Connor McDavid wins OHL rookie of the year

Erie Otter phenomenon Connor McDavid has been named OHL rookie of the year. (QMI Agency)

Erie Otter phenomenon Connor McDavid has been named OHL rookie of the year. (QMI Agency)

QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 4:53 PM ET

Erie Otters forward Connor McDavid didn’t let the pressure that goes along with high expectations spoil his rookie season in the OHL.

McDavid, granted exceptional player status last spring and drafted No. 1 by the Otters, was named the OHL rookie of the year Thursday after finishing second in scoring among first-year players. The 16-year-old from Newmarket had 25 goals and 41 assists in 63 games.

“You build championships around players with this special ability,” Otters general manager Sherry Bassin said. “He’s a very special person, phenomenal work ethic, to know him is to love him.”

Defenceman Aaron Ekblad of the Barrie Colts, who went first overall in 2011 after being granted exceptional player status, won the award last season. That wasn’t lost on McDavid.

“I know Aaron won it last year and there was a little bit of pressure, personally, being the exceptional player and last year’s exceptional player won it,” McDavid said on a conference call. “I wanted to keep that tradition going. Obviously, some big names have won this award and being in that category with them is a tremendous honour.”

McDavid was also named to the first all-rookie team along with Michael Dal Colle of Oshawa, Spencer Watson and Roland McKeown of Kingston, Nikita Zadorov of London and Alex Nedeljkovic of Plymouth.


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