Hounds announce 2019-20 Award Winners

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ROOKIE OF THE YEAR
#71 Tanner Dickinson

A free agent signing in May of 2019, the Perrysburg OH product appeared in all of the Greyhounds 64 regular season games played this season.

The team’s leading rookie produced 9 goals and 31 assists, good for 40 points.

He recorded a career-best four point night on February 8, 2020 vs Niagara.

DR. BILL KELLY AWARD (MOST GENTLEMANLY PLAYER)
#23 Rory Kerins

He’s soft-spoke off the ice, but speaks loudly on the ice and in the work out room.

The first of two awards this second year forward is recognized with is the Dr. Billy Kelly Award recognizing the team’s Most Gentlmanly Player.

PINO’S AWARD (MOST IMPROVED PLAYER)
Robert Calisti

With a 43 point improvement over his rookie season, the 2019-20 campaign was a memorable one for Calisti.

Originally a 3rd Round Selection in the 2017 OHL Priority Selection, the Toronto ON native skated in his second season with the club in 2019-20.

While being one of seven players to reach the 50+ point plateau, he was also one of the top two scoring defenceman on the club.

Producing 18 goals and 32 assists (50 points), Robert had an impressive 153 shots on goal along with 9 powerplay goals and 2 game-winning goals.

MIKE DESJARDINS MEMORIAL TROPHY (BEST DEFENSEMAN)
#21 Ryan O’Rourke

Named Captain of the Greyhounds on November 4, 2019, O’Rourke became just the second 17-year old to be provided that distinguished honour in franchise history.

In his second season with the Greyhounds, he appeared in 54 games where he tallied 7 goals and 30 assists, good for 37 points.

He was a member of Team OHL at the CIBC Canada-Russia series this past season, and is among 7 players on the Hounds roster rated for the 2020 NHL Entry Draft.

PETE TAYLOR MEMORIAL TROPHY (PLAYER’S PLAYER)
#12Tye Kartye

The Pete Taylor Memorial Award is as it sounds, a player selected as voted on by the players.

For the second straight season Tye received the honours from his peers.

While skating in his second-straight 64 game season, Kartye finished the year as the team’s third-leading scorer while grabbing 25 goals and 28 assists, good for 53 points.

SCHOLASTIC PLAYER OF THE YEAR
#6 Jacob Holmes  & #71 Tanner Dickinson
This year’s Scholastic Player of the Year award will see a pair of first year Hounds honoured as co-recipients.

Jacob attended Grade 11 at Superior Heights in the Soo.  He earned a semester average of 80% with exceptional marks of 91% in Business Mathematics and 84% in Transportation Technology.

He was described as a ‘well liked student-athlete who works willingly and cooperatively with classmates and is a fine youngman.

Tanner completed three courses with a B average and a GPA of 3.5.  He has since applied and was accepted online to Arizona State University and began his courses March 10.

The Hounds are pleased with his dedication and determination to his academics and hockey.

PERMANENT ELECTRIC THREE STAR AWARD
#18 Zack Trott

The Permanent Electric Three Star Award is presented to the player who accumulates the most aggregate point totals through three star selections throughout the season.

In 2019-20 Zack was recognized as a three star on ten different occasions including five (5) first star, four (4) second star and one (1) third star honour totalling 24 points.

TOP SCORER
#18 Zack Trott

Skating in 62 regular season games, including his 150th career game played, Trott averaged over a point per game this past season.

His third season as a Greyhound saw the Honeywood ON product notch 25 goals and 41 assists, good for 66 points.

The 5.10, 181 lb winger produced 6 powerplay, 2 short handed and 5 game winning goals in the process.

SAULT STAR AWARD (UNSUNG HERO)
#26 Jaromir Pytlik

Originally selected in the 2nd Round of the 2018 CHL Import Draft, this past season marked Jaromir’s first full season with the Greyhounds after committing to the club in January of 2019.

While being one of seven players to reach the 50+ point plateau this season on the club, the Dacice CZE product recorded 22 goals and 28 assists for the Hounds.

A member of Team Czech Republic at the 2020 IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship, Pytlik is among those Hounds rated for the upcoming NHL Entry Draft.

 

ROCK 101 TROPHY (REGULAR SEASON MVP)
#23 Rory Kerins

Rory’s second season as a Greyhound saw the Caledon ON product have a 36 point improvement on his rookie season point totals.

Originally selected in the 4th Round of the 2018 OHL Priority Selection, Kerins was a named a member of the team’s leadership group this season as Alternate Captain.

Skating in all 64 of the team’s regular season games he produced a team-high 30 goals to go along with 29 assists, good for 59 points.

He had 4 powerplay and 4 game-winning goals as well.

He was ranked 74th in the NHL Central Scouting MidTerm rankings for North American skaters for the upcoming 2020 NHL Entry Draft.

HUMANITARIAN AWARD
#24 Cole MacKay

Cole, a native of Sault Ste. Marie, was the leading force of the Greyhounds presence in the community this past season.

His off-ice endeavours and contributions not only helped exemplify character, more importantly had a ever-reaching and lasting influence to those in our community.

Cole’s actions were highlighted by his involvement in the team’s Sault Ste. Marie Airport Development Corporation ‘Connecting our Community’ program involving bi-weekly visits to Sault Area Hospitals and various assisted living/nursing residences in our community.

DR. LOU LUKENDA MEMORIAL AWARD (INAUGURAL)
#40 Bailey Brkin

This mark’s the inaugural presentation of the Dr. Lou Lukenda Memorial Award to a member of the Greyhounds at the conclusion of the season.

The award is presented to the player that best exemplifies perseverance and dedication to hockey while overcoming obstacles to excel on and off the ice.

Bailey joined the Greyhounds via waiver/trade from the Western Hockey League (WHL) on November 12, 2019.

After making his first start for the Greyhounds twenty-four hours later, the Sherwood Park ALTA native started in eighteen consecutive games for the club.

Overall, he appeared in 31 games for the club and accumulated a 17-8-2-1 win/loss record to go along with a 3.37 GAA and .885 SV%.

He was just one of two overager’s on this year’s edition of the club.