First, it was defenseman of the year.
The Ontario Hockey League has some more hardware for the Admirals’ defenseman, as Ryan Ellis was awarded the Red Tilson Award as the league’s most valuable player.
Here are some cherry-picked quotes from the Windsor press release:
Ellis led the Spitfires and all OHL defencemen in scoring this season, with 24 goals and 77 assists for 101 points in just 58 games.
He became the first defenceman to record 100 points in a season since Jamie Rivers (121 in 1993-94). He’s also just the third defenceman in OHL history to record more than 300 points. Only Denis Potvin (330) and Rick Corriveau (329) have more.
His record-setting season also saw him eclipse Joel Quenneville’s franchise mark for points by a defenceman (230).
Ellis wrapped his outstanding four-year career ranked second on the all-time Spitfires scoring list with 314 career points. Only Bill Bowler (467) has more.
He will also be the OHL’s nominee for CHL Player of the Year and Defenceman of the Year.
So Mazel Tov! And hopefully he can continue to produce at this next level.