After missing several games to start the OJHL season, Zach Hyman (Photo Credit - Grant Campbell/HHOF) returned to the Hamilton Red Wings, continuing the torrid scoring pace that he finished up with during the 2009-10 season. Hyman racked up an astounding 27 points in only 10 games played during the month of October, recording points at a 2.7 clip/game pace, to be named the Ontario Junior Hockey League’s Player-of-the-Month.
Born on June 9, 1992 in Toronto, Ontario, Hyman recently graduated with honours, including a 94% average, from the prestigious Tanenbaum CHAT (Anne & Max Tanenbaum Community Hebrew Academy of Toronto). During his high school career, he would excel both academically and athletically, twice being named High School Hockey’s MVP, as well as his school’s Athlete-of-the-Year.
Hyman is currently in his 3rd season with the Red Wings, having entered the OJHL as a 16-year old in 2008-09. He would record 37 points in only 49 games to be named the club’s Rookie-of-the-Year and just prior to the season, Zach would turn his academic achievements into accepting a full scholarship to attend Ivy League school Princeton University, beginning in 2011-12. “I’m looking forward to playing for Princeton next season. Coach Gadowsky is one of the best hockey coaches in the world and he was ECAC Coach-of-the-Year in 2008. I look forward to learning a lot from Coach Gadowsky, so that I can get ready for the NHL.” said Hyman of his upcoming collegiate career.
After being named captain, the youngest in the CCHL last season, Hyman set the league on fire in 2009-10, recording 75 points in 49 games, while receiving numerous team and league accolades throughout. He was named the CCHL November Player-of-the-Month, as well as earning Red Wings’ Team MVP honours. Also selected to play for Canada’s Under-20 team at the 3 Nations Tournament in Norrtallje, Sweden, Hyman served as alternate captain and was named Game MVP after scoring two goals versus Finland.
Following his award-filled 2009-10 season, the 6’2”, 195 lbs. power forward would receive the ultimate honour for an up-and-coming junior-aged star. One of the youngest players eligible for the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, Zach Hyman would be selected in the 5th round, 123rd overall by the Florida Panthers.
After attending the Panthers Rookie Camp, Hyman returned to Hamilton as the OJHL’s only NHL drafted player and would not disappoint, immediately rocketing up the scoring charts. Zach discussed rookie camp and a return for year three in the OJHL. “It was an honour being drafted by the Florida Panthers. Rookie Camp was a great experience. I learned a lot about what it takes to get to the NHL. I was also excited to come back to the OJHL because the OJHL is a great league. It’s a league where young players can really develop.”
During the month of October, he would lead the Red Wings to a 7-2-1 record, while running up a 10-game point streak. Currently sitting third in league scoring with 38 points, Hyman’s totals include 11 goals and 16 assists, along with a five point game versus Milton and a seven point game versus Collingwood. Equally impressive was that 10 of Zach’s goals and 20 of his points were scored at equal or shorthanded strength. After being informed that he was the OJHL’s October Player-of-the-Month, Hyman was his usual humble self, “I had a really good month, but lots of credit should go to my teammates and coaches as well. Hockey is a team game and I am surrounded by great people.”
Recently, Hyman was selected to represent Team Canada East at the upcoming World Junior ‘A’ Challenge being held from November 8-14 in Penticton, B.C. Upon hearing of his selection, Hyman expressed his thrill at representing his country, “I’m very appreciative to have been selected to play for our country. The goal is to win gold and I will give my team 100%.”
You can be sure that Zach Hyman will be one of the leaders that head coach Todd Gill and the Team Canada East coaching staff count on when the game is on the line!
Stayed tuned over the upcoming days for more features on OJHL Team Canada East members and for more information on the World Junior 'A' Challenge or Team Canada East, please visit www.hockeycanada.ca/wjac.