Battalion honours award winnersSunday, March 16
NORTH BAY, Ont. – Barclay Goodrow was recognized as both the player of the year and the fans’ favourite when North Bay Battalion awards for the 2013-14 Ontario Hockey League season were announced Sunday.
Right winger Goodrow, the only multiple award recipient, also was player of the year last season, the Battalion’s last of 15 seasons in Brampton.
Captain Goodrow, who turned 21 on Feb. 26, was the Battalion’s first-round choice in the 2009 OHL Priority Selection. The Aurora, Ont., resident, who led the Troops in scoring for a second straight season, his fifth with the franchise, was selected by the coaches as top player and won a fan vote conducted at a home game Thursday night and on the club’s Facebook page.
The fan award carries the Don (Hockey) Hadley Memorial Award, named for a longtime Brampton season ticketholder.
Marcus McIvor was honoured as top defenceman for a second straight season. McIvor, who turns 20 on May 20, is a Whitby, Ont., product who was the Troops’ first-round pick in 2010.
Ben Thomson was recognized as overage player of the year. Left winger Thomson, who turned 21 on Jan. 16, is an Orangeville, Ont., resident who was acquired in a trade with the Kitchener Rangers on Nov. 22.
Brett McKenzie, who has played both centre and left wing, was honoured as rookie of the year after being North Bay’s first-round pick in the OHL Priority Selection last April. The Vars, Ont., resident turned 17 on March 12.
Vincent Praplan, from Sierre, Switzerland, was selected as most sportsmanlike player. The left winger was chosen in the second round of the Canadian Hockey League’s Import Draft last July. He turns 20 on June 10.
Defenceman Riley Bruce took honours as scholastic player of the year. A Carp., Ont., resident who turns 17 on July 16, he was a third-round pick in the 2013 OHL Priority Selection.
Nick Paul received the Jerry Callaghan Memorial Award for humanitarian service. Paul, a Mississauga resident who turns 19 next Thursday, was chosen in the fifth round in 2012.
Callaghan was a longtime contributor to the club and its predecessor, the junior A Caledon Canadians.
Award winners were announced before the Battalion’s last regular-season game, against the Ottawa 67’s.