Amadio, Dineen among OHL awards finalists
NORTH BAY, Ont. – Mike Amadio and Cam Dineen, with two appearances each, lead four North Bay Battalion representatives among finalists announced Wednesday for seven major Ontario Hockey League awards.
Centre Amadio, the Battalion’s nominee for the Red Tilson Trophy as the OHL’s most outstanding player of 2015-16, is one of six finalists for the William Hanley Trophy as most sportsmanlike player.
Dineen is among the finalists for the Max Kaminsky Trophy as defenceman of the year and for the Emms Family Award as rookie of the year.
In addition, Jake Smith is a finalist for goaltender of the year, and Stan Butler is among six in the running for the Matt Leyden Trophy as coach of the year.
Amadio scored a franchise-record 50 goals and earned 48 assists for a team-leading 98 points in 68 games. Each team nominated one player for the Tilson award, which is voted on by sports writers and broadcasters. The other finalists were selected in a vote of OHL teams by conference, with no team allowed to vote for its own player. Final voting is league-wide.
Finalists with Amadio for the most sportsmanlike award are Eric Cornel of the Peterborough Petes, Christian Dvorak of the London Knights, Taylor Raddysh of the Erie Otters, Blake Speers of the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds and Spencer Watson of the Kingston Frontenacs.
Dineen scored 13 goals and added 46 assists for 59 points in 68 games.
Other finalists for defenceman of the year are Jakob Chychrun of the Sarnia Sting, Erie’s Travis Dermott, Kingston’s Roland McKeown, Mikhail Sergachev of the Windsor Spitfires and Mitchell Vande Sompel of the Oshawa Generals.
Dineen’s rivals for rookie of the year are Windsor’s Michael DiPietro, London’s Max Jones, Boris Katchouk of Sault Ste. Marie, Alexander Nylander of the Mississauga Steelheads and Matthew Strome of the Hamilton Bulldogs.
Smith posted a won-lost-extended record of 30-15-7 with a 2.87 goals-against average, a .901 save percentage and one shutout.
Other finalists for goaltender of the year are Mackenzie Blackwood of the Barrie Colts, Michael McNiven of the Owen Sound Attack, Alex Nedeljkovic of the Niagara IceDogs, London’s Tyler Parsons and Erie’s Devin Williams.
Butler, whose charges finished second in the Central Division and third in the Eastern Conference with a record of 35-23-10 for 80 points, faces fellow coaching finalists Dale Hawerchuk of Barrie, Kris Knoblauch of Erie, Paul McFarland of Kingston, Rocky Thompson of Windsor and Mike Van Ryn of the Kitchener Rangers.
The Battalion has no finalist for the Leo Lalonde Memorial Trophy as overage player of the year.
The OHL awards ceremony is scheduled June 7 at the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto, but winners are to be announced throughout the playoffs. Additional awards to be announced include humanitarian of the year, academic players of the year and the Mickey Renaud Captain’s Trophy recipient.