Toronto native and St. Louis Blues prospect Jordan Kyrou of the Sarnia Sting is the winner of the 2017-18 Red Tilson Trophy awarded to the Ontario Hockey League’s Most Outstanding Player of the Year as voted on by the writers and broadcasters that cover the league.
Former Barrie Colts AAA minor midget Morgan Frost of the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds was second in voting, with Barrie Colts overage forward Aaron Luchuk finishing third.
Kyrou, a member of Canada’s gold-medal winning 2018 world junior hockey championship team, finished third in OHL scoring with 109 points in 56 games, giving him a league-best 1.95 points-per-game. He had 39 goals and tied for the league lead with 70 assists.
The Sting captain is the franchise’s first Red Tilson Trophy recipient, leading Sarnia to its best regular season in club history with 46 wins and 97 points.
“I am truly honoured to receive this award, there are many great players in our league who had great seasons and deserve similar recognition,” Kyrou said. “The last four years with the Sting have been an unbelievable experience with some amazing people.
“This past season was extra special for me, and I want to thank all of my teammates who stood with me day-in and day-out. I would not have the success I did without each and every one of them.”
Kyrou also thanked his coaches, billets, family and friends who have supported him throughout his junior career, as well as the Sting organization for helping his development on and off the ice.
“I am truly humbled to receive this honour and cannot thank everyone enough,” added the 20-year-old.
Originally selected by the Sting in the second round of the 2014 OHL Priority Selection, Kyrou racked up 290 points in 250 games during his four years in Sarnia, including 99 goals and a franchise record 191 assists.
He his second in all-time Sting scoring, behind only Jon Sim who recorded 311 points in 211 games.
Kyrou was drafted by St. Louis in the second round of the 2016 NHL Draft and a month later signed an entry-level contract with the Blues.
“Having the opportunity to draft him four years ago and being able to watch him evolve as a player on the ice and a young man off the ice, has been extremely rewarding,” Sting general manger Nick Sinclair said. “Jordan has provided our organization and the Sarnia Sting fan base with countless moments over the least four seasons, with (his May 10) recognition being the icing on the cake to his exceptional junior career.
“He has had a phenomenal year and is truly deserving of this honour.”
Considered the OHL’s most prestigious individual award, the Red Tilson Trophy voting is based on a system of five points for a first-place selection, three points for second and one point for third.
Kyrou received 235 points in voting, including a first-place selection on 40 per cent of all submitted ballots.
Frost was second with 191 points. The Philadelphia Flyers prospect, who has helped lead the Greyhounds into the OHL finals, had 42 goals and 70 assists for 112 points in 67 games to finish second in OHL scoring.
Luchuk collected 165 points to place third in voting. The recipient of the Leo Lalonde Memorial Trophy awarded to the OHL’s Overage Player of the Year, Luchuk had 50 goals and 65 assists for 115 points in 68 games to lead the league in scoring.
Luchuk began the season with the Windsor Spitfires before being acquired by the Colts in mid-December. He signed an NHL entry-level contract with the Ottawa Senators on Dec. 26.
Kyrou will represent the OHL for Canadian Hockey League Player of the Year, which will be awarded with the Red Tilson Trophy at the OHL’s Awards Ceremony on Wednesday, June 6 at the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto.
PHOTO: Toronto native Jordan Kyrou of the Sarnia Sting is the recipient of the 2017-18 Red Tilson Trophy awarded to the Ontario Hockey League’s Most Outstanding Player as voted on by writers and broadcasters that cover the league. The Toronto native is the first member of the Sting to win the prestigious award. AARON BELL/OHL IMAGES PHOTO