It was a good night for OHL players at the 2020 Kubota CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game at FirstOntario Centre in Hamilton on Saturday.
Jim Gregory Player of the Game honours went to a pair of OHLers in Barrie Colts forward Tyson Foerster of Team White and Ottawa 67’s winger Jack Quinn of Team Red.
Foerster stole the show, scoring twice while adding an assist as he clicked with linemate Connor Zary of the Kamloops Blazers. The Alliston, Ont. native had more than 40 family and friends in attendance on Saturday as he made the most of a big opportunity.
The 41st ranked North American skater on NHL Central Scouting’s Midterm Rankings, Foerster has 21 goals, 27 assists and 48 points in 38 games with the Colts this season. He was Barrie’s third round pick in the 2018 OHL Priority Selection from the hometown Barrie Jr. Colts Minor Midgets.
Quinn, who has shot up the NHL Central Scouting Rankings into ninth, was impressive on the losing side Saturday night. The sophomore winger finished off a pretty first period passing play with linemates Jacob Perreault of the Sarnia Sting and fellow Ottawa 67’s forward Marco Rossi.
An 18-year-old product of Cobden, Ont., Quinn has 30 goals along with 18 assists for 48 points in 38 games with the OHL’s first place 67’s this season, also sporting a plus-32 rating.
The Jim Gregory Player of the Game Awards were first handed out at the Top Prospects Game in 2012. Gregory, a former OHL head coach and general manager turned long-time NHL executive, passed away in late October. The Ontario Hockey League created a new award in his honour starting in the 2019-20 season, recognizing the League’s top general manager with the Jim Gregory General Manager of the Year Award.
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