovic of Toronto St. Michael’s and Kevin Dallman of the Guelph Storm finished 2nd and 3rd respectively in the voting.