2013-14 OJHL MOST VALUABLE PLAYER
2013-14 OJHL MOST VALUABLE PLAYER
“Taylor Best Named OJHL Most Valuable Player”
April 3, 2014, Whitby, Ontario – The Ontario Junior Hockey League (OJHL) today announced that Taylor
Best of the Whitby Fury has been named the recipient of the OJHL Most Valuable Player Award.
Taylor Best put forth a dominant performance from start to finish in his third full OJHL season, leading all scorers with 90 points in 48 regular season games to take home the Top Scorer Award, while also leading the entire league with 53 assists.
The 19-year old Whitby, Ontario native who stands at 5'10", 168 lbs. reached several milestones this season, playing in his 100th career regular season game, while also recording his 100th career regular season assist and 150th career point, finishing just short of 200 career points (199) with regular season and playoffs combined. The offensive dynamo keyed the Fury power play that led the OJHL with 71 man advantage goals and ranked third overall with a 25.27% success rate. Best would lead the OJHL with 29 power play assists and 40 power play points, contributing to more than 56% of the club's special team goals.
Best's totals in 2013-14 represented a significant increase from the previous year, jumping from 87th overall in league scoring during 2012-13 to winning the scoring title this season. The performance also saw him voted as the league's Most Improved Player, but more impressively, he led the league's second best offensive unit that compiled 227 goals, while his 90 points represented nearly 40% of the Fury's total offensive production in The runner-up as the OJHL Gongshow Gear North-East Conference Player-of-the-Month in both September and January, Best won the award in October after notching 21 points in 10 games played during the month.
The playmaker would record one goal and one assist as a member of Team Canada East at the 2013 World Junior 'A' Challenge that was held in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, while also participating for the second consecutive year in the Central Canada Cup All-Star Challenge, finishing second in scoring for the OJHL North-East Conference All-Star Team with three points. Immediately following the season, Best was named an OJHL 1st Team All-Star and he is committed to join the Mercyhurst University Lakers beginning with the 2015-16
The OJHL Most Valuable Player Award is awarded annually to the player adjudged to be the most valuable player to his club’s success throughout the course of the regular season.
Kevin Entmaa of the Aurora Tigers has been named runner-up in the OJHL award balloting to Best.
The third-year netminder was named both OJHL Top Goaltender, with a league-leading 2.16 goals against average, and OJHL Goaltender-of-the-Year, as well as a 1st Team All-Star. Twice named Gongshow Gear Goaltender-of-the-Month during the season, Entmaa posted a 28-5-0 record, while also leading all goaltenders in wins (28), shutouts (5) and save percentage (.925%).
The Ontario Junior Hockey League will continue the tradition of honouring its year-end award winners with the 4th Annual OJHL Awards Ceremony prior to game one or two of the 2014 OJHL Championship Series next 2013-14 OJHL Award Winners
Award Winner Runner-Up
Top Scorer Taylor Best (WHI) Steve Hladin (GEO)
Top Goaltender Kevin Entmaa (AUR) Andy Munroe (AUR)
Executive Mike Tarantino (TLP) James Richmond (AUR)
Humanitarian Kevin Shier (TLP) n/a
Trainer Rob Crawford (WHI) Jason Izraelski (NYR)
Volunteer Hal Gies (MIL) n/a
Coach James Richmond (AUR) Jason Fortier (TLP)
Improved Taylor Best (WHI) Alex Tonge (KIN)
Gentlemanly Michael Prapavessis (TLP) Pat Egan (BUF)
Defenceman Michael Prapavessis (TLP) Nick Desimone (BUF)
Goaltender Kevin Entmaa (AUR) Alex Brooks-Potts (KIN)
Prospect Jake Walman (TOR) Jake Evans (STM)
Scholastic Richard Court (GEO) Kamil Tkaczuk (OAK)
Rookie Jake Walman (TOR) Mason Marchment (COB)
