Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds graduate Andrew Fritsch (Laurier) has been named the OUA West Division Most Sportsmanlike Player of the Year and an additional 13 OHL grads have been designated as OUA East and West Division all-stars and all-rookie team members following the conclusion of the 2016-17 season.
Ryerson Rams standouts Michael Fine (Saginaw Spirit) and Alex Basso (London Knights) were named OUA West Division first team all-stars while Queen’s Gaels blueliner Spencer Abraham received OUA East Division first team all-star recognition.
Fritsch, Trevor Petersen (York/Niagara IceDogs), Michael Moffat (Waterloo/Kingston Frontenacs), Mac Nichol (Guelph/Guelph Storm) and goaltender Charlie Graham (Ryerson/Sarnia Sting) formed the OUA West Division second all-star team while sophomore forward Slater Doggett (Queen’s/Windsor Spitfires) and former five-year OHL vet Nathan Chiarlitti (McGill/Owen Sound Attack) rounded out the OUA East second unit.
Recent OHL graduates in Matt Mistele (Ryerson/Sarnia Sting), Josh Sterk (Ryerson/Owen Sound Attack) and Patrick Murphy (Lakehead/Sudbury Wolves) were included on the OUA West Division all-rookie team.
The OHL alumni are part of a larger group of seven CHL graduates to receive major year-end awards while an additional 27 were named to all-star and all-rookie teams.
Here’s a closer look at this year’s OUA Men’s Hockey Award Winners and all-stars coming out of the Ontario Hockey League.
OUA West Division Awards:
MOST SPORTSMANLIKE: Andrew Fritsch, Laurier
OHL Team(s): Niagara IceDogs/Owen Sound Attack/Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds (OHL, 2009-14)
Laurier Golden Hawks forward Andrew Fritsch has been selected as the OUA West Division Most Sportsmanlike Player after he finished the season with just one minor penalty.
Fritsch, who transferred from St. Thomas University prior to the start of the season, established himself as one of the most disciplined players in the conference while playing on Golden Hawks team that committed the fourth fewest penalties during the regular season.
Over the course of his three-year U SPORTS career, Fritsch has only spent eight minutes total in the penalty box since the 2014-15 season.
In his first season in the OUA, Fritsch was also named an OUA second-team all-star after he led the Golden Hawks with 27 points (11 goals, 16 assists) in 28 games this season.
The Brantford, Ont. native becomes the first Laurier player to win the honours since former Golden Hawk Matt Grennier was recognized following the 2007-08 season.
OUA West Division All-Stars:
F – Michael Fine (Ryerson) – Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds/Kingston Frontenacs/Saginaw Spirit (2007-12)
D – Alex Basso (Ryerson) – Belleville Bulls/Sarnia Sting/London Knights (2009-14)
Second Team All-Stars:
F – Andrew Fritsch (Laurier) – Niagara IceDogs/Owen Sound Attack/Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds (2009-14)
F – Trevor Petersen (York) – Niagara IceDogs (2011-13)
D – Michael Moffat (Waterloo) – London Knights/Kingston Frontenacs (2010-14)
D – Mac Nichol (Guelph) – Guelph Storm (2009-12)
G – Charlie Graham (Ryerson) – Belleville Bulls/Hamilton Bulldogs/Sarnia Sting (2011-16)
F – Matt Mistele (Ryerson) – Plymouth Whalers/Oshawa Generals/Sarnia Sting (2011-16)
F – Josh Sterk (Ryerson) – Kitchener Rangers/Oshawa Generals/London Knights/Owen Sound Attack (2011-16)
D – Patrick Murphy (Lakehead) – Erie Otters/Sudbury Wolves (2011-16)
OUA East Division All-Stars:
First Team All-Stars:
D – Spencer Abraham (Queen’s) – Brampton Battalion/Erie Otters (2010-14)
Second Team All-Stars:
F – Slater Doggett (Queen’s) – Kingston Frontenacs/Windsor Spitfires (2012-15)
D – Nathan Chiarlitti (McGill) – Sarnia Sting/Owen Sound Attack (2008-13)