The Ontario Junior Hockey League today announced that Zach Hyman of the Hamilton Red Wings has been named the 2010-11 winner of the Most Gentlemanly Player.
During his third season in the OJHL, Zach Hyman was one of the league’s top scorers throughout the regular season recording 102 points. He would accomplish all this while playing in just 43 games and even more impressively, recording just 24 penalty minutes; just one penalty in every three and a half games.
Hyman entered the 2010-11 season as the Red Wings’ captain, scoring ace and undisputed leader, after being selected in the 5th round of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, 123rd overall, by the Florida Panthers. Attending the Panthers rookie camp last summer, he immediately set the league on fire, recording a 27-game point scoring streak, notching a point in every game played between October 1 and January 15. In fact, the Toronto, Ontario native would fail to record a point only four times the entire season and in November was selected as a member of Team Canada East, helping them win a silver medal at the World Junior ‘A’ Challenge.
The 18-year old would end the season just as he started it, ultimately finishing second in the league scoring race with 102 points, but with the highest points/game average at 2.37 points/game. Hyman would also finish tied for second with 60 assists and third overall among all scorers with 42 goals. A consummate team player, he has been the model of consistency and integrity throughout his career, while living up to a high-standard of fair play. He would not record a single penalty minute this season from October 30 to January 28, a streak of 22 games without sitting in the box.
The OJHL’s October Player-of-the-Month after recording 27 points during 10 October games, Hyman was also named to the North-West Conference 1st All-Star Team. The only NHL-drafted player in the OJHL this season, he had previously made a commitment and will play for the prestigious Princeton University Tigers beginning in 2011-12.
Blake Sexton of the Cobourg Cougars was runner-up in the OJHL award balloting to Hyman. The veteran forward had a career-season, leading his club with 32 goals, 44 assists and 76 points, also the 15th best total in the entire OJHL. Playing in all 50 games for the Cougars, Sexton would record a mere 14 penalty minutes and was also named to the South-East Conference 1st All-Star Team.