Fan Favourite Stuart Fierheller (LIN) Michael Casale (KIN)
MVP Taylor Best (WHI) Kevin Entmaa (AUR)
Previous OJHL Most Valuable Player Recipients
Year Winner Runner-Up
2013-14 Taylor Best (WHI) Kevin Entmaa (AUR)
2012-13 Tyler Gjurich (BUF) Charlie Finn (KIN)
2011-12 Christian Finch (STO) Adrian Ignagni (STM)
2010-11 Ryan Demelo (NYR) Jordan Ruby (WEL)
*Awarded by Division prior to 2010-11
Year OJAHL CCHL East CCHL West
2009-10 Matt Smyth (COU) Kori Coelho (STO) Greg Carey (BUR)
Year Ruddock Central Phillips MacKinnon
2008-09 Gregg Riggs (PIC) Jeremy Franklin (WEL) Dominic Monardo (AUR) Andrew Hare (BUR)
Year South East North West
2007-08 Paul Rodrigues (VAU) Andrew Marcoux (KIN) Jeff Dawson (HUN) Matt Ferreira (BRP)
Todd Hosmer (NEW)
2006-07 David Kostuch (MAR) Scott Freeman (BOW) Akos Agardy (COL) Cameron Talbot ( HAM)
2005-06 Mike McKenzie (STM) Chris Auger (WEL) Dan McWhinney (STO) Matt Beca (OAK)
2004-05 Andrew Cogliano (STM) Steve Hynes (PTH) Josh Sturrock (NEW) Ryan Angelow (OAK)
Shane Hart (HAM)
2003-04 Ben Cottreau (MAR) Brent Varty (WEL) Chris Whitley (AUR) Tudor Petkov (STR)
2002-03 Luchiano Aquino (WEX) Ryan Woodward (WEL) Chris Whitley (AUR) Josh Soares (HAM)
2001-02 Jesse Boucher (MAR) Darren Doherty (COB) Anthony Minicucci (STO) Jeff Hristovski (BRP)
2000-01 Scott Misfud (THR Ben Crosswell (PET) David Wrigley (COU) Stace Page (GEO)
Kevin Tompkins (MAR)
1999-00 Mark Aggio (VAU) Tristan Senior (PET) Mike Brito (COL) Andy Rozak (STR)
Year East Central West
1998-99 Brian Pettipas (BAN) Jonathan Forrest (COL) Kyle Amyotte (BRM)
Year East West
1997-98 Ryan Penny (BOW) Darren Haydar (MIL)
1996-97 Ryan Vince (KIN) Travis Riggin (MIL)
1995-96 Trent Walford (NEW) Chris Heron (BRM)
1994-95 Brian Morrison (NEW) Jamie Janievich (MIL)
1993-94 Francois Charlesbois (ORI) Matt Turek (HAM)
1992-93 Steve Walker (BAR) Matt Murray (MIL)
About the OJHL – “League of Choice”
The Ontario Junior Hockey League is the largest Junior ‘A’ league operating under the auspices of the
Canadian Junior Hockey League with 22 member clubs. A proud member of the Ontario Hockey Association, the OJHL was originally named the Ontario Provincial Junior ‘A’ Hockey League and it was formed out of the Central Junior ‘B’ Hockey League in 1993-94. With a long and storied history of developing players for the next level, including the CIS, NCAA, CHL, Minor Pro ranks and the NHL, the OJHL had more than 150 commitments in 2012-13, including 56 NCAA Division I scholarships.
For more information on the Ontario Junior Hockey League, please visit www.ojhl.ca.
Taylor Best Named Most Improved Player 2013-14 Season OJHL
Friday March 14, 2014
The Ontario Junior Hockey League today announced that Taylor Best of the Whitby Fury has been named the 2013-14 winner of the Coach Canada Most Improved Player Award.
The Fury alternate captain became one of the OJHL's premier forwards during his third season in the league, capturing the scoring title by recording 90 points in 48 games played; the first player in franchise history to be OJHL leading scorer. Best also led all scorers with 53 assists, 29 power play assists and 40 power play points.
His impressive totals marks a significant jump and improvement from his offensive output during the first two seasons of his OJHL career. Firing home 37 goals represents a 21 goal improvement from the 16 he scored in 2012-13, jumping from 74th to 3rd among all scorers, while his league-leading assist total more than doubled from 24 helpers to place 87th overall last season to 53 this year. Winning the scoring race this year with 90 points, Best went up 40 points after finishing with 50 points last year, also ranking him 87th in the league. The key component of the league's third best power play unit, Best factored in on 40 of the club's 71 power play markers, more than doubling his man advantage totals this season from 5 to 11 goals, 11 to 29 assists and 16 to 40 power play points.
