Toronto, Ont. – The Ontario Hockey League today announced that Dallas Stars prospect Ty Dellandrea of the Flint Firebirds is the 2019-20 recipient of the Mickey Renaud Captain’s Trophy.
Dellandrea was chosen for the award by a media selection committee as the OHL team captain that best exemplifies leadership on and off the ice, with a passion and dedication to the game of hockey and community that Mickey demonstrated.
“This is an award very near and dear to our family’s hearts,” said Mickey’s father Mark Renaud. “Ty had an outstanding year on the ice for the Firebirds. He was also an important presence in his community and helped lead Team Canada to a gold medal at the World Juniors. We’ll be watching Ty play in the NHL for many years to come and we extend our congratulations and wish him the very best of luck in the future.”
Dellandrea modelled leadership both on the ice and in the Flint community, continually stepping up as the first player to put his name down for community events on the Firebirds’ dressing room cork board. Throughout his four-year tenure, he has shown a genuine interest in the lives of others, initiating spontaneous acts of kindness such as a hospital visit to a sick fan that included him bringing along a signed stick and Firebirds pennant unannounced. His positive attitude, accommodating relationship with local media and willingness to go the extra mile at community events to ensure no fan is left without an autograph or photo opportunity were all things that made him a fan favourite in Flint. Coming in as a 16-year-old rookie following a 2015-16 season that had its share of challenges, Dellandrea proved to be a leader through thick and thin during each of his four seasons with the franchise.
“This is truly an honour to receive the Mickey Renaud Captain’s Trophy,” said Dellandrea. “This is not an individual award. We have a great leadership group in our dressing room and every one of those guys played a role in this. To hear so much about Mickey to this day speaks a lot of who he was as a captain and as a person. On behalf of the entire Flint Firebirds organization, I’d like to thank the Renaud family and give my respect to Mickey and what he has done for our game.”
On the ice, the 19 year-old from Port Perry’s resume is a lengthy one. After being selected fifth overall by Flint in the 2016 OHL Priority Selection and developing through a pair of seasons outside of the Western Conference playoff picture, Dellandrea served as a key piece of the Firebirds’ best season yet as they won 40 of their 63 games. Dellandrea recorded 70 points (32-38–70) over 47 contests, wrapping up his fourth season as the Firebirds’ all-time leader in career goals (94), assists (122) and points (216). The 6-foot-1, 190Ib. centre won gold as part of Canada’s National Junior Team in January and finished tied for first as the Western Conference’s top face-off man in the 2019-20 OHL Coaches Poll. Dellandrea, who was chosen as Flint’s most valuable player in both the 2018 and 2019 seasons, was selected by Dallas with the 13th overall pick of the 2018 NHL Draft.
“Ty has been a leader from the first day he arrived in Flint,” said Flint Firebirds Vice President of Hockey Operations & General Manager Barclay Branch. “He embodies everything that Mickey represented both on and off the ice. We could not be more proud of Ty’s leadership skills and his commitment to the game. As the second Firebird to earn this award in just four years, it is a great example of the type of character level and culture we have inside our dressing room in Flint.”
Dellandrea follows 2016-17 award winner Alex Peters as the second Firebirds player to earn the award. Past recipients also include Isaac Ratcliffe (Guelph 2019), Justin Lemcke (Hamilton 2018), Michael Webster (Barrie 2016), Max Domi (London 2015), Matt Finn (Guelph 2014), Colin Miller (Sault Ste. Marie 2013), Andrew Agozzino (Niagara 2012), Ryan Ellis (Windsor 2011), John Kurtz (Sudbury 2010) and Chris Terry (Plymouth 2009).
Nomination forms are submitted annually by OHL General Managers on behalf of their individual team captains. The selection committee consists of a panel of four, representing media from each OHL division.