22 OHL Grads Earn OUA Honours

Toronto, ON – The Ontario Hockey League is proud to announce that 22 graduates earned Ontario University Athletics honours this week including six players that captured major awards for the 2012-13 hockey season.

The OHL Scholarship Program is funded by the member Clubs of the OHL.  While playing in the OHL, every player is on a full scholarship which covers tuition, textbooks, compulsory fees and room and board as paid by his OHL Member Team.  Once a player graduates from the OHL, he will receive a minimum scholarship of tuition, textbooks and compulsory fees towards an undergraduate degree for each year played in the Ontario Hockey League. 


For the second time in three years the most valuable player in the OUA West is Laurier Golden Hawks goalie Ryan Daniels (SAG/PBO 2005-09).  The fourth-year veteran also claimed the award in 2010-11. This season Daniels was instrumental in leading Laurier to 14-12-2 record and a playoff berth. Daniels saw action in 27 games, seeing nearly 1,600 minutes of ice time.  He faced the second-most shots of any OUA goaltender (972), topped the OUA in saves with 894, finished fifth in the OUA with a .920 save percentage and collected a pair of shutouts.  Daniels was also influential in the Golden Hawks late-season surge to claim fifth place in the OUA West, despite being out of a playoff position in late November. Daniels was also named the OUA West Top Goaltender, and became an all-star for the third time, being named to the first team this year after second team honours last year and a first team nod in 2010-11.


In a season that saw great production from rookies across the OUA, Guelph Gryphons forward Andrew Bathgate (Belleville/Plymouth 2008-12) was chosen as t he West Division’s rookie of the year. In his first season in the OUA, Bathgate led the Gryphons in points with 32, on 16 goals and 16 helpers. His total placed him third among OUA rookies and 14th overall. Bathgate played key minutes with the Gryphons, collecting five power play markers, and added two more points in shorthanded situations. He was also one of two players in the OUA to record two hat-tricks to lead the league. Bathgate helped pace the Gryphons to 17 wins, their highest total since the 1997-98 season.


Steve Ferry (London/Sarnia 2004-09) of the Windsor Lancers was named top defenceman in the OUA West for 2012-13. The Richmond Hill, Ont. native finished the regular season with eight goals and 16 assists to finish second among west division blueliners in points. Ferry was a key cog in the Lancers’ game plane, playing on the power play, penalty kill and against the opponents top line. Ferry is known for his excellent puck movement and decision making from the point offensively, and his responsibility in his own end. Ferry was also named a first team all-star, after earning second team status a year ago.


Western centre Steven Reese (Sarnia/Sudbury 2006-10) has been named the Most Sportsmanlike Player in the OUA West. Reese finished tied for fourth in points in the OUA this year (8 goals, 31 assists) while collecting only 18 penalty minutes, but his biggest contributions lie are in his respect for the game and his work in practice. The Mustangs’ assistant captain demonstrates a workman-like attitude in preparation for games and holds the ideals of the game in high regard. Resse was also given recognition as a second team all-star in the west division.


Mitch Porowski (Brampton 2011-12) becomes the first major award winner from Carleton University since the Ravens entered OUA hockey in 2007, as he was named OUA East rookie of the Year. In his inaugural OUA campaign Porowski collected 19 goals and 19 assists which was tops among east division rookies, 14 points ahead of second place. His 38 points ranked the arts student sixth overall in the OUA. For his efforts, Porowski was also named a first team all-star and a member of the east’s all-rookie team.


The top goalie in the OUA East comes from the Nipissing Lakers. Dan Spence (Sarnia 2008-09) becomes the first Laker goalie to take home the award after he posted a .915 save percentage and 2.93 goals against average en route to 13 wins. Spence helped the Lakers to sixth place in the OUA East and their fourth consecutive playoff appearance.  Spence was also named a second team all-star.


In addition to the six OHL graduates that captured OUA major awards, 16 OHL graduates were recognized on various OUA All-Star teams, most notably the OUA West All-Rookie Team which consists entirely of former OHL players including five that competed in the league last season.





MVP – Ryan Daniels (Laurier) – Saginaw/Peterborough 2005-09

Rookie of the Year – Andrew Bathgate (Guelph) – Belleville/Plymouth 2008-12

Defenceman of the Year – Steve Ferry (Windsor) – London/Sarnia 2004-09

Top Goaltender – Ryan Daniels (Laurier) – Saginaw/Peterborough 2005-09

Most Sportsmanlike Player – Steven Reese (Western) – Sarnia/Sudbury 2006-10



G – Ryan Daniels (Laurier) – Saginaw/Peterborough 2005-09

D – Steve Ferry (Windsor) – London/Sarnia 2004-09

D – Ken Peroff (Guelph) – Brampton 2006-10

F – Justin Larson (Waterloo) – Sudbury/Mississauga/Peterborough 2006-11

F – Matt Clarke (Western) – London 2005-09



G – Josh Unice (Western) – Kitchener/Windsor 2007-10

D – Joe Underwood (Waterloo) – Guelph/Saginaw/Belleville 2006-11

D – John de Gray (York) – Brampton 2004-08

F – Steven Reese (Western) – Sarnia/Sudbury 2006-10

F – Zach Harnden (Western) – Peterborough/Kingston 2005-10



G – Bryce O’Hagan (UOIT) – Sault Ste. Marie/Peterborough 2007-11

D – David Corrente (Western) – Oshawa/Mississauga 2007-12

D – Derek Holden (Laurier) – Peterborough/Erie/Windsor 2007-12

F – Andrew Bathgate (Guelph) – Belleville/Plymouth 2008-12

F – Daniel Erlich (Western) – London/Guelph/Barrie 2007-12

F – Colin Behenna (Waterloo) – Barrie 2008-12





Top Goaltender – Dan Spence (Nipissing) – Sarnia 2008-09

Top Rookie – Mitch Porowski (Carleton) – Brampton 2011-12



F – Mitch Porowski (Carleton) – Brampton 2011-12

F – Jeff Brown (Toronto) – Oshawa/Windsor 2008-11



G – Dan Spence (Nipissing) – Sarnia 2008-09

D – Matt Stanisz (Carleton) – Barrie/Owen Sound 2007-11

F – Jeff Hayes (Carleton) – Guelph/Oshawa 2006-10

F – Connor O’Donnell (Nipissing) – Brampton/Windsor/Guelph 2006-10



 F – Mitch Porowski (Carleton) – Brampton 2011-12


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