The runner-up as the OJHL Gongshow Gear North-East Conference Player-of-the-Month in both September and January, Best won the award in October after notching 21 points in 10 games played during the month. The playmaker would record one goal and one assist as a member of Team Canada East at the 2013 World Junior 'A' Challenge that was held in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, while also participating for the second consecutive year in the Central Canada Cup All-Star Challenge, finishing second in scoring for the OJHL North-East Conference All-Star Team with three points. Immediately following the season, Best was named an OJHL 1st Team All-Star and he is committed to join the Mercyhurst University Lakers beginning with the 2015-16 Atlantic Hockey season.
The OJHL Most Improved Player Award is awarded annually to the player adjudged to have shown the greatest improvement in his on-ice performance from the previous OJHL regular season(s).
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Fury season comes to an end...
The 2013_2014 hockey season has come to an end far too soon for players and staff of the Whitby Fury. The Trenton Golden Hawks defeated the Fury 4 games to 2 in the best of 7 series. Congratulations to the Hawks on a well played series.
Congratualtions to the Fury players, staff, and organization on a successful season, one in which they set franchise records for wins (35) playing in aruguably the toughest division in Jr A hockey. Thank you to the fans who support these great young hockey players.
Special shout out to those players who have completed their junior A careers...Fury Captain Connor Hale, Assistant Captain Greg Milner (York) and steady defenseman Alex Adams, Good Luck in the next phase of your life!
Other players moving on from the Fury due to scholarship committments are Taylor Best (Mercyhurst), Mike Panowyk (Colgate) and Jeff Murray (Canisius)...all 3 were instrumental in the Fury's success this past season. Best of luck to them, we will be watching as they suit up for their new teams in the NCAA.
See you in the fall of 2014!
In support of BRAVE young Tucker Williams
Whitby Fury and the OJHL are proud of Rob Snoek and his play by play on CBC of the Free Style skiing at Sochi. His call yesterday of Dominique Maltais made it even more exciting for the viewers for our Canadian Athletes. We are extremely proud of our play by play man!!!
Commentator, Snowboard | Sochi 2014
Veteran sports broadcaster Rob Snoek brings his expertise to CBC/Radio-Canada's broadcast team for the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games as a snowboard and ski jumping commentator. Sochi 2014 marks Snoek's fourth Olympic Games as a broadcaster, adding to a resumé that also includes six Paralympic Games, the Canada Summer and Winter Games, FIS Snowboard World Championships, IAAF World Athletic Championships, IAAF Diamond League, the Pan American Games and more.
Snoek is a Canadian record-holder in track and field and was a world silver medallist in 1998. His athletic career spanned more than a decade, during which he represented Canada at three Paralympic Games. In 1993, he won the Jim Vipond Award as Ontario's best athlete with a disability and not long after was given the King Clancy award for outstanding contribution to the lives of Canadians with a disability.
Snoek has become one of the key voices promoting Paralympic sport in Canada. He serves on the board of directors of the Canadian Foundation for Physically Disabled Persons and is a past board member of Athletes CAN.
Find Rob online:
Former Fury Star Nominated for Hobey Baker Award
Fury Alumni Devin Shore has been honoured with being named a Hobey Baker Memorial Award nominee! This prestigious award is given to the best college hockey player from across the US Division 1 college teams! One component is fan voting, which although it counts for only 1% of the voting, EVERY LITTLE BIT HELPS!
Fans are allowed to vote once every 24 hrs for their player of choice. If you would like to vote for Devin as often as you’d like, please click on the attached link and scroll down the players until you find his name (4th row down). Just click on “VOTE” and that’s all there is to it! You don’t have to log into anything or provide any personal information.
"Shoresy" has had an amazing season and his family and extended Fury family are all very proud of his accomplishments thus far (more to come). To find out more about his season, you can peruse the Maine Black Bears website at goblackbears.com, and go to the Men’s Ice Hockey portal.