Ottawa 67’s forward Travis Konecny has been named the Ontario Hockey League’s rookie of the year.
Konecny, a 17-year-old from Clachan, Ont., led the 67’s and all OHL rookies in scoring with 70 points (26 goals, 44 assists) in 63 games while recording just 18 penalty minutes.
He posted the highest point total by a 67’s rookie since Jerrett DeFazio’s 71 points during the 1988-89 season.
Konecny was selected first overall by Ottawa in the 2013 OHL priority selection draft.
“It’s an honour to be recognized in such a way and it really means a lot to me,” Konecny said. “I’d like to thank Coach Byrne and the entire Ottawa 67’s staff for their help. I’d also like to thank my teammates who welcomed me from the beginning and helped me day by day.”
Konecny earned OHL Rookie of the Month honours four of the six times it was awarded. He also served as Ontario’s captain at the 2014 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge.
“Travis had an exceptional first season in the Ontario Hockey League,” said 67’s coach and general manager Chris Byrne. “He quickly adjusted to the league, worked hard to get better and was a top player on our team and within the league. Travis has worked extremely hard to put himself in a position to win this award and deserves all the credit for doing so.”