Tomorrow in Toronto, two very successful seasons completed by two players will be honoured by the Onatrio Hockey League at the leagues annual Awards Banquet at the Hockey Hall of Fame.
Soo Greyhounds Jeff Carter and Kyle Gajewski will both be the receipients of awards from the Ontario Hockey League. The awards are given based on the voting from the leagues 20 general managers.
Carter will receive the William Hanley Trophy given annually to the leagues Most Sportsmanlike Player. The league awards the trophy to commerate the contributions of William Hanley to the game of hockey provincially. Hanley served as the Secretary-Manager of the Ontario Hockey Association. In 55 games with the Hounds this season Carter tallied 34 goals and 40 assists, to accompany a plus 20 rating and 40 penalty minutes.
Carter becomes the third Greyhound to win the award, following in the footsteps of John Goodwin (1981), and Wayne Gretzky (1978). The award will be accepted on Carter's behalf by Hounds General Manager, Dave Torrie. Carter will be unable to attend the ceremony as he is still competting in the Calder Cup Play-offs for the Philadelphia Phantoms. The Phantoms can capture the Calder Cup with a victory Friday night against the Chicago Wolves.
Gajewski meanwhile, will be awarded to the F.W. Dinty Moore which goes to the first year goaltender with the best goals against average. The trophy is named after F.W 'Dinty' Moore, a Port Colborne native who was the president of the OHA from 1942-1945.
Gajewski was spectacular in his rookie season with the Hounds, playing in 34 games Kyle had a record 15 wins, 14 losses, and 4 ties with three of the wins coming by way of a shut out. Through the course of the season Gajewski had a 2.55 Goals Against Average, and a .915 save percentage.
Gajewski will become the fourth member of the Sault Greyhounds to win the award with the others being John Vanbiesbrouck (1981 – 4.22 GAA), Gerry Iuliano (1985 – 3.64 GAA), and most recently Kevin Hodson (1991 – 3.22 GAA).
The Hounds would like to give their sincere congratulations to both Jeff and Kyle and thank them for their hard work and dedication through the season.