Houser voted OHL's best

London Knights Michael Houser is the first goalie to win the OHL's top player award since...

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)

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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.

 


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