Earlier today, just before I was going to head to the golf course for a range session, it was announced by the OHL that Mitch Marner of the London Knights was named the league MVP for the 2015-16 season. Commonly just referred to as the MVP award, the actual name is the Red Tilson Trophy, which is voted on by the broadcasters and journalists that cover the OHL.
This outstanding accomplishment was reinforced by his 116 point season, in which Marner had 39 goals and 77 assists during the campaign. In Marner’s second straight season he has eclipsed the 100 point mark, and this blogger hopes it will be his last in the OHL.
“It’s a big award and an honour, but it wouldn’t have happened without my teammates,” said Marner. “Building upon the three years with the whole coaching staff and without the guys on the team this wouldn’t have happened. It’s a great award, but we still have a way to go.”
Marner’s point scoring has never been in question but there are times some have wondered about his leadership and maturity levels.
“It has been fun to watch Mitch develop into the player he is today and also mature as a young man who has embraced the role of a leader and captain,” said Knights general manager Basil McRae. “The exciting part is I believe Mitch is just scratching the surface of how good he can be and will be as he continues to grow and work on his game.”
Marner will turn 19 years of age on Cinco de Mayo, and will look to crack the Leafs lineup this upcoming fall. Currently, he and his Knights teammates are still chasing down an OHL title as they take on the Niagara Ice Dogs, starting this Thursday….on his birthday.
The positive vibes keep rolling into Leafs Land. Not sure if its real or just a dream at this point.