Houser voted OHL's best
|London Knights Michael Houser is the first goalie to win the OHL's top player award since Kingston's Andrew Raycroft in 1999-2000. (QMI Agency)
London Knights goalie Michael Houser was named Wednesday the OHL's most outstanding player.
Houser, who was voted the league's top goalie last month, was the front-runner for the award after tying the OHL record of 46 wins and playing in 62 of first-place London's 68 regular-season games. His top Tilson rivals were Ottawa's Tyler Toffoli, who scored 52 goals, and Sudbury's Michael Sgarbossa, who led the league in scoring with 102 points.
"It's a huge honour," Houser said. "There are a lot of great players in the league, especially this year, and it is nice to be recognized. It's an award that I couldn't have won without my teammates in front of me. They play hard every night and they make my job a lot easier. A lot of thanks go out to them."
The 19-year-old from Wexford, Pa., became the first Knight to win the award since Corey Perry in 2004-05. He's the first goalie to win since Kingston's Andrew Raycroft in 1999-2000.
Houser, signed by the Knights as a free agent in 2009, is the first NHL undrafted player to win the Tilson since Kitchener's Justin Azevedo in 2008.