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2020 Pony Award Winners. #OHL


Welcome to the 4th annual Pony Awards! Our awards we hand out to Barrie Colts players following the regular season. This year we have brought back the same awards as last season but have included a new award. The Kevin Labanc award will be the player who our contributors felt was the best on the penalty kill.

AND, HERE ARE YOUR WINNERS!

The Joseph Blandisi Award: (Fan Favourite)

Congratulations to Aidan Brown on winning the Joseph Blandisi Award presented to the fan favourite selected by our followers. Brown took 58% of the total fan votes. 

Previous Winners:
2019: Riley Piercey
2018: Justin Murray
2017: Justin Murray


The Colin Behenna Award: (Most Improved)

Congratulations to Tyson Foerster on winning the Colin Behenna Award presented to the most improved Barrie Colt. Last season, Foerster 10 goals and 13 assists as a rookie. This season, he led the team in points with 36 goals and 44 assists. While many Colts made huge strides in their game compared to last season, Foerster went from a rookie with potential to a highly touted prospect headed into this year's NHL draft.

Previous Winners:
2019: Mathew Hill
2018: Jaden Peca
2017: Lucas Chiodo


The Lucas Chiodo Award: (Most Sportsmanlike)

Congratulations to Evan Vierling on winning the Lucas Chiodo Award presented to the most sportsmanlike Barrie Colt. In 43 games this season, Vierling only spent 12 minutes in the penalty box. Before the trade from Flint, he had not received a penalty in 15 games. While he would end up serving more time in the sin bin here in Barrie, with the number of penalties the team takes collectively, you could argue he was just trying to fit in with the new squad. 

Previous Winners:
2019: Ryan Suzuki
2018: Ryan Suzuki
 2017: Award Not Presented Yet


The Kevin Labanc Award: (Best on Penalty Kill)

Congratulations to Luke Bignell on becoming the first winner of the Kevin Labanc Award presented to the Barrie Colts best penalty killer. The captain was always noticeable while the team was short-handed. Solid on draws, very aggressive and not only would generate offensive chances but kill time. Bignell is always hard to play against and he never made it easy on opponents even when playing with the advantage.

THE FIRST YEAR AWARDED


The Luch Nasato Award: (Hardest/Best Hitter) 

Congratulations to Aidan Brown on winning the Luch Nasato award presented to the Barrie Colts best/hardest hitter. Brown liked to hit and he would always hit hard. While the impact was considered in selecting him, we also looked at hit selection. He generally would make good choices with when to hit an opponent and rarely missed.

Previous Winners:
2019: Tyler Tucker
2018: Tyler Tucker
2017: Award Not Presented Yet


The Aaron Ekblad Award: (Rookie of the Year)

Congratulations to Brandt Clarke on winning the Aaron Ekblad Award presented to the Barrie Colts rookie of the year. Another decision that was quick and unanimous. While he might not have gotten off to the start he wanted, once he got going he really took off. Clarke six goals and 36 assists in 57 games. The rookie led all defencemen in points and had the second-most assists on the team.

Previous Winners:
2019: Jet Greaves
2018: Andrei Svechnikov
2017: Tyler Tucker


The Mark Scheifele Award: (Most Valuable Player)

Congratulations to Tyson Foerster on winning the Mark Scheifele Award presented to the Barrie Colts' most valuable player. 36 goals and 44 assists, Foerster led the team in points with 33 more points than Cardwell who finished second in points on the team. Again, this was a unanimous decision among our contributors.

Previous Winners:
2019: Ryan Suzuki
2018: Aaron Luchuk
2017: Anthony Stefano

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